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


2 December - 8 December 2019

 

International Geneva @ COP25

The 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) kicked off this week in Madrid, under the Presidency of the Government of Chile, and with logistical support from the Government of Spain. Numerous experts from international Geneva travelled to Spain to attend the Conference and the numerous events taking place in the margins of this major event. Don't miss the IPCC-WMO science Pavillon. #COP25

"We count on you to lead today, so we may all enjoy a better tomorrow!" Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General addressing young climate leaders at COP25

Check out the UNOG Library resource guide to learn about the Climate Emergency & Climate Action. Check the Earth Negotiations Bulletin covering the event for daily reports, summary and analysis of the discussions, and the Climate Action Network ECO Newsletter special edition for COP25 with NGOs, an insiders look at what is happening within the negotiations and the climate change movement.

 

Entry into force of the Basel Convention Ban Amendment

The Basel Convention Ban Amendment, prohibiting the export of hazardous waste from developed countries (OECD, EU member states, Liechtenstein) to developing countries, will enter into force on 5 December 2019 following the recent ratification by Croatia. At the time of its adoption in 1995, some felt the amendment was a way to address challenges faced by developing countries and countries with economies in transition to control imports of hazardous and other wastes that they were unable to manage in an environmentally sound manner. #BanAmendment

 

Water on the Agenda

Various events discussing water issues are taking place this week, co-organized by the Geneva Water Hub, UNECE and/or WMO. Check the list of events below.

 

More on the Agenda

Check the list below to see what is on the agenda this week and the job opportunities in the region. 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 our website regularly for additional updates.

 

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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

Circular Business Modelling
Workshop

 
 

2 December
18:00-21:00

The Convention on the Protection & Use of Transboundary Watercourses & International Lakes aims to ensure the sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation.

Impact Hub Geneva
1 rue Fendt

UNECE Water Convention - Tenth meeting of the Implementation Committee
 

2 December - 3 December
 

The Convention on the Protection & Use of Transboundary Watercourses & International Lakes aims to ensure the sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

Human Rights Council intersessional meeting for dialogue and cooperation on human rights and Agenda 2030

3 December
 

Will buildon the conclusions of the first intersessional meeting and will contribute to illustrating concretely what the synergies and linkages between human rights and SDGs can meanforSDG implementation.

Palais des Nations
Room XX

Roundtable - Water disputes: how to prevent and solve them?
 
 

3 December
18:30

The prevention of water disputes and their effective resolution when they arise is a concern shared at the local, regional and universal levels.
 
 

Maison de la Paix
 

Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins
 

4 December - 5 December
 

Targeted audience: country officials, practitioners, river basin organizations, project managers, international organizations, research institutes & academia, NGOs.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

Conference - The implementation of international water law: global, regional and basin perspectives

4 December
9:45-18:15

The Conference on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Platform for International Water Law, Geneva Water Hub, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva will include three panels.

World Meteorological Organization
 

Twelfth session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies
 

5 December - 6 December
 

Sharing experiences on how to promote innovation in an urban context to help solve sustainability challenges in cities & what policy makers at all levels can do to facilitate the transition.

Palais des Nations
Room XII

World
Soil
Day

 
 

5 December
 

#WorldSoilDay campaign "Stop soil erosion, Save our future" aims at raising awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems & human well-being & challenges in soil management.

Worldwide
 

Launch of the Water, Peace and Security partnership
 
 

5 December
11:30

This event will showcase an example of such innovative approaches developed by the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership, and will launch the WPS Early Warning Tool.
 

WMO
Salle Obasi

Forest conservation, community development & reconciliation in Melanesia. A new paradigm?

5 December
12:15-13:30

The CIES Lunch Seminar Series is a series of interdisciplinary research seminars on environmental, natural resources and development issues.
 
 

Maison de la Paix
Room P1-847

Celebrating the entry into force of the Basel Convention Ban Amendment
 

5 December
16:00-17:30

Prohibition by each Party included in new Annex VII of all trans-boundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by the Convention intended for final disposal.

Palais des Nations
Restaurant des délégués

Fifteenth meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and Assessment (Water Convention)

6 December
 

Held back-to-back with the Global workshop on exchange of data and information in transboundary basins. Will also discuss information and data needs.
 

Palais des Nations
Room XI

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Environment Affairs
Intern (Transboundary cooperation Section)

Deadline 2 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Support to UN-REDD Programme and NBS action Agenda

Deadline 4 December

UN-REDD
Secretariat
 

Technical
expert
 

Deadline 5 December

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Programme Officer
Monitoring and Learning

 

Deadline 6 December

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Environment
Affairs
Intern

Deadline 9 December

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Communications
Intern

 

Deadline 9 December

UNOG SDG Lab
(through UNOPS)
 

Environment Affairs
Intern
(Aarhus Convention)

Deadline 10 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Economic Affairs Officer (Environment Division)
P3

Deadline 11 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Communications Specialist – CADRI Partnership

Deadline 16 December

UNDP
 
 

Senior Specialist, Shared Services & Payroll (maternity 7 months)

Deadline 16 December

World Wildlife Fund
(WWF International)
 

Director General
 
 

Deadline 17 December

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Programme Management Officer (Project Post)
P3

Deadline 20 December

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Communications Officer – Public Relations and Outreach

Deadline 22 December

UNOG SDG Lab
(through UNOPS)
 

Legal
Officer
P4

Deadline 24 December

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Project Coordination
Officer
P3

Deadline 26 December

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Economic Affairs
Intern
(Sustainable Energy)

Deadline 30 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Help Desk
Administrator

 

Deadline 6 January

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

IISD Geneva Internship Program
 

Deadline 15 March

International Institute
for Sustainable Development
 

Technical Officer
Standards

 

Deadline

Programme
for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Project Manager
Clean Trucking
Initiative

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

 
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