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


7 October - 13 October 2019

 

Geneva Trade Week: Trade4SD Forum & WTO Public forum

The annual Trade for Sustainable Development Forum (Trade4SD), organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), is taking place in Geneva, in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum, from 7-9 October. This year, the T4SD Forum will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the process of embedding sustainability into the DNA of every organization and every business. #T4SDForum #NoPlanetB

The WTO Public Forum is the organizaton’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. On the agenda: ending harmful fisherie subsidies, climate, fossil fuels subsidies, and more. #WTOPublicForum

At the initiative of the Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali), the WTO is hosting the launch of World Cotton Day on Monday 7 October 2019, in collaboration FAO, UNCTAD, ITC and ICAC. #WorldCottonDay

 

Urban October

Today 55 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. Every October UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability, it's Urban October. In Geneva, the main activities tooK place last week, at the initiative of UNECE with their Sustainable Cities Week.

Monday 7 October we celebrate worldwide World Habitat Day. #WorldHabitatDay #UrbanOctober

 

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Held every 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 edition continues as part of the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework, reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services. #DRRday #BuildToLast

Celebrate in Geneva: Nature-based solutions for building resilience, including sustainable agriculture and food systems organized by FAO, IUCN & UNDRR. See also UN Environment Programme & Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) event Environment, Gender, and Disasters, both on 11 October. Details below.

 

Festival International du Film Sur Les glaciers

Le Festival International du Film sur les Glaciers revient à Genève les 12 et 13 octobre 2019.

 

More on the Agenda: Mining, Green Financing, Climate

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 our website regularly for additional updates.

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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

15th Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental
Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals

7 October - 11 October
 

Best practices in environmental and social impact assessments and permitting for large-scale mining, and strategic environmental assessments for artisanal & small- scale mining among topics covered.

Geneva
 

Building
Bridges
Week

 
 

7 October - 11 October
 

Building Bridges Week will foster new conversations and collaborations that will accelerate the finance industry’s contribution to the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Geneva
Various venues

Trade for Sustainable Development
Forum
2019

 

7 October - 9 October
 

Will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the process of embedding sustainability into the DNA of every organization and every business.

ITC Headquarters
& WTO

World
Cotton
Day
2019

 

7 October
 

A high-level plenary session will take place. Development partners will meet to discuss and consolidate support for a new project on cotton by-products and for other development initiatives.

WTO Headquarters
 

World
Habitat
Day

 
 

7 October
 

Supports UN-Habitat’s mission towards transformative change in cities & human settlements to leave no one & no place behind. Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth.

Worldwide
 

WTO Public Forum 2019
“Trading Forward:
Adapting to
a Changing World”

 

8 October - 11 October
 

This year, the WTO Public Forum will consider how trade & the trading system can adapt to changes such as technology, production methods, employment patterns, demand patterns, demographics, & climate.

WTO
Heathquarters

Débat Public -
L’économie
et les urgences climatiques
sont-elles compatibles ?

8 October
12:15-13:45

The Swiss Press Club welcomes & assists journalists visiting Geneva to favour exchanges between Swiss & international players in the sectors of economy, politics, culture & science.

La Pastorale
Route de Ferney

WTO Forum Session 7 - successful conclusion of fisheries subsidies nego. can demonstrate WTO is adapting to changES

8 October
14:15-15:45

After two decades of stop-start negotiations, less than two months remain for WTO members to fulfil the MC11 Ministerial Mandate to reach an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies by 2020.

WTO Heathquarters
Room CR

WTO Forum Session 23 - David Attenborough's video message on ending harmful fisheries subsidies

8 October
18:00-19:00

What is the state of the ocean and what role is there for the WTO? This question and more will be taken up from the perspective of the organizations that work with Sir Attenborough.

WTO Heathquarters
Room Atrium

Tackling Plastics Pollution: What Role for the WTO?
 
 

9 October
12:15-14:00

Discussing what a fit-for purpose global policy framework for encouraging sustainable plastics production & consumption would look like & what contribution WTO could make.

Maison de la Paix
Room S8

WTO Forum Session 51 - role of multilat. develop. banks in expanding trade in environmental goods & services

9 October
16:30-18:00

EBRD works with governmental & trade support institutions & local banking sectors through its Green Trade Facilitation Programme & Green Economy Financing Facilities on environmental goods & services.

WTO Heathquarters
Room S3

WTO Forum Session 74 - Companies engage against climate change: How can multilateral trade rules help?

10 October
10:15-11:45

Private companies are integrating the fight against climate change into their strategy. International trade rules could foster & amplify these efforts with contribution from multilat. trade system.

WTO Heathquarters
Room W

WTO Forum session 84 - Fossil fuel subsidies reform: Link between sustainability objectives & global trade

10 October
12:00-13:30

Fossil fuels subsidies (USD 400 billion 2017) have negative effects: encourage wasteful consumption, increase local pollution, contribute to climate change, disadvantage clean energy technologies & more.

WTO Heathquarters
Room E

Green finance
and
climate policy

 
 

10 October
16:15-17:15

The ECON seminars are organised by the CIES at the Institute and aim to bring top scholars in Europe to present their recent work at the frontier of environmental, resource and development economics.

Maison de la Paix
Room S4

FACTORY17
Where
The Magic Happens

 
 

10 October
19:00-22:00

An evening with leading entrepreneurs, influencers and disruptors from Geneva & beyond. Innovators will share their inspiring personal stories towards creating a new, sustainable future.

Bâtiment
des Forces Motrices

Environment and Trade 2.0: Developing a Transformative Agenda for Greater Sustainability in Trade

11 October
8:00-10:00

Spurring dialogue on a forward-looking agenda for Environment and Trade 2.0.
 
 
 

Maison de la Paix
Room S3

Environment,
Disasters,
and Gender

 
 

11 October
9:30-14:00

In commemoration of International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, will feature topical presentations and a panel discussion on the role of women and gender minority groups in disaster risk reduction.

International
Environment House II

#DRRDay - Nature-based solutions for building resilience including sustainable agriculture and food systems

11 October
10:20-11:45

Event to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Aiming to raise awareness of stakeholders on nature-based solutions as a mean to build resilience for nature & society.

Palais des Nations
Room IX

Festival International
du Film sur les Glaciers
(FIFG)
2019

 

12 October - 13 October
 

Sélection d'une douzaine de films, dont certains à destination des plus jeunes, avec des débats chaque jour, en fin d'après-midi, avec des étudiants de l'EPFL, de retour d'une mission dans les Pôles.

Fonction Cinéma
Maison des Arts du Grütli

World
Migratory Bird
Day
2019

 

12 October
 

This year the theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!”, putting the spotlight on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.
 

Worldwide
 

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
2019

 
 

13 October
 

The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters & raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. #BuildToLast

Worldwide
 

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Property
Working Group
Consultant

Deadline 7 October

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Operations
Analyst

 

Deadline 7 October

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (through UNOPS)

Maître assistant-e
(dynamique des fluides géologiques)

Deadline 7 October

Institut des Sciences de l'environnement
UNIGE

Evaluations and Operations Officer (World Heritage)

Deadline 13 October

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Deputy
Practice Leader, Finance Practice

Deadline 16 October

World Wildlife Fund
(WWF International)
 

Public Information
AssistanT
G5

Deadline 19 October

Minamata Convention
on Mercury
 

Manager, International Climate Policy (We Mean Business)

Deadline 19 October

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 

Executive Director
D2

 

Deadline 22 October

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (through UNOPS)

Green Economy
Research
Consultant

Deadline 23 October

UN Environment
Resources and Markets
Branch

Environmental Affairs
Officer P3
(Water Convention)

Deadline 26 October

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Legal
Officer
P4

Deadline 26 October

UN Environment
Corporate Services
Division

Senior
Coordination Officer
(SAICM) P5

Deadline 31 October

UN Environment
Chemicals & Health
Branch

Senior Expert Consultant to co-edit the 2nd Global Land Outlook

Deadline 1 November

UN Concention
to Combat Desertification
 

Administrative
Officer
P4

Deadline 8 November

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Programme Management Officer (EU4Environment) P3

Deadline 14 November

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Communications
Officer
P3

Deadline 17 November

Minamata Convention
on Mercury
 

Post-doctorant-e (développement territorial)

Deadline 25 November

Institut des Sciences de l'environnement
UNIGE

Economic Affairs
Intern
(Sustainable Energy)

Deadline 30 December

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Project Lead,
New Nature Economy Report

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Tropical Forest
Alliance
Coordinator

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Project Manager
Clean Trucking
Initiative

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

 
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