The Geneva Environment Network weekly newsletter includes updates on global environmental agenda, main events, jobs and learning opportunities, and other useful news.  The newsletter goes monthly in July and will be back weekly from 4 August. During the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down, 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.

Environment @ HRC44

The 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC44) is taking place in Geneva from 30 June to 21 July 2020.  Last week, the High Commissioner presented an oral update on the human rights impact of COVID-19. The Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child, took place on 1st July, and focused on the theme: Realizing the rights of the child through a healthy environment. The High Commissioner and others insisted that

It is time for global recognition of the human right to a healthy environment – recognition that can lead to stronger policies, at all levels, to protect our planet and our children.

This week, on 8 July, the Council will hold a panel discussion on promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the context of climate change.

Find out more on reports, resolutions, new appointments, and other news on environmental-related topics, as well as who to follow at this session…

More on the Agenda

This month numerous events will take place virtually. Check the events section of this newsletter listing all events. Among these, don’t miss:

COVID-19 and the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. As the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.  As we recover, we must build back better for people and for the planet.

The Secretary General keeps reminding us, that we have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19.

This month again, various events will focus on how we can recover better from the pandemic, consult the full list in the events section. 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. Among the press releases and articles issued last week:

Green Summer in Geneva

We have prepared a list of suggestions of environmental awareness activities to safely entertaining this summer in Geneva: exhibitions, workshops, shows, contests, outdoor activities and online resources. This page is regularly updated and was retained by Hedi News  / Geneva Solutions.

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