Summary highlights 23 January 2019



Highlights for Wednesday, 23 January 2019

From L-R: Fernando Coimbra, Brazil; Martin Gronda, Argentina; and Vinicius Trindade, Brazil

The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) resumed on Wednesday, 23 January 2019, at the UN Environment (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Delegates met in the morning, afternoon, and into the evening, to complete the paragraph-by-paragraph reading of four sections of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM). On the section on drivers of, and responses to, environmental degradation they discussed the following issues:

  • greenhouse gases
  • biodiversity
  • oceans and coasts
  • land and soil
  • freshwater, and
  • the changing environment
  • The section on effectiveness of environmental policies involved discussions on policy innovations, diffusion, and enforcement.On future pathways they conferred on:

  • the need for urgent, sustained and inclusive actions
  • pathways towards achieving sustainable development
  • innovations and transformation required to achieve environmental goals, and
  • benefits from following sustainable pathways
  • IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary report from the Negotiation of the GEO-6 Summary for Policy Makers, which is available in HTML and PDF.

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    Luciano Donadio Linares, Argentina
    GEO-6 Assessment Co-Chair Paul Ekins, UK
    Co-Chair Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Costa Rica, with GEO-6 Assessment Co-Chair Paul Ekins, UK
    Sebastian Gil, European Union
    Anne Martinussen, Norway
    Stuart Mangold, South Africa
    Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
    Delegates during the lunch break
    Miriam Ott, Germany
    Pascale Collas, Canada
    Lori Dando, US
    Vinicius Trindade, Brazil
    GEO-6 authors
    Anne Martinussen and Guri Sandborg, Norway
    Matthew Billot and Jason Jabbour, UNEP
    Gillian Bowser, Colorado State University, with Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
    Zhuo Zhuang, China
    James Mathew, India
    Felipe Cortes, Chile
    GEO-6 Assessment Co-Chair Joyeeta Gupta, India
    Nobukazu Naniwa, Japan
    Cheikh Fofana, Senegal
    Isaac Dladla, Eswatini
    Co-Chair Aziza Geleta Dessalegn, Ethiopia
    Harouna Ramata Abba Kiari, Niger
    Muhammad Asif Sahibzada, Pakistan
    Co-Chair Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Costa Rica
    Afsane Moeeni, Iran
    Nino Gokhelashvili, Georgia
    Vincent Fleming, UK
    Jamil Mtoor, Palestine
    Around the venue


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union