Environment:
What's Up in #GENeva this week?


10 December - 16 December 2018

 

Plastic Pollution in the mountains

On the occasion of the International Mountain Day, observed on 11 December, the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat is organizing a discussion on Plastic in the Mountains, looking at how the international and local communities are addressing the problem.

Occupying around 22 per cent of the planet’s land area, mountains play an essential role in supplying water, energy, food and other services to millions of people, and are a fragile ecosystem vulnerable to pollution.

Join our guest experts to learn more about the problematic, the efforts made by the international community to beat plastic pollution upstream, the role of the tourism sector, and cleaning-up programmes and activities.

outcomes of Plastic Pollution discussion in Geneva from 3-7 December

The second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics, convened in Geneva from 3 to 7 December. Various summary reports of this meeting and other related events are already available online:

- Summary / draft report back to UNEA4
- Summary of governance discussions, with annexes
- #breakfreefromplastic coalition summary reports
- Permanent Mission of France summary on reinforcing synergies at regional level to fight pollution (Signing Ceremony of MOU Barcelona Convention & BRS Convention secretariats)

 

Geneva mobilized for the 2018 Climate Change Conference in Katowice

The Climate Change Conference continues this week in Katowice and is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which aims to hold the global average temperature increase to as close as possible to 1.5°C. The IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5°C concluded that this target was physically possible and would require unprecedented changes in our lifestyle, energy and transport systems.

Numerous experts based in Geneva are in Katowice. Providing scientific evidence of climate change, assiting governments in achieving low-carbon transition and creating related green jobs, training stakeholders on how to adapt and mitigate climate change, discussing climate induce displacements and migration, are among their areas of expertise. For regular updates check the IISD Earth Negotiation Bulletin.

 

Geneva mobilize for migration week in Marrakech

The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration takes place in Marrakech, on 10 and 11 December. The Global Compact for migration acknowledges disasters, climate change and environmental degradation as drivers of migration.

Numerous experts and heads of agencies based in Geneva joined the over150 Heads of States, Heads of Government or senior officials that gathered in Marrakech.

 

70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights & more on the Agenda

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Declaration of Human Rights (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. Follow #StandUp4HumanRights, #UDHR70 or #HumanRightsDay on social networks for updates.

Check the list below to see the other events taking place this week in Geneva as well as the job opportunities in the region.

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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

Executive Body for the Convention on Long - range Transboundary Air Pollution
 

10 December - 14 December
 

To improve air quality, UNECE member States have been working successfully to reduce air pollution in the region through the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

International
Mountain
Day

 
 

11 December
 

”#MountainsMatter” is the theme chosen for this year’s celebration.
 
 
 
 

Worldwide
 

Plastic
in the Mountains
(International
Mountain Day)
 

11 December
10:00-12:00

This will provide a platform to discuss how the international and local communities are addressing the problem of plastic pollution, with a particular focus on mountain areas.

International Environment House
Room 3

Météo extrême et changement climatique: y a-t-il un lien?
 
 

11 December
13:30-14:15

Le coût économique et humain de telles catastrophes augmente dans le monde. Pourquoi le lien entre ces événements et le changement climatique n’est-il pas ou peu évoqué dans l'actualité météo?

Webinar
 

Global Event
on Clean Air

 
 
 

12 December - 13 December
 

Countries, organizations and networks from different regions will share experience in reducing air pollution with a focus on technological measures, policy instruments and best practices.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

Ecology of
urban
environments
 
 

12 December
17:00-18:30

Conference by Kirsten Parris, associate professor in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Leader of the NESP Hub for Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL).

Aula HEPIA
Rue de la Prairie 4

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Project Lead
Climate Initiatives

 

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Quick Start Programme and SAICM Consultant
 

Deadline 11 December

UN Environment
Chemicals & Health Branch
(through UNOPS)

Junior Professional
Officer

 

Deadline 12 December

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Programme Support to projects in the pan-European Region

Deadline 13 December

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Environment Affairs (GEF Biodiversity) Intern
 

Deadline 13 December

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Environment Affairs
Intern
 

Deadline 13 December

UN Environment
Resources & Markets Branch
 

Conference Services
Intern
 

Deadline 13 December

Basel, Rotterdam
& Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Communication
Intern
 

Deadline 13 December

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Programme Management Officer G4
 

Deadline 15 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Technical Officer
P3

 

Deadline 17 December

World Health
Organization
 

Green Finance
Platform
Consultant  

Deadline 19 December

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
 

Green Industry
Platform
Consultant  

Deadline 19 December

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
 

Economic Affairs Officer P4
 

Deadline 19 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe

 

Fianance Officer
 
 

Deadline 19 December

Ramsar Convention
Secretariat
 

Legal
Intern
 

Deadline 20 December

Basel, Rotterdam
& Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Environment Affairs
Intern
 

Deadline 20 December

UN Environment
Policy & Programme
Division

Sustainable Mobility
Intern
 

Deadline 21 December

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 

Programme Management Officer P3
 

Deadline 21 December

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Programme Management Officer P3
Green Industry

Deadline 22 December

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
(UN Environment)

Traineeship in Water and Habitat Unit
 

Deadline 29 December

UN International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
 

Economic Affairs
Intern

 

Deadline 30 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe

 

Communications & Graphic Design Intern
 

Deadline 1 January

UNDP
 
 

Programme Management Officer P4
 

Deadline 2 January

UN Environment
Chemicals & Health Branch
 

Associate Programme Management Officer P2
 

Deadline 4 January

UN Environment
Chemicals & Health Branch
 

Finance and Budget
Officer P3

 

Deadline 16 January

UN Environment
Chemicals & Health Branch