The Geneva Environment Network weekly newsletter includes updates on global environmental agenda, main events, job vacancies expiring soon, learning opportunities, as well as other useful news 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.

Back to Work: Welcoming Session

On Tuesday, 1 September, a special session will introduce new stakeholders to international Geneva, its environmental community, major events and negotiations taking place in the region.

A maximum of 20 participants will be accommodated at the International Environment House with prior registration (now fully booked – participants will soon receive confirmation message). If you plan to attend this event online, kindly register on the webex platform.

Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention

The first part of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-12) is taking place online on Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 September 2020. Seven online side events will take place on Wednesday 2 September. Among these:

COVID-19 and the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. As the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.  As we recover, we must build back better for people and for the planet.

The Secretary General keeps reminding us, that we have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19.

Latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment

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. Among the press releases and articles issued last week:

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The Environmental Agenda of International Geneva

01 Sep 2020 09:00 – 10:20

International Environment House II (7-9 ch. de Balexert) & Webex Event



Nettoyage du Rhône urbain

05 Sep 2020 07:30 – 13:00

Quai de l'Île | Genève

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