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The International Resource Panel was established in 2007 to provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessment on the sustainable use of natural resources and the environmental impacts of resource use over the full life cycle.

By providing up-to-date information and best science available, the International Resource Panel contributes to a better understanding of how to decouple human development and economic growth from environmental degradation. The information contained in the International Resource Panel’s reports is intended to be policy relevant and support policy framing, policy and programme planning, and enable evaluation and monitoring of policy effectiveness.

UNEP and Leiden University's Massive Open Online Course on Global Metal Flows (October-November 2014) - Wheels of Metals is now open for registration: https://www.coursera.org/course/metals

New IRP report launched on 5 June 2014: Decoupling 2: Technologies, Opportunities, and Policy Options. Download it here.

New IRP Think-Piece issued on 7 February 2014 advocating the embedding of the rational management of the natural resource base of economic and social development in the Post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Download it here.