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      High-Impact Priority Areas


      In 2022-2025, the International Resource Panel (IRP) research will: (i) help improve the understanding of natural resource use; (ii) connect this understanding to knowledge from other scientific bodies on relevant UN SDGs and goals of existing Multilateral Environmental Agreements; and (iii) provide options to enable transitions to sustainable management of natural resources. 

      The Panel will work on the following four High-Impact Priority Areas (HIPAs) as outlined in the 2022-2025 Work Programme

      HIPA 1. Current trends and future prospects for global resource use and Sustainable Resource Management

      Reports and tools under HIPA 1 will help frame the narrative on sustainable resource management during the 2022-2025 work cycle. They will provide data and insights on the general status, trends, outlook, and solutions for sustainable resource management that will feed into HIPAs 2, 3 and 4.

      Upcoming projects and publications:

      • Expansion of the IRP Global Material Flows Database (ongoing)

      • Scenario Modeling of Integrated Natural Resource Use (ongoing)

      • Defining Sustainable Levels of Resource Use (2023 Q1)

      • Global Resources Outlook 2023 (2023 Q2)

      HIPA 2. Sustainable Resource Management for effective action on climate change, biodiversity and pollution

      HIPA 2 will explore more concretely how sustainable resource management could contribute to policy action on climate change, biodiversity, and pollution. Data produced from HIPA 1, will help identify priority areas of focus for HIPA 2. Furthermore, IRP analysis under HIPA 2 will seek to provide concrete recommendations at the city and value chain level and improve methodologies to better integrate resource management approaches in climate, biodiversity, and pollution governance.

      Upcoming publications:

      • Advancing the Circular Economy in Consumer Electronic Products Markets through Value Retention Processes (2024 Q1)

      HIPA 3. Sustainable Resource Management for effective action on human health, wellbeing, prosperity, and equity

      HIPA 3 will explore how sustainable resource management contributes to policy action that promotes human health, well-being, and equity. Like HIPA 2, it will also seek to provide concrete recommendations at the city and value chain level, when relevant and possible.

      Upcoming publications:

      • Resource Implications of Human Mobility and Migration (2022 Q1)

      • Socio-Economic Implications of Enhancing Resource Efficiency and Promoting a Circular Economy (2023 Q3)

      HIPA 4. Enabling sustainability transitions

      HIPA 4 will examine enabling institutions and socio-economic systems to deliver a transition to sustainable resource management. It will assess how trade, financial systems, innovation, governance and other key elements could be leveraged to accelerate much needed systems transitions. These insights will be essential in describing the systems change and broader societal shifts needed to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals, linking to the research of HIPAs 1, 2 and 3.

      Upcoming publication:

      • Governing Sustainability Transitions in a Resource Dependent World (2022 Q3)

      • Financing Mineral Resources Governance (2024 Q1)

      Other research projects

      In addition to the research projects outlined in the Work Programme, the Panel also receives ad-hoc requests from international, regional, or national policy-making bodies (including G7, G20, European Commission, ASEAN, etc.) as well as business communities, think tanks, and civil societies to conduct scientific assessments on urgent policy-relevant topics.




      Learn more about the IRP and how it conducts scientific assessments here.


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