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  • Published on: 18 Oct 2011
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Chairman's statement Davos World Resources Forum on Green Economy published
There is an urgent need to take effective steps towards achieving a resource-efficient, climate-resilient Green Economy. A true sense of urgency that is magnified by numerous crises (financial, food, climate change) should be translated into concrete actions. Economies are locked in unsustainable consumption and production behaviour.

Radical change in developed countries as well as leapfrogging in developing countries is needed. For developing countries, resource efficiency is essential for the eradication of poverty. The Davos World Resources Forum calls on governments, businesses and civil society to take immediate action to double the current level of resource productivity by 2020 and reach at least a fivefold increase by 2050.

Data and indicators should be improved, since one cannot manage what one cannot measure. Overconsumption of the rich needs to be addressed and basic needs of the poor satisfied. Concrete roadmaps should be established, with clear plans for implementing financial and legal instruments. Individuals, particularly the poor and vulnerable, need to be empowered to take action. An ethical framework for consumption (addressing both environmental and social impacts) should be part of a new global plan on resource efficiency.

Housing, sanitation, mobility and food are key sectors. Critical metals require urgent attention due to their potential for essential sustainable technologies and products. International governance structures for resource efficiency, including for minerals and metals, need to be strengthened.

The Green Economy can only be accomplished through the measurement of performance and transparency as well as through partnerships between governments and businesses, and businesses and civil society. Governments also need to create a framework for innovation. At the same time, it has to be recognised that not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted. Values, emotions, mind-sets, and underlying driving forces for consumption, such as status, need to be taken into account as well.

Youth need to be equally involved in the discussions about the future of our natural resources. Intergenerational dialogue such as that which took place at this WRF should be encouraged. Youth, and in particular young women in developing countries, should be empowered to be part of the solution.

This is the key message of the Davos World Resources Forum, held from 19-21 September, 2011.

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This two page document summarises the outcomes of the Davos World Resources Forum (WRF), held from 19-21 September 2011, presenting conclusions and recommendations on the Green Economy, as an input for the Rio +20 conference. The meeting was organised by the Swiss research institute Empa, and co-organised with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the Federal Environment Agency of Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and supported by various organisations. High level speakers represented UNEP, the European Commission, the Governments of China, Germany, Kenia, Switzerland, the European Environment Agency, the Institute of Social Ecology, Factor 10 Institute, Product-Life Institute, Tongyi University, Tokyo University, MIND, and various other scientific institutes, Hewlett Packard and other business, the Club of Rome, IUCN, GAP and other NGO's.

The World Resources Forum (WRF) is a science-based platform to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use. WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges between researchers and policymakers, business, NGO's and the public.
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