Newsletter 18 Jan 2021
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva | 18 – 24 January 2021
The Geneva Environment Network’s weekly newsletter includes the latest information on the global environmental agenda, main events, job vacancies, as well as other useful resources 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.
Due to the developments in the sanitary situation, most institutions in Geneva are 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.
Mineral Resource Governance
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is hosting a series of webinar around environmental governance issues of relevance. The webinar on How to strengthen mineral resource governance in 2021 will showcase an expert discussion on mineral resource governance ahead of urgent and procedural decision making at the 5th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5). This webinar will address crucial questions regarding the progress on the UNEA-4 resolution on mineral resource governance and paths forward for the upcoming year. It will consider the role of a new governance framework for mineral resources, as well as practical implications. Register and join on Tuesday 19 January, at 9:00 CET.
Plastics and Health
The Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues launched in November 2020 will continue this week with a session dedicated to Plastics and Health. 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.
Humans are exposed to a large variety of toxic chemicals and microplastics through inhalation, ingestion, and direct skin contact, throughout the plastic lifecycle. This week, leading experts at this session will summarize the most recent research findings on the impacts of plastics on our health and discuss the current processes ongoing at the global level to address the issue. Register on Webex and join us on Thursday 14 January, at 14:00 CET.
For more resources on the plastics crisis, 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. The outcomes of the previous sessions on Plastics and Waste, Plastics, Climate and Air Pollution, Plastics and Human Rights summarize current efforts and recommended action steps for further addressing these issues.
Green Winter in Geneva
Our selection of activities for a “green” winter in Geneva offers many options for staying active, connecting with nature and learning about our environment, all while respecting the latest COVID-19 regulations from the Swiss and cantonal authorities. With a range of self-guided educational outdoor activities in the natural beauties of Geneva and surroundings, many online creative workshops, a range of fascinating movies and many more online resources, there is something for everyone!
What (Else) Should I Read Next?
- Adaptation Gap Report 2020 | UNEP | 14 January 2021
The fifth edition of the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report looks at progress in planning for, financing and implementing adaptation – with a focus on nature-based solutions. Huge gaps remain in finance for developing countries and bringing adaptation projects to the stage where they bring real protection against climate impacts such as droughts, floods and sea-level rise.
- 2020 was one of three warmest years on record | WMO | 14 January 2021
The analysis of leading international datasets by WMO revealed that 2020 was one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot.
- UN chief calls for ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy | UN News | 11 January 2021
Building a global coalition for carbon neutrality by mid-century will be the UN’s “central objective”, said Secretary-General António Guterres.
- One Planet Summit Biodversity: Action Committments for Biodiversity | One Planet Summit | 15 January 2021
For its fourth edition on 11 January 2021, the One Planet Summit brought together decision-makers from around the world to accelerate international action for nature, focused on 4 themes and 9 initiatives for the protection of biodiversity.
- 16th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Review Committee to the Stockholm Convention (POPRC-16) | Earth Negotiations Bulletin | 16 January 2021
IISD, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from POPRC-16. The Committee decided to advance methoxychlor and UV-328 to the next stages of review.
- Why rangers in the Congo’s Virunga national park are under attack | Judith Verweijen & Esther Marijnen | The Conversation | 14 January 2021
Ongoing violence makes the protection of the park challenging, though park rangers are not the only group to face insecurity – the park, and its surroundings, are also very deadly for civilians.
- What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 | John R. Platt | Scientific American | 13 January 2021
Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.
- It creaks and hums, slurps and scratches | Biovision | 13 January 2021
Around 25% of all living creatures live in the soil, but we are only familiar with 1% of them. They are small and minute organisms such as bacteria, fungi, nematodes, earthworms, insects, arachnids or millipedes.
- Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling | Diane Taylor | The Guardian | 15 January 2021
Call for world leaders to act in wake of French extradition case that turned on environmental concerns.
- Deforestation fronts – Drivers and responses in a changing world | WWF | January 2021
Report analyzing the causes, pace and magnitude of deforestation and forest degradation and changes in trends over time. It shows that, while progress has been made in halting forest loss and degradation, both continue at alarming rates.
Bern II Consultation Workshop of Biodiversity-Related Conventions on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
18 Jan – 02 Feb 2021
Consultative workshop on electronic approaches to the notification and movement documents
18 – 20 Jan 2021
SAICM Virtual Working Group 3 | Issues of Concern
18 Jan 2021 14:00 – 16:00
GGKP Webinar | How to strengthen mineral resource governance in 2021
19 Jan 2021 09:00
Webinar | Circularity as the new normal – Future fitting Swiss businesses
19 Jan 2021 09:00
Launch of the Global Risks Report 2021
19 Jan 2021 10:00
Cotton Sustainability Digital Series | A 2030 Futurescape
19 Jan 2021 16:00 – 17:00
Conférence Zéro Déchet Virtuelle
19 Jan 2021 19:00
Online | Zoom
Zero Waste Switzerland
Seminar on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources
20 – 22 Jan 2021
Consultation | Developing an Online Tracker for Scientific Needs in International Chemicals and Waste Governance
20 Jan 2021 09:00 – 10:30
Nature-Based Solutions as a Catalyst for Achieving Mutual Benefits for People, Nature, and Climate: Lessons learned from China and globally
20 Jan 2021 13:00 – 15:00
Online | Zoom
Implementing the Forest Sector SDG Roadmap
20 Jan 2021 16:00 – 17:30
31st meeting of the Bureau to the Water Convention
21 – 22 Jan 2021
Palais des Nations | Tempus 1
3rd Meeting of the expert working group on the e-waste technical guidelines
21 – 22 Jan 2021
Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues | Plastics and Health
21 Jan 2021 14:00 – 15:15
Online | Webex
SAICM Virtual Working Group 2 | Governance and mechanisms to support implementation
21 Jan 2021 14:00 – 16:00
Climate Change, Gender-Based Violence: Implications for the Security Sector
21 Jan 2021 15:00 – 16:30
DCAF - Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance
Nature-Based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience MOOC Launch
22 Jan 2021 13:30 – 17:30
Junior Professional – Business and Biodiversity
18 Jan 2021
19 Jan 2021
Environmental Sustainability Communication Consultant
20 Jan 2021
Environmental Sustainability Consultant – technical support
20 Jan 2021
Implementation and mainstreaming of the SDGs in national policy framework
20 Jan 2021
Environmental & Social Impact Coordinator
24 Jan 2021
UNEP Climate Finance Unit
Circular Economy and Innovation Specialist
17 Jan 2021
Project Specialist for Food Systems Initiative
16 Feb 2021
Programme Assistant | Department for Environment, Climate Change and Health (G6)
26 Jan 2021
27 Mar 2023
Plastics and the Environment
13 Mar 2023
26 Sep 2022
COVID-19 and the Environment
04 Jan 2021
Take part in the review of IPCC Reports
17 Feb 2023