What's Up in #GENeva this week?

23 September - 29 September 2019


United for Climate Action Now!

International Geneva is mobilized for the United Nations Climate Action Summit convened by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 23 September as well as for the other major events taking place this week in New York. Colleagues from numerous organizations and secretariats based in our region are at the UN headquarters to support the climate action we urgently need.

Considering the United Nations should be leading by example, international civil servants around the world are supporting the Secretary-General’s efforts to accelerate climate action. In Geneva, a short gathering is taking place at Palais des Nations, Monday 23 September at 12:00.

The world’s leading climate science organizations have joined forces to produce a landmark new report for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, released this week-end, underlining the glaring – and growing – gap between agreed targets to tackle global warming and the actual reality. The report, United in Science, includes details on the state of the climate and presents trends in the emissions and atmospheric concentrations of the main greenhouse gases. It highlights the urgency of fundamental socio-economic transformation in key sectors such as land use and energy in order to avert dangerous global temperature increase with potentially irreversible impacts. It also examines tools to support both mitigation and adaptation. #UnitedinScience

This week the IPCC is considering the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) at its 51st Session held in the Principality of Monaco. The report, assessing the latest scientific knowledge about the physical science basis and impacts of climate change on ocean, coastal, polar and mountain ecosystems, and the human communities that depend on them, is due to be launched on 25 September.

IOM has launched a global initiative focusing on climate change migration, through an online campaign: #FindAWay. Whether it is preparing communities to be more resilient to the shocks of climate change, or training governments to better manage internal migration, IOM is at the forefront at addressing climate migration issues and will always Find A Way to support vulnerable communities, leaving no one behind.

There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society! On Friday, a new Climate March calling for climate action will take place in Geneva, and on Saturday the Geneva groups will join the national demonstration in Bern.

Join the movement —1.5 ̊C is #OurOnlyFuture. #CimateAction


42nd session of the Human Rights Council

The 42nd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council will end this week in Geneva. Various side-events have discussed environmental-related issues. Read the Opening statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet "This Council has a critical role to play, with both existing and innovative means to contribute to climate action."

On Monday 9 September the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights & Hazardous Substances & Wastes presented its latest report, including the 15 principles on protecting the human rights of workers from toxic substances, to be adopted this week with a resolution on this topic. #HRC42


Celebrating 10 years of the Institute for Environmental Sciences

The Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) is an interfaculty institute of the University of Geneva, established officially in March 2009. Five University’s faculties are involved in the Institute’s activities: the Faculty of Science, the Geneva School of Social Sciences, the Geneva School of Economics and Management, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine. A special event on Friday 27 September will mark their 10th anniversary.


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.


GEN Events

Videos and documents of past GEN events are available online.

Upcoming event: presentation of the Global Environmental Outlook: : Choices to be made to achieve a healthy planet for healthy people

Newsletters Archive: 16 Sep - 9 Sep - 2 Sep - 26 Aug - 19 Aug - 13 Aug - 15 Jul - 8 Jul - 1 Jul - 24 Jun - 17 Jun - 10 Jun - 3 Jun - 27 May - 20 May - 13 May - 6 May - 29 Apr - 23 Apr - 15 Apr - 8 Apr - 1 Apr - 25 Mar - 18 Mar - 11 Mar - 4 Mar - 25 Feb - 18 Feb - 11 Feb - 4 Feb - 28 Jan - 21 Jan - 14 Jan -7 Jan - 2018

Agenda /

The events taking place this week

Sur les traces en plastique de Magellan


27 August - 28 September

Installation proposée par la Fondation Pacifique et Oceaneye, racontant une petite partie de cette histoire cauchemardesque qui ne fait que commencer, la colonisation du monde par le plastique...

de l'Orangerie

42nd session of the Human Rights Council

9 September - 27 September

The Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks).

Palais des Nations
Room XX

UN Staff gathering on Climate Summit | Rassemblement du personnel De l'ONU Pour le Sommet climat

23 September

Brief statements reaffirming our support as international civil servants for the Secretary-General’s efforts to accelerate climate action, leading by example. Participants will be invited to contribute views.

Palais des Nations
Hall XIV

28th Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy

25 September - 27 September

The 2°C commitment requires decarbonization in all economic sectors & of all potent greenhouse gases. In practice, this implies modernization of the energy sector with a focus on innovative solutions.

Palais des Nations

International Day
for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons


26 September

Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. In 1978, the first Special Session of the UNGA devoted to disarmament recognized nuclear disarmament as a priority.


Library Events
@ the Library
with Paul Rose


26 September

This year, Library Talks focus on climate change and SDG 13 - climate action, and the issues the world will face with environmental changes. Paul Rose will share his life story of engagement for the planet.

Palais des Nations
Library Events Room

La nuit est belle!
de l'éclairage public des communes
du Grand Genève

26 September
From 16:00

En modifiant le cycle jour/nuit, la pollution lumineuse causée par l’éclairage artificiel excessif impacte les rythmes biologiques de la faune et de la flore, avec des conséquences sur la santé humaine.


Agissons pour le climat / Act in favour of Climate
Climate City Cup


26 September

Mobilizing technological & social innovation capacity & engagement of a city’s inhabitants at scale & create collective benefits by combining competition with cooperation.

SDG Solution Space
Avenue de Sécheron 15

Ciné ONU
The Babushkas
of Chernobyl


26 September

Three unlikely heroines chose to return in the most toxic place on Earth: the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4. Followed by discussion on challenges of using nuclear energy.

Cinema Cinérama Empire
Rue de Carouge 72-74

Nicolas Hulot


26 September

Conférence d'une figure emblé-matique des questions climatiques. Comment combler le décalage entre nos connaissances scientifiques qui s’accumulent, ce qu’elles annoncent, et notre inaction relative?

Usine Parker

10 ans
de l’Institut
des Sciences de l’Environnement (ISE)


27 September

Pour ce jubilé, une journée de découverte des travaux de recherche, programmes de formation et rôle à l’interface entre science, politique et société dans le domaine de l’environnement.

University of Geneva
Carl Vogt 66

pour l'urgence

27 September

Mobilisation d'ampleur nationale et auto-organisée dans les établissements et lieux de travail dès le matin. L'après-midi RDV à 14h à la place des 22 Cantons & marche jusqu'à la pleine de Plainpalais.


Les Écolos


28 September

Sous la forme puissante du Théâtre-forum, cette pièce met en scène un groupe de parole au sein duquel les personnages témoignent de leurs difficultés à vivre la transition écologique au quotidien.

de l'Orangerie


Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region


Deadline 23 September

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Communications & Outreach Assitant

Deadline 24 September

UN Environment
TEEB - Ecosystem Services Economics Unit

Intern/Assistant to the Senior Regional Advisor - Americas

Deadline 25 September

Ramsar Convention


Deadline 25 Septemober

UN Environment


Deadline 26 September

UN Environment
Resources and Markets


Deadline 26 September

UN Environment
Law Division
(InforMEA Team)

for Banking Principles Guidance

Deadline 19 August

UN Environment
Finance Initiative


Deadline 2 October

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Fiscal Policy

Deadline 6 October

UN Environment
Resources and Markets

Public Information

Deadline 19 October

Minamata Convention
on Mercury

Environmental Affairs
Officer (P3)
(Water Convention)

Deadline 26 October

UN Economic Commission
for Europe


Deadline 26 October

UN Environment
Corporate Services

Economic Affairs
(Sustainable Energy)

Deadline 30 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe

Tropical Forest


World Economic Forum

  See all vacancies...