Regional Policy Support Component

Supporting regional coordination and national action on enabling conditions for SCP. Implemented by UNEP; Addressing all 19 countries eligible for the SWITCH-Asia Programme with a focus on Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Viet Nam.

The SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Support Component will advance sustainable development in the Asian region by strengthening regional, sub-regional and national policies on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

The project link to global activities under the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP and UNEP’s work on Resource efficiency and Green Economy and other regional initiatives on SCP.


Contact person:

Mushtaq Ahmed Memon
Regional Coordinator, Resource Efficiency
UN Environment - Asia and the Pacific
U.N. Building 2 floor, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

The overall objective of the Policy Support Component is to strengthen national and regional policy frameworks to promote the shift towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns and Resource Efficiency (RE), thereby contributing to green growth and reduction of poverty in Asian countries and assisting countries in achieving the MDGs. To achieve this overall objective and purpose, the Project will focus on the achievement of two specific and interlinked objectives:

1) Build the capacities of national authorities to strengthen or put in place policies helping to mainstream SCP and RE in regional sub-regional and national development programmes. This will be achieved through targeted awareness-raising for the public sector, development of action plans on SCP or mainstreaming SCP and RE policies and tools in economic and development policies and poverty alleviation strategies, and capacity building for design and application of policies and tools for SCP and RE implementation These activities will be focused on the public sector and other relevant stakeholders, including private enterprises and business associations, and will be delivered through dissemination and piloting of tools and good practices at sub-regional and regional levels.

2) To assist stakeholders in the project countries (government, private sector, civil society), in designing and implementing specific policy-oriented activities to shift towards Sustainable Consumption and Production.

This will be achieved through:

  • policy dialogue and capacity building for designing specific policy instruments to assist governments to mainstream SCP and RE in selected and important economic sectors; 
  • the establishment of a pool of Asian SCP- policy experts; 
  • the strengthening of regional networks and partnerships, securing active engagement of intergovernmental bodies, development cooperation agencies, collaborative centers and other SCP-relevant organizations implementing such policies in this region and 
  • show-casing success stories and best practices of other Asian countries and EU experience, in particular those arising from SWITCH funded activities.

Expected results:

  • Decision makers in the public sector have a better understanding of the benefits of SCP and RE and apply SCP policies;
  • Inter-ministerial and public-private policy dialogues on SCP are strengthened and institutionalized via formal platforms, learning from existing initiatives such as the Retail Forum in the EU;
  • SWITCH-Asia-PSC policy results are fed into ongoing efforts to establish a 10 Year Framework of Programmes so that Governments in the region can receive more tailored support from such a global framework to realise the long-term economic and social potential of SCP;
  • RE is increased in key-sectors of economic activity and pollution is decreased;
  • Improved networking and cooperation among regional bodies , governments, researchers, business and civil society in Asia on SCP;
  • Government and private enterprises in the Asia region are able to identify and source more capacity building and technical support on implementing SCP from outside the region, including directly from development cooperation agencies and centres of excellence.

Four key areas of the Regional Policy Support Programme

Policy Assessment: Policy Assessment. Review of Present Situation and Relevant Policies in Asia: Selection and Focus of the Programme

Capacity Building: Capacity building, including direct policy support.  Strengthening Awareness and Enhancing Knowledge of Decision-makers in the Public and Private Sectors and Consumers.

Policy Dialogue: Policy Dialogue. Providing opportunities for dialogue, cooperation and learning between countries.

Networking and Institution: Institution building,  Strengthening Implementation Networks, Creating Pools of National Asian Experts Able to Sustain Themselves in the Long Term.