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    • Training on the Protection of Human Rights & Envrionment

      Venue:Villa Moynier (120B rue de Lausanne) - GenevaMonday, March 7, 2016 To Friday, March 11, 2016 09:00 - 18:00

      This training course organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge on how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms.
       
      It is tailored for staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national environmental and human rights institutions, representatives of governments, staff of United Nations (UN) bodies and other international organizations, as well as members of academia.

      For more information on the programme and the application procedure, click here

    • Roundatble: Growth in What? Prosperity for People through Ecosystem Health and Inclusive Wealth

      Venue:Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXVIITuesday, February 23, 2016 To Tuesday, February 23, 2016 13:00 - 14:10

      Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goals 8, 15 and 17, and the Rio+20 and its outcome document “The Future We Want” emphasized the need to mainstream the tangible and non-tangible benefits and socioeconomic impacts of ecosystems, as well as the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and its components, into relevant programmes and policies at all levels, in accordance with national legislation, circumstances and priorities.
       
      The key defining feature of the SDGs is the emphasis on the indivisibility of the goals and embracing the fact that prosperity of people and planet are interlinked. Besides exposing the explicit linkages to decision makers, necessary metrics of growth and development must be questioned, alternative explored and credibility of indicators established jointly by science community and practitioners.
       
      The Panel would like to explore the following:
      How to make metrics of development (e.g. GDP) more reflective of the changes in nature / ecosystems?
      Does change in ecosystem services lead to impacts on human health and well -being?
      Does ecosystem or site specific studies corroborate with generic nature of relationship?
      Do macro findings mask the micro findings?
      Ways to create Political buying in for new paradigm
       
      PROVISONAL AGENDA

      Light refreshments

      Welcome and introduction (13:00-13:05)
      Steven STONE, Chief, UNEP Economics & Trade Branch (ETB) and the Green Economy Initiative
       
      Panel discussion (13:05-13:45)
      Barry GARDINER, MP, Shadow Minister for Energy & Climate Change, UK
      Pavan SUKHDEV, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador 
      Paul VAN GARDINER, Director, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA), UK
      Michael TSCHIRREN, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (TBC)
      Pushpam KUMAR, Chief,  UNEP Ecosystem Services Economics Unit

      Q & A session (13:45-14:10)
      Open forum where participants can provide their own brief certification updates.

    • STAIT webinar: "Preparedness: Can we learn from the Nepal earthquake response?"

      Venue:On-lineThursday, February 18, 2016 To Thursday, February 18, 2016 09:00 - 22:00

      The webinar will be a facilitated discussion on preparedness from the Nepal context with practical examples to be applied to operations in other parts of the world.
      The panellists will be:
      ·         Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, RC/HC for Yemen (formally RC/HC for Nepal)
      ·         Mr. Tony Craig, Co-Chair, IASC Task Team on Preparedness and Resilience and Senior Emergency Preparedness Adviser
      ·         Ms. Victoria Stodart, Senior Officer, Shelter & Settlements (Nepal Shelter Cluster Coordinator), IFRC
      ·         Mr. Dylan Winder, Head of Humanitarian Policy and Partnerships, DFID
       
      The webinar is facilitated by Panos Moumtzis, Director of the Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT).


      Questions are welcome! Send them in before the webinar to transformativeagendawebinars@un.org or submit them to the presenters live via the chat.
       
      All the documents relevant to this webinar, and the recordings of past webinars can be found on the STAIT website: www.humanitarianresponse.info/topics/transformative-agenda. For help logging on to the webinar, see the Webex login guide.

      Click here to register for 10:00 Geneva,
      10:00 Kinshasa & Dakar, 11:00 Amman, 12:00 Nairobi, 14:00 Bangkok, 14:45 Kathmandu


      Click here to register for 17:00 Geneva,
      11:00 New York, 17:00 Kinshasa & Dakar, 18:00 Amman, 19:00 Nairobi, 21:00 Bangkok, 21:45 Kathmandu

    • Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week

      Venue:Centre de Conference International de Genève (CICG)Tuesday, February 2, 2016 To Friday, February 5, 2016 09:00 - 18:00

      From 9 to 12 February 2015, the yearly meetings of the advisory groups of several emergency preparedness and response networks supported by OCHA’s Emergency Services Branch were held together for the first time. More than 400 representatives from Member States, regional organizations, the military, NGOs, UN agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and the private sector attended the first Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week.

      Building on the success of the first Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week, the second annual meeting of the Consultative Group is held from 1 to 4 February 2016 in Geneva. The event will be led by DFID UK and OCHA as co-chairs of the Consultative Group.
       
      The HNPW will bring operational and service-oriented response and preparedness networks together on the basis of shared, practical challenges that cannot be solved by any singular network or organization.

      Two sessions on Environment in Response will take place during the HNPW: on Wednesday, 3 February from 9.00 to 10.30 a.m. and on Thursday, 4 February from 2.00 to 3.3p p.m.

    • Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week

      Venue:CICG Geneva - Centre International de Conférences Genève Rue de Varembé 17, 1211 GenèveMonday, February 1, 2016 To Friday, March 4, 2016 14:00 - 17:30

      The Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week will offer a range of events for participants. On Monday 1 February, the official opening and a Keynote Speech will be followed a panel of experienced emergency responders engaging in a forward-looking discussion on making emergency preparedness and response more effective. On Tuesday 2 February, a series of plenary sessions entitled Response After Nepal: How Can We Make it Better?, will focus on two primary areas for improvement derived from an analysis of over 30 Nepal earthquake response after-action review reports: localising and contextualizing response; and improving access to, and within, affected countries.
       
      The following two days will see 12 annual network meetings, most of which are open to public. At the same time, the Consultative Group Focus Task Forces (FTFs) will hold workshops to consult with and update partners on progress, and Thematic Sessions will provide a forum for the development of new initiatives. A few ideas will be pitched in five-minute presentations at the Speaker’s Corner during coffee breaks.
       
      You can download the Programme, find annotated agendas and links to relevant documents on http://www.hnpw.org/.

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