Sustainable Consumption & Production

Sustainable consumption and production, as defined by the Oslo Symposium in 1994, refers to “the use of services and related products, which respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life while minimizing the use of natural resources and toxic materials as well as the emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle of the service or product so as not to jeopardize the needs of future generations.” Humans are currently consuming more resources than ever, exceeding the planet’s capacity for generation. In the meantime, waste and pollution grow, and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Thus, sustainable consumption and production is about doing more and better with less. It is about systemic change, decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, and applying a life cycle thinking approach.

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Sustainable Fashion Hard Talk

The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion hosted a virtual side event on sustainable fashion on 7 July 2021, on the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2021.
Event 7 July 2021

Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability

At the virtual 2021 Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability participants considered the future structuring of global chemicals and waste management.
Event 7 July 2021 - 8 July 2021

2021 P4G Seoul Summit

The 2021 P4G Summit aimed to be a “catalytic moment for collective action” towards net zero.
Event 30 May 2021 - 31 May 2021

Green Future Week

Green Future Week in 2021 focused on 10 different components of a green future for all: carbon neutrality, the Green New Deal, civil society, oceans, biodiversity, business, green technology, forests, green finance, and future generations.
Event 24 May 2021 - 29 May 2021