• COP 21, Paris sur l'avenir

      Venue:Campus Biotech (9 ch. des Mines, Genève)Wednesday, November 25, 2015 To Wednesday, November 25, 2015 18:00 - 20:30

      A few days before the Paris Conference (COP21), many questions arise in respect of social, economic and scientific challenges of a global climate agreement uniting 195 signatory countries. What means are available to implement this agreement and to achieve the declared objectives of significant emission reductions? How to reconcile economic growth and the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions? How to encourage resisting countries to embrace this cause that affects us all?
      To provide some answers to these and other related issues, the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva and the Embassy of France in Switzerland organize this round table "COP21: Paris on the future - Scope of a Global Agreement on Climate". The Round Table will be held in French. 

    • Securing Water: Approaches & Perspectives from Civil Society - Reaching the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

      Venue:International Environment House II, 11-13 Chemin des Anémones|Geneva, SwitzerlandMonday, November 23, 2015 To Monday, November 23, 2015 12:30 - 14:00

      The event is a roundtable discussion "Securing Water: Approaches & Perspectives from Civil Society - Reaching the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" with water activists aimed to discuss the meaningfully contribution of civil society to implement and help achieving water-related SDGs. 

      To attend this event send a message to gen.secretary@unep.org 


      Light refreshments 

      12:30 Welcome remarks 

      12:35 Roundtable discussion with 
      Maude BARLOW, Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2005 - Canada 
      Jumanda GAKELEBONE, Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2005- Botswana 
      Lifeng LI, Freshwater Director, WWF International 
      Mara TIGNINO, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Platform for International Water, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva/The Geneva Water Hub 
      Moderator: Moez ALLAOUI, Senior Legal Desk Officer, Waterlex 

      Debate - Interaction with the audience. 

      14:00 End 

      The panel will debate the following questions : 
      What is the role of civil society in establishing the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation? 
      What have been the challenges in realizing these rights five years after the UN General Assembly Resolution in 2010? 
      What is the role of non-State Actors in the management of water resources? 
      What could be their role implementing and helping achieving SDGs? 
      What are the experiences in the field on campaigning for the access to water in the field? 
      What are the gaps between legal rights and states' practice in Botswana? 
      What are the specific concerns of marginalised communities e.g. indigenous persons on the question of access to water? 
      How do they conceive SDG Target 6.b best implementation “Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management”? 
      How can tools such as the water footprint and the work WWF does to protect freshwater ecosystems and improve water access, efficiency, etc., help monitoring SDGs 6.4, 6.5, and 6.6 targets implementation? 

    • Introduction to the IOMC Toolbox for Decision Making in Chemicals Management - Webinar

      Venue:On-lineThursday, November 19, 2015 To Thursday, November 19, 2015 14:00 - 15:00


      The ChallengeIOMC Participating Organizations have developed hundreds of tools and guidance documents that are relevant for countries in their efforts to implement SAICM. However, finding the most appropriate tool or guidance document to address specific national issues can be a challenge.

      The SolutionThe internet-based IOMC Toolbox enables countries to identify the most relevant and efficient national chemicals management actions. The IOMC Toolbox takes into account the resources available and guides users towards cost-effective solutions adapted to the country. At each implementation step, the IOMC Toolbox presents the relevant IOMC resources, guidance documents, and training material, all available online and free of charge.

      The ScopeThe IOMC Toolbox identifies appropriate actions and guidance for: 
      ·      A national management scheme for pesticides 
      ·      An occupational health and safety system 
      ·      A chemical accidents prevention, preparedness, and response system for major hazards 
      ·      An industrial chemicals management system (New!) 
      ·      A classification and labeling system (New!) 
      ·      A system to support health authorities which have a role in the public health management of chemicals (New!) 
      ·      Pollutant release and transfer registers (New!)

      The IOMC Toolbox also provides links to five new online toolkits: 
      ·      OECD Environmental Risk Assessment Toolkit 
      ·      WHO Human Health Risk Assessment Toolkit 
      ·      FAO Toolkit for Pesticides Registration Decision Making 
      ·      UNIDO Toolkit on Chemical Leasing 
      ·      UNIDO Toolkit on Innovative, Safe and Resource Efficient Application of Chemicals 
      in Industry

      A Platform for CollaborationThe new version of the IOMC Toolbox provides a set of interactive features allowing governments to use it as a platform for collaboration among ministries, agencies, and other stakeholders such as industry. Users can save their information, add comments, and share and discuss issues with colleagues and partners.


      To provide an introduction to the IOMC Toolbox, its contents, and guidance on how to use the collaboration and navigation features.


      ·      Opening (UNITAR) – 3 mins  
      ·      Introduction to the IOMC Toolbox, including a live demonstration (OECD) – 25 mins  
      ·      Question & answer session – 10 min

      Register for the webinar

      ·      To attend the webinar you will need a computer with internet access and if possible a headset  
      ·      Please register at https://www.unitar.org/event/webinar-introduction-to-iomc-toolbox

      Visit the IOMC Toolbox

      Introductory video: http://youtu.be/YQUGl5hD_BY

    • High-Level Panel Discussion on Natural Resources and Conflict: A Mediated Solution?

      Venue:Room VII, Palais des Nations, GenevaTuesday, November 17, 2015 To Tuesday, November 17, 2015 15:00 - 17:00

      Join this high-level panel discussion with leading international experts as they debate the findings of UNEP & UN DPA's report "Natural Resources and Conflict: A Guide for Mediation Practitioners" and reflect on their personal experiences in mediating and resolving natural resource conflicts.
      If you wish to attend, RSVP by 13 November COB at amanda.kron@unep.org. Seating is limited. Registration is essential to obtain security clearance for the Palais des Nations. 

    • Geneva Energy Conversations: Fossil Fuels in Sustainable Energy Systems

      Venue:Auditorium Pictet, Maison de la paix, GenevaTuesday, November 17, 2015 To Tuesday, November 17, 2015 18:30 - 20:00

      Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time.  Equally important, however is the need to ensure access to energy for quality of life and for economic development.
      Fossil fuels comprise 80% of current global primary energy demand, and the energy system is the source of approximately 2/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Inasmuch as emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants are believed to be underestimated, it is likely that energy production and use represent an even greater share of emissions.  If current trends continue - in other words, nearly doubling energy demand to 2050 while maintaining the current share of fossil energy - emissions will greatly surpass the amount of carbon that can be emitted if the global average temperature rise is to be limited to 2 degrees Celsius.  Continuing business as usual with its corresponding level of emissions would have disastrous climate consequences for the planet.
      The need to reduce emissions does not preclude the use of fossil fuels, but it does require a significant change from current practice.  Fossil fuels will be part of the global energy system for decades to come whether we like it or not -- energy efficiency and renewables are key elements of meeting climate goals, but they are not enough.  From this perspective it is essential to have an open and transparent discussion on the role of fossil fuels in sustainable energy systems as the world devises pragmatic but effective climate strategies. It is especially important to engage emerging economies and developing countries in the context of COP21 and the years beyond.
      This event will explore global energy challenges and how fossil fuels can move from being only a problem to becoming part of the solution. 

      This event is the third in a series of energy conversations that bring together Geneva-based and international energy experts to discuss persistent questions related to sustainable energy and climate change from another angle. The aim is to propose innovative approaches or introduce elements for practical solutions with a view to share ideas that are inspirational, can change attitudes and contribute to a real energy revolution. The event will be held in the context of UNECE's 24th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy Meeting:  Pathways to Sustainable Energy, from 18-20 November 2015.

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