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Earth System Governance researcher appointed as lead author for GEO-5

Joyeeta Gupta has been appointed as a lead author for the UNEP’s fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5). She will be contributing to the final chapter of the report: Options for a Global Response; and to Chapter 5 on Options for Europe.

Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is a global, consultative, participatory process that builds capacity for conducting global environmental assessments and for reporting on the state and trends of the environment, future outlooks and policy options. GEO also informs environmental decision-making. It aims to facilitate the interaction between science and policy.

The GEO-5 report will be published in 2012, the year of the Rio+20 Conference where main themes will be ‘a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’ and the ‘institutional framework for sustainable development’. The GEO-5 assessment will address these and other relevant themes and will provide an analysis of the policy options.

The authors and experts for GEO-5 have been selected through an on-line nomination process for that enabled governments and other stakeholders to nominate experts for various groups. The selection of experts was made by UNEP, taking into account gender, geographical and disciplinary balance.

Joyeeta Gupta is a member of the Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee and a professor of climate change law and policy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and of water law and policy at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. Her expertise is in the area of environmental law and politics.

For more information on UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook see www.unep.org/geo.

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