Booklets and Brochures, Global environment outlook (GEO)
GEO for Business: Adapt to Thrive - What Transformational Change Means for Business
United Nations Environment Programme

For nearly 50 years, UNEP has been working to improve the environment for current and future generations. As part of this work, UNEP periodically asks the expert community to assess the current state of the environment, how effective our policy response has been and what the future holds either if we stay on our current path or shift to one that is more environmentally sustainable. The sixth and most recent edition of The Global Environment Outlook, subtitled Healthy Planet, Healthy People, presents a very daunting picture but also many reasons for hope.
Global Environmental Outlooks assess broad trends and propose sustainable pathways, and their authors generally do not anticipate or examine potential global shocks. That is because while major global shocks occur and have certainly happened in the past, the broad trends of increasing resource extraction, environmental degradation and pollution have have always tended to persist.
However, the scale and depth of COVID-19’s impacts are unprecedented, and they offer us an opportunity to rethink how nature and humanity interact. Will we continue to fight one another for supremacy of the planet, or will we work hand-in-hand to build a planet that sustains us all. In crafting this first GEO for Business brief, we thought it was important to look at these two possible futures to explain how we might choose one path over the other and the role of business in achieving the more positive future.


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2020

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Global environment outlook (GEO), Summaries
Technical Summary - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People
United Nations Environment Programme

This Technical Summary synthesizes the key evidence
and messages of GEO-6. Chapter 1 sets out the context and methodological approach of the GEO-6 assessment.
It is followed by chapters that:
i) discuss the five drivers affecting the health of the
planet: trends in human population, combined with
economic development; growth of consumption;
rapid urbanization; accelerating technological
innovation; and climate change (Chapter 2);
ii) review the impacts of broad systemic activities
(called cross-cutting issues in the GEO-6) and the
health, equity and economic dimensions of these
impacts (Chapter 3); collectively providing evidence
that the planet is becoming increasingly unhealthy;.
iii) review the literature and undertake case studies
on policy implementation to show how policies
are struggling to keep up with the rate and scale of
planetary degradation (Chapter 4);
iv) assess the literature to demonstrate that there is a
case to be made for transformative change linking
the health of the planet to human health (Chapter 5)
and v) examine the changing role of knowledge and data
for a healthy planet (Chapter 6).


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2020

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Global environment outlook (GEO), Other
Back Matter [Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) [The GEO-6 Process, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Contributors, Glossary]
United Nations Environment Programme
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2019
Global environment outlook (GEO), Other
GEO-6 - Links to Individual Chapters
United Nations Environment Programme

The document lists links to the individual chapters of the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook


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2019
Global environment outlook (GEO), Reports and Books
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
Global environment outlook (GEO), Summaries
Global Environment Outlook: GEO-6 - Summary for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme

This Summary for Policymakers highlights the findings of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report.


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2019
Global environment outlook (GEO), Chapters and Articles
Introduction and Context - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People Chapter 1
United Nations Environment Programme

Under the theme of ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People,’ the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) is an integrated assessment which considers various scienti c perspectives and inputs from across the world in a holistic manner. The assessment urges the world’s decision makers and all citizens to apply the principles of sustainable development to help ensure that Earth’s environment remains the foundation of society and of people’s well-being and resilience.


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2019
Global environment outlook (GEO), Chapters and Articles
Cross-cutting Issues - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People Chapter 4
United Nations Environment Programme

As understanding of the interdependence between a healthy planet and healthy people becomes more developed, complex issues that thread through systems and societies gain new importance. Beyond the traditional Global Environment Outlook (GEO) themes addressing air, biodiversity, oceans, land and fresh water, this GEO-6 assessment addresses cross-cutting issues worthy of further examination. Using
a systems approach, these cross-cutting issues offerentry points allowing another dimension for analysing GEO-6 themes as well as understanding the network of interconnections throughout earth and human systems.


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2019