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Due to the developments in the sanitary situation, most 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.

Nature-based Solutions at IUCN Global Youth Summit

After a powerful kickoff last week, the IUCN Global Youth Summit continues to empower young people and bridge generations through an inspiring programme of workshops and events. The Global Youth Summit defines “youth” as those aged 18 to 35. However, in order to allow for meaningful intergenerational collaboration and exchanges, people of all ages are welcome to participate.

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) will be on the agenda this week:

If these events spike your interest for NbS and their potential to address environmental and societal challenges, join us and IUCN for the Geneva Nature-based Solutions Dialogues, a one-year journey to shed light on the relevance of NbS to the debates ongoing in International Geneva and beyond. More information on NbS is also available in our update on the topic.

Environmental Peacebuilding in Geneva

The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform is holding its monthly meeting on 13 April 2021 as part of the Geneva Dialogue on Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peace (ECCP). This meeting will discuss & brainstorm ideas for the White Paper on the Future of Environmental Peacebuilding – a collaborative, multi-author project which outlines a vision for the future of environmental peacebuilding. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit contributions to this paper by 16 April 2021.

Contributions on environmental peacebuilding are also welcomed in the following initiatives:

  • Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding (Geneva, February 2022): submit your proposal for presentations, panels, roundtables, and posters to be delivered at the conference by 15 April.
  • Report on the environmental peacebuilding applications of digital and frontier technologies by UNEP and partners: submit your abstract by the extended deadline of 30 April.

Our update provides more information on the Road to Geneva – an inclusive and consultative process to elevate and diversify voices in environmental peacebuilding, and to learn from regional insights in the run-up to the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding.

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