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New webinar series launched on the Special Programme

The Special Programme is among topics to be addressed in a new series of webinars informing governments on project application procedures to support the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm  (BRS) Conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

The Programme, for which a call for proposals is open until 4 July, aims to help provide financial support to developing countries or those with economies in transition for the implementation of chemicals and waste-related Instruments. The next such webinar session on the topic will take place on 28 April and can be accessed live or thereafter. Sessions will also take place in Spanish on 18 May and French and Russian on 19 May. 

The online meetings last one hour each, are free of charge and open to all. For a full list of sessions and related conventions please click here.

The webinars are organised in cooperation with the BRS Secretariat, the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the SAICM Secretariat.

For more information please write to special-programme.chemicals@unep.org

 


Geneva celebrates Earth Day


As national representatives gathered to pen to paper on the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, Earth Day was on Friday celebrated in Geneva with a medley of activities and statements cheering on the signatory countries.

The Paris climate deal was signed by 171 countries in New York and is the first ever universal and legally-binding accord to limit and deal with the harmful impacts of climate change. Earth Day has existed internationally since 2009 and been celebrated in the United States since 1970.

In Geneva, celebrations kicked off with an exhibition of paintings by Bolivian artist Mamani Mamani held at the Palais des Nations. The paintings of suns, indigenous mothers and other images in vibrant colours draw from Mamani Mamani’s Aymaran heritage and remind us to remain in harmony with the Earth.

Throughout the day, a range of activities were also organised by the City of Geneva celebrating our planet.

During his speech at the 'Genève fête la Terre' celebration at in the city’s Pleinpalais, the Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe Jan Dusik said that in order to reach a global objective, “we must start from as close to citizens as possible”.

In line with this year’s Earth Day objective of planting 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2021, Mr Dusik praised the City of Geneva for pledging to plant 260 in 2016 alone.

Indeed, Geneva is already a leader on green initiatives, said the city’s Mayor Esther Alder, while welcoming the “very encouraging signs” resulting from the Paris Agreement. Some 20% of Geneva’s communal space is taken up by parks, and the city has pledged to not use any chemicals to maintain these spaces by 2021, noted incoming Mayor Guillaume Barazzone for example.

Given that we risk leaving future generations with our mistakes that will be difficult to correct, Earth Day is about showing our love of nature, underlined the agro-ecologist and philosopher Pierre Rabhi.

The speeches were made as part of a festive atmosphere, where stands, composting activities and a concert were held. A conference also took place on access to water organised by the UN in Geneva and a talk with Mr Rabhi held at the Théâtre du Léman as part of the celebrations.

Photo and video messages were meanwhile issued by UNEP offices in Geneva supporting the signing of the Paris deal as part of the #Sign4climate initiative. You can watch Mr Dusik’s statement by clicking here


UNEP mourns passing of Mikhail Evteev

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Mikhail Evteev, who served as Chief of the Operational Services Centre (OSC) of the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. Mikhail passed away suddenly on Saturday in Tel Aviv, with his wife by his side. He was only 52 years of age.

Mikhail started his career at UNEP in Nairobi as a young professional and worked his way up to his anchoring role in the Regional Office for Europe and the Office for Operations in Geneva.

One of the most remarkable and enduring professional achievements that Mikhail leaves behind is the establishment and consolidation of the Geneva-based Service Centre, which he built and led, and now forms the backbone to much of UNEP's work. The Centre provides a wide variety of support to programme management - including fund and finance operations, travel arrangements and coordination of services to UNEP offices across the pan-European region and beyond.

We came to know Mikhail for his soft, thoughtful and gentle manners coupled with his firmness when it came to safeguarding the reputation and best interests of the work of UNEP and the UN. While he was always sought for reference and advice, he was also appreciated for his quick wit and smile.

While we join the family and friends in mourning Mikhail, we are reminding ourselves of the good times we spent together with him, and are determined to continue his legacy in the organisation, and in our lives. Mikhail introduced and mentored a great number of current UNEP staff members in the organisation and will be fondly missed by so many. We shall continue to remember and be inspired by his innovative approaches to the mission and values of the United Nations that he upheld to the highest level and served in it with pride and distinction.

A memorial event for Mikhail will take place in the International Environmental House on 11 April 2016 at 15:00. A condolence book is available in the lobby of the International Environmental House until then.



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