The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) resumed for its final day on Thursday, 24 January 2019, at the UN Environment (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Delegates received the revised Summary for Policymakers (SPM) in the afternoon and met into the evening to review it, providing editorial changes to clarify and correct language discussed earlier in the week. They agreed that the key messages of the SPM would be incorporated in a Co-Chairs’ summary to be forwarded to fourth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in March 2019 alongside the GEO-6 and SPM.
During the closing session, several delegations thanked the Bureau for their work to streamline the text. Delegates also adopted the report of the meeting, which was presented by meeting rapporteur Aziza Geleta Dessalegn, Ethiopia. In his closing remarks, Jian Liu, UNEP Chief Scientist, thanked delegates for all their work in approving the SPM.
Co-Chair Paolo Soprano, Italy, closed the meeting at 10:14 pm.
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The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) resumed on Tuesday, 22 January 2019, at the UN Environment (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the morning, delegates began a paragraph-by-paragraph reading of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM). They addressed the first section on “What is the Global Environment Outlook,” in the morning and the afternoon. In this section, they discussed definitions of the GEO including:
the GEO as a consultative and participatory process for preparing an independent assessment of the state of the environment; and
the GEO is a source of sound evidence-based information on the environment.
In the afternoon they addressed the second section on the drivers of environmental change, where they considered, inter alia:
The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) opened on Monday, 21 January 2019, at the UN Environment (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the morning, Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies and Stakeholders, UNEP, opened the meeting. Delegates then listened to opening remarks from Co-Chair of the High-level Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Advisory Group (HLG) Paolo Soprano (Italy), Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director, UNEP, and Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Kenya. Delegates also addressed organizational matters including election of officers and listened to presentations on the GEO-6 process and the content and key messages of the draft GEO-6 Summary for Policymakers (SPM).
Delegates thereafter shared their general views of the draft SPM, which will remain embargoed until its adoption by member states on Thursday, 24 January 2019.
OECPR-1, 24-28 March 2014, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
GEO-5, 29-31 January 2012, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
GEO-5 Regional Consultations, 16-17, 20-21, and 23-24 September 2010, Bangkok, Thailand; UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya; and Geneva, Switzerland
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