International Resource Panel – Decoupling Report press briefing

Thursday 26 May – 14:30 – 16:00

wind turbines in the fieldWhat does the only international, independent scientific panel of experts on resource use have to say about resource efficiency?  Experts from UNEP’s International Resource Panel, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Mark Swilling, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, and Thomas Graedel will be available for Q and A on how the dilemma of expanding economic activities equitably while attempting to stabilise the rate of resource use and reducing the environmental impacts poses an unprecedented opportunity and challenge to society.  Thomas Graedel will be available to present findings of the latest report on the recycling rates of metals.

This event will be of interest to specialist environment and economics journalists and journalists from trade publications related to metal use and recycling.


  • Mr Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary General, UNEP Executive Director (tbc)
  • Prof. Dr. Ernst von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair, UNEP International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management
  • Prof. Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator for Sustainable Development, School of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University
  • Prof Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Director, Alpen-Adria University