Newsletter 07 Nov 2022
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva | 7 – 13 November 2022
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 | Briefing on the 1st Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Develop an International Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Pollution (Plastic Pollution INC-1) on 2 November 2022. © UNEP GEN/Marina Garlatti
Parties to the Convention on Wetlands Adopt Wuhan Declaration and Continue Negotiating in Geneva
Parties and observers to the Convention on Wetlands – Ramsar Convention – are convening in Geneva this week for their 14th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP14), under the theme “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”. Taking place in parallel to the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Conference and a few weeks ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (Convention on Biological Diversity’s 15th Conference of Parties), the Convention on Wetlands’ COP14 is discussing strengthening scientific priorities and putting wetlands action for people and nature at the heart of climate, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals. → Consult our update Towards the Wetlands Convention COP14
During the opening ceremony on Saturday 5 November, China President Xi Jinping, appeared via video message and emphasized China’s historic achievements in wetlands conservation since joining the Convention in 1992. A the High-Level Segment on Sunday 6 November, ministers and ambassadors from Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands adopted the Wuhan Declaration, calling for increased action and on the linkages between wetlands, climate change, and biodiversity loss. → Read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Over 70 side events are taking place this week. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Geneva Environment Network will host the side event on “Unpacking the Potential of Wetlands for Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss”, with the support of NetworkNature and the EU Commission. → Join us online on 8 November, at 13:15 CET if you are not registered to attend COP14.
Environment @ 41st Session of the Universal Periodic Review
The forty-first session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 7 to 18 November, during which 14 States – Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, the United Kingdom, India, Algeria, the Philippines, Brazil, Poland, the Netherlands, and South Africa – will have their human rights records examined. The holding of this session will mark the commencement of the fourth cycle of the UPR, during which all 193 UN member States will undergo a review of their human rights record through this unique process. The meeting will be webcast live.
The UPR is increasingly addressing the links between environment, including climate change, and human rights, with States making recommendations explicitly addressing these issues. With the adoption of a resolution on the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, at the Human Rights Council and at the UN General Assembly, these links should be even more present.
A this session, the Geneva Environment Network will be supporting an information meeting on the UPR process in the Philippines – Challenges on the economic, social, cultural, and environmental situation in the Philippines, co-organized by various civil society organizations. Despite recommendations during the 2017 Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines, environmental degradation, worsening poverty, and health crisis continued during the period under review. The event will highlight the observations of the civil society organizations related to these issues. → Join us on 9 November at 13.30 CET, in person at Palais des Nations, Room XXII for accredited attendees or online.
Climate Action: International Geneva at Sharm el-Sheikh
The much-awaited Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Conference – UNFCCC COP27 – kicked off Sunday. Follow the live coverage of the conference through the Earth Negotiation Bulletin and UN News special coverage.
International Geneva is very much engaged in this major negotiation, and most institutions have issued dedicated pages with details on their activities at COP27: CIEL | IPCC | IISD | ILO | IMO | IPCC | ISO | ITC | ITU | IUCN | UNCC:Learn | UNCTAD | UNDRR | UNECE | UNEP FI | UNHCR | WBCSD | WEF | WHO | WMO | WTO | WWF
Publications issued last week bringing additional evidence to support the need to act with urgency and ambition include:
- An Eye on Methane: International Methane Emissions Observatory 2022 Report | UNEP | 31 October 2022
Provides decision makers with a framework of action to track and monitor methane emissions to plan targeted and ambitious action for their mitigation.
- Adaptation Gap Report 2022 | UNEP | 1 November 2022
Climate change is landing blow after blow upon humanity and the planet, an onslaught that will only intensify in the coming years even if the world begins to bring down greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Land Gap Report | Melbourne Climate Futures | 1 November 2022
This report looks at how Governments are using land in climate pledges. There is a need for much greater clarity in nationally determined contributions about land use – and greater realism on the limits of land for carbon dioxide removal purposes.
- State of the Climate in Europe | WMO | 2 November 2022
Temperatures in Europe have increased at more than twice the global average over the past 30 years – the highest of any continent in the world. As the warming trend continues, exceptional heat, wildfires, floods and other climate change impacts will affect society, economies and ecosystems.
- The Least Developed Countries Report 2022 – The low-carbon transition and its daunting implications for structural transformation | UNCTAD | 3 November 2022 | See press release
LDCs are the example against which history will judge how effectively the world makes a just low-carbon transition, while considering development needs and countries’ different obligations and capacities to fight climate change.
- Any tidal wave could drown us – Stories from the climate crisis | Amnesty International | 3 November 2022
Showcases communities’ experiences in seven brief case studies to provide a snapshot of how climate change negatively affects the enjoyment of human rights in different contexts.
- World heritage glaciers: sentinels of climate change | UNESCO & IUCN | 3 November 2022
Around 18,600 glaciers have been identified in 50 World Heritage sites. Projections indicate that glaciers in one-third of World Heritage glacierized sites will disappear by 2050 regardless of the applied climate scenario and glaciers in around half of all sites could almost entirely disappear by 2100 in a business-as-usual emissions scenario.
- IPCC AR6 Working Group I Summary for All | IPCC | 5 November 2022
A summary of the Working Group I report on the physical science basis of climate change, written in plain language.
- WMO Provisional State of the Global Climate 2022 | WMO | 6 November 2022
The past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fuelled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat. Extreme heatwaves, drought and devastating flooding have affected millions and cost billions this year.
- COP27: Urgent need to respect human rights in all climate change action, say UN experts | UN Independent Experts | 4 November 2022
- COP27 Must Treat Loss and Damage as the Human Rights Crisis It Is | CIEL | 2 November 2022
- What does a human rights-based approach to addressing loss and damage look like?: Key demands for the outcomes of COP 27 at the intersection of loss and damage and human rights | The Loss and Damage Collaboration | 1 November 2022
- COP27: A Turning Point for Climate and Human Rights | CIEL | 1 November 2022
- WMO and WHO launch ClimaHealth portal | WMO | 31 October 2022
Digital Policy for the Environment
The Geneva Internet Platform is launching the second edition of the Geneva Digital Atlas – a comprehensive mapping of digital policy actors and Internet governance scene in Geneva – on Tuesday 8 November.
This is the occasion to highlight that Geneva is one of the main global hubs where digital policies are debated, evaluated, and adopted. As such, digital cooperation is one of the region’s key areas for international environmental governance activities and for reinforcing synergies among stakeholders in the area. Discussions held in the framework of major environmental negotiations aim at fostering action on the triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution that the world is facing, through science-based governance, leveraging data and technology respectful of the environment, and ensuring its access to all, to achieve everyone’s right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. They involve the numerous stakeholders that are based in the region and specialized on these topics, including the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Global Resource Information Database (UNEP/GRID-Geneva), World Meteorological Organization (WMO). More resources →
Mineral Resource Governance and the Role of Geneva
The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) convenes every autumn in Geneva for its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year’s event take place from 7 to 10 November, with as main theme Critical Minerals and the Energy Transition.
This is the occasion to highlight that unsustainable extraction, manufacturing, use and disposal of resources is having important detrimental impacts of people and the planet. At the 5th UN Environment Assembly, which concluded last March in Nairobi, delegates discussed this important issue and adopted a resolution on the Environmental aspects of minerals and metals management (UNEP/EA.5/Res.12). Building on the UNEA-4 resolution on the matter, Member States stressed the “need for enhanced action to support the environmental sustainability management of minerals and metals” along their full lifecycle. The resolution requests the convening of intergovernmental regional consultations, followed by a global intergovernmental meeting, to develop proposals to enhance the environmental sustainability of minerals and metals along their full life cycle. This meeting will be held next year in Geneva, back to back with the 2023 World Resources Forum Conference. Read more →
What (Else) Should I Read Next?
- Skin and Bones: Tiger Trafficking Analysis from January 2000–June 2022 | TRAFFIC | 2 November 2022
Authorities worldwide have seized tigers and parts equal to an average of 150 tigers a year over almost 23 years, with seizures in the first half of this year signaling the relentless pursuit of remaining tigers.
- 34th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP34) | 31 October – 4 November 2022
Outcomes of MOP34 which was held at the International Civil Aviation Organization Conference Centre in Montreal, Canada, 31 October – 4 November 2022.
- Briefing on the 1st Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Develop an International Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Pollution (Plastic Pollution INC-1) | 2 November 2022
Outcomes of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogue.
- Women’s Rights, Climate Change and Environment: Materializing Climate Action of the Ground | GCHRAGD | 4 November 2022
The paper underlines the main challenges that lie on the ground, including lacks of political will and holistic approach, slow and fragmented legislative reforms, poor impact assessment as well as inequalities perpetrated by the unjust international order. The paper provides several recommendations.
Green Autumn in Geneva 2022
01 Oct – 30 Nov 2022
14th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties
05 – 13 Nov 2022
18th Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
07 – 10 Nov 2022
Palais des Nations | Room XVII
Annual Joint Meeting to enhance cooperation and coordination between the regional centres under the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
07 – 09 Nov 2022
International Environment House II
9th Expert Group Meeting on DDT
07 – 09 Nov 2022
International Environment House II
The Last Sprint to CBD COP15 | 30 x 30 – What and who counts?
07 Nov 2022 10:00 – 11:30
Online | Zoom
20e Colloque Wright pour la science
07 – 11 Nov 2022
UNIGE, Fondation H. Dudley Wright
Les nanomatériaux : nouvelle menace pour le Léman ?
07 Nov 2022 19:00 – 20:00
Session Panel: Digital and green transformations
08 – 09 Nov 2022
Palais des Nations | Room XXI & Online
Ramsar COP14 Side Event | Unpacking the Potential of Wetlands for Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss
08 Nov 2022 13:15 – 14:15
CICG | Room 3 & Online | Webex
Challenges on the economic, social, cultural, and environmental situation in the Philippines | UPR41
09 Nov 2022 13:30 – 15:00
Palais des Nations | Room XXII & Online
Earthjustice, PUPR Watch, Kalikasan, Amnesty International, ESCR-Net, Viva Salud, Ibon Foundation, CHD, CPRH, NCCP, IPMSDL
Climat, sortir de l’inaction | Cibler des populations spécifiques
09 Nov 2022 19:00 – 21:00
Uni Mail | Room M1130
Association Climat Genève
Atelier: Outil Adaptation aux changements climatique
10 Nov 2022 08:30 – 17:00
Salle Rond-Point, secteur de l'apprentissage, 9 rue du Stand
Republic and State of Geneva
Online discussion | Chemical’s regulation enforcement
10 Nov 2022 14:00 – 15:30
Online | Webex
Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions (TESSD)
11 Nov 2022 10:00
Internship | Office of the Legal Counsel
07 Nov 2022
Operations Associate Consultant
07 Nov 2022
Innovation Ecosystem Specialist, Nature
07 Nov 2022
Associate Programme Officer (Green to Compete), DSIT/GIVC), P2
08 Nov 2022
Associate Programme Management Officer
08 Nov 2022
Minamata Convention on Mercury
08 Nov 2022
UNEP Disasters and Conflicts Branch
Project Manager-Document Control
08 Nov 2022
Facilitator Banking Team Retreat
08 Nov 2022
Technical Expert on Stockholm Convention Implementation Plans
09 Nov 2022
UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch
Environmental Affairs Officer | Forests, P4
10 Nov 2022
Associate Programme Officer, Partnerships, P2
10 Nov 2022
Partnerships for Action on Green Economy – Media Consultant
13 Nov 2022
13 Nov 2022
Towards the Wetlands Convention COP14
29 Mar 2023
Human Rights and the Environment
13 Mar 2023