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 WastePlastics, 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!

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