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2021 and the Global Environment 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. Our update on COVID-19 and the environment lists relevant information, research, data and press releases on the environmental origins and consequences of the pandemic, its impacts on the global environmental agenda, as well as the opportunities for a green recovery. The post COVID-19 recovery packages are indeed a unique occasion to put the world on a more sustainable path.

Among the international meetings planned this year of particular interest for international Geneva: 1st part of the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), UN Ocean Conference, 2021 meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Conventions (2021 COPs), UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), 4th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention (COP4).

Two important decades are kicking off this year:

2021 is also the International Year of Fruits & Vegetables, intended to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health, as well as in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This week, the 4th edition of the One Planet Summit will focus on mobilizing and taking action for biodiversity. Organized by France, in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank, the summit will be held virtually, Monday 11 January, to mobilize political attention toward the preservation of the planet in the international sequence leading up to the UN Biodiversity Conference.

One Health Response to Antimicrobial Resistance

Monday 11 January, a webinar co-hosted by UNEP, FAO Liaison Office in Geneva, and The South Centre, will focus on Advancing the One Health response to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). The webinar’s objectives are raising awareness and communicating the importance of the One Health approach in addressing AMR, sharing good policy practices to mitigate the threat of AMR by reducing the use of antimicrobials in agricultural systems and the environment, and showcasing regional and country examples of what is taking place to address AMR from a One Health perspective in the global community. Register online and join the event at 14:00 CET.

Plastics and Human Rights

The Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues launched in November 2020, with a first session on Plastics and Waste, and a second session on Plastics, Climate and Air Pollution, will continue this week with a session dedicated to Plastics and Human Rights. The dialogues, organized by the Geneva Environment Network secretariat, in collaboration with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, the Center for International Environmental Law, the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute, Norway, and Switzerland, address the plastic crisis and support coordinated approaches that can lead to more efficient decision making. They aim to facilitate further engagement and discussion among the stakeholders in International Geneva and beyond.

This week, leading experts will discuss the human rights aspect of the plastic life cycle and identify the possible roles and extent of a rights-based approach to address the plastics crisis, including the protection to the most vulnerable groups in society, the access to information, participation in decision making, and ensuring accountability. Register on Webex and join us on Thursday 14 January, at 14:00 CET.

The update on Plastics and the Environment provides relevant information and the most recent research, data and articles from the various organizations in international Geneva and other institutions around the world.

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