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Image of the week | Genève, débordement de l’Arve dans la nuit du 14 au 15 septembre 1733 | Robert Gardelle (Genève, 09/04/1682 – Genève, 07/03/1766) | Bibliothèque de Genève. Historical flood of the Arve River in 1733 (destruction of bridges).

2023 and the Global Environmental Agenda

Happy New Year to all! After a busy year in 2022 that led to the adoption of historic decisions to tackle the triple planetary crisis, various key events for the future of our planet are scheduled to take place around the world this year. Consult our updated page on the International Environmental Negotiations Agenda.

Among the international meetings planned this year, here are of particular interest for international Geneva:

  • Resumed session SPP CWP OEWG-1 | 30 January – 3 February | Bangkok, Thailand
  • Resumed session of the 4th meeting of the intersessional process (IP4) | 27 February – 3 March | Nairobi, Kenya
  • 58th session of the IPCC | Adoption of the AR6 Synthesis Report | 13 – 17 March | Interlaken, Switzerland
  • UN 2023 Water Conference | 22 – 24 March | UN Headquarters in New York
  • BRS COPs (Basel Convention COP16, Rotterdam Convention COP11, Stockholm Convention COP11) | 1 – 12 May | Geneva
  • 76th World Health Assembly | 21 – 30 May | Geneva
  • Plastic Pollution INC-2 | 22 – 26 May (TBC) | Paris, France
  • High-Level Political Forum 2023 | 10 – 19 July | New York, US
  • 2023 World Resources Forum | 5 – 7 September | Geneva
  • Global Intergovernmental Meeting on Minerals | 7 – 8 September | Geneva
  • 5th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) | 25 – 29 September | Bonn, Germany
  • Minamata COP5 | 30 October – 3 November | Geneva
  • Plastic Pollution INC-3 | 13 – 17 November (TBC) | Nairobi, Kenya
  • UNFCCC COP28 | 30 November – 12 December | United Arab Emirates
  • SPP CWP OEWG-2 | Q4 2023 | Location TBC

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2023 is also the

A Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution

The resumed first session of the ad hoc Open-Ended Working Group on the Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution (OEWG-1.2) will be held in person in Bangkok, Thailand, at the end of this month, as a follow-up to resolution 5/8, adopted at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) last year. This week a briefing organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network will provide updates on the preparations of this important event and how stakeholders can engage in the process. → Join us in person or online on Thursday 12 January at 13.30 CET.

Ending Plastic Pollution Agenda: Preparing for INC-2

The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2) will tentatively take place in Paris, France, from 22 to 26 May 2023. At the first meeting (INC-1), governments requested the secretariat to prepare a document to be considered at INC-2 with potential options for elements towards an international legally binding instrument, based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastics as called for by UNEA resolution 5/14.

The INC Secretariat invites Members of the Committee and observers to provide written submissions. Upon requests from stakeholders, and in consultation with the Chair, the deadline for observers has been extended to 13 January 2023, while 10 February remains for Members of the Committee. All written submissions must be sent to The statements received will be compiled and made available the INC website.

International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan

The International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan, co-hosted by the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations, on Monday 9 January 2023 at Palais des Nations, Room XVII, is a significant event that brings together a diverse group of leaders and organizations to address the issue of climate resilience in Pakistan. It is important for countries and communities to be proactive in addressing the challenges posed by a changing climate and to develop strategies to become more resilient to the impacts of extreme weather events and other climate-related hazards. → Read more and watch the conference on UNTV

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