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Launching the UNEP International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will launch the International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management (Resource Panel) in Budapest on 9 November 2007, at the occasion of the World Science Forum.

The Resource Panel's objective is to strengthen the global scientific base and to increase international exchange of knowledge and best practices on sustainable resource management. Leading experts in this field, under the chairmanship of Ernst Ulrich Von Weizsaecker and Ismail Serageldin, will focus on assessments and status reports on the environmental impacts of the use of renewable and non-renewable resources over their life cycle, taking into account economic development and supply security issues. The Panel aims to contribute to the global challenge of decoupling economic growth and environmental degradation. Capacity building on data collection and methodologies for assessment as well as prioritisation of resources and products in developing countries and countries with economies in transition is an important working area. The Panel is supported by a voluntary partnership of interested governments and civil society organisations.

The work of the Panel will benefit from many ongoing initiatives, such as the '3R' Initiative of the G8 countries, the UN Marrakech process or the ten-year framework on sustainable consumption and production, the OECD programme on Material Flows and Resource Productivity, the European Commission (EC) Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, and various national initiatives, including China's circular economy concept.

The Secretariat of the Panel is hosted by UNEP's Division for Technology, Industry and Economics in Paris.

Friday 9 November 2007

Friday, 9 November 2007
Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest V., Roosevelt square 9.)
Room A

17.00 - 18.00

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
Minister of Environmental Protection and Water Management, Hungary


  • Sylvie LEMMET
    Director, UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
  • Timo MÄKELÄ
    Director for Sustainable Development, European Commission, DG Environment
  • Yuichi MORIGUCHI
    Director, Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • Merlyn VAN VOORE
    Director, International Governance Department of Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, South Africa
  • Yong REN
    Deputy Director-General, Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy (PRCEE), State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA), China
  • Yvan HARDY
    Former Chief Scientist, Natural Resources Canada