Newsletter 06 Mar 2023
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva | 6 – 12 March 2023
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. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.
Image of the week | Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) on World Wildlife Day. The Celebration took place at the Geneva Conservatory and Botanical Garden, home to a living collection of more than 15,000 species of wild or cultivated flora, which includes a variety of CITES protected species, and a herbarium of nearly 6 million botanical specimens, on 3 March 2023. © Ville de Genève/Fabrice Golay, US Mission Geneva & Geneva Environment Network.
Women, Girls, and the Triple Planetary Crisis
International Women’s Day, celebrated each year on 8 March, is an occasion to take stock of progress made to achieve gender equality and to cheer women’s contributions to global challenges.
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment annual report to the ongoing Human Rights Council Session focuses on women, girls and the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment (A/HRC/52/33). The Special Rapporteur will participate in various events to present and discuss with other stakeholders the findings of his report and the role of women and girls in addressing the triple interconnected planetary crisis of pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss.
The UN Special Rapporteur is organizing a side event to HRC52 on Women, Girls, and the Right to a Healthy Environment on Tuesday 7 March, from 14:00 to 15:00 CET.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Geneva Environment Network is organizing a session on Women, Girls, and the Triple Planetary Crisis to discuss the role of women and girls in addressing the triple interconnected planetary crisis of pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss, and addressing also the thematic of this year edition on innovation and technology for gender equality. As Geneva plays an important role on data and environment, key stakeholders will speak on how they are leading the way on this topic. → Join us at the International Environment House in person or online on Wednesday 8 March from 8:30 to 10:00 CET.
Global Response to Pollution | Accelerating Action
Briefing on the 2023 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions | The sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-16), the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-11) and the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-11) will be held in Geneva, from 1 to 12 May 2023. Ahead of the triple COPs, a briefing, organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will provide updates on the preparations of the meetings . → Join us in person at the International Environment House or online, on Tuesday 7 March from 10:00 to 12:00 CET.
IP4.2 Outcomes | The Resumed 4th Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 concluded last week in Nairobi. The meeting was suspended until two days before the start of the Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) and will continue on 23-24 September 2023 in Bonn, Germany. The resumed IP4 will attempt to find consensus on as many items as possible before handing the Consolidated Document to ICCM5 negotiators.→ Read the summary and analysis from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and reactions from the CIEL Staff Reactions.
End Plastic Pollution Updates
Plastiscosis Disease | A new study reveals the first instance of a plastic-induced fibrosis, or ‘plasticosis’, in seabirds. The ingestion of plastics causes an inflammation of the animal’s digestive tract and causes various health complications.
An Ambitious Plastics Treaty | A recent article by Inside Climate News refers to some of the countries’ opening proposals to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution as strong and expansive. It also deplores the opening plastics treaty proposal from the U.S. delegation to the United Nations which sidesteps calls for cuts in production, praises the benefits of plastics and focuses on national priorities versus global mandates.
Peak Plastics | A new report by the Back to Blue, an initiative by the Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation, assesses the impact of various plastics-related policies and if they can achieve peak plastic consumption by 2050. The report is the first study to model the potential impact of policies being considered by the United Nations plastic treaty negotiators. The analysis is focused on the 19 countries of the G20.
Petrochemical derailment in Ohio | The accident continued to make headlines of news last week. Experts weigh in on supply chain hazards following Ohio disaster and call for employment of safer chemicals and increased efforts to tackle plastic pollution.
Environment @ Human Rights Council
The environment remains high in the agenda, as the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC52) continues on its second week. Various UN Special Rapporteurs will be presenting their environment-related reports to the Council this week, including:
- Right to adequate housing | Climate crisis and the right to adequate housing | 8 March 2023
- Right to food | Conflict and the right to food | 8 – 9 March 2023
- Right to the environment | Women, girls and the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment | 9 March 2023
Other events of interest this week include:
- Side Event | The impact of Climate Change on the Rights of Persons in Vulnerable Situations | 7 March 2023, 13:00 – 14:00 CET
- Side Event | Women, Girls, and the Right to a Healthy Environment | 7 March 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET
- Side Event | Advancing environmental democracy and women’s environmental rights in Africa: The road towards a new regional environmental rights instrument | 8 March 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET
- First informal consultations on the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment | 9 March 2023, 10:30 – 12:00 CET
- Side Event | Realizing the right to housing in the climate crisis | 9 March 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET
- Side Event | Conversatory on food and peace: an exchange of knowledge and experiences from a peasant perspective | 9 March 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET
- Informal consultations on the draft resolution on the right to food | 9 March 2023, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
- Informal consultations on the draft resolution on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders | 10 March 2023, 10:30 – 12:00 CET
→ Regular updates on key environmental issues at HRC52, side events, and further resources will be made available on our HRC52 and the environment dedicated webpage.
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights | The 21st edition of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) kicks off this week. This year’s selection will include films that focus on environment, indigenous rights, business and human rights, among others.
Historic High Seas Treaty
The 5th Session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC-5) on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBJN) concluded in New York late Saturday night, after delegates negotiated non-stop far past the scheduled period. Member States have agreed on a UN legally binding instrument to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. This agreement will be critical to achieving the global ocean conservation targets agreed last December at COP15 under the Global Biodiversity Framework. A resumed meeting will be convened to adopt the final text at a date to be announced. → Read the summary and analysis to be published by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
Concerns on Deployment of Climate Change Solutions
Toxic impacts of some climate change solutions | In preparation for his report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights is inviting all interested stakeholders working on issues related to the toxic pollution and human rights implications of climate change solutions to provide inputs by 6 March. → More information on other calls for submissions.
One Atmosphere | UNEP released last week an independent expert review on Solar Radiation Modification research and deployment. The expert panel considers that a near and mid-term large-scale Solar Radiation Modification (SRM, or sometimes called ‘solar geoengineering’) deployment is not currently warranted and would be unwise. This view may change if climate action remains insufficient. A recent article in Le Temps last week — Refroidir le climat, une idée qui se réchauffe — refers that more and more voices are being raised to defend — or challenge — climate cooling research.
Calls for Contributions / Abstracts / Nominations
World Resources Forum (WRF) 2023 Call for Abstracts | WRF’23 will take place from 4 to 6 September 2023 in a hybrid format in Geneva and online. With the theme, ‘Rethinking Value – Resources for Planetary Wellbeing’, this edition’s conference tracks – Sufficiency, Value Chains and Digitalisation – will be explored through a multi-disciplinary approach able to convey together environmental, societal, technological, economic, governance and geo-political perspectives. → The deadline to Submit Abstracts has been extended until 10 March 2023.
The Global Intergovernmental Meeting on Minerals and Metals will take place in Geneva, from 7 to 8 September 2023 back-to-back with the 2023 edition of the World Resources Forum. UNEP Executive Director has invited Member States to nominate one national focal point to participate in the intergovernmental regional consultations. → Review the Briefing organized in February on the implementation of UNEA Resolution 5/12.
Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies, Subsidiary Bodies and Office of the High Commissioner Call for Submissions | The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and other bodies of the council, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner and other human rights bodies regularly call for inputs for the reports in preparation. Find here the calls related to the environment. → Find here the calls related to the environment.
Human Rights 75 Youth Advisory group | The Human Rights 75 Youth Advisory Group will be composed of twelve young people with consideration of gender, age, geographic, ethnic, and cultural balance. The mandate of the Youth Advisory Group will initially run until the end of 2023. To apply to be part of the Human Rights 75 Youth Advisory Group, please fill out this form by Monday, 13 March 2023.
What (Else) to Read Next?
- Request for an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the obligations of States in respect of climate change | Vanuatu | 1 March 2023
The draft resolution at the UN General Assembly by Vanatu on Request for an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the obligations of States in respect of climate change has 105 co-sponsors, after a “herculean” diplomatic effort.
- Environmental auditors approve green labels for products linked to deforestation and authoritarina regimes | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) | 1 March 2023
A cross-border investigation led by the ICIJ unvealed a trend in issuing environmental certifications for products associated with deforestation, violations of human rights and other abuses.
- WMO steps up action on climate and health | WMO | 3 March 2023
WMO’s Executive Council endorsed a new implementation plan for advancing integrated climate and health science and services over the next ten years.
- WMO Update: El Niño may return | WMO | 1 March 2023
A warming El Niño event may develop in the coming months after three consecutive years of an unusually stubborn and protracted La Niña which influenced temperature and rainfall patterns in different parts of the world.
- 2022 Online Annual Report “Partnering for a Common Purpose” | PAGE | 2 March 2023
As national economies were tested in 2022 through renewed shocks to supply chains and food and energy systems – just after overcoming COVID-19 slowdowns – the call for building resilient, green and inclusive economies has been more urgent than ever.
- Lake Chad soon to be covered by the legal framework of UN Water Convention thanks to Niger’s confirmation of its desire to accede | UNECE | 2 March 2023
Niger officially confirmed its desire to accede to the Water Convention. This upcoming accession is a decisive step for the region as it will bring Lake Chad fully under the Convention’s legal framework.
52nd Session of the Human Rights Council | HRC52
27 Feb – 04 Apr 2023
Palais des Nations
Fifth meeting of the Implementation and Compliance Committee
07 – 09 Mar 2023
International Environment House
Minamata Convention on Mercury
13th meeting of the Protocol on PRTRs Compliance Committee Environmental Policy Public Participation
07 – 08 Mar 2023
Palais des Nations | Room XXV
Briefing on the 2023 Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
07 Mar 2023 10:00 – 12:00
International Environment House & Online | Webex
Technical Barriers to Trade | Thematic Session on regulatory cooperation between Members | Plastic Regulation
07 Mar 2023 10:00
WTO | Room D & Online | Zoom
A Conversation with Jean-Claude Vignoli | Inspire Students Alumni Roundtable
07 Mar 2023 12:30 – 13:30
Maison de la Paix | Room S5 & Online I Webex
IHEID Environmental Committee
HRC52 Side Event | Women, Girls, and the Right to a Healthy Environment
07 Mar 2023 14:00 – 15:00
Palais des Nations | Room XXII & Online | Webex
Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council
Your Contribution to the Ecological Infrastructure
07 Mar 2023 14:00 – 16:00
Campus Biotech | Room H8-01- F
4th Meeting of the expert working group on the e-waste technical guidelines
08 – 09 Mar 2023
Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peacebuilding (ECCP) | Briefing on the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
07 Mar 2023 14:00 – 15:00
Online | Zoom
Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, WILPF, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative
Technical Barriers to Trade | Thematic Session on regulatory cooperation between Members | Climate Change
07 Mar 2023 15:00
WTO | Room D & Online | Zoom
Environment, climate, conflict, and peace (ECCP) | March Geneva Cafe
07 Mar 2023 16:00 – 17:00
Geneva Graduate Institute | Cafeteria
Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023 | Women, Girls, and the Triple Planetary Crisis
08 Mar 2023 08:30 – 10:00
International Environment House I & Online | Webex
Group of Experts on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Inland Transport | (WP.5/GE.3) 24th session
09 – 10 Mar 2023
Place des Nations | Room XXV
Trade Forum for Decarbonization Standards
09 Mar 2023 14:00 – 18:00
WTO | Room CR & Online | Zoom
COP27 and COP15 Outcomes: FAO Support for Country Implementation
09 Mar 2023 15:00 – 17:00
Palais des Nations | Room H-209 & Online | Zoom
MAVA Farewell Celebration
09 Mar 2023 15:30 – 16:45
FIFDH 2023 | Zadvengers
11 Mar 2023 15:30
Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre
Project Officer (Integrated Energy Services) – P3
06 Mar 2023
Programme Officer (Extreme Heat) – P3
06 Mar 2023
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Human Rights Officer – P3
07 Mar 2023
Environmental Management System
07 Mar 2023
Head, Agriculture Team
08 Mar 2023
Meetings Services Assistant
08 Mar 2023
Scientific Officer (Hydrology) – P3
08 Mar 2023
External Relations and Liaison Support Officer – P4
08 Mar 2023
10 Mar 2023
UNEP Climate Finance Unit
10 Mar 2023
UNEP Europe Office
PRB Policy Consultant
12 Mar 2023
Senior Tax Specialist 50%
12 Mar 2023
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