The natural resources embedded in Earth System represent humanity’s greatest common wealth. Yet, looking at today’s reality, we see resource governance processes that are highly ineffective, unequal, exploitative and non-transparent. Such processes substantially contribute to environmental degradation, and disproportionately impact communities and natural ecosystems around the world, hindering rather than providing opportunities for development.
WRF 2021, co-hosted by the World Resources Forum Association and the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), provides a platform for an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue to highlight challenges, share best practices, and promote collaborative innovation to mobilise concerted action for the improvement of natural resource governance.
The Ghana Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
“In times of fake news, the WRF has reliably proven its capacity to establish, and make known, the true state of the art in research on resource use.”
“A conference series that expands outside the usual comfort zone of OECD countries. Sustainable use of resources involves everyone! The WRF also brings to the table the countries whose resources are exploited.”
“The WRF conference brings together the global academic, business, policy and activist communities to analyse and reflect on the pressing environmental issues of the day. These are truly interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral gatherings. WRF is an important international agenda setter in the sustainability arena.”
“Accelerating the Resource Revolution is the right issue to be addressed and the WRF is the right place to be for all who care for the future of humanity.”
“Using our materials smarter, less and longer is key to fulfil the needs of our citizens, offer sustainable growth to our industries and preserve the resources of our planet.”
“Moving towards the Sustainable Development Goals makes it imperative that we boost the resource efficiency of our global economy. We must learn to be green, clean, circular, and sharing in the way we grow.”
"Greatly increased resource efficiency is being increasingly recognised as an imperative for achieving both the Paris Agreement climate target and the Sustainable Development Goals. The World Resources Forum is the premier annual meeting that keeps resource efficiency in focus and builds global momentum towards putting in place the required policies to promote it."