International Resource Panel Co-Chair Izabella Teixeira and Panel Member Michael Obersteiner were among the presenters at a side-event to the High Level Political Forum in New York entitled “SCP in the SDGs: Scientific evidence of the critical role of SDG 12 and Resource Efficiency.”

The event, which took place in the German House, examined the important role of resource efficiency and the circular economy in achieving sustainable development.

Daniel Calleja Crespo, European Director General for Environment, told the audience that there was a need to understand the magnitude of the environmental challenge ahead before designing the solutions.

Groups like the International Resource Panel were essential, he said, because they provided the scientific knowledge that could trigger policy action.