Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said that: “The Rio+20 United Nations Conference will draw attention to sustainable consumption and production and the green economy as key priorities for global sustainable development”.
“We must use natural resources in a far more efficient manner, if we are to meet our needs and improve our level of well-being all over the world”, Potočnik said referring to the new Global Outlook Report published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the European Commission.
“This Report will be a great tool to replicate sustainable best practices globally and I hope it will encourage fruitful partnerships worldwide” , the European Commissioner said, “tThe way we consume and produce will be key to our success or failure”.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: “Governments are not starting from zero – many of the transformations towards sustainable societies are flourishing within countries and communities across the globe. Rio+20 offers the opportunity to accelerate and scale-up these policies and projects”.
Recent crises linked to finance, fuel, food and the environment are linked to unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, and all pose serious threats to global development.
Shifting to sustainable consumption and production patterns will help improve the well-being of some of the world’s poorest people as well as protect the resources that nature provides.
The UNEP Global Outlook presents concrete actions to advance sustainable development across the globe.
It encourages decision-makers in all arenas to take action that will be followed up in the years to come.