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Global Environment Outlook - GEO-6


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1. A healthy planet supports healthy people; 2. Five drivers affect the health of the planet; 3. An Increasingly unhealthy planet affects everyone's health; 4. Despite some success stories, policy measures lag behind; 5. A healthy planet and healthy people are synergetic: Achieving transformative change; 6. Data and knowledge for a healthy planet; Annex 1. Examples of other global environmental assessments and their links to GEO-6; 6. Acronyms and abbreviations; 8. Glossary.

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Summarizes the science that will underpin policies for environmental recovery in a post-COVID-19 era. Also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.


'The sixth Global Environment Outlook is an essential check-up for our planet. Like any good medical examination, there is a clear prognosis of what will happen if we continue with business as usual and a set of recommended actions to put things right. GEO-6 details both the perils of delaying action and the opportunities that exist to make sustainable development a reality.' Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
'The global pandemic COVID-19 has demonstrated the interconnected nature of the planet's life support systems and that we cannot return to business as usual. And the good news is that in building back better, we can ensure both a healthy environment and healthy people.' Inger Andersen, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

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