The Ministry of the Environment of Norway convened a symposium on sustainable consumption in late January 1994 which drew together a number of ministers of environment to discuss how industrialized countries can find ways and means of moving towards more sustainable patterns of consumption. A series of presentations covered the issues relevant to mobilizing changes towards sustainable consumption among governments, the UN system, industry, research, voluntary organizations and the media. The papers and discussions formed the background material for a report presented to the CSD in May.