Various activities have been, and are being, planned as a part of the follow-up to WSSD and the 10-Year Framework Programme for Sustainable Production and Consumption. At the G8 Ministerial Meeting organized in Tokyo, Japan from 28-30 April 2005, host Japan formally launched a '3R Initiative'. This is a starting point to pursues activities globally, aiming for a sound material-cycle society through the 3Rs.
The success of such an initiative will largely depend on the right mix of policies and programmes implemented at the local level. As the Japanese experience has shown, the key spheres of action will revolve around governance issues such as laws, legislation, rules and procedures; education and awareness building issues, targeting stakeholders in the public and private sectors, but also communities and consumers alike; technology issues, to ensure that industrial, manufacturing and market activities and technologies used have a minimum impact on the environment, and produce the least amount of wastes possible; and financial issues, focusing on subsidies and taxation to facilitate action in the right direction, and to discourage unsound practices.
Ultimately, the life cycle of a product in itself should guide the action necessary to development and implement a comprehensive 3R Initiative based on integrated waste management systems:
Much of this will also depend on developing an integrated framework bringing together the above points with other issues, including