The following guiding questions are aligned to each of the three main Leadership Dialogues planned for the Stockholm+50 meeting and will be integrated into the overall consultation agenda and report. Please refer to the question number in your comment.
LD2: Achieving a sustainable and inclusive recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic:
- What are the most promising sustainable and inclusive recovery practices currently being applied by public, private and civil society groups at individual, community, city, regional, country level? And how could we scale them up?
- What recovery and pre-existing practises need to be changed to ensure an inclusive and sustainable recovery?
- How do we ensure that all countries/communities can benefit from opportunities stemming from a sustainable and just transition?
- How can we create better performing industries and supply chains for a just transition to more sustainable economies? which sectors are most critical?
- What are some of the commitments and “responsible” principles that need to be made by key industry sectors and by finance and investment institutions?
- What are the decent green jobs of the future? What are the new skills needed, what is needed from business? from government? from academia?
The following contribution is inspired by question 9 but targets some issues mentioned in the other aforementioned questions:
To create better performing industries and achieve a just transition to a more sustainable economy then a “green economy” strategy must be pursued. A green economy, and its associated strategy, focuses on achieving growth and development while simultaneously advancing environmental and social well-being. Not only does such a strategy ensure that environmental and social well-being of our societies is no longer compromised any further, but also, it highlights the importance of adoption of sustainable technologies that help tackle one of the most pressing challenges our world faces today – diffuse emissions and waste.
Policy makers, professionals, academics and different members of society must focus on developing a pattern of consumption and production that implies less of a strenuous impact on the natural environment; i.e. is sustainable technology. Diffuse sources that cause pollution include road transportation, shipping, agriculture and aviation. There is great difficultly in monitoring said waste and hence a difficulty in regulating it. Therefore, technological advancements of tools and methods that allow for better tracing and tracking of materials is necessary. Second, to better address their environmental impact, our society could slowly transition into a circular economy – where the material cycle is closed – hence products are valued and materials nor resources are exhausted as they are currently.
To conclude, a focus on circular economy solutions – and consequently collaboration between different sectors – as well as the promotion of material and energy efficiency measure are integral.
Thank you so much for this valuable input. Certainly we need to advance our effort in optimizing the use of environmental resources; efficient and responsible production and consumption. We need to move in steps towards circular economy. I agree..