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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Progress in Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG12) in Southeast Asia

Progress in Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG12) in Southeast Asia




Amidst global efforts towards sustainable development, Southeast Asian nations are making commendable strides in SDG12.



 According to the UNDP's report on Sustainable Development Goals, the region has seen a significant reduction in material footprint per capita by 12% from 2010 to 2017.Sources: UNDP's Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020.



 Vietnam stands out for its notable achievements in reducing food waste, achieving a 21% decrease since 2000. Additionally, Thailand's concerted efforts in adopting sustainable practices in industries have led to a 20% increase in resource efficiency over the last decade.Sources: World Bank's Sustainable Development Indicators 2021.



 However, challenges persist. Despite progress, the Asia-Pacific region, including Southeast Asia, continues to generate substantial e-waste. In 2019, it accounted for 24.9 million metric tons, underlining the need for stronger policies and collective action to tackle this issue.Sources: UN Global E-waste Monitor 2020.



 Collaboration among nations, private sectors, and civil society remains pivotal in furthering the momentum towards sustainable consumption and production. Together, we can drive impactful change and achieve a more sustainable future for all.Let's continue the dialogue and collaboration for a more sustainable Southeast Asia!



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