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Due to the developments in the sanitary situation, most institutions in Geneva are operating virtually. Our update on COVID-19 and the environment lists relevant information, research, data and press releases on the environmental origins and impacts of the pandemic.

Environment @ HRC46

The 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC46) continues this week in Geneva and virtually. Our update on HRC-46 provides relevant information, links and other resources regarding the environmental-related activities of this session. On the agenda this week:

  • The report of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment on ‘Human rights and the global water crisis: water pollution, water scarcity and water-related disasters‘ (A/HRC/46/28) will be considered at HRC46. It will presented at a side-event on 2 March 2021, at 16:30 CET.
  • The interactive dialogue with the special rapporteur on human rights and the environment should start on 3 March at 15:00 CET.
  • A parallel event will present the report “Human rights depend on a healthy biosphere” of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment. It will discuss the obligations it clarifies, the recommendations it formulates, and its contribution to upcoming major conferences on biodiversity. Register on Webex and join on 5 March at 15.30 CET.
  • The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), starting on 5 March, will include a series of films and events related to human rights and the environment. The We Are Watching flag, a symbol of the climate emergency designed by artivist Dan Acher, will fly above Geneva on 6 March. On 7 March, two leading researchers will present their manifesto for an economy at the service of common goods and the planet.

Celebrating World Wildlife Day

Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet” is the theme for World Wildlife Day, celebrated each year on 3 March to commemorate the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. It will highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas.

Nature-based Solutions for Recovery

Nature-based solutions offer significant opportunities to foster a recovery that can enhance pathways and positive impacts for addressing the climate and biodiversity loss crises. As other key actors, IUCN is working with its members and partners across the world to make nature-based solutions a central component for national post-COVID19 recovery plans and policy frameworks.

This week, IUCN is hosting two ministerial panels to discuss what is being achieved and what more can be done to leverage the power of nature-based solutions for recovery. Join the high-level events on 3 March 2021 at 8.00 CET and/or 14.00 CET.

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