7 October - 13 October 2019
The annual Trade for Sustainable Development Forum (Trade4SD), organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), is taking place in Geneva, in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum, from 7-9 October. This year, the T4SD Forum will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the process of embedding sustainability into the DNA of every organization and every business. #T4SDForum #NoPlanetB
The WTO Public Forum is the organizaton’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. On the agenda: ending harmful fisherie subsidies, climate, fossil fuels subsidies, and more. #WTOPublicForum
At the initiative of the Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali), the WTO is hosting the launch of World Cotton Day on Monday 7 October 2019, in collaboration FAO, UNCTAD, ITC and ICAC. #WorldCottonDay
Today 55 per cent of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. Every October UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions on urban sustainability, it's Urban October. In Geneva, the main activities tooK place last week, at the initiative of UNECE with their Sustainable Cities Week.
Monday 7 October we celebrate worldwide World Habitat Day. #WorldHabitatDay #UrbanOctober
Held every 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 edition continues as part of the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework, reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services. #DRRday #BuildToLast
Celebrate in Geneva: Nature-based solutions for building resilience, including sustainable agriculture and food systems organized by FAO, IUCN & UNDRR. See also UN Environment Programme & Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) event Environment, Gender, and Disasters, both on 11 October. Details below.
Le Festival International du Film sur les Glaciers revient à Genève les 12 et 13 octobre 2019.
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The events taking place this week
Best practices in environmental and social impact assessments and permitting for large-scale mining, and strategic environmental assessments for artisanal & small- scale mining among topics covered.
Building Bridges Week will foster new conversations and collaborations that will accelerate the finance industry’s contribution to the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the process of embedding sustainability into the DNA of every organization and every business.
A high-level plenary session will take place. Development partners will meet to discuss and consolidate support for a new project on cotton by-products and for other development initiatives.
Supports UN-Habitat’s mission towards transformative change in cities & human settlements to leave no one & no place behind. Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth.
This year, the WTO Public Forum will consider how trade & the trading system can adapt to changes such as technology, production methods, employment patterns, demand patterns, demographics, & climate.
The Swiss Press Club welcomes & assists journalists visiting Geneva to favour exchanges between Swiss & international players in the sectors of economy, politics, culture & science.
Route de Ferney
After two decades of stop-start negotiations, less than two months remain for WTO members to fulfil the MC11 Ministerial Mandate to reach an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies by 2020.
What is the state of the ocean and what role is there for the WTO? This question and more will be taken up from the perspective of the organizations that work with Sir Attenborough.
Discussing what a fit-for purpose global policy framework for encouraging sustainable plastics production & consumption would look like & what contribution WTO could make.
Maison de la Paix
EBRD works with governmental & trade support institutions & local banking sectors through its Green Trade Facilitation Programme & Green Economy Financing Facilities on environmental goods & services.
Private companies are integrating the fight against climate change into their strategy. International trade rules could foster & amplify these efforts with contribution from multilat. trade system.
Fossil fuels subsidies (USD 400 billion 2017) have negative effects: encourage wasteful consumption, increase local pollution, contribute to climate change, disadvantage clean energy technologies & more.
The ECON seminars are organised by the CIES at the Institute and aim to bring top scholars in Europe to present their recent work at the frontier of environmental, resource and development economics.
Maison de la Paix
An evening with leading entrepreneurs, influencers and disruptors from Geneva & beyond. Innovators will share their inspiring personal stories towards creating a new, sustainable future.
des Forces Motrices
Spurring dialogue on a forward-looking agenda for Environment and Trade 2.0.
Maison de la Paix
In commemoration of International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, will feature topical presentations and a panel discussion on the role of women and gender minority groups in disaster risk reduction.
Environment House II
Event to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Aiming to raise awareness of stakeholders on nature-based solutions as a mean to build resilience for nature & society.
Palais des Nations
Sélection d'une douzaine de films, dont certains à destination des plus jeunes, avec des débats chaque jour, en fin d'après-midi, avec des étudiants de l'EPFL, de retour d'une mission dans les Pôles.
Maison des Arts du Grütli
This year the theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!”, putting the spotlight on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.
The day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters & raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. #BuildToLast