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The UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO) project was initiated in response to the Agenda 21 and to a UNEP Governing Council decision of May 1995 which requested the production of a comprehensive global state of the environment report.
The GEO project has two components:
A global environmental assessment process that is cross-sectoral, participatory and consultative. It incorporates regional views and builds consensus on priority issues and actions through dialogue among policy makers and scientists at regional and global levels. It also aims to strengthen environmental assessment capacity in the regions through training and ‘learning-by-doing’.
GEO outputs, in printed and electronic format, including the GEO report series. This series presents periodic reviews of the state of the world’s environment, and provides guidance for decision-making processes such as the formulation of environmental policies, action planning and resource allocation. Other outputs include regional, sub-regional and national environmental assessments, technical and other background reports, products for young people (GEO for Youth) and a Web site. A global UNEP.NET and for each region. This is the Latin America and the Caribbean Web Site (part of UNEP.NET), and is a component of de GEO process.

The GEO Process

The coordinated global network of collaborating centres (CCs) is at the core of the GEO process. These centres have played an increasingly active role in preparing GEO reports. Regional centres are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting. Other institutions provide specialized expertise on cross-cutting or thematic issues.Working groups provide advice and support to the GEO process, particularly on integrated assessment methodologies and process planning. Other United Nations agencies contribute to the GEO process, mainly by providing substantive data and information on the many environmental and related issues that fall under their individual mandates. They also participate in the review process.



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