The Millennium Consumption Goals

Sister Germaine Price, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, shares the news below from the UN in New York:

[UN-NGO] The idea of Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs) was proposed at the United Nations (UN) in January, 2011 in one of the preparatory sessions for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio + 20, that will be held at the end of June, 2012 in Brazil.

 The existing patterns of over production and consumption and the exploitation of resources have led to multiple problems and are no longer sustainable.  As a result, over the last 20 years there have been several initiatives that highlight human production and consumption that are sustainable and take into consideration the environmental, social, and economic pillars.

The use and conservation of energy and water, economic and financial systems, agriculture and food, pollution and waste, and military spending are just some of the issues addressed in the MCGs.

The proposed MCGs are meant to complement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted to help people living in poverty.  In the words of Professor Munasinghe of Sri Lanka who proposed them, “the Millennium Consumption Goals could make our development path more sustainable by focusing on the 1.4 billion people in the richest 20 percentile of the world’s population. They consume over 80% of global output or 60 times more than the poorest 20 percentile.”

A proposal to establish a set of MCGs for the period 2012-2020 has been submitted to the Sustainable Development Conference, Rio + 20.  These goals would help ensure the basic needs of people living in poverty and at the same time preserve and strengthen the natural resources of our planet. They aim to motivate the world’s rich to contribute to a good quality of life and well-being for all by shifting their patterns of consumption to more sustainable practices and thus move toward the ultimate goal of sustainable development.

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