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Green Summer in Geneva

As this week seems less busy, take a look at our list of suggestions of environmental awareness activities to safely entertaining this summer in Geneva: exhibitions, workshops, shows, contests, outdoor activities and online resources. This page is regularly updated.

COVID-19 and the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. As the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.  As we recover, we must build back better for people and for the planet.

The Secretary General keeps reminding us, that we have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19.

Latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment

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. Among the press releases and articles issued last week:

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Seventy-five years ago, the world’s first atomic bombings took place in Hiroshima (6 August) and Nagasaki (9 August). The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with headquarters in Geneva, is a broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world to support the specific objective of prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons. As of last week, 44 countries have ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, just six ratifications missing for its entry into force. 

As preparations are underway to celebrate in 2022 the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) and the creation of UNEP, it is the occasion to remind that Principle 26 of the final Declaration of this conference, adopted in Stockholm in 1972, is about the elimination and destruction of nuclear weapons.

Climate Change and Displacement

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is dedicating its 2020 Annual Conference on Internal Displacement and 2021 Global Report on Internal Displacement to exploring the relationship between climate change and displacement. Authors are invited to submit their contributions by 15 August 2020.

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