The Climate Alliance, a consortium of more than 1600 major cities, municipalities and districts in Europe, has endorsed the Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs), which were introduced by Professor Munasinghe at the 2011 International Annual Conference in Munich. http://www.cities-for-mdgs.eu/mcgs.html
Further, in an EU funded project called “Municipalities and MDGs” that attempts to achieve MDGs by 2015, The Climate Alliance together with other partners are working on Millennium Consumption Goals (MCGs), as a complement to MDGs. The project will try to link reduced resource use in affluent cities of Europe with greater consumption in poor communities in developing nations. http://www.klimabuendnis.org/index.php?id=593
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 resource base on which human society depends, and enhance global prosperity, while ensuring a good quality of life and well being for everyone by 2020, improving intra- and inter-generational equity, and accelerating the shift to more sustainable consumption and production as an essential step towards the ultimate goal of sustainable development.
A quick overview and introduction to the MCGs with FAQs.
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Workshop on 7 March at UN in New York at UN PrepCom for UNCSD 2012 Conf. Continue reading
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 roots.
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-1Feb20112.pdf
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.