Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey has recommended the creation of a United Nations panel on sustainability.
She voiced the idea while addressing the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva on Monday.
As Calmy-Rey pointed out, a quarter of the world's population consumes three-quarters of its resources. She said that governments were not coping well with the increasing risks of globalisation, adding that the coordination of economic policies was not working out.
The Swiss Foreign Minister suggested that ECOSOC could be rewired to serve as a council for sustainable development, with an executive committee meeting regularly to coordinate the policies of individual nations.
The president of ECOSOC said that the idea had come at the right time. Calmy-Rey has also discussed the concept with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
In a similar type of move, the Human Rights Commission was replaced by the Human Rights Council in 2006.
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