10 January 1995, Oslo, Norway
The Oslo Roundtable is drawing to a close. We have worked hard and we have made substantial progress. We started last spring with governments, consumer- and environmental organizations, business and labour examining their own aims and practices.
The draft that we brought into our meeting had 24 pages, our final document has 35. The paper has been enriched by your efforts these three days, we received 50 pages of suggestions and 21 suggestions for illustrative windows. Some of these addressed issues that lie outside the scope of this paper. Trade, indebtedness, poverty and other cross cutting issues are also important and will be discussed in other sessions of the CSD. We have not discussed these here, since they are not part of Agenda 21 Chapter 4, but the Government of Norway will continue to take a strong position on these issues.
Making the transition to sustainable production and consumption patterns will require courage, determination and a strong political will. Our final document reflects the need to make progress. I would like to highlight the following priority areas:
We need indicators so that progress can be accurately assessed and the course corrected where necessary. Governments should report back regularly to the CSD on their implementation of these and other measures to change production and consumption patterns.
We must all be partners in this venture: governments, international organisations, business, labour, NGOs and academic institutions. We can all learn from each other. I have been encouraged by the commitment to action from all sectors of society that I have heard over the past three days.
Now we must take action. I will present my summary of the contributions and discussions at this Roundtable to the CSD in April. I am grateful for your support for the final document and I hope that we will agree to a strong work programme on these issues at the CSD. We should all then start to do the analysis, set the targets and take the necessary measures to make our production and consumption patterns sustainable.
Thank you for your cooperation. Have a safe journey home.
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