About resource efficiency

The unsustainable use of resources has triggered critical scarcities and caused climate change and widespread environmental degradation – all of which have negative impacts on the well-being of the planet and its people.

At the same time, more than 10 per cent of the world population continues to live in extreme poverty, unable to meet even their most basic needs. Responding to this dual challenge will require innovative policies, redirected investment, environmentally sound technologies, international cooperation, and capacity development to support countries to transition to inclusive green economies.

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People and partners

UN Environment’s work on resource efficiency is spread across a number of branches, units, regional offices and other initiatives.

Key projects and initiatives