Newsletter 02 Mar 2020
Environment: What’s Up in GENeva this Week | 2-8 March 2020
#COVID19: The Swiss Federal Council decided to prohibit gatherings of more than 1,000 people until 15 March. The UN and other organizations might decide to cancel some events in the coming days. Our website and social networks will reflect the latest changes.
43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC43), continues in Geneva for three more weeks. Check the list below for the various side events addressing environmental-related issues at the Council. #HRC43
Monday 2 March, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, David Boyd, will present his annual report, his country visits to Fiji and Norway, and the good practices reports.
The 18th edition of the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), starting on 6 March, is taking place in Geneva, in parallel to the annual main session of the UN Human Rights Council, and is bringing together the protagonists of the civil society mobilizations for climate that took place around the world. #fifdh20
Check also our page dedicated to HRC43, with the list of events at HRC43 discussing environmental-related issues, reports, links, who to follow on twitter, and other useful information.
World Wildlife Day Celebration in Geneva
Join us at Palais des Nations, Tuesday, 3 March, to celebrate World Wildlife Day. The theme of this year’s edition, “Sustaining all life on earth”, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to the nature.At the event we will discuss biodiversity loss, wildlife conservation, people and sustainable use, and watch a film finalist from the 2020 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase. #WorldWildlifeDay
Climate Justice / Gender Justice
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat and Women at the Table cordially invite you to attend a breakfast discussing feminist action for climate justice, to be held at the Restaurant des délégués, Palais des Nations, from 8:30 to 10:00, Thursday, 5 March. Women climate experts and activists invited for this event, organized ahead of the “Generation Equality Forum”, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France, in May and July 2020, will reflect on: the critical role of women in response to leading and driving solutions for climate change; the lessons learnt across the feminist movement that can be applied to the climate movement; and the gender equality and gender justice in the Climate agenda. #IWD2020
Ciné Environment House: Our Planet
The docuseries “Our Planet” narrated by Sir David Attenborough, showcasing the world’s natural wonders, is being screened at the International Environment House on Thursdays, at lunch time. Joint us for the screening of the 5th episode, “From Deserts to Grasslands“, this Thursday at 12:30. Facilitating the discussion on the episode is Nara Luvsan, Senior Officer at UNEP. There will also be an overview of the Mongolian grasslands from Mandakh Nyamtseren of the Institute of Geography and Geoecology at the Mongolian Academy of Science (via video). #OurPlanet
More on the Agenda
Check the list below to see the list of events targeting environmental-related topics taking place this week in Geneva.
Please note that the list of events and vacancies provided in our weekly newsletter is non-exhaustive. Stay tuned and follow us also on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.
What should I read next?
- Governments advance in the preparation of a New UN Biodiversity Framework – Negotiations in Rome demonstrate engagement across government and society. UN Convention on Biological Diversity, 1st March 2020.
- 2nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Earth Negotiation Bulletin, 29 February 2020.
- Digital and Environment. Trend page from GIP Digital Watch observatory operated by the Diplo Foundation,
- ICT industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030. ITU, 27 February 2020.
- Conservationists deserve protection. Science, 21 February 2020.
- Extreme weather exiles: how climate change is turning europeans into migrants. Europe’s Climate Migrants Series. Euronews, 28 February 2020.
- The Highest Aspiration: A Call to Action for Human Rights. Secretary-General’s remarks to the UN Human Rights Council, 24 February 2020.
- Speech to the French Senate Standing Committee on Sustainable Development by Inger Andersen, 26 February 2020.
- Speech at the opening of the 52nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by Inger Anderson, 24 February 2020.