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Proposal on Millennium Consumption Goals to the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012

http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=510&nr=312&menu=20 Summary Establish a set of Millennium Consumption Goals for the period 2012-2020 and for subsequent decades, complementing the Millennium Development Goals, and helping to ensure that the basic needs of the poor are met, preserve and strengthen earth’s natural … Continue reading

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Primer on Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs)

A quick overview and introduction to the MCGs with FAQs.

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Conferences and Meetings on MCG

Here are some meetings involving the MCG. If you hear of  any others, let us know at <mohan.mcg@gmail.com> Workshop on 7 March at UN in New York at UN PrepCom for UNCSD 2012 Conf.

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Millennium Consumption Goals for the Willing!

The MCG approach is action-oriented, pluralistic, multi-level and transnational. Anyone who is willing can make a start and contribute NOW. While the initiative is pursued at the UN and international levels, progress can be made more rapidly at the grass … Continue reading

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Recent Articles and Comments on MCG

UNCSD-2012: Rich called upon to take responsibility for global environmental damage
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Key MCG Questions for Discussion by Stakeholders

Millennium Consumption Goals (MCG) for the rich (in both developed and developing countries), to complement MDG for the poor, was the theme of a proposal made recently during UN discussions for the 2012 UN Conference on sustainable development (UNCSD2012 or Rio+20). A short article describing the idea can be downloaded from: http://www.mohanmunasinghe.com/pdf/Island-MCG-1Feb2011.pdf Continue reading

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Millennium consumption goals (MCG) – how the rich can make the planet more sustainable

January 2011

Millennium consumption goals (MCG) could help 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. Instead of viewing the rich as a problem, they should be persuaded to contribute to the solution. The MCG will complement the Millennium development goals (MDG) designed to help the world’s poor. The MCG need not be mandatory targets, but rather a set of benchmarks to be achieved by a combination of voluntary actions by sustainable consumers and producers, supported by enabling government policies.
Household consumption drives modern economies, but unsustainable consumption, production and resource exploitation have led to multiple crises that threaten the future survival of humanity. Climate change is now considered the ultimate threat multiplier which will exacerbate the formidable problems of development we already face – like poverty, hunger, illness, water and energy scarcities, and conflict. Continue reading

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