1M2030 Launch Event

Organization: UNITAR, Global Challenges Forum

Location: Palais des Nations

Description: As a new initiative of global scale, starting with the furthest first, 1M2030 leverages training, mentoring, and microfinancing to build a new generation of entrepreneurs in left-behind communities. These ‘One Million Youth Leaders for Sustainable Development’ will become multipliers in their communities and shall carry forward the SDGs beyond 2030.

The 1M2030 launch-event brings together renowned international experts and inspiring youth speakers to get the latest thinking on how capacity-building can be leveraged to mobilize a new generation of young leaders for the SDGs and beyond

More info and registration here

Sustainable Cities Week

Organization: UNECE

Location: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


Events during the UNECE Sustainable Cities Week 2019 will discuss progress and challenges related to the implementation of recent international agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda and the Geneva UN Charter for Sustainable Housing. National and local Government representatives from the fifty-six UNECE member States, as well as representatives of private sector, academia and civil society, will attend the 80th session of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management (2-4 October 2019) and other events.

All the events during the Sustainable Cities Week are open to the public.

More info & registration: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=52194

The global plastic pollution challenge Hackathon

Organization: University of Geneva, Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative in partnership with UN Environment


Description: The Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative Master in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (IHDS) are pleased to invite you to the global plastic pollution challenge Hackathon taking place on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October 2019 at the Campus Biotech in Geneva (Switzerland). This is a 2-day event to explore innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle plastic pollution.

This event will define problems and potential solutions to plastic pollution issues that will be tested this autumn in 6-week innovation projects by master students in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability. Our goal is to produce 10 high-quality concepts that will contribute to ongoing efforts to reduce plastic consumption, production and pollution.

If you are a student, graduate, activist, government, international expert or industry leader working on global plastic consumption, production, management or pollution and are interested in exploring creative and innovative solutions on plastic pollution issues, this event is for you!

Drinks and food will be provided on site.

Please confirm your interest by 20 September 2019 with charlotte.poussin@unige.ch.


Roundtable of In Focus: SDG 11

Organization: UNECE

Location: Room VIII, Palais des Nations


Cities and human settlements are where many of our accomplishments and obstacles to achievement of the 2030 Agenda are manifested. They are home to concrete challenges as well as enormous opportunities for fostering innovation and knowledge-sharing to overcome these challenges. Sustainable urbanization has clear impacts on a wide range of issues within the 2030 Agenda, such as sustainable consumption and production, affordable and clean energy, sustainable transportation, clean water and sanitation, and life on land. 

The UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management is organizing In Focus: SDG 11. This roundtable discussion will provide a platform for dialogue on the successes and challenges in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and other urban-related SDGs. 

It is a follow-up to the review of SDG11 and the relevant urban SDGs since last year’s Regional Forum for Sustainable Development for the UNECE region and the High-level Political Forum. The event is a continued effort to review the progress towards achieving of SDG11 and the relevant urban related goals by 2030. It will be a follow-up to the IN FOCUS: SDG 11 event that was held last year.

The roundtable will also provide a platform to: 

  • Foster cooperation between UN agencies, private, public, NGOs, academia and civil society

  • Brainstorm to create synergies to promote effective implementation of SDG 11; and

  • Create joint initiatives and activities to ensure the highest and coordinated impact in implementing SDG 11 and other urban related SDGs.

The roundtable discussion will encourage participants from various backgrounds: UN, NGOs, private and public sector, local governments etc. to connect and work together to achieve SDG 11 and implement the new urban agenda.

Registration link

Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2019

Organization: International Trade Centre (ITC)

Location: ITC, WTO

Description: Now in its sixth year, the annual Trade for Sustainable Development Forum is one of the leading global events focused on major trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), a UN-WTO agency, the T4SD Forum will again take place in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum, from 7-9 October.


This year, the T4SD Forum will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the process of embedding sustainability into the DNA of every organization and every business. The three-day event will look at sustainability mainstreaming from every angle: from its policy implications to its implementation on the ground, from its environmental dimension to its social dimension, from SMEs to large corporations.

This event will provide a unique platform for a diverse range of actors – from high-level officials to small business owners and young entrepreneurs – to exchange views, share good practices and catalyze solutions that will help deliver a shared vision for a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Please register for this event

High Mountain Summit

Organization: World Meteorological Organization

Location: WMO HQ


Mountain regions cover about a quarter of the Earth’s land surface and are home to a quarter of the world’s population. They are important sources of freshwater and centres of biological and cultural diversity. Rising global temperatures are causing unprecedented changes and are accompanied by an increased risk of disasters.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is therefore, convening a High Mountain Summit to foster high-level dialogue and engage decision-makers and local actors to develop a roadmap to science-based, user-driven knowledge and information systems supporting sustainable development and risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions.

More info: https://highmountainsummit.wmo.int/

Geneva Peace Week

Organization:  Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), and the Platform’s five partners – the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO). Geneva Peace Week is also supported by Switzerland.

Location: Maison de la Paix, Palais des Nations, Other Locations in Geneva


Geneva is a global hub for governance and international cooperation. It hosts 37 international organizations, a thriving community of non-governmental organizations and renowned academic and research institutions. It is also a diplomatic center with near universal representation of states. Together, all these actors work for peace, rights and well-being, touching the lives of individuals across the world. Geneva Peace Week offers an opportunity to connect and highlight the work of these actors and to expand the space for building peace and resolving conflict through dialogue and negotiation.

Geneva Peace Week emphasizes that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It recognizes that peacebuilding occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week breaks down professional silos in order to enable creative responses to violence, exclusion and insecurity.

By synchronizing meetings and events on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva and their international partners, focusing on the cross-cutting nature of peace.

More info: http://www.genevapeaceweek.ch/about

Forêt2019 - Forests and the Circular Economy

Organization: UNECE, FAO

Location: Switzerland, Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XII


Forêt2019 - the joint 77th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the 40th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) will be held from 4 to 7 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. In conjunction with Forêt2019, the 5th European Forest Week will be celebrated throughout Europe under the theme "Forests and the Circular Economy".

More info and registration: http://www.unece.org/forests/foret2019.html