17.01.2016 – 30.01.2016 · Thailand · Category: Policy Support Components, Regional Policy Support Component Thailand

Second UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific

Call for applications 
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its partners, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)AIT, and the ASEAN Secretariat,are holding the Second UN Winter School on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia and the Pacific.

Dates and Venue:
17-30 January 2016
Asian Institute of Technology Campus, Bangkok, Thailand

Participants Booklet:
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Academic committee:
Co-chairs: UNEP and Prof. C. Visvanathan, AIT

Prof. Mario Tabucanon, UNU-IAS,
Dr. Zinaida Fadeeva, UNU-IAS,
Dr. Rotchanatch Darnsawasdi, Prince of Songkhla University
Dr. Somporn Kamolsiripichaiporn, Chulalongkorn University

Strategic objective:
To improve the knowledge of future decision makers in the area of Sustainable Consumption and Production and thus contribute to the design and implementation of policies, business models and practices that can promote sustainable resource management in a life cycle perspective for goods and services produced and used by governments, business and civil society.

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide credible knowledge on SCP to post-graduate students and equip them with skills that can support their research and professional activities.
  • To increase the understanding of the need for - and challenges to - implementation of SCP in different sectors and thereby enable participants to effectively engage with and contribute to mainstreaming and upscaling of Sustainable Consumption and Production through their daily management practices.
  • Enhance the capacity level of junior governmental professionals from developing countries to work with projects that promote SCP.
  • Assist future decision-makers from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to respond better in the growing needs to mainstream SCP by raising their knowledge in this field.
  • Create networks of junior professionals from developing and industrialised countries and thus promoting North-South and South-South cooperation mechanisms in the field of SCP. 

Learning Benefits
After the completion of the course participants will be able to:

1. Clearly 
understand what SCP and resource efficiency is and how they contribute to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihoods (and the relative contributions by different socio-economic sectors, geo-political countries, etc.)

2. Know how to use alternative policy instruments, strategy options and institutional arrangements (including networks) for achieving resource efficiency and its subsequent development, climate and environmental conservation outcomes (e.g. regulatory, market based, information, etc instruments in environment, industry, technology, education, training and other policy domains).

3. Developing analytical, advocacy and implementation capabilities and skills, in particular through practical piloting of selected resource efficiency methods, techniques and policy instruments, as appropriate to the backgrounds and interests of participants

4. Have a better understanding and appreciation of the different perspectives and interests of various stakeholders as these are affected by, and could potentially contribute to, resource efficiency and its development, climate and environmental benefits. 

The winter school with be conducted over two weeks that will include courses and group work on Sustainable Consumption and Production. 

Each module will address and use inter alia information and cases on:

  • Trends and challenges of development, including in the area of resource use and quality of life
  • Concepts1 around Resource Efficiency; and their historical and state of the art interpretation
  • Strategies to address issues of (un)sustainable resource use and livelihoods development at the policy level.
  • Emerging risks of climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, etc and required system innovations; scenarios of development.

Draft Programme


Week 1

Week 2


Arrival and welcome dinner

Half-day simulation exercise + Free time


Opening & Welcome Session

Module 1: SDGs and SCPs

Module 5: SCP in Various Sectors

Module 5a: SCP in Cities and Infrastructure


Module 2: Global context of SCP

Module 2a : Introduction to Fundamental Concepts of SCP

Module 2b: SCP and the global economic system

Module 5c: SCP in Tourism Sector



Module 3: Sustainable Production Theory and Applications in Manufacturing Sector

Module 3a. Cleaner Production

Module 3b. Design for Sustainability

Module 6: SCP Policy


Module 4: Sustainable Consumption and Tools for Practicing Sustainable Consumption

Module 4a: Sustainable Consumption

Module 7a: SCP Financing

Module 7b: SCP in private business


FIELD TRIP and overnight stay outside Bangkok





Award Ceremony and Goodbye reception


Module 4b: Sustainable supply chain management

Module 4c: Sustainable Public Procurement

Departure of participants

Key references:

1. Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Handbook for Policymakers (Asia-Pacific 2nd edition)

Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Handbook for Policy Makers, developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), provides a comprehensive introduction to developing policy for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), designed specifically for the Asia-Pacific region. Part A provides an introduction to SCP and the policy cycle, and reviews various policy tools and instruments available to policy makers. The rapidly growing consumption and production trends in Asia and the Pacific are examined, highlighting the urgent need for a transition towards SCP. Part B focuses on specific policy opportunities for cleaner and safer production, sustainable lifestyles, sustainable cities, sustainable public procurement and sustainable tourism, showcasing a number of inspiring and successful SCP policies and initiatives from across the region. This publication highlights opportunities in Asia and the Pacific for the transition towards SCP, a key element in achieving sustainable development.
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2. Sustainable Consumption Guide for Policy Makers: Debunking Myths and Outlining Solutions (Asia Edition)

Sustainable Consumption Guide for Policy Makers: Debunking Myths and Outlining Solutions (Asia Edition) 2015 This guide demonstrates the practical meaning of sustainable consumption (SC) as a policy integration approach. It provides tools to support design and implementation of policies and activities that respond to the context of the Asia Pacific. This is done by identifying and discussing some common myths that are obstacles to effective SC actions and recommending potential solutions, mainly from an Asian perspective but also informed by practices in other regions. The resource pack is complementary to the training handbook: Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Handbook for Policymakers (Asia/Pacific first edition)
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3. Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific

This report reveals the patterns and the evolution of natural resource use in Asia and the Pacific region over the last 40 years. The analysis shows that resource use in the region is both inefficient and unsustainable. The Asia-Pacific region will not be able to base its future economic growth on declining costs of natural resources as was possible during most of the twentieth century. An increasing reliance on resources from abroad and volatility in the global resource markets will pose challenges to the economic resilience of countries in the region. In this new economic context resource efficiency and decoupling of economic growth and resource use will be fundamental to the economic success of the region.
Download here


1 Cleaner and safer production, sustainable consumption, green growth, green economy and industry, sustainable livelihood, corporate social responsibility, etc