On 1 June 2022, the book ‘Keeping the World’s Environment under Review: An Intellectual History of the Global Environment Outlook’ will be launched. The event is organised by The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS), together with PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Central European University (CEU), and will be hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute. You are welcome to join this hybrid event, i.e. in-person in Stockholm as well as on-line.
Keeping the World’s Environment under Review
How do we take stock of the state and changing trend of the world’s environment and distill lessons from policy experiences? Amongst the myriad detailed narratives about the condition of the planet, the periodic Global Environment Outlook (GEO), published by the United Nations Environment Programme, stands out as the most ambitious. For nearly three decades, the GEO project has not only delivered iconic global assessment reports, but the many contributors have also inspired hundreds of similar processes, worldwide, from regional to local levels. This book provides an inside account of the evolution of the GEO project from its earliest days.
Building on meticulous research, including interviews with former heads of the United Nations Environment Programme, diplomats, leading contributing scientists, and senior leaders of collaborating organisations, the story is told from the perspective of five GEO veterans who all played a pivotal role in shaping the periodic assessments. GEO’s history provides striking insights and will save valuable time for those who will commission, design and conduct, as well as critique and improve the assessments of environmental development, in the next decade.