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


16 September - 22 September 2019
 
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42nd session of the Human Rights Council

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

 

32 Years and Healing

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

 

Climate Action Now!

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

 

More on the Agenda

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.

Agenda /

The events taking place this week

Exposition:
Sur les traces en plastique de Magellan

 
 

27 August - 28 September
 

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...

Théâtre
de l'Orangerie

42nd session of the Human Rights Council
 
 
 

9 September - 27 September
 

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
Room XX

Semaine du Goût genevoise
2019

 
 

12 September - 22 September
 

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.

Genève
 

European
Mobility
Week
2019

 

16 September - 22 September
 

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.

Europe
 

International Day
for the Preservation
of the Ozone Layer
2019

 

16 September
 

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.
 

Worldwide
 

Briefing on the 40th Anniversary Special Session of the Air Convention
 

17 September
 11:00 - 12:00 

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)

Act Now campaign
in Geneva
ahead of the Climate Action Summit

 

18 September
 

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.

Centre commercial
de Balexert

HRC42 Side Event -
SDGs and
Indigenous Communities

 
 

19 September
12:00-13:00

HRC42 side event organized by the Comision Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos - CAPAJ.
 
 

Palais des Nations
Room IV

Shepherds of climate change policy:
a message for the
UN Climate Action
Summit

19 September
12:30-14:30

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.

GCSP
Maison de la Paix

HRC42 Side Event -
Indigenous Rights
in Ecuador

 
 

20 September
10:00-11:00

HRC42 side event organized by Land is Life.
 
 
 
 

Palais des Nations
Room IV

Remise des prix du concours cantonal du développement durable
2019

 

20 September
12:00-15:00

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.

Usine Parker
Carouge

HRC42 Side Event -
Eau & assainissement / Water & sanitation

 
 

20 September
12:00-13:00

HRC42 side event organized by Health & Environment Program - HEP.
 
 
 

Palais des Nations
Room XXII

World
Clean-Up
Day
2019

 

21 September
 

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.

Worldwide
 

The Meal
2019

 
 
 

21 September
11:00 - 16:00

Repas de solidarité avec les paysans d'ici et d'ailleurs - Promotion de l'Agenda 2030 - Soutien à la grande marche JAI JAGAT 2020.
 
 

Plaine de Plainpalais
 

Festival
Nature et Terroir
2019

 
 

22 September
 

Au programme: des animations, des contes, un spectacle de marionnettes, des produits du terroir, etc.
 
 

Centre Nature du Vallon de l'Allondon (Dardagny)

World
Car Free
Day
2019

 

22 September
 

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.

Worldwide
 

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Network Support Officer

Deadline 16 September

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

GGKP Senior Green Industry
Consultant

Deadline 16 September

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
 

CONSULTANT: UPDATE Guidelines for Writing Project Proposals

Deadline 20 September

Ramsar Convention
Secretariat
 

Finance and Budget
Assitant
G6

Deadline 21 September

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Associate,
Facilites
 

Deadline 22 September

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 

Communications & Outreach Assitant
Internhip

Deadline 24 September

UN Environment
TEEB - Ecosystem Services Economics Unit

Environment
Affairs
Intern

Deadline 26 September

UN Environment
Resources and Markets
Branch

Environment
Affairs
Intern

Deadline 26 September

UN Environment
Law Division
(InforMEA Team)

Intern/Assistant to the Senior Regional Advisor - Americas

Deadline 25 September

Ramsar Convention
Secretariat
 

Environmental Affairs
Officer
(Water Convention)

Deadline 26 October

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Legal
Officer
P4

Deadline 26 October

UN Environment
Corporate Services
Division

Economic Affairs
Intern
(Sustainable Energy)

Deadline 30 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Specialist
Ocean Action
Agenda

Deadline

World Economic Forum