All United to End the COVID-19 Pandemic 

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.

For general reliable information on COVID-19, consult the links available on our COVID-19 dedicated page.

COVID-19 Impacts on the Global Environmental Agenda

Join the Geneva Environment Dialogues special COVID-19 series, discussing the impacts of the pandemic on the global environmental agenda.

Session #5 | WTO and the Committee on trade and environment | Tuesday 12 May, 9:00-9:50 | EVENT DETAILS  |  WEBEX LIVE REGISTRATION

Session #6 | UN Climate change conference (COP26) | Thursday 14 May, 9:00-9:50 | EVENT DETAILS | WEBEX LIVE REGISTRATION

The series addresses the following topics:

  • The impact of the crisis on the invited organization activities
  • The response of the invited organization to the COVID-19 crisis
  • The impacts on the preparations of the conferences and negotiations, new schedules and programmes

Summaries, relevant links and documents mentioned during the discussions available online after the events.

Next sessionsSAICM ICCM5 (19 May) | UN-REDD & Nature Based Solutions | UNECE Water Convention (26 May 9am) | UN Biodiversity Conference (26 May 5pm) | Minamata Convention (28 May)

COVID-19 & the Environment

Our “Latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment” page, 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:

Earth School | Week#3 & Week#4

The Earth School platform, launched on Earth Day by UNEP and TED-Ed – with the support of educators and partner organizations – in the run-up to World Environment Day allows our youth to learn #ForNature when not allowed to be outside. It consists of 30 days of nature-focused content and environmental adventures for learners of all ages. The third week ending on 12 May, focuses on ‘The Nature of Nature, the fourth week, starting on Wednesday, will address ‘The Nature of ChangeJoin the adventure! #EarthSchool

Additional ‘Live’ Events

>> During the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down, relevant live events organized by organizations around the world, contributing to the global environmental agenda, have also been included in the newsletter. <<

The international community in Geneva has been teleworking for two months. Tips to help you enjoying this largest teleworking experiment ever, were shared in our previous weekly newsletters. Check the boxes in the agenda section for details of the meetings and webinars taking place this week. Online events this week, include:

If you have some free time, consider enrolling into one or more online learning opportunities.


The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) launched on Earth Day a campaign on social media to share information on how nature can help us to recover to a healthier and greener post COVID-19 world. Join the campaign and share your thoughts through social media by using the hashtag #nature4health !

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