The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) launched an International Life Cycle Partnership, known as the Life Cycle Initiative, to enable users around the world to put life cycle thinking into effective practice. The Initiative responds the call by Governments around the world for a Life Cycle economy in the Malmo Declaration (2000). It contributes to the 10-Year Framework of Programmes to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, as requested at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002).
The main mission of the Life Cycle Initiative is to bring science-based Life Cycle approaches into practice worldwide. The objectives of the Life Cycle Initiative are (a) to enhance the global consensus and relevance of existing and emerging Life Cycle approaches methodology;Facilitate the use of Life Cycle approaches worldwide by encouraging Life Cycle thinking in decision-making in business, government and the general public about natural resources, materials and products targeted at consumption clusters and (b) to expand capability worldwide to apply and improve Life Cycle Approaches.
The UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative officially endorses and also sponsors the USEtox model.