All United to End the COVID-19 Pandemic

The #COVID19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. 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.

#3 | CITES and its Upcoming Committee Meetings, Tuesday 5 May, 9:00-9:50.

#4 | ILO, COVID-19 and the World of Work – For a Sustainable Recovery, Thursday 7 May, 9:00-9:50.

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 sessionsWTO and the Committee on Trade and Environment – 12 May | UNFCCC COP26 | SAICM ICCM5 | UN-REDD & Nature Based Solutions | Minamata Convention | UNECE Water Convention.

COVID-19 & the Environment

Our “Latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment” page, lists relevant information, research, data and/or press releases on the environmental origins and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the numerous press releases and articles issued last week:

Earth School | Week#2 & Week#3

UNEP and TED-Ed – with the support of educators and partner organizations – launched Earth School, which consists of 30 days of nature-focused content and environmental adventures for learners of all ages. The second week ending on 5 May, focuses on ‘The Nature of Society, the second week, starting on Wednesday, will address ‘The Nature of Nature’Join the adventure! #EarthSchool

Additional ‘Live’ Events

The international community in Geneva has been teleworking for the past seven 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.

9 May is World Migratory Bird Day

This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was chosen to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural movements of migratory birds and that are essential for their survival and well-being. #WMBD2020 #BirdsConnectOurWorld

Consult the World Migratory Bird Day website and find what can you do:

  • Make your garden bird-friendly!
  • Keep an eye on your pets
  • Tell others about the importance of protecting migratory birds and the habitats
  • Download and use birding apps

This week, from 6 to 10 May, stay home and participate in the “Oiseaux de nos jardins” operation, organized by BirdLife Switzerland. Observe the birds you see in the gardens around your house and use the online form to report back your observations.

Other local resources:

  • | Portail de référence des oiseaux sauvages en Suisse
  • | Station ornithologique suisse
  • | Société pour l’étude et protection des oiseaux

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