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


23 March - 29 March 2020

 

The #COVID19 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."

Check WHO updates on CODIV-19, the Geneva State Council recommendations & information, and the Swiss Confederation updates on the situation.

 

More Tips for working remotely

Further to the tips shared last week to help you enjoying this largest teleworking experiment ever, and the many more you have received from you respective organizations, this week we encourage to have a look at the UN Greening the Blue resources providing advice and guidance on how to conduct successful virtual meetings:

 

COVID-19 & the Environment

Various articles have been published on the environmental causes and the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. Our latest selection:

Find selected articles from our partners and other institutions on our page dedicated to the latest updates on COVID-19 and the environment.

 

World Meteorological Day

This year’s World Meteorological Day, celebrated on 23 March, is dedicated to Climate and Water. One of the underlying themes is that we can’t manage what we don’t monitor and measure – a message which has become unfortunately too familiar in the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Fresh water is vital for life. On average, a human being cannot survive more than three days without it. Water is essential for the production of our food, virtually all of our goods and services and for the environment. The world now faces increasing challenges posed by water stress, floods and droughts and lack of access to clean supplies. There is an urgent need to improve forecasting, monitoring and management of water supplies and to tackle the problem of too much, too little or too polluted water. #WorldMetDay #ClimateIsWater

 

Webinars

On 25 March, UNEP Finance Initiative invites you to join the webinar: “Introduction to Financing a Circular Economy”. This online presentation will provide insight into the transition towards a circular economy and how to accelerate its financing. #CircularEconomy

On 26 March, IUCN PANORAMA webinar we will explore ways in which civil society organisations can use policies or legislation to facilitate the integration of biodiversity and other sustainability elements in business practices.

 

Earth Hour Going Digital

Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet. 

The global organizing team recommends all individuals to participate in Earth Hour virtually this year. But just because you're staying at home, that doesn't mean you can’t have a memorable Earth Hour experience: they have put together a list of 20 things you can do at home or online this Earth Hour to celebrate the Hour. #EarthHour

 

Online Learning Opportunities

Explore learning opportunities to improve your knowledge about the environment.

 

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Stay Tuned

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Past GEN Events

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

The events taking place this week

World
Meteorological
Day

 
 

23 March
 

Commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. World Water Day 2020, focuses on climate change and water.

Worldwide
 

WEBINAR - Financing a Circular Economy Research Project
 
 

25 March
10:00-11:00 & 16:00-17:00

This webinar will provide insight into the transition towards a circular economy, as part of UNEP FI research into related financial sector strategies and market practices.

Webinar
 

IUCN PANORAMA WEBINAR - How to use policy to influence business practices?
 

26 March
14:00-15:00

This webinar will explore ways in which civil society organisations can use policies or legislation to facilitate the integration of biodiversity and other sustainability elements in business practices.

Webinar
 

Dessiner la transition, c’est maintenant!
Pandémie et transition: une suite logique?

 

26 March
17:00-18:30

Dans le cadre de la série Dessiner la Transition, la Fondation Braillard, Metrolab.Brussels et LASUR/EPFL vous invitent à une discussion pour ouvrir l’horizon écologique et résilient de nos sociétés.

Webinar
 

Earth Hour 2020 -
Be the voice for the planet!

 
 

28 March
20:30-21:30

Started by WWF & partners as a symbolic lights-out event in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in over 180 countries.

Worldwide
 


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Vacancies /

Job opportunities in the region

Head WMO Space Systems and Utilization Division
P5

Deadline 23 March

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Drafter (inter-relations between chemicals & biodiversity clusters)

Deadline 23 March

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Climate Monitoring and Policy Services
Internship

Deadline 24 March

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Meetings Services
Assistant
G6

Deadline 25 March

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

Global Coordination
nternship

 

Deadline 25 March

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Consultant Develop & Lead Correlation Analysis TCFD

Deadline 25 March

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Consultant for Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century report

Deadline 26 March

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Consultant for Database/ Web Management
 

Deadline 28 March

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

WHO-WMO Joint Office for Climate and Health Internship

Deadline 30 March

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Country Profile Database (CPDB) Regional Coordinator P3

Deadline 30 March

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Expert on gender, climate & security
 

Deadline 30 March

UN Environment
Crisis Management
Branch

Director
(80-100%)

 

Deadline 30 March

Geneva
Cities Hub
 

Data analyst and visualization specialist
 

Deadline 30 March

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Education and Training Support Officer
P3

Deadline 31 March

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Assistant-e (A2) - Limites Planétaires, ODD, AME, etc.

Deadline 31 March

Institut des Sciences de l'environnement
UNIGE

Programme Management Assistant
G4

Deadline 31 March

UN Economic Commission
for Europe
 

Expert on chemicals and wastes management and climate change

Deadline 2 April

Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Communications and Web design
 

Deadline 2 April

Sustainable
United Nations
 

Assistant(e) des publications (langue française) G5

Deadline 7 April

World Meteorological
Organization
 

Associate Programme Officer P2
(UNOSAT)

Deadline 9 April

United Nations
Institute for Training
and Research

Impact and Sustainability Expert & Implementation Support Manager

Deadline 14 April

UN Environment
Finance Initiative
 

Programme Management Assistant
G6

Deadline 17 April

UN Environment
Europe Office
 

Food Reform for Sustainability and Health
Manager

Deadline

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
 

Climate & Environment, Global Shapers Community

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Project Specialist,
1t.org Trillion Tress Platform

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

Project Lead
Food
Systems Initiative

Deadline

World Economic Forum
 
 

 
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