More action urged on cleaner production
Decision-makers from 85 countries have been asked to integrate cleaner production, a preventative approach to environmental management championed by the UN environment programme (Unep), with sustainable consumption. Speaking in Prague at a Unep seminar, executive director Klaus Töpfer asked for "new partnerships and a clear action plan with commitments" to adopt environment-friendly production patterns. The UN agency released consultative reports on cleaner production and sustainable consumption, launched a life-cycle initiative and a declaration on cleaner production. See press release, report on cleaner production, report on sustainable consumption, life-cycle initiative and declaration.