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.

UN Environment Assembly | UNEA-5.1

On 22 and 23 February 2021, representatives of the 193 Member States of the UN, businesses leaders, civil society and environmentalists from around the world are coming together virtually for the first part of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.1), the world’s highest environmental decision-making body. Our update “Towards UNEA-5” provides an overview of the programme, the involvement of International Geneva in the process, key messages, as well as useful links.

In the run-up to UNEA-5, the report on Making Peace with Nature, providing a blueprint to solve the three planetary emergencies that humanity is facing, was launched last week. The Green Growth Knowledge Partnership launched the Green Forum, an online community space for professionals to share and discuss insights in the pursuit of a sustainable economic transition. More highlights from the preparatory meetings last week are covered in the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is taking place at Palais des Nations and virtually, from 22 February to 23 March 2021. Our update on HRC-46 provides relevant information, links and other resources regarding the environmental-related activities of this session. On the agenda this week:

  • A side event presenting the report ‘The case for universal recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment’, by David Boyd, John Knox and Marc Limon (URG Policy Brief) will highlight that an important window of opportunity now exists to make a final push to secure universal recognition of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment in 2021. Join #TheTimeIsNow on 23 February.

Wednesdays for the Planet Leading Up to Wildlife Day

Wednesdays for the Planet is a series of online screenings and virtual presentations with experts highlighting the natural world and other environmental challenges our planet faces. During the month of February we are showcasing nature documentaries leading up to World Wildlife Day, celebrated on 3 March. All documentaries are available online until 3 March.

  • Corona: The Pandemic and the Pangolin, an uncomfortable, yet eye-opening, documentary that goes at the root of the pandemic to untangle the deep links between wildlife and our health, was presented on 10 February.
  • The Sanctuary: Survival Stories of the Alps, an incredible journey through the frozen heart of Europe to discover that it is not always the strongest who survives, but more often those who help each other, was presented last week.
  • A Plastic Ocean explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. It will be presented on 24 February.
  • Our Planet: One Planet, showcasing the connections and reliance of the habitats that make our planet and support the astonishing diversity of life on Earth, will be presented on 3 March.

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