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


13 May - 19 May 2019

 

2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Resilience Dividend

The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) is taking place in Geneva this week. This biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk, represents an important opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework related goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The theme of GP2019 is "Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies", referring to how managing disaster risk and risk-informed development investments pay dividends in multiple sectors and geographies, across all scales, and throughout social, economic, financial and environmental fields.

Each of the three official days will have a specific focus. Day 3, Friday 17 May, will focus on action on climate and disaster risk.

See the links below for the details of the work sessions and other events in the margins of GP2019 tacking environmental issues.

 

Past Events

Videos of past GEN events, as well as documents and links presented are available online.

 

Historic decisions for a Clean Planet, Healthy People: new era for Management of Chemicals and Waste

Last week in Geneva, the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions agreed on legally-binding actions to curb impacts on human health & environment.

Read the final press release issued by the Secretariat of the Conventions and the daily summaries are available through the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Read also the IPEN press releases: New Global Rules Curb Unrestricted Plastic Waste Exports and At UN meeting, governments agree to a global ban on PFOA – a toxic water pollutant.

 

ICT, sustainable energy, water & Health, & More on the agenda

Check the list below to see what is on the agenda this week and the job opportunities in the region. On Sunday, Walk the Talk, ahead of the World Health Assembly.

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.

 

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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change
 
 

13 May
 

The theme of this year's Symposium is “The role of frontier technologies in combating climate change and achieving a circular economy".
 
 

ITU Headquarters
 

The Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference
(MHEWC-II)

 

13 May - 14 May
 

Organized by IN-MHEWS in conjunction with the GP2019, aims to demonstrate how the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning and risk information can be improved.

WMO Headquarters
Room Obasi

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019
(GP2019)

 

13 May - 17 May
 

The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR.
 

International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG)

ITU Study Group 5: Environment, climate change and circular economy
 

13 May - 22 May
 

The Group works on the ICT related environmental aspects of electromagnetic phenomena, ewaste and climate change, human exposure to electromagnetic fields, and energy efficiency.

ITU Headquarters
 

Pathways to
Sustainable Energy
Consultation
Worskhop

 

14 May - 15 May
 

Multi-stakeholder dialogue with the modelers & capacity building workshop with representatives from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia subregion, looking at role of gas in sustainable energy.

Palais des Nations
Room S4

Briefing
on the fifth session of the Meeting of Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health

14 May
 

Addressed to Permanent Missions and partner organizations. Will present the protocol, main outcomes expected and decisions to be taken during the 5th session of the Meeting of the Parties.

Palais des Nations
Room IX

Get up, Stand up,
Start-up
for Green Goals

 
 

14 May
8:30-10:00

Debate the role of the private sector and of start-ups in addressing global development challenges, how they contribute to the SDGs by designing innovative technological solutions to these challenges.

Palais des Nations
Room XXII

Smart Environment Panel on GHG emissions trajectories for the ICT sector
 

15 May
11:30-13:00

This Smart Environment Panel will provide a platform for representatives from the ICT sector to share their expertise on topics related to GHG emissions trajectories for the ICT sector.

ITU Headquarters
 

GP2019 Opportunity mapping launch: Identifying opportunity areas for ecosystem-based approaches

15 May
14:00-15:00

The launch of our opportunity mapping tool at the innovation booth 18, showing how to identify opportunity areas for ecosystem-based approaches to reduce disaster risks.

International Conference Centre Geneva - Booth 18

GP2019 Networking event: We Bend, We Do Not Break: Integrated Approaches to Building Resilience

15 May
19:30-21:30

Networking event where Partners for Resilience Alliance, IFRC, The Nature Conservancy, and PEDRR will present integrated approaches to building disaster risk reduction and resilience.

Forum Geneve
Rue de Lausanne

Open-ended
Consultation
of the Committee
on Sustainable
Energy

16 May
 

Reflections of this group will inform the Committee's 28th session high-level policy dialogue on how the countries of UNECE region can make commensurate efforts to attain energy for sustainable development.

Palais des Nations
Room VIII

GP2019 Working Session: The Role of Green, Blue and Gray Infrastructure in Reducing Disaster Risk
 

17 May
11:00-12:30

Discussing green, blue and grey infrastructure which form key components of critical infrastructure and demonstrate application of ecosystem-based adaptation and DRR.

International Conference Centre Geneva - Room 4

GP2019 Working Session: Integrating Risk Management Ecosystems and Water-Related Risks
 

17 May
14:30-16:00

Discussing the wide range of water risk, showcase good examples of integrated risk management and set out the key areas where substantial policy improvements and investments could be made.

International Conference Centre Geneva - Room 3

Paroles d’Arbre,
murmures de l’invisible

 
 
 

17 May - 19 May
 

Multi-disciplinary creation combining sound effects, contemporary dance and live music, outdoors, on the theme of the ecosystem of the environment and more specifically trees.

Château de Penthes
 

Walk the Talk:
The Health for All
Challenge 2019

 
 

19 May
 

WHO and partners are looking forward to engage the local and international communities in Geneva, and participants at the 72nd World Health Assembly to participate in the event.

Geneva
 

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Communications S.
Global Plastics Action Partnership

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Engagement Lead
Global Plastics Action Partnership

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Operations Lead
Tropical Forest
Alliance

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Programme Lead
Climate, Energy and Innovation

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Nature
Action Agenda
Specialist

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Project and
Community Lead
Nature Action Agenda

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Director
of the Global
Battery Alliance

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Water and Environmental Resilience
Specialist

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Scientific Officer (Aircraft-based Observing Systems) P4

Deadline 13 May

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Metrics
and Indicators
Consultant

Deadline 13 May

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
 

Intern/Assistant to Senior Regional Adviser
Americas

Deadline 14 May

Ramsar Convention
Secretariat
 

Environment Affairs
Intern

 

Deadline 14 May

UN Environment
Sustainable
United Nations

Infographics
Intern

 

Deadline 15 May

UN Environment
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

Assistant-e (A2)
(développement durable des régions de montagne)

Deadline 15 May

Institut des Sciences de l'environnement
UNIGE

Administration
Internship

 

Deadline 16 May

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Human Resources coordination
assistant

Deadline 16 May

Minamata Convention
on Mercury
 

Training Department
Internship

 

Deadline 17 May

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Senior
Programme
Coordinator

Deadline 19 May

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Adjoint-e scientifique
Gestionnaire de données

 

Deadline 19 May

Service de Géologie
Office cantonale de l'environnement
Etat de Genève

Adjoint scientifique
Hydrogéologue

 

Deadline 19 May

Service de Géologie
Office cantonale de l'environnement
Etat de Genève

Writer-Editor/
Reporting
Consultant

Deadline 21 May

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
 

Land Use Finance Programme
Internship

Deadline 21 May

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Communication
Internship

 

Deadline 21 May

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Peer Review
Consultant

 

Deadline 21 May

UN Environment
Management Group
 

Conference and
Publishing Services
Internship

Deadline 22 May

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Adjoint-e
scientifique 3

 

Deadline 22 May

Service de l'air, du bruit et des rayonnements non ionisants
Etat de Genève

Sand and Dust Storms Advocacy
Consultant

Deadline 23 May

UN Environment
Management Group
 

Cabinet and External Relations Department
Internship

Deadline 23 May

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Communication
Officer
 

Deadline 23 May

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Monitoring and Evaluation
Specialist

Deadline 31 May

UN Environment
Land Use Finance Unit
 

Programme Management
Officer
P4

Deadline 6 June

Minamata Convention
on Mercury
 

Administrative
Assistant
G5

Deadline 8 June

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Environmental Affairs
Officer P3
 

Deadline 8 June

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Programme Management Officer
P3

Deadline 20 June

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat