The GEO-5 for Local Authorities report has been developed by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in col la - boration with UNEP, and draws on the findings of GEO-5. The report shows that pressures on the global environment affect the local level. Conversely, local decisions and responses can not only improve local conditions, but also significantly contribute to improving the state of the global environment. By placing global and regional environmental challenges in the context of local policy making, the report aims to make the findings of GEO-5 more relevant for local governance. The report highlights the role that local autho - rities can play in meeting internationally agreed goals and targets and in addressing local, regional and global envi - ronmental challenges.
GEO-5, the latest in the GEO series, released in June 2012, provides an assessment of the state and trends of the global environment in relation to internationally agreed goals; evaluates the gaps and barriers in their implementation; and provides policy options that have the potential to speed-up realization of these goals.