The UNEP Year Book is a series that highlight emerging environmental issues and significant events and development during the year. It also tracks environmental trends by presenting key indicators.
The Year Book series was established in 2003 and currently the 10th edition of the UNEP Year Book is being prepared. The Year Book series responds to the need to enhance the use of scientific evidence in environmental decision-making. The production of the Year Book is directly mandated by the Governments and through the Year Book, UNEP manages a key process for bridging the science-policy gap and bringing scientific knowledge into the policy domain to foster actionable responses. Topics recently covered by the UNEP Year Book series include: The benefits of soil carbon, nuclear decommissioning, plastic debris from the ocean, phosphorus and food production and emerging perspectives forest biodiversity.
The UNEP Year Book is prepared by UNEP together with the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment and individual experts. The series aims to raise awareness of emerging environmental issues from scientific research and other sources. The UNEP foresight process and Global Environment Outlook reports are instrumental in the identification of issues.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment. As the environment organization of the UN, one of the core tasks is to keep the global environment under review and bring significant issues under the attention of policy makers and other international organizations. UNEP’s work focuses on six areas: environmental governance, ecosystem management, climate change, disasters and conflict, harmful substances and hazardous waste, and resource efficiency.