World Environment Day
In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED). The first celebration, under the slogan “Only One Earth” took place in 1974. In the following years, WED has developed as a platform to raise awareness on the problems facing our environment such as air pollution, plastic pollution, illegal wildlife trade, sustainable consumption, sea-level increase, and food security, among others. Furthermore, WED helps drive change in consumption patterns and in national and international environmental policy.
2020: Biodiversity and Time for Nature
The theme for World Environment Day 2020 is “Biodiversity” with the slogan “Time for Nature” — a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world. One million plant and animal species risk extinction, largely due to human activities. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa – and now, a global disease pandemic – demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which they exist. Nature is sending us a message.
Colombia: The Host Country
Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country, in which official celebrations take place. This year’s host is Colombia in partnership with Germany. World Environment Day urges us to rethink how our economic systems have evolved and the impact they have on the environment. These are issues the world cannot lose sight of even as we tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis. Colombia has one of the highest diversity of species in the world, boasting among many others, 3500 types of orchids and 19 per cent of the world’s bird types. The government has made biodiversity preservation a national priority.
2020: Celebrations in Geneva
Each year, the Geneva Environment Network partners with the various environmental organizations and government authorities in Geneva and its surrounding region to celebrate World Environment Day. Roundtables, briefings, exhibitions, nature outings and other events are organized throughout the first week of June.
Messages from International Geneva Institutions
- CITES Secretary-General
- ILO Director-General
- IOM Director General (more on IOM and WED)
- UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
- WTO Director General
- WTO CTE Chair
- IUCN Acting Director General
Marais de Sionnet is a nature reserve located in the Geneva Canton and an ideal location to go birdwatching.
The Green Route brings you from Schaffhausen to Geneva in 7 routes, letting you discover six regional natural parks on your bicycle. Route 7 brings you from Le Sentier to Geneva, it is 68.9 km long.
From Jussy to Anières, a walking route takes you through one of the most beautiful regions in the Canton of Geneva. Along the way, discover vineyards, mountain views, the lake and, of course, biodiversity with a variety of bird species.
The hike from Geneva to La Plaine shows the natural beauty of the Rhône and the Moulin-de-Vert nature reserve as well as the charming villages of Cartigny and Avully.
The hike starts in Malval and follows the entire course of the Allondon, a tributary of the Rhône and an important floodplain biotope.
Explore and spend the night in nature organized by La Libellue on 6-7 June.
Discover the world of microorganisms at La Libellue on 10 June from 13:30-17:30.
From 12 June to 30 September 2020, the Geneva Biennale’s Sculpture Garden will present 30 projects from artists in public spaces such as the Parc des Eaux-Vives, Parc La Grange, and Quai Gustave-Ador.
Monthly program on Léman Blue on Wednesdays at 20:00.
Discover the natural spaces that surrounds the Geneva area.
Learn about biodiversity in Geneva from scientists of the Muséum d’histoire naturelle with their series Muséum à la maison.
Mobile app to learn about science, biodiversity and nature activities in Switzerland.
GENeva Environment Dialogues
2 June | 9am CEST
The Act #ForNature forum is the first global consultation in support of the 5th Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in February 2021. The forum will be convened virtually, from 7 to 10 June 2020, under the leadership of Sveinung Rotevatn, President of the UN Environment Assembly and Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.
3 June | 9am CEST
The emergence and re-emergence of zoonotic origin diseases are closely interlinked with the health of ecosystems. The risk of disease emergence and amplification increases with the intensification of human activities surrounding and encroaching into natural habitats, enabling pathogens in wildlife reservoirs to spill over to livestock and humans. Transformative action on protecting and restoring nature and the biodiversity of our planet is urgently needed, as we have much to gain from working with nature.
4 June | 9am CEST
Before the pandemic, 2020 has been referred to as a “super year for nature” — a unique opportunity to bring nature into development, or biodiversity and climate solutions in a coherent way and at unprecedented scale. Whether it’s food security, climate change, water security, human health, disaster risk or economic development, nature can help us find a way, and this is what nature-based solutions are about. Nature-based solutions have a key role for recovery strategies.
Thursday 4 June | 10:00-11:45 CEST
This event, convened by H.E. Mr Chad Blackman with the support of the WTO Secretariat on the
occasion of World Environment Day 2020, will bring together perspectives from government, business
and international organizations on the following key questions: What is the role of sustainable trade
Friday 5 June | 9:00 CEST
To celebrate World Environment Day and as part of the Geneva Environment Network’s online sessions called GENeva Environment Dialogue, a roundtable with the theme “It’s Time for Nature.
Friday 5 June | 17:00 CEST
To mark World Environment Day, Ciné-ONU Brussels, Vienna and Geneva, in partnership with the Geneva Environment Network, invite you to a screening of Rob Stewart’s award-winning film, Sharkwater Extinction, followed by a timely panel discussion.
On World Environment Day, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe launched a global photo contest on flora and fauna in the time of COVID-19 in the support of restoration of ecosystems.
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