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Millennium Project Report on Environmental Sustainability

Task Force 6 on Environmental Sustainability- Environment and human well-being: a practical strategy

In 1971, Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, commissioned a report on the state of the planet. Entitled “Only One Earth”, the report summarized the findings of 152 leading experts from 58 countries in preparation for the first UN meeting on the environment, held in Stockholm in 1972.

The 1972 meeting was followed by a second in 1992, in Rio de Janeiro, and a third in 2002, in Johannesburg. Over these three decades, forests disappeared, green-house gasses accumulated, air and water pollution rose, and zoonotic and vector-borne diseases exploded. Land degradation worldwide led to grinding poverty, hunger, and abandonment of the village for the city. All of this continues today.

So why will this latest incarnation of environmental analysis, the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Environmental Sustainability, be any different? Very simply, our final report, summarized here, is an action plan, and the task force, whose members are listed in this summary, is committed to seeing that the plan’s recommendations are endorsed by heads of state, and implemented by all sectors, from government ministries to private business to civil society.

The community of nations has talked enough. We encourage you to read this summary and act on its recommendations in ways that make sense in your own context. Lead the way and others will follow you to a world that is environmentally more sustainable, economically more stable, and socially more just.

From the Preface of the Final Report.




Further Resources

Summary Final Report (PDF 863 MB)
Including the ten recommendations of the Task Force on Environmental Sustainability

Environment and human well-being: a practical strategy
Full Report

Environment is The Golden Thread:GC Opening Statement by UNEP Executive Director

23rd Governing Council To Focus on Environment and the MDGs
UNEP Press Release (Nairobi, 18 February 2005)

UNEP and the Millennium Development Goals

UNEP Tsunami Disaster Website


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