Monday, 8 January 2007

The Oslo Declaration on Sustainable Consumption

(Authors: Arnold Tukker, Maurie J. Cohen, Uchita de Zoysa, Edgar Hertwich, Patrick Hofstetter, Atsushi Inaba, Sylvia Lorek, and Eivind Stø)

The future course of the world depends on humanity’s ability to provide a high quality of life for a prospective nine billion people without exhausting the Earth’s resources or irreparably damaging its natural systems. It was on the basis of this recognition that the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (Chapter III) called upon the international community to work toward improving global living conditions and to “encourage and promote the development of a ten-year framework of programmes in support of regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production. In this context, sustainable consumption focuses on formulating strategies that foster the highest quality of life, the efficient use of natural resources, and the effective satisfaction of human needs while simultaneously promoting equitable social development, economic competitiveness, and technological innovation.

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