United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics
Economics and Trade Branch

Second Review Meeting on Integrated Assessment and Planning for Sustainable Development

21-22 September 2005, Geneva, Switzerland

The Economics and Trade Branch convened the Second Review Meeting on Integrated Assessment and Planning for Sustainable Development in Geneva on 21 and 22 September 2005.

In 2004 UNEP-ETB launched ten country projects (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Russia, Tanzania and Uganda) to assist in integrating environmental, social, and economic considerations into their national policy-making processes, through the use of Integrated Assessment and Planning. The projects are examining the links between sound environmental management, poverty reduction and sustainable trade and the impact of a specific planning process in sustainable development and will propose ways to improve the planning processes.

Integrated Assessment and Planning is an interdisciplinary process to combine, interpret and communicate knowledge from various scientific disciplines in such a way that the system-wide cause-effect chain associated with a public programme or policy can be evaluated for the benefit of decision-making.

National experts as well as government officials convened to review the preliminary results of their country’s projects, which were launched in 2004. This meeting was a follow up of the February 14-17 Workshop and Review Meeting on Integrated Assessment and Planning. It focused on the significant findings and identified the challenges faced.

Related website:
Initiative on Capacity Building for Integrated Assessment and Planning.

Contact: fulai.sheng@unep.ch