and wasteful consumption patterns in developed countries.
"It makes it imperative for them (developed nations) to take lead to shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns," he said.
He said that the principles of "common but differentiated responsibilities" and "equity" must continue to be the bedrock of the ongoing and future global discourse on sustainable development.
Giving further data, the environment minister said 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced is wasted every year, amounting to over one-third of all food produced.
He said that the wastage of food at consumer level alone in industrialized countries is nearly as much as the total food production in sub-Saharan Africa.
"Food waste has been often clubbed with the issue of post-harvest losses in developing countries, which is a flawed approach," he said.
He expressed his satisfaction that out of various focus areas being considered for developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the Open Working Group (OWG) established by the UNGA, the first proposed goal relates to ending poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Javadekar also had comprehensive discussions with Assistant Secretary for Environment and leader of delegation of USA to UNEA, Daniel A Reifsnyder, Robert D Pickersgill Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Jamaica and Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran.
Javadekar specifically outlined the new initiatives related to integrated coastal development, forest conservation, combating desertification, island development and cleaning Ganga River.
He also apprised the officials regarding India's National Climate Action Plan with eight missions - missions on solar energy, energy efficiency, sustainable habitat, water, Himalayan eco-system, Greening India, sustainable agriculture and strategic knowledge for climate change.