Sixth edition of the report will analyse policies that will help in attaining unfinished environmental goals
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.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.