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Good morning, Michelle here. Today I bring you a conversation with the Marshall Islands Ambassador Doreen de Brum in Geneva about her country's plight as rising sea levels threaten to wipe them out.

This week we also hear from the UN that older people are being neglected from climate plans. On a more positive note, the UN unveils the first of 17 art installations symbolising the SDGs.

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Michelle Langrand


Climate & environment news

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Jaluit Atoll Lagoon, the Marshall Islands. (Credit: Keith Polya/CC BY 2.0)

🏝️🇲🇭 ‘Fighting for survival’. At an average of two metres above sea level, the Marshall Islands is in danger of going under if temperatures continue to rise at this rate. On top of that, the radioactive fallout of the nuclear tests carried out on the islands during the last century, has left a legacy of environmental and health impacts. Two years in since opening its mission in Geneva, Ambassador Doreen de Brum, speaks to Geneva Solutions about the island country's fight for nuclear and climate justice.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

👵🏼👴🏾Older people left behind. When hurricanes, heatwaves, droughts and floods strike, the elderly are often among the first victims. Despite this, disaster planning and environmental programmes fail to consider their needs, according to a UN report.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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"L'oiseau bleu" canvas displayed in the Palais des Nations. (Credit: 1m83 Art/UNOG)

🖼️ Art and the SDGs. The UN in Geneva has installed two giant canvases on the walls of a temporary building in the Palais des Nations, depicting dozens of yellow birds flying off towards an electric blue sky. Created by Collectif 1m83 and the Perception Change Project of the United Nations in Geneva, “L’oiseau bleu” or “the blue bird” is meant to symbolise sustainable development goal 17 on strengthening partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector. It’s the first of a series of 17 installations that the UN will display in different cities in Switzerland, each one linked to one of the SDGs.

UN Geneva (EN)

Next on the agenda

📌 5 July | Vernissage of the Plastic is Forever exhibit. Winners of the 2020 of the Plastic Waste Partnership Photography contest will be featured in this open air exhibition at the Rotonde du Mont-Blanc.

Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (EN)

📌 6 July | Enabling oil and gas producing countries to transition towards a low carbon future. This second part of a three-part series of webinar focuses on available technologies that contribute to climate mitigation in upstream oil and gas production.


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