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(5 June at 5 p.m. CET)


To mark World Environment Day, Ciné-ONU Brussels, Vienna and Geneva invite you to a screening of Rob Stewart’s award-winning film, Sharkwater Extinction, followed by a virtual panel discussion. Scroll down for details on how to participate.


Synopsis: Sharkwater Extinction is an inspiring journey, following filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it all. An industry that is leading to the extinction of sharks. From West Africa, Spain, Panama, Costa Rica, France, and even in our own backyard, Stewart’s third film dives into the often violent underworld of the pirate fishing trade to expose a multi-billion dollar industry. Stewart’s mission is to save the sharks and oceans before it’s too late. But exposing illegal activities isn’t easy; protecting sharks has earned him some powerful enemies.

For more information on the film click here

This film is in English and has a run time of 84 minutes

You can participate in the event in two simple steps:

Step 1: Watch the film ‘Sharkwater Extinction’ using the link and password below. They are valid between 28th May and 5th June 2020:

Click here for Video Link 

The Theme for World Environment Day (5th June) 2020 is biodiversity; it is “Time #ForNature.” We are issuing an urgent call to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of our natural world. Our panel of international experts will discuss the loss of biodiversity illustrated in the film, exploring the drivers, such as illegal wildlife trade. The panel will also exchange their views on where solutions may lie and share what they are doing to halt biodiversity loss. 

Step 2: Join the panel discussion on 5 June at 5 PM (CET). Register at the following link.

  • Sandy Campbell, Producer of Sharkwater Extinction
  • Susan Gardner, Director of Ecosystems Division, UNEP
  • Jessica Battle, Senior Expert Global Policy and Governance and Lead Deep Seabed Mining Initiative at WWF
  • Moderated by Deborah Seward, Director of United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

Questions for the panel during or in advance of the panel can be sent to


About Ciné ONU

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From Yann Arthus Bertrand’s epic film Human to Alfonso Cuarón’s magnificient Roma, Ciné ONU Geneva uses the power of film to shine a light on the United Nations’ work and foster understanding about gender equality, human rights, humanitarian aid, health, reconciliation and peace, and many other issues.

An initiative of the United Nations Information Service, Ciné ONU Geneva holds these free film screenings regularly and invites the public at large for a discussion afterwards with panelists from the United Nations, civil society, academia, Member States and others.

Our aim is to raise awareness of UN priorities and activities and strengthen the profile of International Geneva, and we often do this in partnership with UN agencies, permanent missions or other partners. Ciné ONU Geneva is pleased to rely on the support of the Centre d’accueil de la Genève internationale (CAGI).

Ciné ONU was originally launched by the United Nations Regional Information Centre in Brussels in 2007. Since then, screenings are regularly organized in New York, Lisbon, London, Vienna and other cities. In Geneva, Ciné ONU was launched in 2014.

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Admission is free but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.