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


11 February - 17 February 2019

 

Discussion on Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics Continues in Geneva ahead of UN Environment Assembly

The Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics, met in Nairobi from 29 to 31 May and in Geneva from 3 to 7 December 2018. The options discussed at these meetings will be presented to the UN Environment Assembly at its fourth Session in March 2019.

Experts called for the need for stronger global action to combat marine litter. A number of initiatives and activities exist aiming at eliminating plastic litter entering the ocean and their potential should be explored within their respective mandates. Meanwhile, there was a growing recognition for a new governance model to be explored. Some delegations pointed to a new legally binding agreement as one possible effective response to be considered. Strengthening waste management systems has been underlined by UNEA as key in solving this issue. Norway has put forward a proposal for a draft resolution on stronger global governance. Other countries have also put forward resolutions.

A dialogue on governance options to be considered at the 4th session of the UN Environment Assembly, will take place at the Palais des Nations, Room XXIV, Thursday 14 February, 2.30pm. Register here if you don't hold a UN Badge.

 

More on the agenda

Check the links below. Check also the job opportunities in the region.

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Path forward with regard to the major WMO developments in hydrologY

An extraordinary session of the WMO Commission for Hydrology will take place this week in Geneva. This session aims at laying out the path forward with regard to the major WMO developments in hydrology and to propose the necessary organizational arrangements for the hydrological community to deliver on relevant strategic objectives defined in the WMO Strategic Plan.

The session will be preceded by a Technical Conference on Future Hydrological Priorities and Arrangements from 11 February to the morning of 13 February 2019, to discuss the functional requirements needed for future and anticipated activities in hydrology within the ongoing WMO process reform.
 

GEN Events

Past Events

  • Briefing on the 4th Session of the UN Environment Assembly, 4 February 2019: See the video, documents and key points on the page of the event.
  • World Wetlands Day Celebration in Geneva, 31 January 2019, World Meteorological Organization: See the video, documents and key points on the page of the event.
  • Debriefing on the Katowice Climate Change Conference, 23 January 2019: See the video, documents and key points on the page of the event.

Upcoming Events

  • Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics, 14 February 2019, Palais des Nations, Room XXIV. See page of the event.

Newsletters Archive: 4 Feb - 28 Jan - 21 Jan - 14 Jan -7 Jan - 2018

Agenda /

The events taking place this week

UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
Bureau & Working Group on Implementation

11 February - 13 February
 

The Convention helps Parties to prevent industrial accidents that can have transboundary effects and to prepare for, and respond to, accidents if they occur.
 

Palais des Nations
Room S4

2ème
Assemblée Générale genevoise
du Mouvement
pour le Climat

12 February
18:30-21:00

Mobilisation d'ampleur nationale et auto-organisée. Partie des élèves de secondaire, des gymnases et des quelques universités, appelle maintenant l'intégralité de la population suisse à se mobiliser.

Uni-Mail
MR280

Extraordinary Session of the Commission for Hydrology
 
 

13 February - 14 February
 

Session called in response to the recommendations made by the 70th Executive Council in June 2018 regarding reform of the Organization’s constituent bodies, particularly Technical Commissions.

World Meteorological
Organization

High Level Dialogue on Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics
 
 

14 February
14:30-16:00

Global Governance Options to be considered at the 4th Session of the UN Environment Assembly – how can a stronger global framework support regional and national efforts in combatting marine litter?

Palais des Nations
Room XXIV

Fourth meeting of the Global network of basins working on climate change adaptation

14 February - 15 February
 

To support the basins in their efforts to adapt their water management to climate change, the global network of basins working on climate change adaptation was created in 2013 under the UNECE Water Convention.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Junior Professional Officer, International Chemicals Management

Deadline

UN Environment
SAICM Secretariat
(financed by Germany)

Sustainable Development
Impact Summit,
Specialist

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Project Specialist
Climate
Initiatives

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Community Curator
Future of
Mobility System

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Director
of the Global
Battery Alliance

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Research Consultant – EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award

Deadline 11 February

International Trade Centre
(ITC)
 

Fiscal Study on Effects of Pesticide & Fertilizer Subsidies Consultant

Deadline 12 February

UN Environment
Resources & Markets Branch
 

Training
Department
Internship

Deadline 12 February

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Communication
Assistant

 

Deadline 13 February

UN Environment
Crisis Management Branch
 

Manager,
Circular Economy
 

Deadline 15 February

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 

Disaster Risk Reduction Intern
 

Deadline 15 February

UN Environment
Crisis Management Branch
 

Senior
Programme
Coordinator

Deadline 15 February

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Environment Affairs
Intern

 

Deadline 16 February

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Administrative Support Individual Contractor
 

Deadline 16 February

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Supply Chain Coordinator
 

Deadline 17 February

Better Cotton
Initiative
 

Resource Mobilization Officer P3
 

Deadline 17 February

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (through UNOPS)

Disaster Risk Reduction Intern
 

Deadline 20 February

UN Environment
Crisis Management Branch
 

Public
Information
Intern

Deadline 21 February

UN Environment
Resources & Markets Branch
 

Programme
Management
Intern

Deadline 21 February

UN Environment
Resources & Markets Branch
 

Membership Engagement Officer
 

Deadline 22 February

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (through UNOPS)

Senior Secretary G5
 
 

Deadline 26 February

Group on Earth Observations
Secretariat
 

Regional Coordinator
Environmental Law and Governance P4

Deadline 3 March

UN Environment
Europe Office