Against the backdrop of a new partnership agreed between the World Economic Forum, UN Environment and the International Resource Panel, the Panel’s Co-Chair, Janez Potočnik, attended the Forum’s 2018 Stewardship Board Meeting on Environment and Natural Resource Security, taking place in Davos, Switzerland.

The International Resource Panel is pleased to be a knowledge partner of the Forum, and looks to help guide action from policymakers, industry and society to transform how we extract, use, and re-use our natural resources. The goal is to steer away from overconsumption, waste and ecological harm to a more prosperous and sustainable future.

With a forecast human population of 9.2 billion by 2050, accompanied by continuing world economic growth, today’s trends indicate intensive, inefficient, and unsustainable use of our planet’s finite resources.

Plastics pollution, fears of biodiversity loss, air and water quality concerns and food footprints have, as a result, all risen up the agenda, with the international community working to public-private collaboration to develop new technology for managing the global environmental commons.

The Panel hopes to provide latest, relevant, clear, and credible scientific knowledge to contribute to the  successful implementation of the System Initiative on the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security.