30 Nov 2022
10:00–11:30

Lieu: Online | Webex

Organisation: Programme des Nations Unies pour l'Environnement, République tchèque

This session is part of the EU Czech Presidency high-level event on Strengthening Multilateralism through Science, hosted together with the United Nations Environment Programme, and with the support of the Geneva Environment Network.

Strengthening Multilateralism through Science

The EU Czech Presidency high-level event on Strengthening Multilateralism through Science, hosted together with the United Nations Environment Programme, will take place on 29-30 November 2022.

This two day conference is organized in the context of UNEP@50 and Stockholm+50 milestones that successfully bolster the visibility and importance of science as a foundation of environmental multilateralism. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss ongoing and upcoming global efforts related to science-based sustainable development, with speakers from international organizations, EU institutions, representatives of EU Member States, the academic sector, financial institutions, and civil society.

  • Day 1: High Level Political Panel, “Science Diplomacy for Climate Action” (10-11:15 CET)
  • Day 1: Second Session: Thematic Panel, “Science and Global Cooperation” (11:30-13:00 CET)
  • Day 2: Panel Discussion, “Science to Zero Pollution Actions” (10-11:30 CET)

About this Session

The Geneva Environment Network is supporting the event, in particular the Panel Discussion on “Science to Zero Pollution Actions”, taking place virtually on 30 November, from 10-11:30 CET. This topic is of importance for international Geneva, as a global hub for the governance of hazardous substances.

Geneva is indeed a global hub for chemicals and waste governance, with many UN and other international organizations at the forefront of the work to reduce environmental and health impacts of chemicals, waste and pollution. Geneva hosts the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) related to chemicals and waste (the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, as well as the Minamata Convention), all of which have dedicated science bodies providing relevant knowledge and assessments in their areas. Other major organizations in Geneva active in the production and sharing of knowledge on chemicals, waste and pollution include the World Health Organization, the UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch, the International Labour Organization, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, among others. The UN Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights has also dedicated a report to the Human Rights Council on the right to science, implying an enabling environment where scientific freedoms may be realized and where governments foster needed scientific research on toxic substances that endanger human health and the environment.

The “Science to Zero Pollution Actions” panel discussion is also particularly relevant following the adoption of the UN Environment Assembly resolution supporting the establishment of a comprehensive and ambitious science policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution, supported by many actors in Geneva.

Speakers

By order of intervention.

Alphonce Munyao MUIA

Member of the UNEP Children and Youth Major Group Global Steering Committee

Andrea HINWOOD

Chief Scientist, UNEP

Maria NEIRA

Director Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO

Joachim D'EUGENIO

Policy Advisor, Zero Pollution, DG ENV, European Commission

Miroslav HAVRÁNEK

Director, Czech Environmental Information Agency

Patrizia HEIDEGGER

Director of Global Policies and Sustainability, European Environment Bureau

Luc BAS

Head of Coordination and Strategy, European Environment Agency | Moderator

Agenda

Opening

  • Luc BAS, Head of Coordination and Strategy, European Environment Agency

Keynote speech by youth representative

  • Alphonce Munyao MUIA, Member of the UNEP Children and Youth Major Group Global Steering Committee

Panel discussion

  • Andrea HINWOOD, Chief Scientist, UNEP
  • Maria NEIRA, Director Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO
  • Joachim D’EUGENIO, Policy Advisor, Zero Pollution, DG ENV, European Commission
  • Miroslav HAVRÁNEK, Director, Czech Environmental Information Agency
  • Patrizia HEIDEGGER, Director of Global Policies and Sustainability, European Environment Bureau

Conclusion

  • Luc BAS, Head of Coordination and Strategy, European Environment Agency

Registration

This panel discussion on Day 2 is taking place online. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.

To attend Day 1, please register via this link.

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