The Fourth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)
Invitation for peer review on its first draft
The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is the UNEP flagship report
series on the state-and-trends of the global environment first
requested in a UNEP Governing Council decision of 1995.
The peer review process of first draft of the fourth Global Environment
Outlook (GEO-4) report is now underway by governments, experts,
science institutions, international organizations and other stakeholders.
Scientific and policy review has always been a key component of
the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) process, involving many stakeholders
in and outside government structures.
The involvement of MEAs in the GEO-4 review process is important
to UNEP and follows up on a recommendation of the GEO-4/MEAs Consultation
in October 2005 in Bonn, Germany, that UNEP involves MEAs experts
in the GEO-4 production and review process. This is in order to
ensure that important MEAs’ scientific and policy issues
of global and regional significance, including emerging issues,
gaps and challenges, are given due consideration in the GEO-4
The underlying theme of the GEO-4 report is environment for development,
highlighting the critical issues of sustainable development. In
assessing the state-and-trends of the global as well as emerging
issues, the report also addresses issues related to human wellbeing
and the valuation of environmental goods-and-services, building
upon the work of the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment (MA). About
200 regional and global experts have been involved in drafting
the GEO-4 report which consists of five sections and 10 chapters.
Given that the GEO-4 draft report review is an open process for
all stakeholders we would like to encourage all interested individuals
to participate in this review process. You may wish to review
the whole report or to focus on chapters of relevance to this
and other related MEAs. The draft report is already available
for external review at:
The guidelines on the review as well as a template to use for
presenting comments to UNEP are also available at this website.
The deadline for sending comments to UNEP is 15 July
2006. All those who provide substantive written comments
will be acknowledged in an annex to the GEO-4 report and will
also receive a free copy of the report.