The Geneva Environment Network weekly newsletter includes updates on global environmental agenda, main events, job vacancies expiring soon, learning opportunities, as well as other useful news and updates. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some live events organized by organizations around the world, contributing to the global environmental agenda, have also been included. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.

Another busy week with numerous events and the possibility to join live events organized around the world.

Disaster Risk Reduction: It’s All About Governance

On Tuesday 13 October, we celebrate the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. It is the occasion to acknowledge the progress being made toward reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015.

This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is all about governance. COVID-19 and the climate emergency are telling us that we need clear vision, plans and competent, empowered institutions acting on scientific evidence for the public good. This requires having national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction in place by the end of the year as agreed by UN Member States when they adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. We need strategies that address not just single hazards like floods and storms, but those that respond to systemic risk generated by zoonotic diseases, climate shocks and environmental breakdown. #DRRday #ItsAllAboutGovernance

Among the events taking place this year to celebrate the day:

Two other important events taking place on the day:

Financing a Resilient Future: UNEP FI Global Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is hosting its 16th Global Roundtable (GRT), a major global biennial agenda-setting event on sustainable finance, on 13–14 October 2020. Held under the theme of “Financing a Resilient Future”, the GRT will bring together decision-makers, experts and thought leaders on a virtual event platform, and help shape approaches to integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and accelerating sustainable banking, insurance and investment. #GRT2020

The event will highlight the development of financial products with positive impacts, explore emerging approaches to financing the Sustainable Development Goals, provide invaluable insight into alignment with the Paris Agreement, innovation, emerging guidance and good practice, and identify trends and issues on the horizon at a global level to explore the finance sectors’ responses to science, policy and business developments in areas such as climate change, biodiversity, circularity and ocean health.

The Growing Environmental Risks of E-waste

On 14 October, we celebrate the International E-Waste Day, used to raise the public profile of e-waste recycling and encourage consumers to recycle their e-waste. Various organizations in international Geneva are committed to improve e-waste management, read more in our update on The growing Environmental Risks of E-Waste.

In 2019, a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide (7.3 kg per capita), up 21 per cent in just five years, according to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020. Only 17.4 per cent of the e-waste was collected and recycled. The report also predicts global e-waste – discarded products with a battery or plug – will reach 74 Mt by 2030, almost a doubling of e-waste in just 16 years. This makes e-waste the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream, fueled mainly by higher consumption rates of electric and electronic equipment, short life cycles, and few options for repair. #EWasteDay

Minamata Online

Minamata Online, the series of digital engagement providing an opportunity for stakeholders to better understand the Minamata Convention. This week session, on 15 October, will address mercury material flow with a focus on waste.

Sustainable Food Festival

During the week of the World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, the City of Geneva organizes the second edition of the Sustainable Food Forum, with food waste as its main theme. With FAO and Partage as partners, the Forum aims to bring together citizens, farmers, actors and actress of sustainable food to discuss the content of our plates and our relationship to food. The program includes various lunch time and afterword events.

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. Events addressing the pandemic recovery this week:

Green Autumn in Geneva

We have prepared a list of suggestions of environmental awareness activities to entertain this fall, regularly updated. From exhibitions and film screenings to creative workshops and outdoor activities, learn more about the environment, encounter local wildlife and explore nature trails for a “green” autumn in Geneva.

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