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Image of the week | Sonja Köppel, Secretary of the Water Convention, speaking at Ramsar COP14 Side Event “Unpacking the Potential of Wetlands for Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss“. © UNEP/GEN, Marina Garlatti, 8 November 2022.

Climate Negotiations Week Two | Geneva at Sharm el-Sheikh

A lot remains on the agenda for the second week of the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference – UNFCCC COP27, where international Geneva is highly engaged. Most institutions have issued dedicated pages with details on their activities at COP27. →  Find the Geneva organization’s activities in our dedicated update.

Last week notable statements and announcements were made by UN officials, member states and other stakeholders. Organizations from Geneva and beyond continue providing useful knowledge for negotiators through key reports and articles. In addition to the important publications issued ahead of the conference, recent resources include the following (for previous reports, check our earlier newsletters and climate change update):

→ Follow live coverage of the conference through the Earth Negotiation Bulletin and UN News special coverage.

Towards a Global Plastics Treaty | Two Weeks to Go Before INC1

As Member States and stakeholders will meet in Punta del Este, Uruguay, later this month for the start of the negotiations for the global plastics treaty, various preparatory activities are taking place.

  • The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution has been hosting a series of technical briefings, with a final one happening this week. →  Slides and recordings are available on the INC website.
  • Scientists are also mobilized. The journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment dedicated its latest issue to plastic pollution, with a series of articles diving into the complexity of plastics and the opportunities for stronger global action on the matter. The issue includes a call from scientists to the UN to “aim for a minimum goal of 0% new plastic pollution by 2040”.
  • The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution is gathering interest in the run-up to INC-1, as demonstrated by the latest briefing held in Geneva. → Find here some key points.
  • The summary and video of the Briefing on the 1st Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Develop an International Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Pollution (Plastic Pollution INC-1) hosted by the Geneva Environment Network and partners as part of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues are accessible online.

Recent reports on the plastic crisis also provide useful insights ahead of the negotiations, including:

→ Learn more about plastics and the environment in our dedicated update.

Parties to Biodiversity-related Conventions Meet to Halt Biodiversity Loss

The end of the year is packed with important milestones for the global biodiversity agenda.

  • The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) concluded Sunday in Geneva, with the adoption of 21 resolutions. →  Read the outcomes of the negotiations on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
  • The World Wildlife Conference or 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19) kicks off in Panama City on Monday 14 November. The 184 Parties to CITES will consider total of 52 proposals and more than 100 working documents at the meeting. With at least 2,000 participants expected, the conference is a strategic moment to conserve wildlife species, ensure that they can survive in the wild, and  that indigenous peoples and local communities who rely on them can thrive. →  Follow live coverage of the event through the Earth Negotiation Bulletin. Read the summary of the Geneva Briefing on the World Wildlife Conference.
  • Governments and other stakeholders will gather in Montreal in December for the second part of the UN Biodiversity Conference (Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 10), and the Fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP-MOP 4)), taking place in Montreal, Canada, from 7 to 19 December 2022. The meeting is expected to adopt the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which will set targets for 2030 in line with the vision of living in harmony with nature by 2050. Events will be held in Geneva to support preparations for the negotiations, including:

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022

The World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022 starts on 18 November, under the theme “Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together”. The campaign is a reminder that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a threat to humans, animals, plants and the environment. The theme calls for collaboration across sectors through a One Health approach to to encourage the prudent use of antimicrobials and to strengthen preventive measures addressing AMR. → A series of events will take place throughout the week, concluding with the 3rd High-level Ministerial Conference on AMR in Muscat, Oman.

In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Public Health, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, and the Federal Office for the Environment recently published the “Swiss Antibiotic Resistance Report 2022“, which showcased positive trends of decreasing numbers of prescribed antibiotics in the country. As such, the report highlights encouraging outcomes of the country’s Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance, which was adopted in 2015.

AMR depends greatly on the interaction between humans, animals and the environment, hence, adopting a One Health approach is critical for developing appropriate responses. → Read more on this topic in our One Health update.

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