United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): 5th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 5th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) in advance of Rio +20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. As a UNEP focal point, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has contributed significantly to the development of the GEO series, from GEO-1 to the latest edition, GEO-5.

1. Overview

Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) is currently the most authoritative assessment of the state of the global environment, as well as its’ trends and outlook. The report was produced over three years in a process involving more than six hundred experts worldwide, who collated and analyzed data from every continent to build up a detailed picture of the state of the world‘s wellbeing.

3. PR document

The companion report - Measuring Progress: Environmental Goals and Gaps - surveys and elucidates the world‘s progress towards meeting international environmental goals for a particular set of critical issues, and highlights gaps in our ability to measure progress, including the absence of clear numerical targets, and gaps in important data relating to various issues:

Keeping Track of our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20 - is a compendium of facts and figures which track the environmental changes that have swept the planet over the last twenty years:


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