Dr. Marion Cheatle delivers lecture series at IESD
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Dr. Marion Cheatle delivers lecture series at IESD


Dr Marion Cheatle, delivered a keynote speech which focused on how UNEP meets its responsibility to keep track of the world environmental situation and bring emerging problems to the attention of governments.  Following some introductory remarks on UNEP she explored how the organization has met this important mandate since its establishment in 1972. Dr. Cheatle focused in on the last 25 years during which the GEO report series took center stage, explained how the process has evolved using integrated environmental assessment, and outlined the outcomes and impacts that have resulted to date – culminating in GEO6 which was launched in March 2019. 

Dr. Cheatle presenting GEO6

Dr. Cheatle’s visit concluded with a series of intensive lectures for the course Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development in Tongji UNEP Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development.

IESD Student engaged in lecture

 Dr. Cheatle has a natural science background in geography, ecology and remote sensing.  After her early career in tertiary education and research at the universities of Malawi and Zambia she spent 2 years in the Solomon Islands, South Pacific, where she undertook land-related consultancy work. She joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya in 1993, working in the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) on diverse activities including global observing and monitoring systems, environmental data and indicators, and identification of emerging environmental threats.

She coordinated UNEP’s flagship global assessment process, the Global Environment Outlook (GEO), for six years and subsequently held various management level posts in DEWA including Chief of the Early Warning and Capacity Development Branches, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division. In China, Marion has co-chaired a 3-year special project for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), and has been a guest professor at Tongji University since 2011.  

Guest Professor Dr. Marion E. Cheatle