What's Up in #GENeva this week?

26 August - 1 September 2019


Triennal World Wildlife Conference

The Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are convening in Geneva until Wednesday 28 August, for the CITES triennial World Wildlife Conference (18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties). The meeting opened on 17 August, expressing deep condolences to Sri Lanka and praising the country's commitment to the Convention.

Interested in what is happening at Palexpo? Read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and follow #CITESCoP18 on social networks. An updated on the updates on decisions made on proposals to amend Appendices I and II at CoP18 is available on the CITES website. Watch the Opening ceremony of the Conference and other side events taking place in the margins of the Conference on our facebook page. Read also about the Wildlife enforcement networks from around the world meeting to further strengthen collaborative efforts against wildlife crime.


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.


Record number of fires in the Amazon

Various inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations have expressed their concern about the recent fires in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, of major importance to the global environment.

"The ongoing fires in the Amazon rainforest are a harsh reminder of the environmental crises facing the world – of climate, of biodiversity and of pollution." Read the full statement by the UN Environment Programme Executive Director, Inger Andersen.

Read IUCN Statement, calling on the Brazilian and other governments and citizens to help halt the fires in Amazonia.

Read WWF Statement on Brazilian Amazon Forest Fires.


Past GEN Events

Videos and documents of past GEN events are available online.


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Agenda /

The events taking place this week

Terre Noire

15 August - 31 August

Un polard judiciaire dans lequel un couple d’agriculteurs riche en rien, si ce n’est de ses anciennes cultures, se retrouve contraint de faire appel à une avocate pour sauver son lopin et son travail séculaire.

de l'Orangerie

18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES

17 August - 28 August

The 183 Parties to CITES will adopt decisions and resolutions ( 56 proposals) to expand and further strengthen the global wildlife trade regime at CITES’ triennial World Wildlife Conference. 

Centre de Congrès

72nd meeting
of the CITES
Standing Committee

28 August

The 71st and 72nd meetings of the CITES Standing Committee will be held at the same venue of CITES CoP18.

Centre de Congrès

CTCN/UNEP WEBINAR: Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies: Implications for Developing Countries

29 August

In the lead up to 2019 UN SG Climate Summit, contribute to the discussion and action on climate and sustainable development, while exploring synergies between climate, technology and trade.



Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Monitoring and Reporting Officer

Deadline 26 August

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Counci (through UNOPS)

Environment Affairs


Deadline 27 August

Green Growth
Knowledge Platform

Communications Assistant Intern

Deadline 29 August

UN Environment
Ecosystems Division

Adjoint-te scientifique à 50% (Inspecteur-trice environnement 3)

Deadline 1 September

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

Associate Programme Management Officer

Deadline 1 September

UN Environment
Europe Office

Development and Regional Activities Department Intern

Deadline 10 September

World Meteorological

Programme Management Assistant

Deadline 11 September

UN Economic Commission
for Europe

CONSULTANT: UPDATE Guidelines for Writing Project Proposals

Deadline 20 September

Ramsar Convention

Finance and Budget

Deadline 21 September

UN Environment
Europe Office

Programme Specialist
Climate, Energy and Environment


World Economic Forum

Ocean Action


World Economic Forum

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