10 December - 16 December 2018
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.
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)
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.
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.
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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The events taking place this week
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
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
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?
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
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).
Rue de la Prairie 4