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About the Geneva Environment Network

The Geneva Environment Network (GEN) is a cooperative partnership of over 75 environment and sustainable development organizations based at the International Environment House and elsewhere in the Geneva region, including United Nations offices and programmes, non-governmental organizations, local authorities and academic institutions. Set up in 1999, the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat is supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment and led by UN Environment. The GEN secretariat organizes and hosts meetings on the environment and sustainable development, such as GEN Roundtables, discussions, briefings and international workshops, promoting the dissemination of information and public awareness of environmental issues. It actively promotes increased cooperation and networking between its members.

For almost two decades, the Geneva Environment Network Secretariat has organized or been involved with the celebrations of World Environment Day in Geneva, organizing the World Environment Day roundtables on the theme of the year, and other outreach events, involving the international and local communities in Geneva.

About world Environment day

The UN General Assembly designated 5 June as World Environment Day (WED) in 1972, marking the first day of the landmark Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. Through decades of WED celebrations, millions of people from all over the world and from all sectors of society have taken part in environmental action.

Find out more at http://worldenvironmentday.global

World Environment Day 2019

On 5 June 2019, World Environment Day will focus on the theme of air pollution — a call for action to combat one of the greatest environmental emerging challenges of our time.
World Environment Day invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our daily lives to reduce air pollution, which in turn can both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit people’s health.

Often you can’t even see it, but air pollution is everywhere and affects your health from head to toe. With every breath, you are probably sucking in tiny particles that attack your lungs, heart and brain.

Nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization safe levels. Around seven million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, 5.6 million deaths are from noncommunicable diseases and 1.5 million from pneumonia. Air pollution causes a host of other problems, including illness and lower IQs. Beyond causing respiratory diseases, air pollution is a major cause of heart attacks, lung cancer and stroke in people.

It doesn’t just impact human health, it also impacts global warming, economic growth and our natural environment. Air pollution decreases the oxygen supply in our oceans, making it harder for plants to grow and as such, contributes to climate change. The good news is that air pollution is largely avoidable and its negative consequences are preventable. Solutions are known and can be implemented. The world needs to act now.

À propos du réseau environnement de genève

Le Réseau Environnement de Genève (GEN) est un partenariat qui réunit plusieurs dizaines d'organismes - dont des agences des Nations Unies, des autorités locales et des organisations non gouvernementales - oeuvrant dans les domaines de l'environnement et du développement durable, basés à la Maison internationale de l'environnement et ailleurs dans la région genevoise. Mis en place en 1999, le secrétariat du GEN, administré par le Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement, est soutenu par l'Office fédéral suisse de l'environnement. Le secrétariat du GEN organiser des conférences et séances d'information sur l'environnement et de développement durable, diffuse de l'information et veille activement à la coopération et à l'établissement de réseaux de contacts entre ses membres.


A propos de la Journée mondiale de l'environnement

La Journée mondiale de l'environnement a été célébrée pour la première fois en 1972, le premier jour de la Conférence de Stockholm, et s'est développée avec le temps pour devenir l'un des principaux moyens de communication des Nations Unies pour stimuler la conscience environnementale mondiale et encourager l'action politique.


Pour plus d'informations: http://worldenvironmentday.global


EVENT partners 2019

UN Environment

State of Geneva




Graduate Institute

World Heatlth Organization







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