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The 42nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council continues this week in Geneva. Various side-events will discuss environmental-related issues. Check the list of events below.
Read the Opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet "This Council has a critical role to play, with both existing and innovative means to contribute to climate action."
On Monday 9 September the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Hazardous Substances & Wastes presented its latest report, including the 15 principles on protecting the human rights of workers from toxic substances. #HRC42
Monday 16 September is World Ozone Day. This year's theme, 32 Years and Healing, celebrates over three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol. It reminds us that we must keep up the momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet.
The Montreal Protocol has led to the phase-out of 99 per cent of ozone-depleting chemicals in refrigerators, air-conditioners and many other products. We can celebrate this success, but we must all push to keep hold of these gains, in particular by remaining vigilant and tackling any illegal sources of ozone-depleting substances as they arise.
Read more about the day... #OzoneDay #MontrealProtocol
This week is a lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit on 23 September, organized by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society.
In Geneva, the UN Information Service in Geneva and the Angry Birds have joined forces to raise awareness on climate change, and encourage the public to take concrete actions in their daily life to reduce their carbon footprint.Red was at the Urban Sports festival last week-end and will be at Balexert on Wednesday.
As this week is also the European mobility week, UNOG is encouraging all staff members to support this initiative by using sustainable transport such as walking, cycling, or public transport this week. In this spirit, they are organizing various activities on Friday 20 September at Palais des Nations. #ActNow
Check the list below to see what is on the agenda this week and the job opportunities in the region, including a briefing focusing on the preparations for the 39th session of the Executive Body for the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, about to celebrate 40 years!
Please note that the list of events and vacancies provided in our weekly newsletter is non-exhaustive. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, or visit regularly our website for additional updates.
Videos and documents of past GEN events are available online.
The events taking place this week
Installation proposée par la Fondation Pacifique et Oceaneye, racontant une petite partie de cette histoire cauchemardesque qui ne fait que commencer, la colonisation du monde par le plastique...
The Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks).
Palais des Nations
S’inscrit dans une démarche de développement durable, cherchant à sensibiliser les consommateurs et les consommatrices à la qualité des aliments et au respect de la saisonnalité.
Puts the spotlight on safe walking and cycling and the benefits it can have for our health, our environment, and our bank balance! These are emission-free and help to keep our hearts and bodies healthy.
The theme for this year celebrates over three decades of remarkable international cooperation to protect the ozone layer and the climate under the Montreal Protocol.
The 39th session of the Executive Body (9-13 Dec 2019) will mark the 40th anniversary of the Convention. It will include a special high-level event on clean air & launch of the global forum for cooperation.
Palais des Nations
Room Concordia 1 (Building A)
UNOG and the Angry Birds join forces in Geneva to raise awareness on climate change, and encourage the Geneva public to take concrete actions in their daily life to reduce their carbon footprint.
HRC42 side event organized by the Comision Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos - CAPAJ.
Palais des Nations
A panel of climate policy shapers aiming to tap into their insights on climate change negotiations & discuss solutions to resolve the crisis in a way that adequately reflects developing country concerns.
Maison de la Paix
Pour encourager les initiatives en matière de développement durable, le Conseil d'Etat récompense chaque année des projets et réalisations exemplaires en décernant une bourse, un prix et une distinction.
A civic movements uniting 157 countries across the world for a cleaner planet. Volunteers & partners come together to clean up litter & mismanaged waste from our beaches, rivers, forests, & streets.
Cities across the globe celebrate World Car-Free Day, encouraging motorists to give up their cars for a day. Benefits nclude reduced air pollution & promotion of walking & cycling in a safer environment.