On 24-27 May 2011 Mark Swilling also attended Green Week in Brussels – an annual event convened and hosted by the European Commission. The theme for 2011 was Resource Efficiency and the co-chair of the International Resource Panel, Ernst von Weiszaecher, was a keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Mark Swilling delivered a talk on the findings and implications of the Decoupling Report in the session that followed.
On 27 and 28 May Mark Swilling chaired a two-day meeting that took place in Helsinki of the Cities Working Group of the International Resource Panel. This Working Group was established at the 7th meeting of the Panel that took place at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch in November 2010. This meeting was attended by a group of 20 specialists from all continents. The purpose was to discuss a ‘scoping report’ that forms the basis for a more detailed longer report due to be presented to next meeting of the International Resource Panel in November in Delhi.
For an interview with Mark Swilling about his perception of the Panel, see http://www.markuslintu.com/UPR/mark/mark.html.