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Due to the developments in the sanitary situation, most institutions in Geneva continue 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.

Exploring Nature-based Solutions

The Geneva Nature-based Solutions Dialogues are kicking off on Monday 26 April with a session focusing on health, as the world is still coping with the challenges of addressing the origins and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Nature-based Solutions journey will bring together multiple actors from International Geneva and abroad, to establish a common understanding, set an open dialogue and share perspectives, in the lead-up to a critical year for nature and society.

Leading experts invited to talk at this session will discuss the increasing recognition of the interdependency of human, animal and environmental health, a robust foundation to raise ambition and take action to improve ecosystem and society health, in the lead up to the forthcoming international negotiations on biodiversity and climate change. Register on webex and join at 15.00 CEST.

The next episode of Wednesday for the Planet on 28 April, will present a reportage by CNBC International TV looking at how Nature-based Solutions can help various industries become more sustainable and in mitigating environmental issues, followed by presentations by experts.

Climate: 2021, “the Year for Action”

Updates from last week on the state of climate and steps taken by world leaders to put the planet on a green path:

As reminded by the Secretary-General, the next step in the right direction is for all countries to submit new and more ambitious climate action plans – Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – under the Paris Agreement.

Environment @ Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks 2021

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks continue this week, with various sessions addressing environmental challenges and climate-related issues in the humanitarian context. On the agenda:

  • High-Level Panel on Greening the Humanitarian Response Challenges and Opportunities |
    26 April, 10:00 – 11:15 | 
  • This changes everything: climate catastrophes and humanitarian action | 26 April, 16:15 – 17:30 | EHAN
  • Joint Sustainable Packaging Initiative: Working together towards more sustainable packaging waste management | 26 April, 16.45 – 17.15 / 30 April, 16.15 – 17.15 | Global Logs Cluster
  • Climate and crisis – what do we need to know to improve response to the unknown future? | 27 April, 13:00 – 14:00 | EHAN
  • Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organizations | 27 April, 14:00 – 15:00 | EHAN
  • Connected Talks – Climate Crisis, Nexus, Anticipatory Action | 27 April, 16.00 – 17.00 / 28 April, 09.00 – 10.00 / 29 April, 13.00 – 14.00 | HNPW/LEP associated
  • Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organizations | 27 April, 14.00 – 15.00 | EHAN & Climate Crisis
  • Energizing the Most Vulnerable: Sustainable Energy in Displacement Settings and Launch of the Implementers Network | 28 April, 11.00 – 12.00 | EHAN
  • Reducing the environmental footprint of aid: best practices and lessons learned | 28 April, 12:00 – 13:00 | EHAN
  • Climate Change Adaptation in Humanitarian Hotspots: The Power of Data | 28 April, 13:00 – 14:00 | EHAN
  • Towards a greener and climate smart humanitarian response | 28 April, 14.00 – 15.30 | 
  • Enabling all-hazard, all-media emergency alerting | 29 April, 13:00-13:30 | HNPW/LEP associated – IFRC, WMO, and ITU
  • Climate Crisis – Donor Workshop | 29 April, 13.00 – 15.00 |
  • Persons with Disabilities and Climate Action: how we can be more inclusive? | 29 April, 13.00 – 14.00 |

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