environmental justice

International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological diversity is often understood in terms of the wide variety of plants, animals and microorganisms, but it also includes genetic differences within each species — for example, between varieties of crops and breeds of livestock — and the variety of ecosystems (lakes, forest, deserts, agricultural landscapes) that host multiple kind of interactions among their members (humans, plants, animals).

Biological diversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilizations. Fish provide 20 per cent of animal protein to about 3 billion people. Over 80 per cent of the human diet is provided by plants. As many as 80 per cent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant‐based medicines for basic healthcare.

But loss of biodiversity threatens all, including our health. It has been proven that biodiversity loss could expand zoonoses – diseases transmitted from animals to humans- while, on the other hand, if we keep biodiversity intact, it offers excellent tools to fight against pandemics like those caused by coronaviruses.

While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities. Given the importance of public education and awareness about this issue, the UN decided to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity annually.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

NGO Committee on Social Development [monthly meeting]

The NGO Committee on Social Development will hold their regular monthly meeting at 10:00 am EST on May 19. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrcOqqpj8uHtHqW8yFsbkrjk4wp3k-jSYv

About:

The NGO Committee for Social Development, is dedicated to promoting a People-Centered Development through the United Nations. We are dedicated to raise awareness on social development issues taken up by the United Nations (UN) System and in particular by the UN Commission for Social Development.

In partnership with UN DESA and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation, the NGO Committee on Social Development hosts the Civil Society Forum which creates a special space for Civil Society to interact with states members of UN Commission on Social Development and other multi-stakeholders.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org.

Applying for ECOSOC Consultative Status

DESA NGO Branch will be conducting a Webinar on “Applying for ECOSOC Consultative Status” for NGOs on 5 May 2021, 11am – 12:30pm (NYT).

Register here! The meeting will provide answers to the following questions:

• What is Consultative Status, which organizations are eligible and what are its benefits?

• How the entire application process works since the application is submitted to the NGO Branch until ECOSOC makes its decision?

• What are the main components of the application package?

After the presentation, the floor will be open to answer questions from participants. Such questions may be raised either by chat or by requesting the floor using the Raise my Hand option. For more information, visit http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=409&type=230&menu=14.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. 

Partnerships as Game Changer for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19

Dear Colleagues,

The 2021 Partnership Forum of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will be held virtually on Monday, 3 May 2021, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am (EST).

Under the theme of “Partnerships as Game Changer for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19”, the Forum will examine the critical role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) following the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

For more information, please kindly refer to the event home page: https://sdgs.un.org/events/ecosoc-partnership-forum-2021

FYI, the 2021 ECOSOC Partnership Forum is scheduled to be webcast via webtv.un.org.

Registration for the Partnerships as Game Changer for a Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 can be found at this link: https://sdgs.un.org/events/stakeholder-engagement-and-partnerships-during-and-beyond-covid-19-32662

We look forward to your active participation!

UN DESA

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org

Some are Hazardous Environmental Legacy Sites, some are Monsters: Why sustainable development needs to include environmental crime

The Committee on Sustainable Development cordially invites its member organisations to a talk by Prof. Verena Winiwarter (BOKU) on Some are Hazardous Environmental Legacy Sites, some are Monsters: Why sustainable development needs to include environmental crime.

Time 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Vienna)/ 12:30 – 2:30pm EST

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87097371746?pwd=SHp0b3ROWnlCSzZmMzJ6TlFmWU1PUT09

Meeting ID: 870 9737 1746       Kenncode: 240089

About Verena Winiwarter

Professor of Environmental History at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt since 2007, Verena Winiwarter transferred to BOKU 2018 with the Institute of Social Ecology. She holds a PhD in Environmental History (1998) and a venia legendi in Human Ecology (2003) from University of Vienna. Since 2016, she is a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW), Chairperson of the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies, and co-founded the European Society of Environmental History. Her main research interests comprise the history of landscapes, in particular rivers and the environmental history of soils and legacy sites. Her 2014 co-authored book “Umwelt hat Geschichte. Sechzig Reisen durch die Zeit” was elected as Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres in Austria and Umweltbuch des Jahres in Germany and is now in its 3rd imprint. In 2013, she was „WissenschaftlerIn des Jahres“ in Austria and in December 2019 she was awarded the “Preis der Stadt Wien für Geisteswissenschaften”.

To register please send an e-mail to the secretary (ngocsd.vienna@gmail.com). We look forward to seeing you!

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com.

Environmental Justice, The Climate Crisis and People of African Descent

Greetings from Geneva.

The Working Group of experts on people of African descent would like to invite you to participate in its 28th public virtual session entitled “Environmental Justice, The Climate Crisis & People of African Descent” from 24 to 26 March 2021 at 14:00 – 16:00 CET.

This thematic session will discuss human rights solutions to address environmental injustice, racial disparities, unequal protection and the unique impact of the climate crisis and environmental racism on people of African descent.  It will involve a comprehensive look at various aspects of environmental racism and the climate crisis locally and globally. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions the 28th session and civil society consultation will be public virtual meetings broadcast on UNWebTV and using the remote simultaneous interpretation platform Interprefy for speakers.

Watch live at webtv.un.org Listen live at listen-live.unog.ch

We encourage all civil society representatives who would like to be added to the speakers list for these events to send confirmation indicating name of speaker, organization, email address and date of intervention to: africandescent@ohchr.orgcsaunders@ohchr.org and jfucio@ohchr.org asap. The link for participation and instruction on how to use the Interprefy platform will be sent to speakers one day prior to the events. We would also be grateful if statements are sent in advance labelled with the speaker’s name and date of intervention which will facilitate the work of the interpreters.

  • Wednesday, March 24 thematic discussion: Environmental Racism Earth, Wind & Fire (and water)
  • Thursday, March 25 thematic discussion: Race and the Climate Crisis: Preparedness & response
  • Friday, March 26 thematic discussion: Environmental Racism, the Climate Crisis and reparatory justice

Further information and documents will be posted on the website: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/WGAfricanDescent/Pages/Session28.aspx

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

WGEPAD Secretariat

Participate via social media #WGEPAD #africandescent #fightracism

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.