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17:00 to 19:00: Achieving Social and Environmental Goals through Sustainable Public Procurement
18 Jun 2012 - 18 Jun 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Athletes Park, UNEP Pavilion

Public spending normally represents 8-30% of national GDP and every purchase is an opportunity to drive markets towards innovation and sustainable solutions, thereby enabling green growth and the transition to a green economy. Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) was identified in Agenda 21 and in Chapter III of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation as one of the means to achieve sustainability. More recently, SPP was recognized as a priority theme for all regions as shown at the negotiations of the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development. Also, SPP is highlighted as a key �enabling condition� for a transition towards a Green Economy in UNEP�s Green Economy report. Through SPP, governments can lead by example and deliver key policy objectives in the environmental, social, and economic fields.

UNEP plans to launch an International Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI) at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The goal of the SPPI is to promote the worldwide implementation of SPP through increased cooperation between key stakeholders and a better understanding of the potential benefits and impacts of SPP. The initiative aims at bringing together representatives from governments, local authorities, business sector and civil society interested in promoting the supply and demand of sustainable products through SPP.

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