The mission of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption is to strengthen the community of researchers and practitioners engaged in research on the worldwide transition to sustainable production and consumption systems.
The Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPC) was created by and for the community of researchers and practitioners engaged in research on the worldwide transition to sustainable production and consumption systems. GRF-SPC strives to develop and strengthen methods of fundamental and applied research to achieve a deeper understanding of the possibilities and barriers to systemic change. Its ultimate goal is to enhance development and adoption of production and consumption policies, practices and systems which meet basic needs -especially of the poor and vulnerable- and provide prosperity, while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.
The GRF workshop in Rio De Janeiro aimed to achieve the following seven objectives:
- To identify some of the most critical research questions to be investigated in the next 5-10 years, from the perspective of researchers as well as practitioners, educators, and policy makers.
- To review and assess the current state of knowledge on SCP around the globe, particularly in different regions.
- To create a bridge between researchers and practitioners from different regions around the world in a creative process of exchange of information, knowledge, and perspectives on sustainable production and consumption.
- To review the state-of-the-art concerning how change is achieved and what mechanisms are effective to achieve a switch to sustainable consumption and production patterns.
- To explore how to effectively communicate SCP research and findings to users and the general public, especially in different global regions.
- To formulate and send a clear message on the role of SCP research and practice as it applies to the global policy debate at the UN Rio+20 conference.
- To examine and encourage research and efforts addressing well-being, inequality and alternative concepts and measures of prosperity, such as the Millennium Consumption Goals.