Environment:
What's Up in #GENeva this week?


20 May - 26 May 2019

 

Bzzz 20 May is World Bee Day

World Bee Day, observed on 20 May, draws attention to the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy. It provides an opportunity for governments, organizations, civil society and concerned citizens everywhere to promote actions that will protect and enhance pollinators and their habitats, improve their abundance and diversity, and support the sustainable development of beekeeping.

UN Geneva is celebrating the Day with activities proposed around the Ariana Park apiary. See details below.

Have a look at the new SAICM publication on Pollinators and Pesticides - Keeping our bees safe, released today by UN Environment Chemicals & Health Branch.

#WorldBeeDay #Savethebees

 

22 May is International Day for Biological Diversity

Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its Global Assessment, warning that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely.

To celebrate biodiversity, local authorities and local associations are proposing various event this week. See details below.

#IDB2019 #BiodiversityDay #BiodiversityIsFood #BiodiversityIsHealth

 

Global youth climate strike Friday 24 May

During the last Fridays for Future global climate strike on 15 March 2019, more than 1,6 million young people in 2,069 cites of 125 countries across world went on strike to draw attention to the climate crisis we're facing. A global strike is again taking place this Friday around the globe, including in Geneva. See details below.

#FridaysForFuture #FFF #climatestrike

 

72nd annual World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is convening in Geneva from 20 to 28 May. The Assembly will take on a wide range of topics in a short time, including environment and health. The WHO draft global strategy on health, environment, and climate change, A72/15, and a draft action plan, A72/16, for small island developing states particularly vulnerable to climate change, are on the agenda. #WHA72

 

Plastic, Fisheries Subsidies & More on the agenda

Check the list below to see what is on the agenda this week and the job opportunities in the region.

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 and other social networks, or visit regularly our website for additional updates.

 

World Environment Day is coming soon!

Various events will take the first week of June to celebrate World Environment Day in Geneva, among these:

  • World Environment Day Roundtable - Beat Air Pollution: The Need for a Multi-Level Response (Monday 3 May 12:00-13:30, International Environment House), followed by reception
  • ILO Green Week - Greening with jobs (3-7 June)
  • Film Screening at the Graduate Institute (5 June)
  • World Environment Day Quiz (6 June, at the pub)

You can start registering your team for the 7th edition of the World Environment Day Quiz. IUCN & France will bring back the prestigious trophy!

 

Videos and documents of past GEN events are available online.
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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

ITU Study Group 5: Environment, climate change and circular economy
 

13 May - 22 May
 

The Group works on the ICT related environmental aspects of electromagnetic phenomena, ewaste and climate change, human exposure to electromagnetic fields, and energy efficiency.

ITU Headquarters
 

Seventy-second World Health Assembly
 
 
 

20 May - 28 May
 

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.

World Health Organization
 

World
Bee Day
2019
 
 

20 May
 

Bees are one of the major pollinators, ensuring food security, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, contributing to the mitigation of climate change and environmental conservation. 

Worldwide
 

Celebrating World Bee Day 2019 at Palais des Nations
 
 

20 May
9:30-11:00 & 13:30-15:00

Pascal Crétard, Société genevoise d’apiculture president, in charge of the Ariana Park apiary, will explain the profession, how a beehive works, and the important role bees play in the ecosystems equilibrium.

Palais des Nations
Celestial Sphere

Smart Environment Panel on new ITU standards on soft errors that affect telecommunications
 

20 May
18:00-19:00

A platform to present the work carried out by ITU-T Study Group 5 on Environment, Climate Change and Circular Economy on standards to address soft errors measures affecting communication devices.

ITU Headquarters
 

World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations - Working Party on Pollution and Energy

21 May - 24 May
 

The World Forum, hosted at UNECE, incorporates into its regulatory framework the technological innovations of vehicles to make them safer and more environmentally sound.

Palais des Nations
Room

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution - Working Group on Strategies and Review, 57th session

21 May - 24 May
 

The Working Group on Strategies and Review is the principal negotiating body for the Convention. It assists the Executive Body in policy-oriented matters.
 

Palais des Nations
Room V

GESAMP International Workshop on assessing the risks associated with plastics & microplastics in marine environment

21 May - 23 May
 

The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection is an advisory body, advising the UN system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection.

International Environment
House II

Fisheries Subsidies: Institutional Issues
 
 
 

21 May
9:00-12:30

Informal dialogue designed to provide negotiators with an opportunity to discuss, in a non-negotiating setting and with the input of experts, the options for a fisheries subsidies agreement.

CCV
Rue de Varembé 13

Screening of
Artifishal

 
 
 

21 May
18:00-21:00

A film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries & farms, and more.

Salle Frank-Martin
Rue de la vallée 3

International Day for Biological Diversity
2019

 
 

22 May
 

This year’s Day for Biological Diversity focuses on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and as a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human well-being.

Worldwide
 

WMO Secretary-General briefing session for representatives of Permanent Missions
 

23 May
14:30-15:30

WMO Secretary-General briefing session for representatives of Permanent Missions at the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.

WMO Headquarters
Room D

Inauguration de l'Exposition Symboles & Sentiments
 
 

23 May
18:00

S'inscrit dans la continuité de « Plantes et Spiritualités ». Elle abordera les rapports fascinants et cachés qu'entretient l'homme avec les symboles et les sentiments liés au monde végétal.

Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques
Serre tempérée

Quelle place pour les femmes dans le domaine de l'environnement?
 
 

23 May
18:00

L'association des Professionnelles En Environnement ffu-pee fête ses 30 ans, et a décidé de se concentrer sur son thème central - les femmes dans l'environnement - lors de son débat-conférence annuel.

HEG-Genève
Campus Battelle

Fête
de la nature
 
 
 

24 May - 26 May
 

Née en France en 2007 à l'initiative du magazine Terre Sauvage et de l'UICN. En 2011, La Salamandre exporte le concept en Suisse. Fin 2013, l'Association de la Fête de la Nature a repris la main.

Suisse
 

Manif
pour l'urgence
climatique
 
 

24 May
 

Mobilisation d'ampleur nationale et auto-organisée. Partie des élèves de secondaire, des gymnases et des quelques universités, appelle maintenant l'intégralité de la population suisse à se mobiliser.

Genève
 

Past, Present
and Future of
Environmental Rights

 
 

24 May
10:15-11:45

Lynda Collins, Professor at the University of Ottawa (Common Law section) will deliver a guest lecture on the past, present and future of environmental rights.
 

Graduate Institute
Auditorium Jacques Freymond

 

Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Communications S.
Global Plastics Action Partnership

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Engagement Lead
Global Plastics Action Partnership

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Programme Lead
Climate, Energy and Innovation

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Nature
Action Agenda
Specialist

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Project and
Community Lead
Nature Action Agenda

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Water and Environmental Resilience
Specialist

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Writer-Editor/
Reporting
Consultant

Deadline 21 May

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform
 

Land Use Finance Programme
Internship

Deadline 21 May

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Peer Review
Consultant

 

Deadline 21 May

UN Environment
Management Group
 

Conference and
Publishing Services
Internship

Deadline 22 May

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Adjoint-e
scientifique 3

 

Deadline 22 May

Service de l'air, du bruit et des rayonnements non ionisants
Etat de Genève

Sand and Dust Storms Advocacy
Consultant

Deadline 23 May

UN Environment
Management Group
 

Cabinet and External Relations Department
Internship

Deadline 23 May

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Communication
Officer
 

Deadline 23 May

International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN)

Technical Expert
on Mercury Inventories

 

Deadline 23 May

UN Environment
Chemicals & Health Branch
 

Monitoring and Evaluation
Specialist

Deadline 31 May

UN Environment
Land Use Finance Unit
 

Programme Management
Officer
P4

Deadline 6 June

Minamata Convention
on Mercury
 

Communication
Internship

 

Deadline 5 June

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Administrative
Assistant
G5

Deadline 8 June

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Environmental Affairs
Officer P3
 

Deadline 8 June

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Programme Management Officer
P3

Deadline 20 June

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat