The #COVID19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. As mentioned by the UN Secretary General in his call for solidarity, “We are facing a global health crisis unlike any in the 75-year history of the United Nations — one that is spreading human suffering, infecting the global economy and upending people’s lives. … We must ensure that lessons are learned and that this crisis provides a watershed moment for health emergency preparedness and for investment in critical 21st century public services and the effective delivery of global public goods. We have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We must keep our promises for people and planet.”

Check WHO updates on COVID-19, the Geneva State Council recommendations & information, and the Swiss Confederation updates on the situation.

More tips for working remotely

Further to the tips shared last week to help you enjoying this largest teleworking experiment ever, and the many more you have received from you respective organizations, this week we encourage to have a look at the UN Greening the Blue resources providing advice and guidance on how to conduct successful virtual meetings:

COVID-19 & the Environment

Various articles have been published on the environmental causes and the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. Our latest selection:

Find selected articles from our partners and other institutions on our page dedicated to the latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment.

World Metereological Day

This year’s World Meteorological Day, celebrated on 23 March, is dedicated to Climate and Water. One of the underlying themes is that we can’t manage what we don’t monitor and measure – a message which has become unfortunately too familiar in the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Fresh water is vital for life. On average, a human being cannot survive more than three days without it. Water is essential for the production of our food, virtually all of our goods and services and for the environment. The world now faces increasing challenges posed by water stress, floods and droughts and lack of access to clean supplies. There is an urgent need to improve forecasting, monitoring and management of water supplies and to tackle the problem of too much, too little or too polluted water. #WorldMetDay #ClimateIsWater


On 25 March, UNEP Finance Initiative invites you to join the webinar: “Introduction to Financing a Circular Economy”. This online presentation will provide insight into the transition towards a circular economy and how to accelerate its financing. #CircularEconomy

On 26 March, IUCN PANORAMA webinar we will explore ways in which civil society organisations can use policies or legislation to facilitate the integration of biodiversity and other sustainability elements in business practices.

Earth Hour going digital

Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet. 

The global organizing team recommends all individuals to participate in Earth Hour virtually this year. But just because you’re staying at home, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorable Earth Hour experience: they have put together a list of 20 things you can do at home or online this Earth Hour to celebrate the Hour. #EarthHour

Online learning opportunities

Explore learning opportunities to improve your knowledge about the environment.

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