Newsletter 27 Jun 2022
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva | 27 June – 24 July 2022
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. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.
This newsletter will exceptionally cover the upcoming fours weeks.
Ocean Action | From Geneva to Lisbon and New York
Numerous experts from International Geneva are joining member States and other stakeholders gathering in Lisbon, from 27 June to 1 July, for the UN Ocean Conference (UNOC) co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal. The conference is addressing the major contemporary challenges faced by the ocean, providing a critical opportunity to mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven approaches to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14), one of the goals to be reviewed in-depth by the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, the following week. → Visit our UNOC update for additional links and resources.
Ending Plastic Pollution Agenda
The Geneva Environment Network and its partners will join UNOC with two sessions supported by the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, streamed live, that you can join whether you travel to Lisbon or not.
- The Invisible Global Crisis: Exceeding the Limits of the Pollution Planetary Boundary – New Science and Opportunities to Tackle Threats to Human and Marine Life co-organized with the International Pollutants Elimination Network, University of Gothenberg, Swedish Institute for Marine Environment, and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association. → Register and join us in person or online on Monday 27 June from 14:30 to 16:00.
- How Plastic Waste Shipments Undermine Real Solutions to Ocean Plastic Pollution co-organized with the European Environmental Bureau and Break Free From Plastic, Geneva Environment Network. → Register and join us online on Tuesday 28 June from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST.
Other side-events of interest on this topic include:
- From Ambition to Action: Ending Plastic Pollution in All Environments | EIA, Common Seas, CIEL | Ikonik Hotel | 27 June, 18:30-20:00 WEST (19:30-21:00 CEST)
- Depolluting oceans through controlling trade in plastic wastes and combatting illegal traffic under the Basel Convention | BRS MEAs | Altice Arena, Room 2 | 28 June 2022, 16:00-17:15 WEST (17:00-18:15 CEST)
- The Post-Plastic World @ Reef Action Hub Agenda | Global Funds for Coral Reefs (globalfundcoralreefs.org) | IUCN | 27 June, 18:00.20:00 WEST (19:00-21:00 CEST)
Preparations for the 2023 UN Water Conference
A High-Level Symposium on Water, Bridging SDG 6 and SDG 14 – fresh and saltwater communities working together, will take place in Lisbon on 27 June, in the framework of the UN Ocean Conference as one of its Special Events.
While all eyes are on Lisbon that week, water remains an important topic in Geneva. The Permanent Missions of the Netherlands, Tajikistan and Egypt will host the Geneva Water Dialogue at the WMO Headquarters on Friday 1 July. The dialogue presents an opportunity for multilateral Geneva to provide inputs toward the UN 2023 Water Conference, whilst providing a platform for countries and organizations to collectively brainstorm about possible commitments for the Water Action Agenda.
Sand, Governance, and More
Other topics of interest to be discussed by Geneva stakeholders and others in Lisbon, include:
- Welcome Outside Box! Launch of The Lisbon Addendum to the paper From Blue Food for Thought to Blue Food for Action | Vara, Bertarelli Foundation and others | FIL, Auditorium 3 | 28 June 16:00-17:30 WEST
- Ocean Sand: Risks & Opportunities for Sustainability & Equity | UNEP FI, UNEP/GRID-Geneva & others | FIL, Auditorium 5 | 29 June, 9:00-10:30 WEST
- I’s On the Ocean: Integration, Implementation & Impact | WWF & Friends of Ocean Action | Knowledge Pavilion, Auditório José Mariano Gago | 30 June 2022, 8:15-9:45 WEST
- Marine Justice and Right to Science | SR toxics Marcos Orellana as a speaker | 30 June 2022, 17:00 WEST
- Promoting implementation of CITES towards sustainable and traceable ocean trade: Spotlight on the UNCTAD–OECS Blue BioTrade project | UNCTAD, CITES, OECS & EU | Altice Arena, Interactive Dialogue Room | 1 July 2022, 17:30-18:45 WEST
Linking Human Rights and Climate Change Action
Last week was very busy for the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change (SR Climate), Ian Fry, who presented the six key priorities for his mandate, and engaged in various side events, discussion and consultations with numerous stakeholders working at the forefront of climate change and human rights.
The voices of the more vulnerable experiencing the consequences of climate change were heard at the side event “The Rights Holders’ Challenges Facing Climate Change”, co-organized by the Geneva Climate Change Consultation Group (GeCCco) and the Geneva Environment Network, where SR Climate and other leading experts discussed the importance of protecting the rights of people affected by climate change. SR Climate reflected on how his mandate will strengthen the human rights institutions. → Watch and read main outcomes and resources shared during the event
The human rights treaties bodies have now to deal with a global problem, intrinsic of complexities. The same goes for climate change bodies, who have been resisting the inclusion of human rights. My work is to make the link, and ensure the stories of peoples on the ground on both these arenas as central to action.
― Ian Fry, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change
This week, climate change will be again on the agenda, one of the key topics discussed at HRC50, with the Panel on the adverse impact of climate change on the full and effective enjoyment of human rights by people in vulnerable situations scheduled on 28 June.
→ Follow HRC50 coverage and find useful resources in our HRC50 update.
World’s First Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders
Last week, the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) elected, by consensus, Michel Forst as the world’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders. The Special Rapporteur’s role – which is operational with immediate effect – is to take measures to protect any person experiencing or at imminent threat of penalization, persecution, or harassment for seeking to exercise their rights under the Aarhus Convention.
His election follows the October 2021 decision by the Aarhus Convention’s Meeting of the Parties to establish a rapid response mechanism to address alleged violations of article 3 (8) of the Aarhus Convention. Michel Forst is not new to international Geneva and its human rights bodies, as he was the former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (2014-2020) → Read press release
I will be an independent Special Rapporteur, independent of countries, of NGOs and of the secretariat. I will be a Special Rapporteur who will be demanding, demanding of myself and of others, and I will be a Special Rapporteur who will listen to all voices. I will be a Special Rapporteur who will be transparent to all Parties to the Convention. And finally, I hope that I will be a Special Rapporteur who will be able to demonstrate the usefulness of this new mechanism.
― Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders
Toward a New Framework to Save Biodiversity
From 21 to 26 June, Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity met in Nairobi for the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework to advance the global plan to bend the curve on biodiversity loss, expected to be adopted at the Conference of the Parties, in December 2022. Delegates took the text from the March meetings held in Geneva, rationalized parts of it, achieved consensus on several targets, and proposed diverse options for large parts of the framework. Civil society leader alarmed that we have lacked fire and momentum and the news of plans for a three-day fifth meeting were received with recognition that there is no room for failure. → More on CBD Press Release, IISD ENB Coverage, WWF Press Release
The upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference will be held from 5 to 17 December in Montreal, Canada, under the presidency of the Government of China. This decision shows the commitment of the Conference of the Parties Presidency and Bureau to adopt the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and launch its implementation before the end of the year. As international meetings are still affected by the pandemic, you may keep track other important upcoming negotiations on the environmental agenda on our dedicated page.
Enjoy a Green Summer in Geneva!
We have prepared a list of suggestions of environmental and nature-themed activities to enjoy this summer in Geneva: exhibitions, workshops, shows, contests, outdoor activities and online resources. The list will be regularly updated.
Our weekly newsletter is also taking a break, and will be back at the end of July with new interesting updates on the global environmental agenda, particularly on topics that are of interest for international Geneva. In the meantime, if you are not taking a break, we visit our website and social network account to stay updated on additional events and opportunities that might arise.
What (Else) Should I Read Next?
- Loss and damages: why countries can’t agree on compensation for climate impacts | Geneva Solutions | 19 June 2022
At a recent panel on loss and damages in Geneva, experts on trade, finance, human rights, migration and development all had different ways of approaching it.
- Investments in Coastal Nature-based Solutions – Opportunities for National and Local Governments | IUCN | 22 June 2022
The paper provides a cursory overview of the topical challenges — the variety of obstacles and barriers to financial scaling, in general, and of the roadblocks for private sector financing of NbS — and explores options for addressing them.
- Young people go to European court to stop treaty that aids fossil fuel investors | The Guardian | 21 June 2022
Five claimants aged 17-31 want their governments to exit the energy charter treaty, which compensates oil and gas firms.
- How is pharmaceutical pollution affecting the world’s rivers? | Wiley | Science X | 22 June 2022
Results from a recent study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry indicate that pharmaceutical pollution is a global problem that is likely negatively affecting the health of the world’s rivers.
50th regular session of the Human Rights Council | HRC50
13 Jun – 08 Jul 2022
Palais des Nations
SG5 – EMF, environment, climate action, sustainable digitalization, and circular economy | Meeting of Study Group 5
21 Jun – 01 Jul 2022
Green Summer in Geneva 2022
21 Jun – 15 Sep 2022
Accelerating the Circular Economy Transition: Policy Options for Harnessing Trade and Economic Cooperation
27 Jun 2022 12:30 – 14:00
Palais des Nations & Online
Inaugural Meeting of the Alliance on Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH)
27 Jun 2022 13:00 – 16:00
The Invisible Global Crisis: Exceeding the Limits of the Pollution Planetary Boundary – New Science and Opportunities to Tackle Threats to Human and Marine Life | UN Ocean Conference Side Event
27 Jun 2022 14:30 – 16:00
Lisbon | FIL, Auditorium 1 & Online
IPEN, University of Gothenburg, Swedish Institute for Marine Environment, WIOMSA, GEN
Opportunity Mapping for Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience – Harnessing digital and geospatial technologies for decision making in development sectors
28 Jun 2022 14:00 – 16:00
International Environment House I & Online
UNEP Disasters and Conflicts Branch, UNEP/GRID-Geneva
How Plastic Waste Shipments Undermine Real Solutions to Ocean Plastic Pollution | UN Ocean Conference Side Event
28 Jun 2022 14:00 – 15:30
Online | Webex
EEB, Break Free From Plastic, GEN
International Day of the Tropics 2022
29 Jun 2022
6èmes Journées suisses d’histoire
29 Jun – 01 Jul 2022
University of Geneva
Strengthening Mercury Research Capacity in Developing Countries for Science-Based Policy Making
30 Jun 2022 14:00 – 15:30
Online | Webex
Minamata Convention on Mercury
Geneva Water Dialogue
01 Jul 2022 09:30 – 16:30
World Meteorological Organization
Egypt, Geneva Water Hub, Netherlands, Tajikistan, UNDRR, OHCHR, WMO
Strategic Climate Litigation: An Effective Governance Tool to Address Climate Change?
05 Jul 2022 12:30 – 13:30
Online | Zoom
La Nuit de la Science
09 – 10 Jul 2022
Parc de la Perle du Lac
Museum of Science History
Webinar Wetlands and Agriculture: Transformative Actions for Sustainable Agricultural Practices and the Wise Use of Wetland
12 Jul 2022 09:00 – 12:30
Director Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) Branch (D1)
27 Jun 2022
Programme Officer, Partnerships (P4)
28 Jun 2022
Environment Affairs Intern – CITES
28 Jun 2022
Environment Affairs Intern
30 Jun 2022
UNEP Resources and Markets Branch
ESRI Data Engineer and Developer
13 Jul 2022
Environment Affairs Intern
01 Jul 2022
UNEP Europe Office
Intern for Regional Coordination, Latin America
02 Jul 2022
Senior Agriculture Advisor
03 Jul 2022
Facilities & Human Resources Associate
05 Jul 2022
Chief of Staff (P5)
07 Jul 2022
Programme Management Assistant (G6)
09 Jul 2022
Monitoring Officer, World Heritage
11 Jul 2022
Director, Sustainable and Inclusive Trade (D1)
25 Jul 2022
Assistant Innovation Officer (P1)
12 Jul 2022
Sustainable Land Use and Restoration Business and Finance Specialist
13 Jul 2022
UNEP Climate Finance Unit
Programme Management Officer (P3)
14 Jul 2022
Public Information Officer (P3)
23 Jul 2022
Associate Programme Management Officer (P2)
16 Jul 2022
17 Feb 2023
International Environmental Negotiations Agenda
21 Mar 2023
Plastics and the Environment
09 Mar 2023