The reporting process leading to. GEO-5. @ European Regional Consultation for the 12 th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Int’l Environment House, Geneva, 27 Oct. 2010.
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@ European Regional Consultation for the 12th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Int’l Environment House, Geneva, 27 Oct. 2010
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GEO-5 was specifically mandated by UNEP GC-25 (Feb. 2009) through Decision 25/2:III (see next slide…)Why a GEO-5? (the mandate issue)
Strengthen the policy relevance of GEO-5 by including an analysis of appropriate policy options and their indicative costs and benefits, and also to inform relevant global processes and meetings where progress towards these agreed goals and targets will be discussed.
Organize a GEO-5 process in which the scope, objectives and process … are finalised and adopted at a (1st) global inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder consultation; and convene a final inter-governmental meeting to negotiate and endorse the summary for policy-makers (SPM) based on the scientific findings of the full report.
Governing Council Decision 25/2:III
Provide a comprehensive, scientifically-credible and policy-relevant global IEA, with increased legitimacy from the engagement of (all) relevant stakeholders.
Analyse appropriate policy options and their indicative costs and benefits, to help speed up realization of inter-nationally agreed goals and targets, including those agreed at the Millennium Summit in 2000.
Inform relevant global processes and meetings where progress towards these goals and targets are discussed.
Continue to build capacity of developing and trans’l. countries for environmental assessments.
Objectives of GEO-5
Regionally-driven identification of priority challenges and promising policy options, along with capacity building in policy analysis.
Investigation of links between environment and the economy (including the green economy).
A “challenge scenario” articulating longer-term options for achieving goals and targets.
Indicator-based Environmental State & trends.
Outreach as part of the design from the start.What will be different in GEO-5?
Part I: Assessment of State & Trends of the Global (Reg’l) Environment
Internationally-agreed goals and targets
Drivers of the global environment
Followed by separate chapters on Atmosphere, Land, Water, Biodiversity and Chemicals
Challenges within the Earth System
Part II: Options for Regional Policy Action
Policies for Environmental Sustainability: a review
Regional priority goals & targets: options for Africa, Asia & Pacific, Europe, LAC, N. America, W. Asia and Polar areas.
A regional synthesisProposed Contents of GEO-5 (I)
Global responses (“lessons learned” from regional analyses)
- summary of high-potential policies;
- enabling conditions; and
- barriers to policy uptake.
Challenges and opportunities
- the desirable future; the “Challenge Scenario”;
- Moving forward on greening the economy and SCP; and the role and evolution of IEG; and
- Strengthening the global assessment process.Proposed Contents of GEO-5 (II)
National and regional Environment Outlooks / State of Environment Reports (AEO-3, DABEO, EEAoA, LAC 2010…)
Sectoral & thematic assessments (GBO-3, OECD, FRA 2010…)
International review processes (MDGs/Biodiversity Indicators...)
Data & Observing Systems (GEOSS…)
Intergovernmental Panels (IPCC; the Int’l Panel on Sustainable
Resource Management; and IPBES, Intergovernmental
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).GEO-5 in the Assessment Landscape
Part 1. Assessing state & trends of global environment
Review Internationally agreed Goals & Targets
(including MEAs & MDGs)
Part 2. identifying options for policy action within regions
Part 3: Finding opportunities for a global response
Conduct Global Synthesis
Identify options for global actions to enable policy responses
Internal consultations within UNEP (SMT and Divisions), and informal presentation to CPR (11 March 2010).
1st Intergovernmental Multi-stakeholder Consultation for GEO-5 in Nairobi (29-31 March 2010).
Holding of six Regional Consultations; establishment of (most) Chapter Working Groups (Sept. - Oct. 2010).
Project document under Env’l. Governance, EA(d) project 1 “Global Environment Outlook (GEO-)5”.
Progress on GEO-5 to date
Engagement of stakeholders
Nomination & selection of experts
Scientific credibility assurance
Summary for Policy-makers
- “hard-wired” into the GEO-5 design to reach key target audiences
- offer intermediate products and maximise GEO-5’s accessibility
At the regional level, we need to advise on or assure:
Selection of candidates for the inter-govt’l. High-level
Advisory Panel, and Science & Policy Advisory Group;
Nomination & Selection of Experts for regional multi-
stakeholder working groups for policy analyses;
Regional participation in author/chapter working groups and Data & Indicators/Scenarios Working Groups;
Involvement in Outreach throughout the process;
Capacity Development through IEA training and GEO Fellowship Programme.
Building Assessment Expertise
Provide training in Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA)
Develop tools and methodologies to support policy analysis at the regional, sub-regional & national levels
Build capacity to utilise outcomes of assessments
Enhance institutional capacity through partnerships
Technology & Accessibility of Information
Strengthen GEO Data Portal; develop specifications for ‘UNEP Live’
Improve platforms for e-Learning and for accessing training materials
Enhance IEA Community Platform & Trainers’ Database of resources
Capacity Development Process
Networking and developing institutional partnerships
Interactive delivery through, inter alia, web-based and eLearning platforms
South-South partnerships & initiatives
Contributing to “Delivering as One UN” through UNDAFs
Who will benefit?
Developing and transitional economy countries
Regional GEO Collaborating Centres (CCs)
Young scientists (GEO Fellowship Programme)
New/additional GEO partners
BUDGET - USD 9’325’000 total requested for 2010-12
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