"The mission of the UN system-wide Earthwatch
is to coordinate, harmonize and
First things first: Who are we? What do we do? The above quote gives you an idea. For a simple explanation, see our brochure on Earthwatch.
You can look at a powerpoint presentation on Earthwatch, including its accomplishments and activities, or read our briefing note. We also have a page giving a summary description of UN System-wide Earthwatch with its terms of reference. Another section of the site explains the organization of Earthwatch; this details our Legislative Mandate , UN system-wide contributions to Earthwatch , Tables of thematic coverage of Agenda 21 programme areas , and the History of Earthwatch 1972-1995 . Then there are pages on all the UN system partners in Earthwatch.
However, by this time you may have realised that we are not, in fact, the Earthwatch you were seeking. To clarify any confusion, please look at the note Looking for a different Earthwatch? - this may put you on the right path!
is intended to serve as one of the major pillars of the
documents on Earthwatch
Here are some ways of finding out.
GEO-2000 - UNEP's Millenium Report on the Environment
Sources of near-real-time information on the state of the planetary environment!
Fires: The Global Fire Monitoring Centre provides access to near-real-time reports on the status of forest and wildfires around the world.
Oceans: The JCOMM Products Bulletin provides interactive graphical viewing of several global oceanographic data sets, including sea surface temperature and precipitation anomalies that show El Niño and related phenomena.
Coral Reefs: A near-real-time chart of unusually warm sea surface temperatures associated with coral bleaching.
United Nations organizations, programmes, specialized agencies and convention
system partners in Earthwatch
Global Observing Strategy
Global Observing Systems
Observing System (GCOS)
Global Ocean Observing
Observing System (GTOS)
Systems Information Center (GOSIC)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Home Page
UNEP Geneva Home Page
Geneva Environment Network (International Environment House)
Sustainable Development - UN system-wide Home Page
Official UN Web Site Locatorfor access to all the United Nations system home pages
See also the sites of UN system partners in Earthwatch
(for a complete list of Earthwatch documents see the documents page)
Earthwatch Strategic Framework for Environmental Observing, Assessment and Reporting describes a general strategy for monitoring the planetary environment
Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS) A strategy for coordinating the work of the space agencies, international organizations and research programmes to observe the environment
Progress Report on the UN System-wide Earthwatch 1994-1999 summarizes what Earthwatch has done in the last 5 years
Report on International Scientific Advisory Processes on the Environment and Sustainable Development reviews how scientific advice is provided for international decision-making
Conceptual evolution of a UN information system a working paper on how to build a UN-wide environmental information system
Possible mechanisms for early warning on environmental issues considers how to make environmental early warning operational
The United Nations System-wide Earthwatch extracts from the ACC Report (1995) on the strategy for Earthwatch as agreed by all the UN agencies
21 Chapter 40: Information for Decision-making (1992) part of the
Earth Summit action plan providing guidance for Earthwatch
UNEP web site for resources on small island developing States, including an
Island Directory .
on International Waters
This web site for the United Nations System-wide Earthwatch summarizes the information collected by the inter-agency Earthwatch Working Party and the UN System-wide Earthwatch Coordination unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as Task Manager for Earthwatch. It makes more widely available inputs provided to UNEP and the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), as joint Task Managers for Agenda 21 Chapter 40: Information for Decision-making, in their preparation of the Secretary-General's reports on Information for Decision-making to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
This site is intended to inform people about Earthwatch, and to provide a working tool for all the organizations cooperating in Earthwatch, assisting in improving cooperation across the UN system and beyond, and helping to identify opportunities for collaboration and joint programming. Most of the documents on the site are also available in printed form. The intended result is for all cooperating partners in Earthwatch to work towards more coherent and integrated assessments of the planetary environment and a more effective flow of information on that environment to decision-makers.
The site contains several core sections:
INFORMATION FROM EARTHWATCH OF GENERAL INTEREST
of relevance to Earthwatch;
INFORMATION ON THE ORGANIZATION OF EARTHWATCH
presentation on Earthwatch;
The information may vary somewhat in completeness and coverage, depending on the amount of information provided by partner organizations. For further information, consult the organizations directly or through the links provided in this site. The summary listings also do not always show the complementarity of many activities by different organizations in the same programme area.
Since Earthwatch is a concept, and a dynamic process of cooperation among the parts of the UN system and outside partners, more than a programme or institutional structure, this site can only give a glimpse of its status at the present time. It will continue to evolve to provide more effective environmental information for decision-making on sustainability.
Directions to the International Environment House in Geneva (formerly the Geneva Executive Center). Earthwatch is on the second floor of C block (C201-C204).
UN System-wide Earthwatch
is most often confused with the Earthwatch
Institute, a non-governmental organisation founded in the same year
as the UN Earthwatch (1972), which subsidizes scientific projects and encourages
public participation in them.