Global Environment Outlook-5 launched

Three years in the making and involving over 300 experts, the fifth edition of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) was officially launched  06 June 2012.

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The UN's most comprehensive environmental assessment, GEO-5 provides the international community with the state of the global environment and related trends, covering atmosphere, land, water, biodiversity and other areas. The study also includes a global scorecard on internationally-agreed environmental goals. Progress and gaps towards achieving around 90 targets–from managing chemicals and tackling desertification to supporting wetlands–will be outlined in detail. 

GEO-5 has identified policy responses for all global regions to deal with their most pressing environmental concerns and to support overall sustainable development. 

As governments, civil society and other groups prepare for negotiations at Rio+20, GEO-5 will provide science-based analysis that maps out the extent of environmental pressures facing the planet and solutions for managing them sustainably. 

GRID-Arendal and the Ministry of the Environment of Norway jointly organized the Oslo launch of GEO-5 on 07 June.

Photos from the event:

Peter Gilruth, Director of UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment and Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norway's Minister of the Environment
Peter Prokosch and Thor Jürgen Greve Løberg from GRID-Arendal
Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency