The Transition towards a resource efficient economy” in partnership with UNEP

Tuesday 24 May – 16.30 – 18.00

UNEP logoUNEP’s International Resource Panel is an independent group of international experts whose global scientific assessments seek to improve understanding of ways to increase resource efficiency. Their assessments show global resource use escalating in parallel with rising population and wealth. But some resource efficiency improvements have been noted, indicating an enormous potential to increase resource efficiency in developed and developing countries. This session will analyse the current and future resource use patterns, and consider options to improve resource efficiency.


  • Prof. Dr. Ernst von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair, UNEP’s International Resource Panel
  • Prof. Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator for Sustainable Development, School of Public Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University, Member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel
  • Prof. Sangwon Suh, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel
  • Chair: Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP