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Image of the week | Meetings convened or co-convened by the Geneva Environment Network on 8, 9 and 10 February 2023 – The UN System’s Environmental Footprint | Presenting the findings of the UN Greening the Blue Report 2022 | Info Session | Human Rights and the Environment: Meeting on Activities Related to 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council | Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Experts Meeting.

Ending Plastic Pollution Agenda

Intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution | The secretariat continues to collect inputs to prepare a document with potential options for elements towards an international legally binding instrument. The statements received are being compiled and made available the INC website. As of 10 February, over 200 written submissions from member states and other stakeholders were already available. Members of the Committee can still send their inputs to unep-incplastic.secretariat@un.org, the deadline has been extended to Monday 13 February.

Other recent plastic-related news include:

  • Scaling up plastic substitutes is key to tackling pollution | UNCTAD | 3 February
    Nature abounds in sustainable alternatives to plastics, but companies and countries must work across borders to boost their production and tackle barriers.
  • Microplastics Are Filling the Skies. Will They Affect the Climate? | Nicola Jones | Yale Environment 360 | 1 February 2023
    Recent studies reveal that tiny pieces of plastic are constantly lofted into the atmosphere. These particles can travel thousands of miles and affect the formation of clouds, which means they have the potential to impact temperature, rainfall, and even climate change.

Human Rights and the Environment

52nd Session of the Human Rights Council | With the 52nd regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC52) taking place in Geneva and online from 27 February to 4 April 2023 fast approaching, environmental issues remain high on the agenda of the Human Rights Council and their side events. The right to a clean, healthy and sustainable is the usual main environmental theme of the Council’s March sessions, with the Special Rapporteur’s annual Report to the HRC. → Stay up to date with environment-related events through our dedicated page for HRC52, and share information on your activities.

Call for Comments: Children’s rights, the environment, and climate change | The Committee on the Rights of the Child is currently drafting a general comment on children’s rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change. The Committee now invites all interested stakeholders to comment on its draft general comment. After due consideration of inputs provided, the Committee will decide on the contents of the final version of the general comment. The deadline for all comments and submissions is 15 February 2023. → Consult all environment-related calls for submissions from the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and other bodies.

Five Years Later Niloufar Bayani Awaiting to Be Released

Tuesday 24 January 2023 marked the fifth anniversary of the detainment of eight Iranian scientists of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, including Niloufar Bayani, who worked at the UN Environment Programme in Geneva as a consultant. The group was expecting to be pardoned as part of last week’s prisoner amnesty. However, Niloufar is still in jail and has announced a sit-in within Evin prison to protest the exclusion of her case under this amnesty. → Join in person or online the Call for Release for Niloufar Bayani and her Fellow Environmental Conservationists event, on Tuesday 14 February from 15:00 to 14:45 CET.

Find out more on Niloufar in the article: Five Years Later, McGill Alum Niloufar Bayani Remains Detained in Iran | Nikki Bozinoff, Daniel Hoops, Jamie Lundine and E. Magda Price | 6 February 2023
24 January 2023 marked the fifth anniversary of the detainment of eight Iranian scientists, among them McGill alumnus and former UNEP consultant, Niloufar Bayani.

Upcoming Geneva Environment Network Events

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