The Geneva Environment Network’s weekly newsletter includes the latest information on the global environmental agenda, main events, job vacancies, learning opportunities, 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, Youtube, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.

Due to the developments in the sanitary situation, various 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.

Photo | Ninth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention, Palais des Nations, Room XVIII, 29 September – 1 October 2021 | © IISD/ENB, Mike Muzurakis for UNECE

Environment @ 48th Session of the Human Rights Council

The 48th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC48), will conclude this week in Geneva. Council members will have the historic opportunity to adopt the resolution of the core-group on human rights and environment (Costa Rica, Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia, Switzerland), recognizing the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Council members will also have the historic opportunity to adopt a resolution focused on  the establishment of a mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change (core group: Bahamas, the European Union, Fiji, Panama, Paraguay, Sudan, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands).

Our update provides the latest news and highlights the environmental-related activities of this session. On the agenda this week:

Urban October

Urban October – a yearly campaign by UN-Habitat and partners to foster discussions around urban sustainability – is kicking off this week with World Habitat Day, on 4 October. Under this year’s theme “Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world“, World Habitat Day will amplify the global Race to Zero Campaign and UN-Habitat’s ClimateAction4Cities and encourage local governments to develop actionable zero-carbon plans in the run-up to the UNFCCC COP26 in November. Find out more in our update on Cities and the Environment.

On the agenda this week the 2021 UNECE Ministerial Meeting on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management, from 6 to 8 October, under the theme “Affordable, adequate, and resilient housing in liveable cities, including cities which face extreme weather conditions”.  Pre-meeting In focus: SDG 11 “Housing & sustainable urban development in a world marked by Covid-19 and climate change” , co-convened by the Geneva Cities Hub, UN-Habitat and UNECE, on Wednesday 6 October, at 9:30 CEST.

From Inequality and Vulnerability to Prosperity for All | UNCTAD15

The fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD 15, hosted by the Government of Barbados in a hybrid format, with events in Barbados, Geneva and across the world, opens on 4 October under the theme “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”.  A virtual conference space is available for those who want to have the opportunity to hear from world leaders and global experts, visit exhibition booths, participate in campaigns and network with other attendees. Activities related to the global environmental agenda include:

Data and Environment @ UN World Data Forum

This week, the hybrid UN World Data Forum brings together data and statistical experts and users from governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia and professional bodies, to spur data innovation, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development. Sessions addressing environmental challenges and involving experts from international Geneva include:

Wednesdays for the Planet | The Song of the Sperm Whale

Wednesdays for the Planet is back this week, presenting the documentary “The Song of the Sperm Whale” by Stéphane Granzotto and François Sarano. The film follows for the first time a team of scientific divers immersing themselves in the daily life of a clan of cetaceans. Off the coast of Mauritius, and for seven years, they shared the fascinating life of the clan, and tried to unravel the mysteries of their communication through a specially designed recorder. Join us online on 6 October at 13:30 CEST to explore with Chris Johnson, Global Lead of the WWF Protecting Whales and Dolphins Initiative, the life of these creatures, the impacts humans have had on them, and their future.

Green Autumn in Geneva

As the air grows colder & leaves turn yellow, the city remains green. From exhibitions and workshops to outdoor activities, learn more about the environment, encounter local wildlife and explore nature trails for a “Green” Autumn in Geneva through our selection of event.

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