Newsletter 09 May 2022
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva | 9 – 15 May 2022
The Geneva Environment Network’s weekly newsletter includes the latest information on the global environmental agenda, main events, job vacancies, 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 | Geneva Environment Network stand at the Geneva Health Forum 2022 (3-5 May 2022), organized in collaboration with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Minamata Convention secretariats. © UNEP/GEN Pablo Arturo López Guijosa
Paving the Way to End Plastic Pollution
As part of the process which will ultimately lead to the adoption of a legally-binding agreement to end plastic pollution, the Ad hoc open-ended working group (OEWG) to prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to end plastic pollution will meet at the end of this month in Dakar. Registration for the meeting is open until 13 May 2022. Participants may also take note of the draft rules of procedure presented by UNEP on 28 April, elaborated based on the experience of the establishment of the Minamata Convention. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) provides an insightful comparison table on the two processes.
As part of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, the Geneva Environment Network and partners will host next week a hybrid briefing in preparation of the the Ad Hoc OEWG meeting, on 19 May at 13.00 CEST. → Register to join us in person or online.
Further recent news about plastic pollution:
- Attorney General Bonta Announces Investigation into Fossil Fuel and Petrochemical Industries for Role in Causing Global Plastics Pollution Crisis | State of California Department of Justice | 28 April 2022
The Attorney General subpoenas ExxonMobil for information relating to decades-long plastics deception campaign.
- US is recycling just 5% of its plastic waste, studies show | The Guardian | 5 May 2022
The Last Beach Cleanup and Beyond Plastics report reveals that about 85% of plastic waste ends up in landfills, and 10% is incinerated, while only 5% is recycled. Meanwhile, the generation of plastic waste has increased drastically over the past decade, highlighting the need to move away from single-use plastics.
- The massive, unregulated source of plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of | Neel Dhanesha | Vox | 6 May 2022
- Plastic-eating Enzyme Could Eliminate Billions of Tons of Landfill Waste | University of Austin | 27 April 2022
In a recent article published in Nature, researchers present how they managed to create a modified enzyme that can break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), suggesting new methods for improved recycling.
UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy
Ahead of the next Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference, that will take place on 5–7 October 2022 in Nicosia, Cyprus, this week the special session of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy will discuss preparations for this major environmental milestone for the Pan-European region.
The “Environment for Europe” process was launched in 1991 at Dobris Castle in the then Czechoslovakia. To mark the 30th anniversary of this important process and its achievements, the Czech Republic will organize as special event in Geneva, in September 2022, as part of their Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the support of the Geneva Environment Network. Stay tuned!
Switzerland Overshoot Day
Each year, Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity has used all the biological resources that Earth can renew during the entire year. In 2021, it landed on 29 July, almost a month before the 2020 date (22 August) due to gradual post-pandemic reprisals. What will be the date this year and how can we push back the date? Join the Global Footprint Network Guess-the-date contest by 22 May.
On Friday 13 May, Switzerland is reaching its overshoot day, meaning that if the world’s population had the same lifestyle as Swiss citizens, the resources of three planets would be necessary to ensure its existence. This calculation reflects the ecological footprint of the country by comparing the population’s demand and the nation’s biocapacity. The day is a reminder of the need to reduce the pressure on the environment and its resources in order to #MoveTheDate. Learn more about sustainable production and consumption how to reduce your own ecological footprint in our resource page.
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks
The 2022 edition of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) continues this week in a hybrid format, with face-to-face sessions at the International Conference Centre, providing a collaborative space for practitioners and experts from a large variety of humanitarian stakeholders. The programme features a number of sessions addressing environmental challenges and opportunities in humanitarian response, including climate mitigation, waste management, Nature-based Solutions, sustainable procurement, and more. On the agenda this week, more than 20 interesting sessions. → Visit our dedicated page.
Energy Transition & Phasing Out of Fossil Fuels
To complement the programme of the European Energy Transition Conference to be held in the Geneva region from 31 May to 2 June 2022, the “OFF” programme of this main event starts this week, with numerous workshops, exhibitions, outings, projections, games, shows, concerts, etc. The conference and its associated events come at a crucial moment. Three months after the Climate Conference of Glasgow, the invasion of Ukraine, and the associated crisis and stability that this has led to in global energy markets, has put pressure on many countries to diversify their energy supply and manage the impact of very high energy prices on energy consumers.
Ahead of pivotal Stockholm+50, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings this June, it is important that member states and other stakeholders collectively work to avoid the pressure to subsidize fossil fuels and maintaining momentum on the Fossil Fuels Subsidies Reform and the clean energy transition. This is what will be discussed next week at the Subsidizing Fossil Fuels in Times of High Energy Prices session, co-convened by the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform (FFFSR), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the Geneva Environment Network. → Register to join us in person or online on 16 May at 13.30 CEST.
It is also to be highlighted than less than two weeks ago, the city of Geneva passed a motion in support of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, an international global initiative launched in 2019 that advocates for a complementary mechanism to the Paris Agreement that implements a global phase out of fossil fuels. Geneva is the first Swiss city to publicly show its support for the Treaty, joining other 46 cities and local governments (47 other as of 5 May). Geneva and Switzerland do not produce fossil fuels, but host numerous oil traders, and play an important role with their financial institutions funding the expansion of oil extraction and coal mining in their publicly traded corporate stocks and bond portfolios.
World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day – celebrated on the second Saturday in May and the second Saturday in October – is an annual global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. This year, the day focuses on light pollution, which is a significant threat to migratory birds. → Check the various birdwatching and activities to celebrate the day.
In Geneva, it is estimated that outdoor artificial light has doubled within the past 30 years. Local authorities have recognized the negative impacts of light pollution on biodiversity, leading to the development of more research and new policies over the past years. → Find out more about what the Canton of Geneva, as well as the City of Geneva and other municipalities, are doing to address light pollution in our update.
Major environmental negotiations happening abroad this week include:
What (Else) Should I Read Next?
- How animal drugs are breeding superbugs and driving pandemic risk | Geneva Solutions | 3 May 2022
Worldwide, animals are the largest consumers of antimicrobial drugs, and therefore one of the major contributors to the growing global health issue of antimicrobial resistance. However, systems to track the use of these drugs and assess associated risks are still lacking.
- 5 global actions needed to build a sustainable ocean economy | UNCTAD | 5 May 2022
The fourth edition of the UN Oceans Forum, organized by an UNCTAD-led coalition from 6 to 8 April, called for sufficient and reliable long-term investment in a Blue Deal to conserve and sustainably use the ocean for sustainable development.
- Land-building marsh plants are champions of CO2 capture | Radboud University Nijmegen | 5 May 2022
This new study highlights the crucial role that peat bogs, salt marshes, mangrove forests and seagrass beds could play in fighting climate change. Indeed, while they only cover 1% of the planet, these areas sequester more than 20% of all the CO2 absorbed by ecosystems worldwide.
- Nothing will happen without communities: The role of NGOs in strengthening environmental health | GHF2022 (and French Version) | 4 May 2022
Summary of the Geneva Health Forum session on the role of NGOs in strengthening environmental health, organized with the support of the Geneva Environment Network.
Green Spring in Geneva 2022
10 Mar – 31 May 2022
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks 2022
02 – 20 May 2022
Online & CICG
Special Session of the Committee on Environmental Policy
09 – 12 May 2022
Palais des Nations | Tempus 3
Fourth Hydrological Coordination Panel Meeting | HCP-4
09 – 12 May 2022
WMO & Online
The Future We Want- Wanting in Futures? Indicators of Sustainable Developments and Utopian Alternatives
09 May 2022 12:15 – 13:30
Maison de la Paix (Room S7) & Online
The Search for Climate Leadership in a time of Climate Crisis
09 May 2022 18:30 – 19:30
Maison de la Paix (Pétale 2 | Auditoire A1A)
Le OFF des Assises: Passons le cap
10 May – 05 Jun 2022
Assises Européennes de la Transition Énergétique
Implementation Committee | 53rd Session
10 – 13 May 2022
Palais des Nations & Online
WMO GHG/Carbon Monitoring Workshop | The case for a coordinated Global Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Infrastructure
10 – 12 May 2022
WMO HQ & Online
Quels rôles pour les associations dans la mise en œuvre du Plan climat cantonal ?
10 May 2022 12:15 – 13:30
Maison Internationale des Associations (Salle Biko)
Maison Internationale des Associations, Republic and State of Geneva
Fifth Stakeholders Steering Committee Meeting for BioTrade (Session 1) | Session on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework
10 May 2022 14:00 – 16:00
Informal Dialogue on Plastics (IDP) | Pre-plenary meeting
11 May 2022 10:00
Circular Transition Indicators v3.0 – Launch Event
11 May 2022 10:00
Webinar | Wetlands and Climate Change: Actions to protect blue carbon ecosystems and peatlands for mitigation and adaptation
12 – 13 May 2022
Online | YouTube
Investigating the trade-offs and synergies in integrating biodiversity goals across the UN system
12 May 2022 12:15 – 13:30
Maison de la Paix (Room P1-847)
Talking trash: Behind the tobacco industry’s ‘green’ public relations
12 May 2022 13:00 – 14:30
Online | Zoom
ESG Regulation – What Impact on Sustainable Finance?
12 May 2022 13:00 – 14:00
Maison de la Paix
Nos défis énergétiques
12 May 2022 18:30
Rue Jean-F. Bartholoni 6 | 1er étage | Les Salons
Finance durable: quel rôle pour la place financière suisse?
12 May 2022 18:30 – 20:00
Soirée Pla’Stock – Microplastiques dans les eaux de surface
12 May 2022 18:00 – 20:00
Espace d'accueil du Scienscope situé dans le hall de Science II , Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30
ASL, UNIGE, Oceaneye
Soirée-débat : Séisme – Parlons climat, parlons arbres
12 May 2022 20:00 – 21:30
Globe de la Science | Esplanade des Particules, 1 | Meyrin
CERN, IRHA, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
Switzerland Overshoot Day 2022
13 May 2022
FAO Geneva Agriculture Trade Talks: IUU Fishing
13 May 2022 15:00 – 16:30
Online | Zoom
World Migratory Bird Day 2022
14 May 2022
Digital Innovation Ecosystem Expert
09 May 2022
Internship | Cabinet Office of the Secretary-General
09 May 2022
Web Content Management Specialist
09 May 2022
Operations Manager | Global Convening and Events
10 May 2022
Korean Regional Assistant
10 May 2022
Building Management Officer (P3)
10 May 2022
Internship | Public-Private Engagement Office
11 May 2022
Fossil Fuels Researcher
12 May 2022
Project Officer Environment, Climate Change and Health Department
13 May 2022
Environmental Management System Consultant
14 May 2022
Program Assistant (Intern)
15 May 2022
Chargé(e) de Project / Experimente(e) Evaluation du Cycle de Vie & Mesure Carbone
15 May 2022