3 February 2015

ICLEI Secretary General praises global sustainable procurement programme

ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin has called the 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement (10YFP on SPP) a "key initiative" in ICLEI's mission of improving global sustainability, noting that it can play a significant role in bringing about "a resource efficient, low-carbon and socially responsible society". Mr Van Begin’s comments are part of a welcome address included in the first edition of the 10YFP on SPP newsletter.

Mr. Van Begin is joined by Ligia Noronha, Director of the Technology, Industry and Economics division of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Yongjoo Kim, President of the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) in welcoming readers to the newsletter. Ms. Noronha outlines her expectation that the newsletter will aid in building a "community of practice and an impetus for action on SPP", while Mr Kim says that the newsletter will be a "valuable information and networking tool on the 10YFP SPP Programme".

The 10YFP is a global programme that aims to harness the power of the trillions of Euros that governments spend on public procurement each year, focusing this money on building a more resource-efficient world. The SPP Programme is the first action to get underway as part of the 10YFP, and will assist governments with redirecting public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits.

For more information, view the e-newsletter.