The Geneva Environment Network weekly newsletter includes updates on global environmental agenda, main events, job vacancies expiring soon, learning opportunities, as well as other useful news and updates. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some live events organized by organizations around the world, contributing to the global environmental agenda, have also been included. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.

Due to the recent developments in the sanitary situation, many institutions of international Geneva are  operating fully virtually. Our Update on COVID-19 and the environment lists relevant information, research, data and press releases on the environmental origins and impacts of the pandemic. The recent IPBES Pandemics Report continues to be mentioned on social and media platforms.

International Geneva Racing to Zero

The Race to Zero Dialogues, starting this week and running until 19 November, are critical inputs to the UNFCCC Climate Dialogues taking place from 23 November to 4 December, to accelerate progress to meet the Paris Agreement. Together, both Dialogues will set the stage for the Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December as the world embarks on the ‘Race to Zero’ towards COP26 in 2021. #RaceToZero

Various actors of International Geneva are contributing to the Race to Zero Dialogues. This week the topics addressed are health, industry, transport, oceans, water, and nature-based solutions. Find here a selection of sessions involving organizations from International Geneva.

Transforming Tourism for a Resilient and Sustainable Post-COVID World

In the context of the 26th session of UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy taking place on 9 and 10 November, UNEP is organizing an online side event “Transforming Tourism for a resilient and sustainable post-covid world” on 9 November from 13:00 to 14:30, to explore how sustainable tourism can build back towards a more sustainable tourism industry in a post-COVID scenario.

Wednesdays for the Planet

Join us on Wednesday afternoons for virtual discussions with experts and screenings highlighting the natural world and other environmental challenges our planet faces. The virtual screenings are a continuation of our Ciné Environment House series and are for educational purposes, non-profit and non-commercial. #Wednesday4Planet

This week, we are hosting a virtual discussion on the episode Fresh Water of the docuseries Our Planet, examining how the need for fresh water is as strong as ever, from 13:30 to 14:30 CET. Attendees are invited to watch the documentary online prior to the live virtual discussion and register on Webex to join the discussion.

Making Use of the Aahrus Convention and the Escazú Agreement

With the approval of the ratification of the Escazú Agreement by the Mexican senate on 5 November, this landmark regional agreement on the access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters, will now enter into force across Latin America and the Caribbean next year. Join CIEL webinar on Thursday 12 November at 16:00 CET, to find out how the Aarhus & Escazú Agreements can support youth participation in forums.

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Event | Afterwork

Climathon Geneva 2020

13 – 14 Nov 2020

Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Genève

Impact Hub Geneva

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Learning | Online Course

MOOC | Marine Litter

26 Oct – 18 Dec 2020

UNEP

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