The multifaceted requirements of sustainable development are primarily dependent on the optimal and responsible use of natural resources. A new paradigm of optimising resource efficiency and progressing towards a circular economy is required to realise the need for balanced development of natural resources. The United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) is being designed as a unifying framework for the integrated management of resources.
UNRMS is based on the globally accepted United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC), which has incorporated a unique methodology of assessing resources through the triple lenses of environmental-social-economic viability, technical feasibility and confidence in estimates. UNRMS will be a voluntary global standard for sustainable integrated resource management, within the framework of public, public-private and civil society partnerships, that is uniformly applicable to all resources.