Events / Événements

Upcoming events in the region

Find here information on environment-related events taking place in the region. Recommend your event using our online form.

See also past events organized by the Geneva Environment Network and the weekly news (with analysis &suggestions).

ÉvÉnements À venir

Retrouvez ici les événements en lien avec l'environnment qui auront lieu dans la région. Recommandez votre événement en utilisant notre formulaire en ligne.

Voir aussi les événements passés organisés par le Réseau environnement de Genève et les nouvelles hebdomadaires (avec analyse et suggestions).

Researchathon on good practices in implementing the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

1 October - 31 October

Every person who completes a submission will have their name recognized in the UN report and entered in a draw for five great prizes, including autographed books and gift certificates!


96th Meeting
of the IUCN Council


19 October - 22 October

The IUCN Council is the principal governing body of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, in between sessions of the World Conservation Congress.


lead poisoning
prevention week
of action

20 October - 26 October

Lead poisoning is preventable, yet in 2017 lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths & 24.4 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term effects on health, particularly in developing regions.


Regional Workshop
on SDG indicator 6.5.2
for the Pan-European


21 October

Build capacity on good practices & lessons learned from the reporting process, introduce focal points to the new developed materials, & build capacity on harmonization of in the reporting process.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

First meeting
of the Expert Group
on the Transboundary Water Allocation

21 October

Group of nominated individuals with relevant expertise in water allocation, to provide strategic advice & inputs for the development of a Handbook on Transboundary Water Allocation. Closed meeting.

Palais des Nations

Fourteenth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management under Water Convention

22 October - 24 October

Review implementation of the work programme for 2019-2021 of the Water Convention, discuss the implementation of decisions taken at 8th Meeting of the Parties, prepare the reporting exercise.

Palais des Nations
Room XII

World Resources
Forum 2019


23 October - 24 October

The theme is ‘Making Natural Resource Governance Fit for the 21st Century’, to reinforce the dialogue to gain international traction on resources & sustainable consumption & production.

International Conference
Centre in Geneva (CICG)

Promoting an integrated and inter-sectoral approach to water management in the Mediterranean region

24 October

Highlight common priorities of actions under the UfM Water Agenda of the UfM Water Policy Framework for Actions 2030 and the 2019-2021 programme of work of the Water Convention.

Palais des Nations
Room XII

Twenty-ninth meeting
of the Bureau
of the Water Convention


25 October

The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses & International Lakes aims to ensure sustainable use of transboundary water resources by facilitating cooperation.

Palais des Nations

Environment and Security


28 October - 30 October

Address the most transnational security challenge of our times. Will focus on creating new capacities, knowledge, & awareness of the environmental dimension in peace & security area.

Maison de la Paix

Joint Task Force
on Environmental Statistics and Indicators


28 October - 29 October

UNECE is developing high quality statistics & indicators for environ-mental monitoring: Development of methodologies & practical guidance; Capacity building to support their production.

Palais des Nations
Room XI

High Mountain


29 October - 31 October

Foster high-level dialogue & engage decision-makers to develop a roadmap to science-based, user-driven knowledge & information systems supporting sustainable development in mountain regions.


First informal meeting to discuss the possible negotiation of a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

31 October - 1 November

UNECE/FAO Timber Section supports developing policies for sustainable forest management, communicates on products & ecosystem services, & assists countries to monitor & manage forests.

Palais des Nations
Room VII



31 October

The Day promotes sustainable, inclusive urbanization around the world & engenders international cooperation to address the challenges of urbanization. 'Better City, Better Life' is this year's theme.




4 November - 8 November

Fnding peaceful solutions for the growing risks of violent conflict, building on the lessons from history and the needs for future peacebuilding practice.

Various places
around Geneva

Forêt2019 - joint Session of ECE Committee on Forests, Forest Industry & FAO European Forestry Commission

4 November - 7 November

The 5th European Forest Week focus is 'Forests & the Circular Economy' covering the role forests play in a circular bioeconomy, the importance of resource efficiency & low carbon footprint.

Palais des Nations
Room XII

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

6 November

There can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.




12 November

État de Genève et hautes écoles genevoises se réunissent afin de discuter des solutions à apporter aux enjeux de l’Environnement en lien avec: Biodiversité, Eau, Climat, Energie & Développement territorial.

Campus Biotech
9 Chemin des Mines

Launch of the
Plastic Waste Partnerhsip
under the Basel Conventions

12 November

Established to mobilise business, government, academic & civil society to improve & promote environmentally sound mana-gement of plastic waste at all levels & prevent & minimize its generation.

Palais Eynard

Twenty-fifth session of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy

13 November - 15 November

UNECE works on environmental matters since 1971,with the creation of the group of Senior Advisors to Governments on environmental issues, leading in 1994 to UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy.

Palais des Nations
Room XI



15 November - 16 November

A 24-hour hackathon to build a sustainable vision, solve the climate challenges put forward by the main partners & find innovative solutions. Bringing along a shared vision for a more sustainable city.

Campus Biotech
9 ch. des Mines



16 November - 17 November

U.S. Government project for wildlife demand reduction & increasing international cooperation encompassing efforts by non-governmental organizations, other conservation & technology actors.

Museum of Natural History
1 route de Malagnou



19 November

World Toilet Day 2018 is about toilets and nature.


Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

25 November - 29 November

At its 2nd meeting, the COP called for intersessional work to be carried out, and invited submissions from Parties and interested stakeholders on a number of issues to be considered further at COP3.

International Conference
Centre in Geneva

United Nations
annual Forum
on Business and Human Rights


25 November - 27 November

The global platform for stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice.

Palais des Nations

20th Anniversary
of the
Geneva Environment Network


25 November - 26 November

Celebrating 20 years promting environmental cooperation and public outreach in #GENeva through various events: PechaKucha, Conferences, Exhibition.

International Environment House II & various



5 December

#WorldSoilDay campaign "Stop soil erosion, Save our future" aims at raising awareness on the importance of sustaining healthy ecosystems & human well-being & challenges in soil management.


Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention
(44th session)


10 December - 13 December

The Espoo (EIA) Convention sets out the obligations of Parties to assess the environmental impact of certain activities at an early stage of planning.

Palais des Nations



11 December

”Mountains matter for Youth’ is the theme. Young people are active agents of change & future leaders of tomorrow. They are custodians of mountains & their natural resources, threatened by climate change.


Past GEN Events /

The past GEN events

The Sixth Global Environment Outlook: Pathways to a Healthy Planet for Healthy People

3 October

This flagship report shows how governments can put the world on the path to a truly sustainable future. It emphasizes that urgent and inclusive action is needed by decision makers at all levels.

International Environment
House II

International Environmental Governance and Rule of Law: Discussion to connect the dots

11 September

Discussing the status and prospects for “international environmental governance” and its contributions to sustainable development, as well as the global status of environmental rule of law.

International Environment
House II

and Waste


10 September

Ahead of the third meeting of the conferences of the Parties to the Minamata convention on Mercury.

International Environment
House II

of the IPCC
Climate Change and Land Report


8 August

An IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.

Room A

Briefing on the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

10 July

The 71st meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties and the 72nd meeting of the CITES Standing Committee will be held in Geneva.

Environment House II

and Waste


4 July

Updates on the recent and upcoming chemicals and health negotiations.

International Environment
House II

Exclusive Avant-Première Screening of Sea of Shadows

14 June

SEA OF SHADOWS follows a team of scientists, conservationists, journalists and agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas.

Palais des Nations
Room XIV

World Environment
Quiz 2019


6 June

7th edition
as part of the World Environment Day celebrations in Geneva.

Pickwick's Pub
Rue de Lausanne 80

Film Screening & Debate
Anote's Ark
World Environment Day 2019

5 June

Set against the backdrop of international climate negotiations and the fight to recognise climate displacement as an urgent human rights issue, the film presents cautionary tales for the entire world.

Graduate Institute

Open House at Air Pollution Monitoring Station
Rue Necker


4 June

Air pollution is everywhere. With every breath, you are probably sucking in tiny particles that attack your lungs, heart and brain. World Environment Day is issuing a call to action to combat this global crisis.

Air monitorinig station
Rue Necker (school)

World Environment Day High-Level Dialogue
Beat Air Pollution: the urgent need for a multi-level response

3 June

Air pollution is everywhere. With every breath, you are probably sucking in tiny particles that attack your lungs, heart and brain. World Environment Day is issuing a call to action to combat this global crisis.

Environment House II

Accelerating the shift to greener economies through sustainable procurement

27 May

Public procurement wields enormous purchasing power, accounting for 12% of GDP in OECD countries, 30% in developing. Leveraging it can help drive markets in direction of sustainability.

International Environment House I
Room 2

IEH GUEST Lecture: The truth about plastics recycling and international trade by Martin Bourque

8 May

The perspective is from a US non-profit recycler who first pioneered curbside recycling in 1973 and continues to provide this service under contract with the City of Berkeley, Ca.

International Environment House I
Room 3

Sand and Sustainability: Finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources

7 May

Environmental and social impacts of sand extraction and consumption is a new issue for the international community. This report summarises the problem analysis, case studies and main messages.

International Environment
House II

Global Resources Outlook 2019
2019: Natural Resources for the Future We Want
Geneva Launch

2 Mai

Prepared by the International Resource Panel, examines trends in natural resources and their corresponding consumption patterns since the 1970s to support policymakers.

International Environment House I
Room 3

Rethinking Climate Change, Security and Migration: From Vicious to Virtuous Cycles

30 April

Lecture from Prof John Barnett (University of Melbourne) followed by a discussion with environmental and climage migration and security experts.

International Environment

33 Years after the Chernobyl Disaster & 8 Years after the Fukushima Diaster

26 April

Three decades after the disaster there remains persistent serious long-term consequences and that the affected communities and territories are experiencing continuing related needs.

International Enviornment House I
Room 3

and Waste


16 April

Ahead of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

International Environment
House II

IEH Lunch Guests: Preserving the environment in La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve in Mexico

10 April

Discussion with Clara Rowe, head for the Mexico and Central America from Earthworm Foundation, and the CEO, Bastien Sachet.

International Environment
House I

30th Anniversary of the Basel Convention

22 March

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted on 22 March 1989.

Palais des Nations

Sustainable Infrastructure: valuing the cost of risks and the costs of emerging risks

19 March

Early lessons from the Sustainable Asset Valuation - SAVi, an assessment methodology that helps governments and investors steer capital towards sustainable infrastructure.

Environment House II

Geneva Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2019

1 March

Celebration which will hightlight the contributions of the international community in Geneva to ensure sustainable use of marine species.

Palais des Nations
Cinema Room (XIV)

and Waste


26 Feburuary

Ahead of the 3rd meeting of the the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management OEWG scheduled to take place on 2-4 April 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and regional preparatory meetings.

International Environment
House II

High Level Dialogue on Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics

14 February

Global Governance Options to be considered at the 4th Session of the UN Environment Assembly – how can a stronger global framework support regional and national efforts in combatting marine litter?

Palais des Nations

on the fourth Session
of the UN Environment Assembly


4 February

The UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, is scheduled to take place 11-15 March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.

International Environment
House II

Geneva Celebration of the World Wetlands Day-
Wetlands: Natural Solution for Reducing Carbon Emissions

31 January
10:00 - 12:00

Highlight the important role of wetlands conservation as a solution for climate action, their significant relevance to global ambition to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.

World Meteorological Organization
Room B

De-Briefing on the Katowice Climate Change Conference

23 January

Delivering on the Paris Agreement Promises: Toward the Adoption of Clear Guidelines. COP 24 dealt with crucial issues affecting the practical implementation of the Paris Agreement.

International Environment
House II 

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