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Good morning, this is Michelle and today we’re discussing with two members from international Geneva its role in environmental governance and potential to become the global hub for nature.

And as we all took a moment to cherish the ocean on its international day, we also received a sobering reminder of the terrible job we’re doing in protecting it. In more bad news, rich nations are still fueling the dirty energy addiction in the global south.

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Michelle Langrand


Climate & environment news

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Geneva’s International Environment House a week before its inauguration in 1999. (Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

📗 Geneva’s role in green governance. International Geneva has played a key role in shaping global policy for the environment but has yet to emerge as the world’s environmental hub. A scattered framework and little space for civil society to interact with instruments might be to blame. However, as rights groups find other multilateral spaces in Geneva to make their voices heard, Geneva could gain more prominence in environmental matters in the coming years.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🌊 🛢️ Bad news for oceans. Carbon levels in the atmosphere reached a new high last month, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The stark warning that our planet will continue to heat up, threatening human life and ecosystems, ironically came on the day of the global celebration of oceans, one of the Earth’s most precious carbon sinks.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

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🏭 Rich nations fuel dirty energy in the south. Between 2017 and 2019, low and middle-income countries received $16bn a year to fund gas projects, almost four times more than the global financial support directed towards wind and solar energy. Often argued as the lesser carbon emitter of all fossil fuels, natural gas is still a major contributor to global warming.

The findings from the International Institute for Sustainable Development raise alarms that despite their commitments to help poorer countries to transition into cleaner energies, leading economies seem to be doing just the opposite. Nearly half of that amount came from the US, Japan and China, and the World Bank provided another 12 per cent, according to the report.

The Guardian (EN)

Next on the agenda

📌 15 June | Screening of the Great Green Wall. To mark the launch of the UN’s decade on ecosystem restoration and world desertification and drought day, the UN and the European Commission are showing a film online, followed by a talk, about the ambitious African-led initiative to grow 8,000 km of forest.

Ciné ONU (EN)

📌 17 June | World desertification and drought day. The UN convention to combat desertification is proposing a series of online events, including stories of restoration from India, Canada, Indonesia, Kenya and Costa Rica, a film screening and a music workshop by land ambassadors with hip-hop artist Konshens and Land Heroes.


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