The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is conducting the 2011 ‘UNEP Survey on Emerging Issues‘ and invites everyone to participate. The output from the survey will be used to inform UNEP’s input to the ‘Emerging Issues’ theme of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio 2012.
UNEP recently conducted a Foresight Process on emerging environmental issues, in which 21 issues were identified through consultation with more than 400 scientists worldwide and systematic debate by a panel of 21 distinguished scientists. Furthermore, during the development of UNEPs’ flagship publication the 5th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5), a further set of five emerging issues were also identified based on scientific opinions.
UNEP now wishes to solicit the opinion of governments, major groups and stakeholders on the list of issues. Through a survey they are asking interested decision-makers, practitioners and citizens to score the 26 issues based on their judgment of their importance and relevance, especially to their country or world region, and to suggest possible actions to address these issues.
Based on the input collected through the survey, UNEP will analyze and rank the scores to identify the top 5 to 10 priority emerging issues for each world region (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North America and West Asia), as specified by Governments and Major Groups. A short outcome report will be produced as input to the Rio 2012 process.Source: http://www.environmentalgovernance.org/blog/2011/09/unep-consultations-raising-expectations-for-sustainability-summit-in-rio-2012/