Earth Summit 2012 (Rio+20) could be a launch pad for Millennium Consumption Goals

03 Mar 2011

The suggestion that the Earth Summit 2012 (Rio+20) could be a launch pad for Millennium Consumption Goals (MCG) is beginning to gather widespread support.

The second preparatory negotiations for Rio+20 will be held 7-8 March 2011 in New York at the United Nations.

Consumers International is one of the official NGO organising partners for Rio+20 and
Bjarne Pedersen, Director of Operations at CI, will be at the event pushing the case for more discussion about what the MCG could achieve. Pedersen discusses Millenium Consumption Goals in the Consumers International blog.


What are the Millennium Consumption Goals?

In January 2011, a Sri Lankan scientist called for the drafting of 'Millennium Consumption Goals' to make rich countries curb their climate-damaging consumption habits. This is similar to the way the poor have Millennium Development Goals with the aim of getting them out of poverty.

Prof Mohan Munasinghe, expert on sustainable development and climate change, says, "We now have Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for the poor. We should extend that to the rich and make sure they consume more sustainably."

Munasinghe believes Millennium Consumption Goals are needed because 85% of all consumption in the world is done by the top 20% of the world's rich consumers.

"If they can be more sustainable in consumption, it can reduce the environmental burden by a tremendous amount," said Munasinghe in an interview in Colombo, where he is based.

Munasinghe is vice-chair of the Geneva-based Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former US Vice-President Al Gore.


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