All United to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

The #COVID19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone.

For general reliable information on COVID-19 visit:

Check our COVID-19 resource page for additional information on responses from the UN System and other parnters.

COVID-19 & the Environment

Our “Latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment” page, lists relevant information, research, data and/or press releases issued by our partners in Geneva and other institutions around the world on the environmental origins and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, IOM called for researchers and practitioners to share their experience, knowledge and recommendations on the linkages between the COVID-19 pandemic, migration and the environment.

Among the numerous press releases and articles issued in the past two weeks:

Other resource pages on COVID-19 and the environment:

‘Live’ Agenda

>> 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 the past five weeks. 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. Open event this week, include:

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

Earth Day: 50 years on

The General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through a resolution adopted in 2009, joining civic groups that celebrated Earth Day since 1970, when the first American protests against air pollution due to amounts of leaded gas took place. #EarthDay

Mother Earth is more than ever urging a call to action. Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.

Various events are taking place around the world to celebrate Mother Earth, including an Online Concert for a Healthy Planet, featuring over 40 musicians from 6 countries including 5 Grammy® Award Winners.

UNEP and TED will be launching an Earth School adventure, stay tuned!

The Persistent Legacy of the Chernobyl Disaster

An explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on 26 April 1986 spread a radioactive cloud over large parts of the Soviet Union, now the territories of Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to the radiation. In 1990, the General Assembly adopted resolution 45/190, calling for “international cooperation to address and mitigate the consequences at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.” On 8 December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 26 April as International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

In the past weeks, grass fires had been spreading into exclusion zone around defunct nuclear reactor, getting international attention on this area.

Please note that the list of events and vacancies provided in our weekly newsletter is non-exhaustive. Stay tuned and follow us also on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, or visit our website regularly for additional updates.