• 21 March 2016 
    Paris, France
    Launch of the IRP assessment: Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water Use and Water Pollution
  • 15 May 2016
    Toyama, Japan
    Launch of the IRP assessment: Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications
  • 25 May 2016 
    Nairobi, Kenya 
    Launch of the IRP assessment: Food Systems and Natural Resources 
  • 6-9 June 2016 
    Cape Town, South Africa 
    18th Meeting of the IRP and its Steering Committee
  • 9-10 June 2016 
    Cape Town, South Africa 
    Regional Policy Dialogue: Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • 15 June 2016 
    Brussels, Belgium 
    IRP Lab Debate at the European Development Days: Sustainable Resource Use and Management - Successfully Implementing the SDGs. 
  • 17 June 2016 
    Beijing, China 
    Launch of the IRP assessment: Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: Evaluation Systems, Strategies and Tools
  • 19 July 2016 
    New York, USA
    Policy dialogue: How to Leave No-one Behind - Sustainable Natural Resource Management. German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue at 49th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017. From 1pm to 2.30pm.
  • 20 July 2016 
    New York, USA
    Press launch of IRP assessment:
    Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity. From 12:15pm in the press briefing room (S-237) at United Nations Headquarters, New York. Live webcast at 
  • 14-18 November 2016 
    Paris, France
    19th Meeting of the International Resource Panel, National Science-Policy Dialogue: Reducing our Resource Dependence to Enhance Human Well-Being, and High-level Dialogue between Scientists, Industry Leaders and Policy-makers: “Sustainable Resource Management: Business Opportunities and Economic Potential”


IRP Highlights

Research and Publications

Knowledge Resource

Did you Know?

  • Human health is most affected by poverty: malnutrition, unsafe drinking water, and indoor air pollution.
  • The collapse of several fish resource stocks is a clear sign that humans can overexploit the Earth’s natural resource base.
  • Agriculture is responsible for 50% of land use and 70% of water use.
  • The production of goods and services for household consumption is the most important cause for greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Forests have effectively disappeared from 25 countries and more than 90 % of forest cover has been lost in a further 29 countries.
  • Deforestation and forest degradation are ultimately driven by consumption patterns and processes in virtually every sector of the economy.
  • Forests can help regulate the amount of water reaching rivers and reduce the risk or magnitude of flooding.
  • 60 million indigenous people depend on forests.
  • Over 2 billion people use wood fuel for cooking and/or heating.
  • 33 of the world’s 105 largest cities obtain their fresh water directly from protected areas.
  • Forests are the habitat for 77% of globally threatened birds.
  • Cities are where the major global and national resource flows connect as resource inputs, stocks and outputs (goods, services and wastes).
  • The rising levels of investment in urban infrastructures provide a unique opportunity to prepare cities for both, inclusive economic development and sustainable consumption of natural resources.
  • Traditional biomass use currently provides 13% of global final energy demand.
  • Increased biofuel production is expected to have large impacts on biological diversity.
  • Around 23% of global soils are estimated to be degraded.
  • Change to more meat-based diets will result in a significant increase in the need for agricultural land.
  • Taking modest estimates of additional land requirements by 2050 reveals that cropland altogether is expected to expand by around 320 to 850 Mha.
  • Around one third of edible food is lost or wasted annually.
  • Total material extraction in the 20th century increased by a factor of about 8, and the price index of resource declined by about 30 %.
  • Internationally traded materials increased from 5.4 billion tons in 1970 to 19 billion tons in 2005.

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