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Due to the developments in the sanitary situation, various institutions in Geneva continue 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.

Image of the week | Borealis, an installation by Swiss artivist Dan Acher, brought northern lights in the Geneva sky on New Year’s Eve. The art piece invites us to contemplate the forces of nature and reflect on how we treat our environment.

UN System Tackling Plastic Pollution

In the run-up to the second segment of the 5th session of the United Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) in February 2022, expected to be a turning point towards a stronger global response to plastic polluion, international attention is growing on the existing and potential mechanisms to address this global issue.  To contribute to these discussions, the upcoming session of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues will focus on the UN System Response to Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution. This session, organized in partnership with the United Nations Environment Management Group (UN-EMG) and GRID-Arendal, will see the launch of the UN-EMG report on mapping the UN response to marine litter and plastic pollution, mandated by UNEA-4.

The event will showcase how UN Agencies are working collaboratively to help countries address the issue systemically across the lifecycle. Experts will discuss how this collaboration could be further strengthened vertically and horizontally, to help institutionalize innovative and circular approaches to the management of plastics in a more sustainable way. Register on Webex and join us online on Thursday 13 January at 14.00 CET.

GEF-8: Finance for a Pollution-Free Planet

2022 is an important year with regard to the financing of action for climate, nature and a pollution-free planet, as countries are expected to decide on the size and ambition of the 8th Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund. The GEF is the largest multilateral trust fund focused on enabling developing countries to invest in environmental protection and nature, and supports the implementation of major international environmental conventions. As highlighted in the report “Reflecting on 30 Years of the GEF” published on 10 December on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the GEF, the fund has a vital role to play in global efforts to make the world nature positive, carbon neutral, and pollution free by 2030.

The GEF-8 investment period, which will span from July 2022 to June 2026, aligns with a crucial time for the world to recover sustainably from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle the root causes of challenges to nature and human health, and make large strides toward the 2030 international environmental goals. In this context, the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Minamata Convention Secretariats, in collaboration with the Geneva Environment Network, are hosting the high-level virtual event 8th Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund – Ambitions for the Chemicals and Waste Cluster. Register on Webex and join us on 14 January at 13.00 CET.

On the Road to Stockholm+50

In May 2021, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to bring the global environmental community together in Stockholm, Sweden, for a major international environmental meeting on 2-3 June 2022, the week of World Environment Day. Under the theme “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”, this high-level meeting will take place five decades after the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. The event will provide leaders with an opportunity to draw on 50 years of multilateral environmental action to achieve the bold and urgent action needed to secure a better future on a healthy planet. Find more information about the content of the meeting and its importance here.

A call for side-events is now open until 1 March 2022. The call is addressed to UN Member States, UN entities and relevant stakeholders, including organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, other interested international bodies and non-governmental organizations, including those that have an interest in the field of the environment, civil society organizations, indigenous peoples’ organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations.

2022 and the Global Environmental Agenda

Various key events for the future of our planet are scheduled to take place around the world this year virtually or physically. However, due to the current pandemic, most institutions in Geneva and around the world continue operating virtually, and major negotiations on the agenda might still be subject to changes. Consult our constantly updated page on the International Environmental Negotiations Agenda.

Among the international meetings planned this year of particular interest for international Geneva:

Ongoing decades:

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