What's Up in #GENeva this week?

19 August - 25 August 2019


Triennal World Wildlife Conference

The Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are convening in Geneva until 28 August, for the CITES triennial World Wildlife Conference (18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties). The meeting opened last week, expressing deep condolences to Sri Lanka and praising the country's commitment to the Convention.

Governments have submitted 56 new proposals to change the levels of protection that CITES provides for species of wild animals and plants that are in international trade.

Interested in what is happening at Palexpo? Read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and follow #CITESCoP18 on social networks. Watch the Opening ceremony of the Conference and other side events taking place in the margins of the Conference on our facebook page.


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 regularly our website for additional updates.


Protect the human right to a healthy environment

As threats to individuals and communities defending their environmental and land rights intensify in many parts of the world, the UN Environment Programme and the UN Human Rights Office have prioritised efforts to promote and protect environmental and human rights with the signing of a new cooperation agreement. Last week, the heads of the two UN bodies formalised a new partnership to protect environmental and human rights.

The two organisations will now work more closely to monitor threats against environmental rights defenders; advocate for better protection; urge more effective accountability for perpetrators of violence and intimidation; develop networks of environmental human rights defenders and promote meaningful and informed participation by rights defenders and civil society in environmental decision-making.

Read the news on UN Human Right or UN Environment Programme websites.


Past GEN Events

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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

Terre Noire

15 August - 31 August

Un polard judiciaire dans lequel un couple d’agriculteurs riche en rien, si ce n’est de ses anciennes cultures, se retrouve contraint de faire appel à une avocate pour sauver son lopin et son travail séculaire.

de l'Orangerie

18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

17 August - 28 August

The 183 Parties to CITES will adopt decisions and resolutions ( 56 proposals) to expand and further strengthen the global wildlife trade regime at CITES’ triennial World Wildlife Conference. 

Centre de Congrès


24 August- 25 August

Ce festival met à l’honneur les produits et producteurs locaux, avec un focus spécial sur les initiatives de vente directe et la production biologique

des Bastions


Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

UNEP FI Regional Coordination, Global

Deadline 19 August

UN Environment
Finance Initiative

Technical Support to WHO work on sound chemicals management

Deadline 21 August

World Health

Programme Management

Deadline 21 August

Minamata Convention
on Mercury



Deadline 22 August

UN Environment Management Group &
Sustainable United Nations


Deadline 22 August

UN Environment
Geneva Environment Network

Climate and Water Department

Deadline 22 August

World Meteorological

Members' Accreditation
& Congress Assistant


Deadline 23 August

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Staff Attorney – Climate & Energy and Environmental Health

Deadline 23 August

Center for International Environmental Law

Monitoring and Reporting Officer

Deadline 26 August

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Counci (through UNOPS)

Environment Affairs


Deadline 27 August

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform

Communications Assistant Intern

Deadline 29 August

UN Environment
Ecosystems Division

Adjoint-te scientifique à 50% (Inspecteur-trice environnement 3)

Deadline 1 September

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

Associate Programme Management Officer

Deadline 1 September

UN Environment
Europe Office

Development and Regional Activities Department Intern

Deadline 10 September

World Meteorological


Deadline 19 September

Minamata Convention
on Mercury

Programme Specialist
Climate, Energy and Environment


World Economic Forum

Ocean Action


World Economic Forum

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