Continuing the Momentum #ForNature

Act #ForNature Forum

The Act #ForNature Forum, initially scheduled to take place physically in Oslo, is going virtual until Wednesday 10 June. The forum is part of the preparatory process for the 5th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It is building on the momentum created by World Environment Day, last Friday, and bringing together citizens, government and non-governmental organizations, businesses and scientific institutions from around the globe to engage in a series of open and inclusive discussions across a diverse range of topics from healthy ecosystems and marine plastics to global food systems, youth and more.

Various experts from International Geneva are taking part in this major event. The Geneva Environment Network hosted a dialogue describing the Forum and its programme on 2 June.

Oceans Day

The United Nations celebrates World Oceans Day every year on 8 June. Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992, following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. Various events are scheduled to take place during the day, including a global virtual event in celebration of the 2020 theme, Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean, from 16:00 to 23:00 CEST.

Sea levels are rising due to climate change. Oceans are becoming more acidic & teeming with plastic. As we work to end the COVID-19 pandemic & build back better, we have an unprecedented opportunity to protect the ocean on which millions of lives and livelihoods depend.
Watch UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Oceans Day 2020

Additional ‘Live’ Events

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 Swiss Federal Council decided to ease the measures to fight the pandemic as of 6 June and recommended the continuation of telecommuting when possible. Most UN personnel in Geneva will therefore continue to operate virtually. Numerous closed, semi-closed or open live events are taking place this week. Consult the events section of this newsletter to see the full list. Among these: GGKP Webinar | Sustainability After COVID-19: Building resilient supply chains through resource efficiency (9 June); Gender, Climate and Security: Presenting the Evidence (9 June); Climate and Security: Advancing A Gender Lens (11 June).

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.

COVID-19 & the Environment

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects everyone. As the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.  As we recover, we must build back better for people and for the planet.

The Secretary General keeps reminding us, that we have a framework for action – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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

The Geneva Environment Dialogues special COVID-19 series, discusses the impacts of the pandemic on the global environmental agenda.

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