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Chairing UN Sustainable Consumption and Production Systems Session

New York, 10 May 2010. The ten-year action plan on sustainable consumption and production, coordinated by the UN Marrakech process, needs to ensure equitable consumption and production opportunities. A side-event organised by the Centre for Environment and Development (CED) was held at the occasion of the 18th meeting of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, moderated by Bas de Leeuw.

Speakers included Jeffrey Barber, Executive Director of the Integrative Strategies Forum, Gail Karlsson, member of the US Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, Uchita de Zoysa, Executive Director of the Sri Lanka based CED, and Chris Soderquist, systems dynamics consultant and trainer.

Read a personal report by Susan Overakker (Sustainable Susan) here.

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Sustainability Institute calls for tapping systems thinking potential in UN process

Copenhagen, Denmark, December 8, 2009. Bas de Leeuw, Executive Director of the Dana Meadows Sustainability Institute in the USA pointed to the untapped potential of systems thinking for better achieving the sustainable consumption and production agenda. Individuals need to be empowered to “be the change in the world they want to see”, he said. Bas spoke at an event organized by the Climate Sustainability Platform, an open forum for climate negotiators, sustainability influencers and people from developed and developing countries across the world, moderated by the Sri Lanka based Centre for Environment and Development (CED), organised back to back with the Copenhagen Climate Change talks.

Jeffry Barber, a long time sustainability campaigner from the USA, said that it is the movement of people and their initiatives around the world that will lead the way. Uchita de Zoysa, CED, said it is not ‘development’ that people around the world are asking for, rather ‘happiness for future generations.” The Platform plans to be an active contributor to the upcoming two-years of UN negotiations on an international ten-year framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with the first events scheduled for May 2010, New York.

Find the full article here.