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Global Linkages: A Graphic Look at the Changing Arctic
United Nations Environment Programme

The new report “Global Linkages – A graphic look at the changing Arctic”, produced by UN Environment and its collaborating center GRID-Arendal, is a set of maps and graphics, accompanied by short narratives to synthesize and illustrate the most critical, connected environmental challenges with Arctic and global relevance and focusing on issues which call for common solutions. The graphics builds on Arctic and global environmental assessments and reflect the dynamic connection between the Arctic and the rest of the planet. It presents both trends and outlooks and provides actionable recommendations focused on policy development and options for solutions. The issues covered by this product reflect the themes of the current Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council – climate change, biodiversity conservation and pollution prevention.


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2019
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Review of the Initial Impact of the GEO-4 Report
United Nations Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature

This Review of the Initial Impact of the GEO-4 Report, conducted ten months after GEO-4’s launch, was designed to assess the extent to which target audiences have used the global GEO-4 Report and the Summary for Decision Makers, the influence it has had to date, and to identify the main factors affecting its use and influence. The premise of the Review is that the extent and types of use and influence are good indications of the potential impact of GEO-4 over time, and that understanding the patterns and the reasons will highlight issues that need to be considered in the design of GEO-5. Current literature on leading global assessment processes, previous assessments, the project logic and a mixed methods approach were used to capture and analyze the perceptions and experiences of just over 150 users and potential users, as well as key UNEP staff. Surveys and Internet research provided additional insights beyond GEO’s ‘inner circles’.


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GEO-6 for Youth Africa: A Wealth of Green Opportunities - Global Environment Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme

Africa’s sustainability future is bright. In that future, green jobs abound so much that youth unemployment is dealt a decisive blow. But for this future to materialise, young people, policymakers, private sector players, local communities, and Africans as a whole must roll up their sleeves and work very hard at ensuring replenishment and not depletion of natural resources. The numerous pathways that lead to this future can be found in parliaments, learning institutions, work places, local markets, city streets, farms, and all across Africa. This publication showcases over 30 such pathways that have already been carved successfully by young people from all over the continent.


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Global Environment Outlook for Youth, Asia and the Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

The future always belongs to the next generation. Without their engagement and leadership,
that future cannot be sustainable. Fortunately, young people today are more passionate and
involved in environmental issues than any who have come before them. Not only are they
themselves taking action, they are mobilizing their families, communities and society at large
to tackle the great environmental challenges of our time. Initiative evolves into leadership. This
is why youth empowerment is not just a slogan but a core tenet of environmental solutions.

In Asia and the Pacific particularly, we are all too familiar with the issues. Rapid economic growth, urbanization and lifestyle changes have been a boon to living standards. Yet this
growth has been coupled with unwise use of natural resources and a tendency to over-consume. That means that environmental protection is not just the business of the environmentalists, but everybody. Young people understand this intuitively more than most, and that’s
why, across the region, we see them disproportionately driving change.

UN Environment has recognized many of those young people working to make a difference.
Through awards like the Young Champions of the Earth and the Asia Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyle Challenges, UN Environment is helping raise the profile and prerogative of youth to effect
change. The stories of these winners reflect the creativity and lateral thinking that continue to
inspire and influence others across the generations.

Knowledge remains the prerequisite for solutions, however. That is the premise behind the
Global Environment Outlook for Youth, Asia-Pacific. This publication presents a clear and expansive picture of current environmental challenges for youth and young professionals with
non-environmental backgrounds. It is a jumping-off point for those who want to do more for
the planet but lack fluency in the environmental trends and challenges in Asia and the Pacific.
Whereas conventional scientific publications can be technical and esoteric, this report is designed to be more interesting and accessible to a wider, younger audience.

I hope that this publication gives young people the chance to engage with environmental topics in a substantive way, and help spread that knowledge. I also hope it encourages decision
makers throughout Asia and the Pacific to support and empower young people. Ultimately, it
is only with young people’s efforts that we will deliver on the 2030 Agenda.


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Global Environment Outlook – GEO-6: Healthy Planet, Healthy People
United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement. GEO-6 builds on the findings of previous GEO reports, including the six regional assessments (2016), and outlines the current state of the environment, illustrates possible future environmental trends and analyses the effectiveness of policies. This flagship report shows how governments can put the world on the path to a truly sustainable future. It emphasizes that urgent and inclusive action is needed by decision makers at all levels to achieve a healthy planet with healthy people.


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Global Environment Outlook 6 for Industry in Asia-Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

Asia and the Pacific’s unrelenting industrial development has been a driving force in the economic growth of scores of countries in the region and beyond. This shift has led to greater prosperity, increased urbanization and sustained population growth. Yet as the region has become the “world’s factory”, it is increasingly realizing not only the benefits but the challenges of industrial development. These challenges are often environmental in nature. The 6th Global Environment Outlook, showed us that sustainable development was at risk from a number of factors. This report, a special product of GEO-6, further examines how these environmental problems are caused - and can be addressed - by the region’s rapid industrialization.


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GEO-6 Key Messages
United Nations Environment Programme

As an outcome of the negotiation meeting of the summary for policymakers of the sixth Global Environment Outlook, held in Nairobi from 21 to 24 January 2019, the Bureau of the meeting was requested to finalize a “key messages” document that would
explain concisely to ministers and other senior decision makers the key messages that emerged from the main assessment report. The Bureau therefore requested input on the draft version of the key messages document from all Member States present at the negotiation meeting and also requested comments thereon from the High-level Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Advisory Group and the Co-Chairs of the GEO-6 assessment


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Report of the Meeting on Integrated Environmental Assessment/Global Environmental Outlook (IEA/GEO) Core Data Working Group
United Nations Environment Programme

This report is generated through the working group that was assembled in the context of preparations for UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report series, which will replace the more traditional State-of-the-Environment Reports


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GEO for Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean: Open your Eyes to the Environment
United Nations Environment Programme

This is a report on the state of the environment in the region, in addition to being a real source of inspiration for people and institutions to contribute to the safeguarding of the environment. The young authors offer a fresh and up-to-date view of environment problems plaguing Latin America and the Caribbean, using facts and figures; examples, projects and activities; poems, drawings and photographs; in short, they bring ideas and enthusiasm which will undoubtedly inspire readers to answer their call to build a strong front against the deterioration of our environment. The book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with eight themes of fundamental importance for the environment and makes suggestions that help to form an integrated, rather than piecemeal, idea of the state of the environment in the region. The second part gives numerous examples, opinions and testimonies from young individuals who, in one way or another, have participated actively in defending the environment. The third part provides an outlook for the future providing three possible scenarios for the next 25 years: an optimistic future, a pessimistic future, and a future if present trends continue. These represent a warning so that all of us, young and old, men and women, may participate in taking care of our environment.


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Global Environment Outlook: For Life on Earth
United Nations Environment Programme

This first issue of the biennial Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is a snapshot of an ongoing worldwide environmental assessment process. It was initiated in response to the environmental reporting requirements of Agenda 21 and to a UNEP Governing Council Decision of May 1995, which requested production of the first in a new, comprehensive State of the Environment Report series in time for the next UNEP Governing Council in January 1997. The decision recognized the need to advance consensus on several essential environmental issues and on the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21.


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