Nairobi, 22 May 1998 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today received a grant of $350,000 from the United Nations Foundation (a public charity established by Ted Turner, Co-Chairman of Time Warner Inc., to oversee the administration of his $1 billion gift to the United Nations). The grant will finance the production of a youth version of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO).
UNEP, in 1997, launched a report called the Global Environment Outlook. GEO is a state-of-environment report with a difference - it looks at how the global environment is faring but also includes an analysis of policies in place to tackle environmental issues and explores prospects for the future. The way in which GEO was produced is also innovative - much of the key information came from the participants at regional consultative meetings and from some 20 collaborating institutions around the world.
In line with GEO's participatory approach, the new youth publication will be created for UNEP by children and youth groups from all over the world, in cooperation with Peace Child International. This organization has already successfully prepared a number of other UN publications for children. The United Nations Children's Fund is also a partner in the project.
For more information, please contact:
Veerle Vandeweerd Chief, State of the Environment Director,
UNEP, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi
UNEP News Release 1998/56