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Sustainable use of natural resources


Accelerating the transition to more efficient and cleaner economies is central to the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – unlocking benefits for people and planet.

This transition also represents a key source of economic dynamism and new opportunities for sustainable economic growth and green development.

The UNECE region is a major producer and consumer of natural resources. Supporting its shift to more sustainable patterns can have far-reaching benefits across multiple SDGs.

Our role

UNECE’s tools and expertise cover the complete chain of production, consumption and recovery of many natural resources – from classification to support for their protection and sustainable use. Comprehensive policy support, norms and standards provide practical means to help countries decouple economic growth from environmental degradation and shift to more efficient, cleaner and circular economies: