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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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Outlooks in GEO-6 - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People Chapter 19
United Nations Environment Programme

Parts A and B of the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO- 6) indicate that the current global development trends and their future trajectories are not sustainable. At the same time, nations worldwide have agreed on a set of ambitious goals as part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a broad range of multilateral environmental agreements and other frameworks. Together, they aim for halting environmental degradation and aim to enable better development pathways that can bene t both humans and the ecosystems that support human well-being.
The key questions now are whether future trends would lead to the achievement of these ambitious goals and thereby a more sustainable future – and, if not, what would be required, both in policy and practice, to bend the trend towards positive and sustainable development pathways. Part C of GEO-6 aims to provide an integrated and holistic view of the scienti c information to address these questions. It presents new approaches to developing science-based information for decision makers, by combining scenario-based quantitative projections (de ned here as top-down approaches) with grass- roots and participatory methods (bottom-up) approaches.


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GEO-6: Policies - Infographic
United Nations Environment Programme

An important argument in favour of environmental policy integration is the economic and social co-benefits that can be expected from implementing environmental policies


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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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Freshwater - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People Chapter 9
United Nations Environment Programme

The sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) highlights links between water (SDG 6) and health (SDG 3).


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GEO Matters - July 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

At the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO) and its accompanying Summary for Policymakers were welcomed with appreciation by Member States. Countries also discussed extensively how the Global Environment Outlook process and publication could be further improved. To meet this goal, countries decided to request the Executive Director of UN Environment, through a resolution, develops an options paper and conduct extensive consultation on these options in order to deliver recommendations on the future of GEO at the fifth UN Environment Assembly.

In requesting this options document, countries decided that the process should be overseen and managed by a Steering Committee established under the auspices of UNEA and pursuant to well-defined Terms of References. Members of the Steering Committee were to be nominated by Member States and all members of UN specialized agencies by May 30th, 2019 and were to be approved by the Committee of Permanent Representatives. The options document should be submitted by the Steering Committee to the UNEA-5 for consideration, to allow a decision on the future form and function of the GEO.


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A Long-term Vision for 2050 - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People Chapter 20
United Nations Environment Programme

In this chapter, we de ne the vision used for the scenario analysis of GEO-6, taking a long-term perspective, beyond 2030. This vision uses the SDGs as an overarching, integrated set of goals and targets to start from, selecting key environment- related targets, and, where relevant, further quantifying these with targets from related MEAs or the scienti c literature. This long-term vision addresses the theme of GEO-6 – Healthy Planet, Healthy People – by focusing on global environmental targets linked to the ve themes discussed in Part A (State of the Global Environment), and related multidimensional poverty and health targets. In Chapters 21 and 22 the existing scenario literature is assessed, to allow discussion of future developments with respect to these targets and the pathways towards achieving them.


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GEO-6: The Way Forward
United Nations Environment Programme

A healthy planet is the ultimate foundation for supporting all life forms and human well-being, which depend on the viability of Earth’s life-support system.


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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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GEO Matters - January 2019
United Nations Environment Programme

The negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) convened from 21-24 January 2019 at the UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The intergovernmental meeting had a record number of 95 countries which is an increase from the 56 countries that attended a similar negotiation meeting for the fifth Global Environment Outlook in Gwanju city, Republic of South Korea in 2012. In total, the meeting was attended by 251 participants, including 1 observer mission, 22 representatives of countries without representation in Nairobi and 26 participants from major groups and stakeholders.


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