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Image of the week | View of the Mont Blanc from Geneva © UNEP/GEN, Pablo Lopez.

Furthering Climate Action in Response to Science

Last week, at the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contribution of Working Group II to the 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change, IPCC Chair emphasized that “the report is a dire warning about the consequences of inaction. It shows that climate change is a grave and mounting threat to our well-being and a healthy planet”. Rather than desperation, these results call for urgent and ambitious efforts, as “our actions today will shape how people adapt to climate change and how nature responds to increasing climate risks.”

In response to the report, COP26 Presidency and the designate COP27 Presidency have issued a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to furthering climate action which responds to the science. In that spirit, they are convening a COP26-COP27 Briefing in Geneva, on the findings of the report to strengthen the global response for protecting communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Speakers will outline how to take forward the progress made in Glasgow to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, priorities for the global climate agenda in light of the new IPCC report, and practical steps the humanitarian, development, and other international communities can take to ensure we heed the warnings. This event is organized with the support of the Geneva Environment Network, on Monday 7 March, at 15:00 CET, in hybrid format. → Register to attend in person at the World Meteorological Organization or online on webex.

UN Environment Assembly Makes History

The United Nations Environment Assembly made history last week, by adopting 14 resolutions, including a resolution setting up the path to a global treaty to end plastic pollution.  The resolution requests the convening of an intergovernmental negotiating committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, during the second half of 2022, with the ambition of completing its work by the end of 2024. An ad-hoc open-ended working group will convene during the first half of 2022 to prepare for the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee.

Rather than the end of the journey, this resolution represents a new turning point, from which much work still has to be done. The Geneva Environment Network looks forward to support all actors, in the Geneva community and beyond, engaged in this process.

Aside from plastic pollution, the Assembly reached significant outcomes to address the triple planetary crisis. Notably, delegates agreed to establish a Science-Policy Panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution (UNEP/EA5/L14/REV.1), and launched work to address the environmental impacts of mineral resources throughout their lifecycle (UNEP/EA5/L18/REV.1).

The concluding Ministerial Declaration recognized the risk for future pandemics and other health risks if humanity doesn’t overhaul its patterns of interaction with nature by adopting a holistic approach such as One Health. And at the two-days special session of the Assembly marking the 50th anniversary of the UN Environment Programme, heads of State raised a united plea for multilateral action. Read more at:

Environment at the Human Rights Council

The 49th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC49) continues this week in Geneva, with a number of environmental topics on the agenda. Throughout the session, running until 1 April, regular updates on key issues at HRC49, side-events and further resources will be available on our dedicated webpage. This week, the Human Rights Council will discuss two reports of high relevance for international environmental governance:

Side events and parallel event of particular interest this week include:

Celebrating International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, 8 March, join UN Women and the world in coming together under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, and call for climate action for women, by women.

Events to celebrate the day include:

March 2022: Shaping the Global Biodiversity Agenda

March 2022 is an important month for shaping the global biodiversity agenda, after the UN Environment Assembly, additional negotiations include:

Preparatory events to the Convention of Biological Diversity Resumed Sessions start already this week in Geneva. Among the preparatory events open to all stakeholders:

Green Innovation Challenge for Youth

The Trade and Environment Division of the WTO is inviting teenagers worldwide to join the WTO Future Green Innovators challenge. This challenge is for 12-18 year olds worldwide with a forward-thinking idea to tackle an environmental issue and is running until 31 March.

To enter the challenge, young people should pitch their eco-friendly idea in a short video and share it on social media with the hashtag #WTOFutureGreenInnovators. Their idea could be about how to manufacture something in a more sustainable manner, how to consume less energy, or how to reduce plastic or e-waste. It could be about an everyday product that they have tweaked into a more environmentally friendly substitute. It might even be a vision of technology for the future or a practical solution for a local environmental concern.

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