UN prepares to launch Global Environment Outlook report

Sixth edition of the report will analyse policies that will help in attaining unfinished environmental goals

By Moushumi Sharma
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

GEO5 stated that only four of the 90 objectives towards a sustainable environment have been fulfilled so far

More than 130 delegates comprising top policymakers, leading scientists and representatives from stakeholder groups gathered in Berlin on October 23 for the Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder meeting of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO6) report.An initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme, GEO assesses the state, trends and outlook of the world’s environment.

The fifth edition of the report, which was launched in 2012 during Rio+20 Summit, revealed that out of the 90 most significant environmental goals, progress had been made on only four. Building on that information, GEO6, expected to be launched in mid-2017, will take into account regional assessment processes and attempt to analyse policies that will help attain these unfinished goals, states a UNEP press release.
The delegates advocated the use of innovative technologies, capacity-building, incorporation of indigenous knowledge and state-of-the-art technical analysis. They hope GEO6 will provide a more inclusive assessment of the environment. The underlying approach of this platform will be the perspective that the environment is inextricably linked to sustainable development.
GEO is a series of reports on the state of the global environment that is released periodically by UNEP. Five reports have been published so far—from GEO1 in 1997 to GEO5 in 2012. Geo6 will provide scientific evidence and future-looking environmental policy perspectives to contribute to UNEP’s mission to enhance development.

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