All United to End the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 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."
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COVID-19 & the Environment
Various articles have been published in the past weeks on the environmental causes and the environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This page aims at listing relevant information, research, data and/or press releases issued by our partners in Geneva and other institutions around the world.
Chek the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) resource page on COVID-19.
Origins of COVID-19
- Coronavirus : « Les animaux qui nous ont infectés ne sont pas venus à nous ; nous sommes allés les chercher ». Ibrahim Thiaw (Executive Secretary of UNCCD), Le Monde, 29 March 2020.
- Didier Sicard : "Il est urgent d'enquêter sur l'origine animale de l'épidémie de Covid-19". France Culture, 27 March 2020.
- Identifying SARS-CoV-2 related coronaviruses in Malayan pangolins. Lam, T.T., Shum, M.H., Zhu, H. et al. in Nature, 26 March 2020.
- Coronavirus: 'Nature is sending us a message’, says UN environment chief. Damian Carrington in The Guardian, 25 March 2020.
- It takes a whole world to create a new virus, not just China. Laura Spinney in The Guardian, 25 March 2020.
- Covid-19 ou la pandémie d’une biodiversité maltraitée. Philippe Grandcolas & Jean-Lou Justine, The Conversation, 25 March 2020.
- The Imperative of Ending Wildlife Crime. John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks, in IISD SDG knowledge hub guest blog, 24 March 2020.
- Congress Urged to Address Wildlife Issues Linked to Virus. Ellen M. Gilmer in Bloomberg environment, 24 March 2020.
- Coronavirus origins: genome analysis suggests two viruses may have combined. Alexandre Hassanin, published by World Economic Forum in collaboration with The Conversation, 20 March 2020.
- 'Tip of the iceberg': is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19? John Vidal, The Guardian, 18 March 2020.
- Coronavirus and the ‘Pangolin Effect’: Increased exposure to wildlife poses health, biosafety and global security risks. Daniel Mira-Salama, in WorldBank Blog, 17 March 2020.
- CITES Secretariat’s statement in relation to COVID-19. 17 March 2020.
- Coronavirus outbreak highlights need to address threats to ecosystems and wildlife. UNEP, 3 March 2020.
- Time to end the scourge of wildlife crime. John Scanlon, the Independent, 3 March 2020.
- Questions and Answers on the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). World Organization for Animal Health (regularly updated).
- Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again. By Sonia Shah in The Nation, 18 February 2020.
COVID-19 and waste management
- Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19. UNEP, 24 March 2020.
- Health care waste management: Corona virus update. Health Care Without Harm, 24 March 2020.
- China disposes of 182,000 tonnes of medical waste amid COVID-19 outbreak. Xinhua, 24 March 2020.
- Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19. The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, 20 March 2020.
- Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for the COVID-19 virus: interim guidance. WHO, 19 March 2020
COVID-19 and Plastic (and reusable items)
COVID-19 & exposure to hazardous substances
COVID-19 impact on wildlife
- Wildlife rescue centres struggle to treat endangered species in coronavirus outbreak.Gloria Dickie, The Guardian, 28 March 2020.
- Les humains sont confinés, la nature reprend ses droits. AFP, 28 March 2020.
- Virus which causes COVID-19 threatens great ape conservation. UNEP, 25 March 2020.
- Coronavirus poses lethal threat to great apes, experts warn. Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 24 March 2020.
- COVID-19: protect great apes during human pandemics. Thomas R. Gillespie & Fabian H. Leendertz in Nature, 24 March 2020.
- Great apes, COVID-19 and the SARS CoV-2. UCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group,Section on Great Apes, 15 March 2020.