28 January - 3 February 2019
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2 February. The day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, and aims at raising global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. Wetlands and Climate Change, the theme for 2019, draws attention to the role of wetlands as a natural solution to cope with climate change, one of the most pressing problems facing humanity and our planet.
In Geneva, the celebration of this important day will take place on 31 January, at the World Meteorological Organization, with a discussion aiming at highlighting wetland conservation and restoration as a sustainable solution for climate action. The event will also address the opportunities and share examples of practical steps countries can take to include wetlands as part of their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
This event is coorganized by the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization. Kindly register online.
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UNECE's work on environmental matters dates back to 1971, when the group of Senior Advisors to the UNECE Governments on environmental issues was created, which led to the establishment of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP) in 1994. CEP is the overall governing body of UNECE environmental activities. See the programme and side events on UNECE website.
Inspired by Greta Thunberg, young people are once again organizing climate demonstrations around the world on 2 February, including in Switzerland. In Geneva, a march will start on Place des 22 Cantons, at 2pm.
Debriefing on the Katowice Climate Change Conference, 23 January 2019
See the video, documents and some of the key points on the page of the event, regularly updated.
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The events taking place this week
The Executive Board gives effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, advises it and generally to facilitate its work. Health, environment and climate change on the agenda.
World Health Organization
UNECE work on environmental matters dates back to 1971, with the group of Senior Advisors on environmental issues, leading to the establishment of UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy in 1994.
Palais des Nations
Since its creation in 2002, the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) brought together key actors to work towards a common purpose: sustainable & healthy transport.
Palais des Nations
This Team promotes, facilitates and supports the implementation of sustainable fisheries standards on a global scale, particularly the Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange.
Palais des Nations
Highlight the important role of wetlands conservation as a solution for climate action, their significant relevance to global ambition to reduce carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030.
World Meteorological Organization
This Day marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar, and aims at raising global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet.
Les grèves climatiques en Suisse sont organisées par un mouvement de jeunesse décentralisé. La jeune militante suédoise Greta Thunberg a appelé à des grèves scolaires dans le monde entier à la fin 2018.
Place des 22 Cantons