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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.
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 sessions: WTO 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:
- Jane Goodall : « Prenons conscience que la pandémie est liée à notre manque de respect pour le monde naturel ». Jane Goodall | Le Monde | 2 May 2020.
- Health & Conservation Leaders Issue Joint Call to Shut Down High-Risk Wildlife Markets to Help Curb Future Outbreaks. WWF Int | 29 April 2020.
- IPBES Guest Article: COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Safeguard Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics. Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio and Peter Daszak | IPBES | 27 April 2020.
- Factsheet on Environmentally Sound Management of Medical Waste. Basel Convention | April 2020.
- 11,000 air pollution-related deaths avoided in Europe as coal, oil consumption plummet. Lauri Myllyvirta | CREA | 30 April 2020.
- IEA: Coronavirus impact on CO2 emissions six times larger than 2008 financial crisis. Josh Gabbatiss | Carbon Brief | 30 April 2020.
- Global energy demand to plunge this year as a result of the biggest shock since the Second World War. IEA | 30 April 2020.
- A Time to Save the Sick and Rescue the Planet. Antonio Guterres | NY Times | 28 April 2020.
- Parallel threats of COVID-19, climate change, require ‘brave, visionary and collaborative leadership’: UN chief. UN News | 28 April 2020.
- City leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisis. Matthew Taylor and Sandra Laville | The Guardian | 1 May 2020.
- COVID-19 Pandemic and the Blue Economy : new challenges and prospects for recovery and resilience. UNCTAD | April 2020.
- Coronavirus : « Les solutions propres et rentables sont un formidable levier pour une croissance économique qualitative plutôt que quantitative ». Bertrand Piccard (Solar Impulse) | Le Monde | 30 April 2020.
- How COVID-19 Could Impact the Clean Energy Transition. Peter Wooders, Ivetta Gerasimchuk | IISD | 29 April 2020.
- The Executive Director’s Statement to the 150th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives. Inger Anderson. UNEP | 30 April 2020.
- Opinion: Faith, COVID-19 and the push for a healthy environment. Inger Anderson (UNEP) and Azza Karam (Religions for peace) | DW | 29 April 2020.
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:
- WBCSD interactive webinar Sustainability in growth impacted scenarios. 4 May 10:00 and 16:00.
- WWF and WMO are hosting 3 free webinars this week, to learn how cities are coping with air pollution and climate hazards, or how they’re working towards carbon neutrality. 4 May 16:00, 6 May 11:00, 8 May 16:00.
- EGU2020 Great Debate: Are forests a solution to climate change? 5 May, 14:00.
- Right Livelihood Webinar – Inspiring Change in Times of Crisis: Water Justice in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond. 6 May, 17:00.
- ITU Event: The Future of Earth, AI + The Environment. 8 May, 18:00.
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:
- oiseaux.ch | Portail de référence des oiseaux sauvages en Suisse
- vogelwarte.ch | Station ornithologique suisse
- nosoiseaux.ch | Société pour l’étude et protection des oiseaux
What should I read next?
- Arctic ozone depletion reached record level. WMO, 1 May 2020.
- Certainty amid the uncertainties. Rolph Payet, BRS MEAs, 29 April 2020.
- Can Militant Groups Be Environmentalists? Kira Walker, World Politics Review, 29 April 2020.
Stay tuned for additional news
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