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February 2016

54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development

The 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD 54) will consider the theme 'Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world'. According to the provisional agenda of the session, the Commission will discuss the follow-up to the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and to the Social Summit+5 held during the 24th special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2000. It will take into account, among other documents, a note from the UN Secretariat on 'Emerging issues: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: moving from commitments to results for achieving social development'.  

dates: 3-12 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Building, Conference Room 4   location: New York City, US   contact: Daniela Bas, Director, UN Division for Social Policy and Development   e-mail: social@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...  

Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS)

Addressing the theme ‘Critical soil solutions for sustainable development in Africa,' this conference was initially organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, but postponed due to the security situation in Burkina Faso. Organizing partners include the Burkina Faso Ministry of Rural Development and several national soil science and research institutes; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and ISRIC - World Soil Information. Conference sub-themes include: soil productivity in tropical agrosystems; land ownership and sustainable land management; soil and climate change; and education and capacity building in soil science in Africa. The conference will comprise a three-day scientific meeting gathering soil scientists, land planners and users and related specialists, followed by a post-conference tour focusing on issues such as food insecurity, climate change, land degradation, land and water knowledge management and renewable energies. In addition, IITA and other partners will convene a special sub-regional program on the theme: ‘Soil fertility management recommendations for sustainable agricultural intensification in West and Central Africa.' The aim of the special program is to enable a wide range of stakeholders to use real-time information towards development outcomes in policy-making and technologies for land management, thus contributing to increased food production and improved natural resource management.  

dates: 7-14 February 2016   location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso   contact: Mamadou Traore   phone: +22670272160?   e-mail: iritraore@yahoo.com   www: http://www.erails.net/CM/asss-africasoils/asss-africasoils/
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True-Up Period Review for Kyoto Protocol First Commitment Period

During the true-up period review, the expert review teams (ERTs) will assess whether information submitted in true-up reports from Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is: reported as mandated by the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to Kyoto Protocol (CMP); consistent with information contained in the compilation and accounting database (CAD) and the Party's registry; and free of problems or inconsistencies. The ERT will also assess whether the quantity of Kyoto Protocol units in the temporary certified emission reductions (tCER) and long-term certified emission reductions (lCER) replacement account equals the quantity of tCERs/lCERs in retirement and replacement accounts, and whether aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the first commitment period (CP1) exceed the quantity of Kyoto Protocol units valid for CP1 in the retirement account. The UNFCCC Secretariat is coordinating a comprehensive compliance assessment, of which the true-up period review is one step, on CP1 of the Kyoto Protocol and will publish a final report for each Party which had a CP1 target. During the true-up period, Annex I Parties had 100 days to make up any shortfall in meeting their emission reduction targets in CP1. The true-up period, lasting from 10 August - 18 November 2015, was established by Decision 27/CMP.1, which provides that, for the purpose of fulfilling their Kyoto Protocol emission reduction targets, Annex I Parties can continue to acquire emission reduction units, CERs, assigned amount units (AAUs) and removal units, up to the 100th day after the date set for the completion of the Article 8 expert review process for the last year of the commitment period.  

dates: 8-12 February 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: tup@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/true-up_process/items/9023....
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to review the status of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the African Region. Participants will also discuss: tools, strategies and opportunities to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans; strategies for mobilizing additional resources for implementation; and measures to implement the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and potential challenges to the ratification of the Supplementary Protocol.  

dates: 9-12 February 2016   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=BSMBWS-2016-01
 https://www.cbd.int/doc/meetings/bs/bsmbws-2016-01/official/...  

Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations in Preparation for Mercury INC 7

This is part of a series of regional consultations being held in preparation for the the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC 7) to be held from 10-15 March 2016 in Jordan. The consultations are to include presentations and discussion of the INC 7 documents with a view to possibly developing regional positions regarding issues to be addressed at INC 7.  

dates: 9-12 February 2016   location: Montevideo, Uruguay   contact: Sheila Logan, UNEP   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: sheila.logan@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/News/INC7Regionalconsultati...  

Second Meeting of the UNEP Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives

The Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives will prepare for the next meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Committee is made up of all accredited Permanent Representatives to UNEP, and is the subsidiary, intersessional entity of UNEA. The Committee is mandated to provide advice to UNEA on policy matters, prepare decisions for adoption by UNEA, and oversee their implementation. The previous OECPR meeting took place in March 2014.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   venue: UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), UN Avenue, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   phone: +254 20 7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/ecalendar/contents/details_view.asp?Even...
 http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/Default.aspx?tabid=129502  

2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU

The 2nd meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Migratory Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will review proposals to amend the MOU, the programme of work, partnerships and national reporting, among other issues. Two additional meetings will be held at the same venue on the margins of MOS2. From 12-13 February, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee to the MOU will be held. On 14 February, an informal, open-ended meeting of the Intersessional Working Group of the MOU, to advance discussions on the draft Rules of Procedure (open to all MOU Signatories) will be held.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   location: San Jose, Costa Rica   contact: CMS Secretariat   phone: 49-228-815-2401   fax: 49-228-815-2449   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2015029-2nd-meeting-signatories-m...  

7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management

The 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management (INDM) will bring together Iranian and international experts in risk and disaster management to discuss a range of topics in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030. The conference will focus on four priority action areas: understanding disaster risk, including exposure, vulnerability and hazard characteristics; strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risk; investing in DRR for resilience; and enhancing disaster preparedness to effectively respond and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. More specifically, the conference will address: climate change adaptation; risk management with an emphasis on earthquakes, floods, storms and extreme heat and cold; risk management in massive religious structures; interaction and communication of risk in controlling the consequences of natural hazards; the role of urban strategies in disaster preparedness and response; the use of new technologies, such as remote sensing, monitoring and warning systems, innovations and inventions; national strategies for risk and crisis management; health management in crisis, with the aim of reducing amputations; mental health management of survivors, particularly children and women; and population management to prevent deaths during religious ceremonies. The conference is being organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos) and the INDM Secretariat.  

dates: 15-16 February 2016   location: Tehran, Iran   e-mail: info@indm.ir   www: http://www.unisdr.org/files/45382_45382indm2016brochure.pdf
 http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/45382  

Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum

The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum, marking the Forum's 10th anniversary, will set the stage for revisiting the Forum's objective and modalities within the context the relationships between smallholder, family farmers and development actors, taking into account the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) new strategic framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also review progress this partnership has made. The Forum will be preceded by a special session on pastoralism on 12 February and followed by side events on 18 February. It will also share its messages with IFAD's Governing Council, which will meet from 17-18 February. The Farmers' Forum, established in 2005, is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between smallholder farmers' and rural producers' organizations, IFAD and IFAD member States. The Forum, which aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers' organizations in country programmes and investment projects, meets every two years in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.  

dates: 15-16 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.ifad.org/events/index.htm
 http://www.ifad.org/farmer/2016/index.htm  

ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

The ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016 will focus on the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development'. The conference will discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) progress on implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including identification of areas where additional efforts are needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. Over 500 participants are expected to share their experiences in meeting the targets and showcase innovative policies and practices. The meeting will also discuss: access and benefit sharing (ABS); climate change and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; and financing for biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, including through the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. It will include a soft launch of the Second Edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, which will provide a mid-term report on the progress of ASEAN member States on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The conference will also include a ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum' with representatives from the private sector discussing the link between business and biodiversity.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   venue: Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ACB2016 Secretariat   phone: +63.49.536.2865   e-mail: ACB2016@aseanbiodiversity.org   www: http://www.aseanbiodiversity.org/acb2016  

International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

dates: 15-17 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO Headquarters   contact: FAO   e-mail: Agri-Biotechs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/agribiotechs-symposium/en/  

51st Session of the IPCC Bureau

The 51st session will be the first bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be held in 2016 since the election of the new IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, who was elected in October 2015 at IPCC 42.  

dates: 16-17 February 2016   venue: WMO headquarters, 7bis Avenue de la Paix   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IPCC Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8208/54/84   fax: +41-22-730-8025/13   e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int   www: http://www.ipcc.ch
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2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

dates: 16-19 February 2016   location: Gaborone, South-East, Botswana   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1 (202) 473-0508   fax: +1 (202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: https://www.thegef.org/gef/ECW-Botswana-2016  

74th Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism Accreditation Panel

The 74th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Accreditation Panel will meet in Bonn, Germany. The CDM Accreditation Panel prepares the decision making of the CDM Executive Board in accordance with the procedure for accrediting operational entities.  

dates: 16-18 February 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/Panels/accreditation/index.html
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

First session of the Executive Council Working Group on WMO Strategic and Operational Planning

This meeting of the first session of the Executive Council Working Group on World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Strategic and Operational Planning (WG/SOP) is expected to address: WMO strategic and budget planning, including the WMO Monitoring and Evaluation System; the role and operation of national meteorological and hydrological services; improving WMO processes, practices and governance; the Quality Management Framework; and progress in implementing the Madrid Action Plan and preparations for the Madrid+10 Conference in 2017. The Executive Council, which the WG/SOP will report to, is the WMO's executive body, which, inter alia: meets annually; implements Congress decisions; coordinates programmes; examines use of budgetary resources; provides technical information, counsel and assistance in the WMO's fields; and acts on matters affecting international meteorology.  

dates: 16-19 February 2016   venue: WMO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WMO Secretariat   phone: +41(0)22 730 81 11   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: https://www.wmo.int/pages/meetings/ECWGSOP_documentation_pla...  

39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council

The 39th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet under the theme ‘Inclusive investment - Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda'. The meeting has on its agenda, inter alia: the election of the Governing Council's Bureau; a statement of IFAD's President and general statements; the report of the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources; consolidated financial statements of IFAD for 2014; IFAD's 2016 results-based programme of work and regular and capital budgets, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD's results-based work programme and budget for 2016 and indicative plan for 2017-2018; the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); emoluments of the President; and an update on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance. The IFAD Governing Council, which meets annually, is the Fund's principal Governing Body.  

dates: 17-18 February 2016   venue: IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono 44   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Andreina Mauro   phone: +39 06 5459 2088   e-mail: a.mauro@ifad.org   www: https://webapps.ifad.org/members/gc/39
 http://www.ifad.org/  

Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods [tentative]

The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet to discuss, as a tentative topic per the Chair's 26 January "road map," the 'Organization of the agenda of the Committee, with poverty and sustainable development at the core,' aiming to review the Committee's agenda in relation to internationally agreed outcomes, including the identification of duplications and gaps, while taking into account the agendas of the UNGA plenary and Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  

date: 17 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/second-committee-considers-road-map-...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/  

Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar: Transformative Financing for the Achievement of Gender Equality by 2030

In preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60), this seminar seeks to explore the state-of-the-art research, identify good practices and lessons learned, and develop recommendations on financing and investment mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality and women's empowerment in the Asia-Pacific Region. Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the meeting will address: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); innovative sources of financing; and strengthening accountability for gender equality financing. A report containing a summary of discussions and recommendations from the meeting is expected to be made available at CSW 60.  

dates: 18-19 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Centre, UN Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Laura Lopez, Social Development Division, ESCAP   phone: (66-2) 288-1234   fax: (66-2) 288-1000   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/asia-pacific-regional-seminar-...  

Stakeholder Days Prior to IPBES-4

The Stakeholder Days, organized prior to the fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4), aim to provide observers and stakeholders of IPBES with updates about the IPBES process and their engagement in IPBES-4, and to provide an opportunity to prepare joint positions on key issues.  

dates: 20-21 February 2016   venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: IPBES Secretariat   phone: +49 (0) 228 815 0570   e-mail: ipbes4stakeholderdays@iucn.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5da0fed71c7e4399fb28ab54...
 http://ipbes.net/registrationformipbes4  

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa 2016

This symposium will focus on 'fostering African resilience and capacity to adapt,' showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in African countries that may be useful or implemented in other countries in the continent. It will bring together African and non-African scholars undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in Africa. Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Addis Ababa University, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme are organizing the event.  

dates: 21-23 February 2016   venue: Dejazmach Beyene Merid St   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: Addis Ababa University   e-mail: dawitdesalegn6@gmail.com   www: http://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-als/veranstaltungen/africa2...
 http://www.cgiar.org/special-events/2016/02/21/symposium-on-...  

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment is expected to consider a review of progress and lessons learned from the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the UN development system (UNDS).  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4)

The fourth session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) will, inter alia, review progress on its work programme. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

dates: 22-28 February 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: IPBES Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-0570   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/index.php/plenary/ipbes-4  

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. The 26th session will be held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016.  

dates: 22-26 February 2016   location: Philippines   contact: Patrick Durst   e-mail: Patrick.Durst@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31089/en/  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 6

This is the sixth of seven sessions to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will take place during the Operational Activities Segment of ECOSOC and will focus on country perspectives on the UN development system programme, and operational cooperation. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

CGE Regional Training Workshop for Africa on BUR Preparation

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UNFCCC (CGE) will hold a regional training workshop for the African region on the preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs).  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   location: Lome, Togo   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/national_reports/non-annex_i_natcom/cge/it...
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, and hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will convene under the theme, 'Growing Our Future!' to reflect the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. Five sub-thematic streams include: pathways to prosperity: future trade and markets; tackling climate change: challenges and opportunities; serving society: forestry and people; new institutions, new governance; and our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets.  

dates: 22-26 February 2016   location: Pampanga {greater region}, Philippines   additional: Clark Freeport Zone   contact: FAO Secretariat   e-mail: AP-Forestry-Week@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/asia-pacific-forestry-week...
 http://apfw2016.denr.gov.ph/  

42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 42), themed '2015 El Niño impacts and lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa,' will take place from 22-23 February 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda. GHACOF 42 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from critical socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision makers and civil society representatives. Workshops will be held on agriculture and food security, water resources, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and health, among others. During the Forum, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) will officially launch a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop for regional climate experts to be held at ICPAC, from 15-20 February 2016.  

dates: 22-23 February 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: IGAD ICPAC Director   phone: +25 40203514426   e-mail: info@icpac.net   www: http://www.icpac.net/?p=1488
 http://www.icpac.net/wp-content/uploads/GHACOF-42-Announceme...  

CMS Expert Meeting on EBSAs

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene an Expert Meeting on the Future of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) from 22-24 February 2016.  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   location: TBA   www: http://www.cms.int/en/eventcalendar/expert-meeting-future-ec...  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Africa

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 24-26 February 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/abuja
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

date: 24 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/events/en/
 http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting

An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) founding will bring together ministers from around the world and UN partners to discuss how to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete actions and results. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions on: eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind; protecting the planet and sustainable development; ending violence and building peace; and managing risk and building resilience to climate change. Participating ministers will share their vision for how UNDP can contribute to countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is expected to identify key roles for UNDP to assist countries in implementation and monitoring. UNDP will use the meeting recommendations to guide its future work.  

date: 24 February 2016   venue: UN Trusteeship Council Chamber   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDP   e-mail: UNDP50.ministerial.meeting@undp.org   www: http://50.undp.org/en/  

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

date: 25 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 2

This is the second of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will consider the 2030 Agenda and forward-looking scenarios for the UN development system. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 26-27 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods [tentative]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet informally to discuss, as a tentative topic based on the Chair's road map of 26 January, the 'Relevance and impact of the work of the Committee in contributing to the international development objectives,' addressing the role of the Second Committee in the emerging architecture for the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Programmes of Action for countries in special situations, and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

date: 26 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/second-committee-considers-road-map-...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/  

Technical Analysis of Biennial Update Reports under the UNFCCC

This technical analysis of the international consultation and analysis (ICA) of developing country parties' Biennial Update Reports (BURs) is conducted by a team of technical experts, which is selected from the UNFCCC roster of experts. The team of technical experts will produce a summary report with input from the country, and through consultations with the country concerned, within three months of the analysis.  

dates: 29 February - 4 March 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/national_reports/non-annex_i_parties/ica/i...
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

SDSN Workshop on National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia chapter is organizing this workshop to: map the current state of countries' preparedness for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); explore the role of science in follow-up and review, especially with regard to accountability; explore interlinkages between national, regional and global levels of implementation; and discuss sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Discussions will take place in a series of four roundtables with participants from Asian and European countries. The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Malaysia's Office of the Science Advisor, the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), SDSN Japan, SDSN Sweden and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia (ISIS Malaysia) are partnering with SDSN Malaysia to organize the workshop.  

dates: 29 February - 1 March 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: Mari Kosaka   e-mail: kosaka@sfc.keio.ac.jp   www: http://beta.unsdsn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/SDSN-Malay...  

Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) Workshop

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Eurasian sub-regional Soil Partnership (EASP) was launched in November 2013, and its Secretariat is hosted by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), in Moscow, the Russian Federation. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership that took place in Izmir, Turkey, in June 2015. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

dates: 29 February - 2 March 2016   location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   contact: EASP Secretariat   phone: +495 3334-65-56   e-mail: info@ecfs.msu.ru   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://ecfs.msu.ru/en  

March 2016

2016 GEF ECW for the Caribbean Constituency

This expanded constituency workshop (ECW) will meet in the Caribbean in a location to be determined. ECWs aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

dates: 1-4 March 2016   location: TBA   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1 (202) 473-0508   fax: +1 (202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: https://www.thegef.org/gef/ECW_Caribbean_2016  

9th Meeting of the Adaptation Committee

The Adaptation Committee was established to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation in a coherent manner under the UNFCCC through: providing technical support and guidance to Parties; sharing relevant information, knowledge, experience and good practices; promoting synergy and strengthening engagement with national, regional and international organizations, centers and networks; providing information and recommendations for consideration by the COP when providing guidance on means to incentivize the implementation of adaptation actions; and considering information communicated by Parties on monitoring and review of adaptation actions, support provided and received.  

dates: 1-3 March 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/groups_committees/adaptation_co...  

UNECA 31st Intergovernmental Committee of Experts

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will host the 31st Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) under the theme, ‘Green economy to speed up industrialization in North Africa.' The meeting will bring together representatives from government, academia, civil society and the private sector from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia to discuss economic and social conditions in North Africa, and recommend ways to enhance economic development and integration in the sub-region and with the African continent. Participants will also discuss environmental preservation within the context of industrialization. A roundtable on ‘Industrialization through trade in North Africa in a multi-agreement context' will discuss the conditions necessary to facilitate and promote industrialization and build value chains through intra-African trade.  

dates: 1-4 March 2016   location: Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco   contact: UNECA   phone: +212 (0) 537 548 749   e-mail: hfilali-ansary@uneca.org or cea.an.coms@gmail.com   www: http://www.uneca.org/stories/north-africa-greening-economy-s...  

Global Climate Observation: The Road to the Future

This conference will enable producers and users of climate observations, as well as other stakeholders, to review and provide input to and feedback on the next Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan, which is being prepared for the UNFCCC Secretariat. The conference will: discuss current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and possible new areas for ECVs; enable an assessment of the quality of the current observing system; highlight achievements in producing ECVs in the areas of atmosphere, ocean and land; discuss how defining ECVs contributes to understanding energy, water and carbon cycles; identify future needs related to adaptation and mitigation requirements in other areas, such as desertification, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and address new developments based on COP 21 outcomes as well as technology and climate communications. The conference is expected to result in a list of priorities and actions, some of which may be included in the implementation plan.  

dates: 2-4 March 2016   venue: Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences   location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   contact: GCOS Science Conference Organizing Committee   phone: +49 6151 807 6740   fax: +49 6151 807 6150   e-mail: GCOS-SC@eumetsat.int   www: http://www.gcos-science.org
 http://www.copernicus.eu/events/global-climate-observation-r...  

Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Europe 2016

This conference will discuss, among other things, collaborative approaches to, and challenges facing the critical infrastructure protection (CIP), critical national infrastructure (CNI) and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP), including protection, management and security challenges. The conference will address: a more holistic approach to protecting CNI, from both physical and cyber security perspectives; how to collaborate on resource sharing and intelligence gathering to deliver better value for the tax payer and greater success in delivering CNI security and resilience and improving disaster risk reduction (DRR). More specifically, the conference will include sessions on: CNI approaches and case studies from transport sector; emerging and future threats detection and management; enhancing preparedness and response through modeling and simulation; private-public partnerships (PPP) in CIP; detection and protection technologies; cyber security standards and law; convergence in cyber security and CIIP; and cyber analysis, monitoring and defense. Participants will: gain insight into national and regional policy and security developments in relation to CIP; engage in debate, educational opportunities and cooperation advocacy; and share ideas and facilitate inter-departmental, government and agency cooperation. In addition, an exhibition will showcase leading technologies and products.  

dates: 2-3 March 2016   venue: Crowne Plaza Den Haag – Promenade, Van Stolkweg 1   location: Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   e-mail: cipre@torchmarketing.co.uk   www: http://www.cipre-expo.com  

World Wildlife Day 2016

The 2016 World Wildlife Day will convene under the theme, 'The future of wildlife is in our hands,' with the sub-theme, 'The future of elephants is in our hands'.  

date: 3 March 2016   location: worldwide   contact: Liu Yuan   e-mail: Yuan.Liu@cites.org   www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/  

First Meeting of IATT 10-Member Technology Group

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the first face-to-face meeting of the ten-member group to support the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the SDGs (IATT). The IATT is one of three elements of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The other two elements are an online platform aimed at matching the technology demand and supply, and a multi-stakeholder forum on STI.  

dates: 3-4 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/faci...  

12th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund

During its 12th meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board is set to discuss a number of pending issues related to fully operationalizing the Fund, and its policies and procedures. Among other things, the Board intends to consider proposals from entities wishing to be accredited by the Fund. The meeting will take place the week of 7 March 2016, with exact dates to be determined based on the length of the agenda. The Board governs and supervises the GCF based on guidance from the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, including on matters relating to policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria and matters related thereto.  

dates: 7-11 March 2016 [tentative]     Meeting length TBD   venue: GCF headquarters, 175 Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 22004   location: Republic of Korea   additional: Songdo   contact: GCF Secretariat   phone: +82.32.458.6059   e-mail: info@gcfund.org   www: http://www.greenclimate.fund/home
 http://www.greenclimate.fund/boardroom/on-record?p_p_id=122_...  

Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will discuss issues and challenges relating to the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the implementation of obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for Parties from the Central and Eastern European Region.  

dates: 7-11 March 2016   location: Ljubljana, Slovenia   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

88th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board supervises the Kyoto Protocol's CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), and is fully accountable to the CMP. It is also the point of contact for CDM project participants for the registration of projects and the issuance of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).  

dates: 7-11 March 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/essential_background/convention/convention...
 http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html  

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) is expected to agree on the indicator framework and set of indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) will prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

dates: 8-11 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/broaderprogress/pdf/SA-2014-9-Pos...  

European Soil Partnership (ESP) Workshop

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the European sub-regional Soil Partnership (ESP) was launched during the 2nd Global Soil Week in October 2013, and its Secretariat is based at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the ESP that took placed in March 2015 in Rome, Italy. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

dates: 8-9 March 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Marc Van Liedekerke, ESP Secretariat   phone: +39-0332-785179)   e-mail: marc.van-liedekerke@jrc.ec.europa.eu   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/InternationalCooperation/GSP...  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Financing Urban Development

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This thematic meeting focuses on financing the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 9-11 March 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings
 https://www.habitat3.org/mexicodf  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 5

This is the fifth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will address the 2030 Agenda, including the UN development system programmes and operational cooperation implications and recent reviews. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 10 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7

The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan. Regional consultations will take place on 9 March 2016.  

dates: 10-15 March 2016   location: Amman, Jordan   contact: Sheila Logan   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: sheila.logan@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC7/tabid/450...
 http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Convention/tabid/3426/Defau...  

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

dates: 14-17 March 2016   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Susan Williams   e-mail: s.williams@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news...  

38th Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee

The Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) verifies and approves projects for Joint Implementation (JI) under the Kyoto Protocol.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://ji.unfccc.int/index.html  

Africa Regional Workshop on Use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories

This Africa Regional Workshop on using the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will take place in Maseru, Lesotho. The Guidelines provide methodologies for estimating national inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks; were prepared in response to an invitation by the Parties to the UNFCCC; and may help Parties fulfill their commitments under the UNFCCC on reporting on inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases (GHG) not controlled by the Montreal Protocol.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   location: Maseru, Lesotho   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php
 http://www.ipcc-nggip.iges.or.jp/public/2006gl/pdf/0_Overvie...  

5th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in 2013. Comprised of 27 soil experts representing all the regions of the world, the main function of the ITPS is to provide the GSP with scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues, as well as to respond to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management within the context of sustainable development.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPS Secretariat   e-mail: ITPS@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/intergovernmental-t...  

17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2016 edition of this annual conference will convene under the theme, 'Scaling Up Responsible Land Governance' and pay special attention to working at scale, mainstreaming innovations and sustaining investments for greater impact. The main conference will run from 15-17 March and will comprise policy sessions and round-tables on core conference themes. Other key activities will include a pre-conference workshop on innovations in land governance research and monitoring, and a post-conference learning day offering masterclasses to familiarize participants with cutting edge tools and techniques for policy makers. An innovation fair exploring how technology and open data can help improve land governance at scale will also take place.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Nisma Elias   e-mail: landconference@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/07/20/land-and-pover...
 http://landportal.info/event/2015/09/world-bank-conference-l...  

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60)

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

dates: 14-24 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Women   phone: +1 646 781-4400   fax: +1 646 781-4444   www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw60-2016  

Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development

This annual event takes place around International Women's Day, bringing together business leaders, including innovative female entrepreneurs, with civil society, the UN and governments. The 2016 event will discuss how companies around the world are implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Invitations to attend may be requested through the website.  

dates: 15-16 March 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Lauren Gula   e-mail: gulal@unglobalcompact.org   www: http://weprinciples.org/Site/MediaInformation/
 http://weprinciples.org/Site/  

27th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The Adaptation Fund Board, which will meet in March 2016 for the 27th time, is the governing body of the Adaptation Fund, and is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates representing Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The Adaptation Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

dates: 15-18 March 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/event/adaptation-fund-board-...  

2016 Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event

The 2016 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event, meeting under the theme ‘Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development,' is being held in observance of International Women's Day. It will bring together business leaders, including female entrepreneurs, with civil society, and UN and government representatives, to scale up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. The meeting will include high-level panels and interactive sessions, and will examine how companies around the world are implementing the WEPs and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 15-16 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/401-2016-...  

6th GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast R and D Forum

The GloBallast Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), assists developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water and implement the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The Research and Development Forum is to discuss an IMO study of the implementation of the ballast water performance standard, and approval and implementation of ballast water management systems.  

dates: 16-18 March 2016   venue: ICAO Headquarters, 999 Robert-Bourassa   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: Antoine Blonce, Project Technical Advisor, GloBallast Partnerships Programme   phone: +44 (0)20 7463 4127 5   e-mail: ablonce@imo.org or info@ballast2016.com   www: http://www.ballast2016.com/  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Europe

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 16-18 March 2016   location: Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/prague
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

Disaster Relief Asia

This conference and exhibition will address the need for governments and international agencies to implement appropriate warning systems and response procedures to deal with the increasing number of disasters in Asia. It will explore different areas of disasters, including: search and rescue operations and cooperation among agencies; airlift support; humanitarian aid and planning for displaced civilians; and future warning systems under development for different disasters. The conference will also look at recent natural catastrophes in Asia and evaluate the subsequent response and humanitarian efforts. This will be the inaugural Disaster Relief Asia conference and is being hosted by Intelligence-Sec Limited.  

dates: 16-18 March 2016   venue: Swissotel Nai Lert Park, 2 Wireless Road   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Intelligence-Sec Limited   phone: +44(0)1582 346 706   e-mail: events@intelligence-sec.com   www: http://www.intelligence-sec.com/events/disaster-relief-asia  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Middle East

This Middle East regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 20-21 March 2016   venue: Egyptian Civil Aviation Complex, Cairo Airport Road   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt   contact: ICAO, Middle East Office   phone: +20 2 2267 4840   fax: +20 2 2267 4843?   e-mail: env@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/MID-2016.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx  

ABNJ Regional Leaders Program

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions. Selected leaders will participate in the first session of the Preparatory Committee to establish an international binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in ABNJ. Participants will also discuss global and regional ABNJ policy frameworks and processes and issues related to biodiversity conservation and fisheries. Eight leaders will be selected to participate.  

dates: 21 March - 2 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Miriam Balgos   e-mail: miriambalgos@globaloceans.org   www: http://www.commonoceans.org/calendar/calendar-detail/en/c/37...  

"Friends of the CBD" Workshop on Mechanisms to Support Review of Implementation of the Convention

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss: existing mechanisms of the CBD and how they could be used to strengthen implementation; experiences and lessons learned from other conventions and processes; and further elements for a review process that could be developed. The workshop aims to inform the first session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to be held from 2-6 May 2016.  

dates: 21-23 March 2016   location: Bogis-Bossey, Vaud, Switzerland   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-6588   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2016/ntf-2016-015-cbd-...
 www.cbd.int  

International Day of Forests 2016

The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. It provides a platform to communicate the vital role forests play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.  

date: 21 March 2016   location: worldwide   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/international-day-of-fo...  

World Water Day 2016

Organized by UN-Water, World Water Day 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Water and Jobs,' in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO). In observance of the day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), ILO and other contributors will launch the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. A regional launch will be held in Beijing, China. World Water Day was established in 1992 during the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and commences under a different theme annually.  

date: 22 March 2016   venue: UN-Water   location: worldwide   contact: UN-Water   e-mail: unwater@un.org.   www: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday
 http://www.unwater.org/campaigns/world-water-day/ru/  

World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Day has, since 1961, commemorated the entry into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which occurred on 23 March 1950. It also celebrates the important contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society. This year's theme, 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate. A 2016 calendar with the same theme is also available for download, and includes photographs from around the world based on a WMO Facebook competition.  

date: 23 March 2016   venue: WMO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WMO   phone: +41(0)22 730 81 11   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: https://www.wmo.int/media/content/wmo-2016-calendar
 http://www.wmo.int/documents/wmo2016calendlowres.pdf  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Africa Regional Meeting

This African regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 23-24 March 2016   venue: ICAO Western and Central African Office, Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal   contact: ICAO Western and Central African Office   phone: +221 33 869 24 24   fax: +221 33 820 32 59   e-mail: icaowacaf@dakar.icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/Africa-2016.as...  

Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2016 (SETA 2016)

The inaugural Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia 2016 (SETA 2016) exhibition and conference is being held to stimulate international, governmental and industry discussions and collaboration on developing sustainable energy policies for the region's future economic development. Discussions will address the following topics: energy policy and planning, including investment, infrastructure policy, and renewable energy markets and policies; and electrical system technologies, including electricity generation, solar PVC and thermal, wind and biomass energy resources and technology applications, hydropower development, fossils fuels, coal-fired power plants, nuclear energy, smart grids and applications, energy efficiency, and lifestyle and consumption behaviors. The conference will include sessions on: transportation and alternative fuels, including hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, battery development, ethanol and biodiesel, electric vehicles, and public and low-carbon transport. The conference will also address sustainable energy and green technology. Side events will be held on, inter alia: nuclear power in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region; energy security networks; solar technologies; plug-in electric vehicle technology in Thailand; and electricity peak demand and response readiness and preparedness in 2016. Thailand's Ministry of Energy and the Nuclear Society of Thailand are hosting the event.  

dates: 23-25 March 2016   venue: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Liezl Culaton, Conference Manager   phone: +66 2519 2727 ext.111   fax: +66 2509 8587   e-mail: secretariat@seta.asia   www: http://www.seta.asia  

ITTO Regional Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Forests of Greater Mekong Sub-region

This regional conference aims to: assess the effectiveness of national, regional and international approaches to biodiversity conservation in the region; review the enabling environment that supports the establishment of effective linkages between improvements in community livelihoods and the strengthening of biodiversity conservation; and identify the principal constraints that impede efforts to reduce illegal logging and illegal wildlife trade.  

dates: 23-25 March 2016   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia   contact: Hwan-ok Ma, ITTO Projects Manager   e-mail: ma@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4660  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 28 March - 8 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN DOALOS   phone: +1 212-963-3962   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

This Asia-Pacific regional meeting will meet in Indonesia to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 29-30 March 2016   location: Indonesia   contact: Asia and Pacific Office   phone: +66 2 537 8189   fax: +66 2 537 8199   e-mail: apac@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/APAC-2016.aspx  

High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation Sendai Framework 2015-2030 (Americas)

This meeting will discuss the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and define regional priorities for its implementation in the Americas. Recommendations emanating from the meeting will provide the basis for further discussion and analysis with a broader range of stakeholders in the framework of the Regional Platform for DRR 2016. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM).  

dates: 30-31 March 2016   location: Asuncion, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguay   contact: UNISDR Americas   phone: +507 317 1120   fax: +507 317 0600   e-mail: eird@eird.org   www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/46626
 eird.org/americas/index.html  

Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The third meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting is one of two meetings the IAEG-SDGs plans to hold in 2016 to continue its work on the development and establishment of a global indicator framework. The meeting objectives are to: agree on a global reporting mechanism; establish a tier system for the indicators and a work plan for the further development of tier III indicators; establish procedures for the methodological review of indicators, including approval mechanisms of needed revisions; review the data availability for tier I and II indicators and develop a plan for increasing data coverage; develop further guidance on data disaggregation; and continue the discussion on interlinkages among targets and goals and the use of multi-purpose indicators. The meeting will be hosted jointly by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Civil society will be represented at the meeting through approximately 50 representatives selected through a nomination and Steering Committee process. The deadline to apply to attend is 21 February 2016.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: UN Statistics Division   phone: +1 (212) 963 9851   e-mail: statistics@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...
 http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-03/  

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality

President Oh Joon announced, in a briefing on 20 January 2016, that the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a special meeting on inequality.  

date: 30 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnerships

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its annual Forum on Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. The Forum brings together a wide range of stakeholders with the aim of creating interactive dialogues to discuss fresh ideas and new ways of thinking on the contribution of partnerships to the selected topic.  

date: 31 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

April 2016

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Public Spaces

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/barcelona
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 1

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.  

dates: 4-6 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

dates: 4-8 April 2016   venue: International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Dan Teng'o, Ozone Secretariat   phone: +254 20 762 3532   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-37/SiteP...  

CGE Regional Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European Regions on BUR Preparation

This Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UNFCCC (CGE) Regional Training Workshop for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern European regions on preparing Biennial Update Reports (BURs) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  

dates: 4-6 April 2016   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/national_reports/non-annex_i_natcom/cge/it...
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Europe and North Atlantic Region

This Europe and North Atlantic regional meeting will take place in the Netherlands to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016   location: Netherlands   contact: European and North Atlantic Office   phone: +33 1 46 41 85 85   fax: +33 1 46 41 85 00   e-mail: icaoeurnat@paris.icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/EUR-NAT-2016.a...  

12th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee

The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) under the UNFCCC is the policy arm of the Technnology Mechanism (TM), which aims to accelerate and expand the scope of environmentally-sound technology development and transfer. The TEC considers and recommends actions to: promote technology development and transfer to accelerate action on mitigation and adaptation; provide an overview of technological needs; and catalyze the development and use of technology road maps or action plans at the international, regional and national levels through collaboration with relevant stakeholders to support mitigation and adaptation action.  

dates: 5-8 April 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/ttclear/pages/tec_home.html
 http://unfccc.int/bodies/body/6437.php  

GCARD 3 Global Event

The Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries' development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework. The event will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. The event is expected to result in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa are hosting the event.  

dates: 5-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: GCARD3 Organizing Committee   e-mail: gfar-secretariat@fao.org or consortium@cgiar.org   www: http://www.gfar.net/gcard/gcard3/gcard-global-consultation  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Informal Settlements

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 7-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/johannesburg
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

2016 Annual Meetings of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 31st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is intended to provide a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, including finance ministers and central bank presidents, and representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks. A series of seminars will take place prior to the opening of the meeting. In addition to meetings of the Boards of Governors, the meeting will include sessions on, inter alia: the private sector as an engine of growth for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); strengthening financing for the private sector to promote growth; consolidating LAC's participation in global value chains; the Caribbean's energy challenge; protecting productive ecosystems, including the coasts and the ocean, through an integrated approach; a “Blue Urban Agenda”; and the Road to Habitat III. The annual meetings take place in late March or early April each year.  

dates: 7-10 April 2016   venue: Meliá Nassau Beach Resort   location: Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas   contact: IDB Secretariat   e-mail: AnnualMeeting@iadb.org   www: http://events.iadb.org/Calendar/eventDetail.aspx?lang=en&...
 http://events.iadb.org/Calendar/Pas.aspx?lang=en&id=4877...  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Americas Region

This Americas regional meeting will take place in Mexico to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 7-8 April 2016   location: Mexico   contact: North American, Central American and Caribbean Office   phone: +52 55 52 50 32 11   fax: +52 55 52 03 27 57   e-mail: icaonacc@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/Americas-2016....  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Latin America and the Caribbean

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This regional meeting is expected to take place in February 2016.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   location: Toluca, Mexico   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/toluca
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

43rd Session of the IPCC

The 43rd session will be the first plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during 2016 and will be presided over by the newly-elected IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: IPCC Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8208/54/84   fax: +41-22-730-8025/13   e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int   www: http://www.ipcc.ch
 http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

Going Beyond the Meter: Inclusive Energy Solutions in South Asia

This sub-regional workshop will provide the opportunity for lateral learning, through exchanging experiences and showcasing good practices in inclusive solutions, with a focus on gender equity, to address challenges faced in energy sector development in South Asia. More specifically, the workshop will enable participants to: share good practices and solutions on how changes in delivery mechanisms to improve access can result in greater gender equality and social inclusion, which can enhance the energy sector project effectiveness; exchange and learn from experiences and practices in pro-poor, gender and socially-inclusive energy sector policy development, project design, development and implementation; and enhance capacity to integrate pro-poor, gender and social equity considerations in energy sector policy and programmes in a systematic and sustainable manner. Participants will include decision makers, academics, representatives from the private sector, Asian Development Bank (ADB) staff, and non-government organizations involved in gender and energy issues.  

dates: 11-12 April 2016   venue: Jai Mahal Palace Hotel   location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India   contact: Francesco Tornieri, Principal Social Development Specialist, ADB   phone: +632 632 5983   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/inclusive-energy-solutions-so...  

ITTO/FAO/CABI Caribbean Workshop on Forest Products

Jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), this workshop will address, among other issues: current statistical systems and the status of collection, analysis and dissemination of forest products statistics; methodologies used to collect and report on forest products production and trade; use of forest products statistics at the country level; and the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire.  

dates: 12-14 April 2016   location: Saint Augustine, Saint George, Trinidad and Tobago   contact: Jean-Christophe Claudon, ITTO   e-mail: itto-stats@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4671  

IPCC Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) aims to: strengthen and facilitate timely and effective implementation of the IPCC's programme of work; strengthen coordination between IPCC Working Groups and Task Forces; and address issues that require prompt attention by the IPCC between Panel sessions. The Committee was established by the Panel in response to recommendations made by the InterAcademy Council (IAC), which was requested, in 2010, to carry out a review of the IPCC's processes and procedures.  

date: 14 April 2016   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: IPCC Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8208/54/84   fax: +41-22-730-8025/13   e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int   www: http://www.ipcc.ch
 http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 7

This is the last of seven sessions to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will take place during the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting, and will discuss progress and next steps. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 15 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

First Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council

The first meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council will meet in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 18-21 April 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: marco.barbieri@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2015031-dates-and-venue-1st-meeti...  

69th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 18-22 April 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Def...  

ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum - Inaugural Session

The inaugural session of the Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will discuss issues pertaining to the follow-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the implementation of its outcome, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The Forum will consist of up to five days, one of which will be the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as additional institutional and other stakeholders. The intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will be fed into the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The deliberations of ECOSOC's Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will also be taken into account.  

dates: 18-22 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: 1 212 963 4598   e-mail: ffdoffice@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/ecosoc-ffd-forum.htm...
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, which will signify an important milestone in achieving goals set in the 2009 policy document ‘Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem'. The policy document sets out goals to be achieved by 2019. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has the primary responsibility for drug control matters under the UN and was tasked with coordinating the preparatory process for the UNGASS. The preparatory process includes substantive consultations with UN entities and agencies, relevant international and regional organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The UNGASS will consist of a general debate and five interactive, multi-stakeholder roundtables on: demand reduction; supply reduction; human rights, women and children; new challenges; and alternative development.  

dates: 19-21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: www.ungass2016.org  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 6

This is the sixth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss funding and organizational arrangements. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Implementing Commitments on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Financing

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will convene a high-level thematic debate on sustainable development, climate change and financing. This event is one of three high-level events the President will convene during UNGA 70. Lykketoft said on 19 October 2015 that the meeting will involve a range of stakeholders. Per remarks on 15 December 2015, the event will allow for Member States to present the steps they are taking to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to look at inter-connections between Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate change, the broader Paris Agreement and overall implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to share thinking on how to effectively integrate climate action into sustainable development strategies. On this topic, the UN Secretary-General is expected to address how the UN system is moving ahead to support national actions, and there will be a broader discussion on capacity building for achieving the 2030 Agenda. In addition, the event will address how to catalyze means of implementation for the SDGs, including ICTs and financing for “sustainable, resilient and climate smart infrastructure.” Finally, discussions will consider how to foster accountable and transparent multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the 2030 Agenda. In a letter in January 2016, the President announced that the event will take place on 21 April 2016, to align with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement taking place on 22 April (http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/18-Jan_HL-Thematic-Debate-Achieving-the-Sustainable-Development-Goals-18-January-2016.pdf). Registration is open for civil society, private sector and academia: http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=326&type=13&menu=14  

date: 21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/2015/12/15/remarks-at-briefing-on-c...
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

High-Level Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement

A high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place as a first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. The Agreement will then be open for signature in New York, US, until 17 April 2017. Countries will also need to adopt the agreement within their own legal systems, through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55% of global emissions. The ceremony is taking place on International Mother Earth Day.  

date: 22 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Fernando Castellanos Silveira, Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team   e-mail: castellanos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52823#.VnRYJzbI...
 http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2015/cop21/eng/l09.pdf  

CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

The 20th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the first meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Implementation will be held back to back.  

dates: 25 April - 7 May 2016   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.org   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=sbstta-20
 https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SBI-01  

IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

dates: 25-29 April 2016   venue: Istanbul University, Kongre Merkezi   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Eckehard Brockerhoff   e-mail: eckehard.brockerhoff@scionresearch.com   www: http://www.foresthealth2016.com/  

UNFF AHEG1 [tentative]

The first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to start developing proposals on a range of legal and financing options with regard to forests.  

dates: 25-27 April 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/  

Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID)

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is organizing this conference, which is hosted by the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), on the theme, 'Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability'. The conference will focus on boosting agricultural productivity in Africa, based on irrigation and drainage. Keynote speeches will address: the farm and science interface under climate change; improving agricultural water management in Africa; and Water-Food-Energy nexus challenges at the farm. The conference, which takes place in Aswan City, Egypt, comprises technical sessions, an exhibition and book fair, and a one-day post-conference study tour.  

dates: 26-28 April 2016   venue: Pyramisa Hotel & Resorts   location: Egypt   additional: Aswan City   contact: Mohamed Hassan Amer, ENCID Chairman   phone: +202 44464505   fax: +202 44464504   e-mail: arcid@encid.org.eg or encid@link.com.eg   www: http://www.encid.org.eg/arcid/index.htm
 http://www.encid.org.eg/arcid/e2nd_ann.pdf  

First Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of the High Andean Flamingos and their Habitats

The First Meeting of Signatories (MOS1) will take into consideration the draft action plan prepared in Antofagasta, Chile as well as other issues related to the coordination of the MOU and the conservation of high Andean wetlands.  

dates: 26-28 April 2016   location: Cusco, Peru   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/meeting/flamingos-mos1-first-meeting-s...
 http://www.cms.int/meeting/download-all-files/8685  

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition, and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

date: 29 April 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/events/en/
 http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

May 2016

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is expected to hold this segment on the theme ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda through Policy innovation and integration'. A summary from this segment will be submitted to the ECOSOC High-level Segment and HLPF.  

dates: 2-4 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.4
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to provide: guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions; and the opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations, the media and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academia and the private sector. The annual meetings, which are held in a member country in late April or early May and include the participation of finance and economic planning ministers, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and investment bankers, aim to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.  

dates: 2-5 May 2016   venue: Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1   location: Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany   phone: +63 2 632 4444   e-mail: annualmeeting@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org//sites/default/files/page/158549/AM2016-B...
 http://www.adb.org/about/annual-meetings  

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

date: 3 May 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 7

This is the last of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will consider governance and partnership approaches, and capacity and impact, including system-wide capacity needs of the 2030 Agenda. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 5 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

Climate Action 2016

Announced at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, Climate Action 2016 will convene government, business and municipal leaders, civil society and academia to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation. This high-level gathering aims to complement and promote ongoing climate action on cities, land use, resilience, energy, transport, tools for decision makers, and finance. Organizing partners include: the World Bank; the Global Environment Facility (GEF); the Compact of Mayors; the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); We Mean Business; and the University of Maryland.  

dates: 5-6 May 2016   venue: University of Maryland campus and downtown venues   location: Washington D.C., US   phone: +1 (301) 405-3032   e-mail: climateaction2016@umd.edu.   www: http://www.climateaction.umd.edu
 http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/un-secretary-gene...  

15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together around the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution.' The session will address: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

dates: 9-20 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   phone: +1 917 367 5100   fax: +1 917 367 5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Fourt...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/2...  

89th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board supervises the Kyoto Protocol's CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), and is fully accountable to the CMP. It is also the point of contact for CDM project participants for the registration of projects and the issuance of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs).  

dates: 9-13 May 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/essential_background/convention/convention...
 http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html  

Adaptation Futures 2016: Practices and Solutions

This conference is expected to lead to major progress in climate change adaptation, and fosters an exchange of innovative and practical ideas, experiences and insights among governments, businesses, researchers and civil society from around the world. The conference will examine and discuss the latest adaptation research, as well as have an Adaptation Practice Expo and Business Fair, which will include stands, matchmaking facilities and signing ceremonies, and showcase cutting edge adaptation projects. The conference programme will address all sectors and geographic regions, with a special focus on urban and coastal areas.? ?Adaptation Futures 2016 is also expected to: strengthen ties between science and practice?; engage communities of practice and build new partnerships;? and link adaptation action to current development, investment and planning decisions.? ?The programme will include plenary and parallel sessions, roundtables, excursions, exhibitions and side events. Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands will co-host the fourth edition of this conference.  

dates: 10-13 May 2016   location: Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Jacqueline de Haan-Vellinga   e-mail: jacqueline.de.haan@minienm.nl   www: http://www.adaptationfutures2016.org  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Strengthening the UN's Role in Peace and Security

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate to examine how to strengthen the UN's role and coherence in the area of peace and security. The event is expected to identify synergies from three review processes related to peace and security taking place at the UN (peace operations review, peacebuilding activities review, and global study on women, peace and security). The event will also be informed by preparatory discussions, including workshops and meetings organized by Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and the private sector. The debate is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

dates: 10-11 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/events/hltd-peace-and-security/
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

World Migratory Bird Day 2016

Organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year people and dedicated organizations around the world take action and organize hundreds of public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching. The 2016 World Migratory Bird Day will draw attention to the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds.  

date: 10 May 2016   location: worldwide   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/world-migratory-bird-day-2016-10-...
 http://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/WMBD%202016_theme_des...  

44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 44th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

dates: 16-26 May 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for the 2016 Day, to be celebrated globally, will be 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods'.  

date: 22 May 2016   location: worldwide   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/
 https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2016/ntf-2016-018-idb2...  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies   phone: +254 20 7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/unea/en/
 http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/  

World Humanitarian Summit

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organising the summit, which aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action, focusing on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict. The summit, the first UN conference of its kind, will bring together the humanitarian community with other actors from the development, peace-building and peacekeeping spheres to work toward a coherent approach in the way humanitarian aid is delivered. Heads of State and Government, and representatives of civil society, the private sector, crisis-affected communities and multilateral organisations will attend the Summit. Preparations are taking place via one global and seven regional meetings, online consultations, and a September 2015 thematic meeting in Berlin, Germany. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is establishing a High-level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to provide recommendations that will help to frame the Summit discussions.  

dates: 23-24 May 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Breanna Ridsdel   phone: +1 917 783 9336   e-mail: participate@whsummit.org   www: https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/
 http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8555  

Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) will convene from 23 to 27 May. The Resumed Review Conference is mandated to assess the effectiveness of the agreement and the adequacy of its provisions and, if necessary, to propose means of strengthening the substance and methods of implementation of those provisions. The first Review Conference took place in 2006, followed by a resumed Review Conference in 2010.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: 212-963-3962   fax: 212-963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/review_con...  

2016 AFDB Annual Meetings

The 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will convene under the theme 'Energy and Climate Change,' which draws on one of the Bank's 'High 5' priority areas, namely to 'Light up and Power Africa,' and reflects the Bank's New Deal on Energy and decisions emanating from the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. The Bank's Annual Meetings are its largest annual event, bringing together approximately 5,000 participants, and featuring around 40 official events in addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors. The Meetings enable representatives of government, business, civil society and media to discuss the social and economic development of Africa.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: Mulungushi International Conference Centre   location: Lusaka, Zambia   contact: AfDB   e-mail: annualmeetings@afdb.org   www: http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/article/2016-afdb-ann...  

G7 Summit 2016

The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Summit in Japan will bring together the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US to address global challenges. Under the Presidency of Japan, the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit will discuss measures to address the global economic slowdown, terrorism, the humanitarian crisis and ongoing conflicts. Separate meetings of G7 ministers will also take place through the year at various locations around Japan, including meetings of foreign, finance, agriculture, ICT, energy, education, science and technology, environment, health and transport ministers. The G7 was officially established in 1985 to facilitate economic cooperation among the world's largest industrial nations; summit meetings of the member nations began in 1975.  

dates: 26-27 May 2016   venue: Kashikojima, Mie Prefecture   location: Japan   additional: Ise-Shima Summit in Mie Prefecture   contact: Public Relations Office, Cabinet Office and Office of Global Communications, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan   www: http://www.japan.go.jp/g7/index.html
 http://www.japan.go.jp/g7/summit/meetings/index.html  

Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action

This high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) will: assess the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) by the least developed countries (LDCs) and their development partners; share best practices and lessons learned; and identify obstacles, constraints and actions and initiatives needed to overcome them; and address new challenges and emerging issues. The review will reaffirm the commitment to addressing the special needs of the LDCs and to further strengthen the global partnership for LDC development in IPoA priority areas. The review is expected to result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, in the form of a political declaration.  

dates: 27-29 May 2016   location: Antalya, Turkey   phone: +1 212-963-9077   fax: +1 212-963-9078   e-mail: ohrlls-unhq@un.org   www: http://unohrlls.org/mid-term-review-ipoa/  

Tenth Meeting of Open-ended Working Group of Basel Convention (OEWG 10)

The tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 10) will consider issues in advance of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13), including: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the programme of work and budget. OEWG 10 is to consider revision of the technical guidelines on e-waste adopted by COP 12 on an interim basis.  

dates: 30 May - 2 June 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +4122 917 8218   fax: +4122 917 8098   www: http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/OpenendedWorkingGroup%28O...  

June 2016

UNFF AHEG2 [tentative]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to develop proposals on a range of legal and financing options with regard to forests.  

date: 1 June 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/
 http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/aheg/index.html  

Lomé Conference

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of Maritime Security and Development in Africa will take place in 2016 in Lomé, Togo. At the Lomé Conference, Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet with experts and leaders from the business world in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa, including an African strategy for protecting its oceans and seas that provides peace, security and stability. Delegates will discuss maritime strategy within the context of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIMS Strategy), including an implementation plan and roadmap for promoting a secure and sustainable blue economy. Participants will also address: maritime insecurity marked by acts of assault and piracy; illicit trafficking at sea; regional and international cooperation to safeguard marine safety; illegal fishing; and preservation of marine life. The Summit will build on the results of summits in 2013 and 2015, and aims to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's sustainable economic and social development.  

date: 1 June 2016 [tentative]   location: Lome, Togo   contact: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Togo   www: http://www.african-union-togo2015.com/en/accueil  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) will review the reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies, including reports of Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and expert and ad hoc bodies. The CMM also carries out system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, as well as considering special country situations or regional issues, according to its agenda.  

dates: 1-3 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/cmm.shtml  

Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7)

Energy ministers from the Clean Energy Ministerial's 24 participating governments will gather for CEM7, hosted by the United States in June 2016, to fully implement the CEM 2.0 vision of a more ambitious and effective CEM ready to respond to climate and clean energy challenges. Ministers will assess progress to date and launch new campaigns and efforts to drive progress in priority, high impact areas. As an implementation forum, the CEM will play a critical role in the Road from Paris to help countries deliver on their respective national clean energy goals and to build confidence and the capacity to increase ambition over time.  

dates: 1-2 June 2016   location: San Francisco, CA, US   additional: California   e-mail: CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov   www: www.cleanenergyministerial.org  

Annual IWC Scientific Committee Meeting

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold the annual meeting of its Scientific Committee, as well as a Joint meeting of the IWC Scientific and Conservation Committees in Bled, Slovenia. Approximately 200 scientists are expected to attend the two-week Scientific Committee meeting to review and make decisions on the reports of the Scientific Committee and its recommendations on the conservation and management of whale species.  

dates: 4-20 June 2016   location: Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia   contact: IWC Secretariat   phone: +44 (0) 1223 233 971   fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876   www: https://iwc.int/index.php?cID=27&cType=event
 https://iwc.int/meetingsmain  

World Environment Day 2016

The 2016 World Environment Day will convene under the theme, 'Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care'. The Day will be dedicated to the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife.  

date: 5 June 2016   location: worldwide   contact: UNEP   e-mail: worldenvironmentday@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

50th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 6-9 June 2016   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

ECOSOC Multi-stakeholder Forum on STI - Inaugural Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold the inaugural session of the Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI), part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) agreed in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development (FfD). The Forum, also referred to as the Annual Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, is mandated to facilitate interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships, within and beyond the UN. ECOSOC President Oh Joon announced the tentative dates of the first Forum in a briefing on 20 January 2016.  

dates: 6-7 June 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...  

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2016

The 11th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) will provide the opportunity to: share best practices in policy, technology and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges, and knowledge exchange through discussions about clean energy. The ACEF aims to: facilitate knowledge sharing among clean energy practitioners in Asia; highlight innovative approaches to packaging and scaling up clean energy initiatives; and take stock of progress made in advancing the clean energy agenda in Asia. Participants will include representatives from governments, national and multinational banks, carbon and clean energy investment funds, academia, civil society, and development partners and other international organizations, as well as project developers and service providers, and environmental regulators. The event is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Korea Energy Agency.  

dates: 6-10 June 2016   venue: ADB headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Connie Sayon   phone: +632 632 4444 ext. 70388   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asia-clean-energy-forum-2016  

World Conference on Disaster Management 2016

The largest of its kind in North America, the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is expected to bring together more than 1500 attendees and speakers from over 40 countries, including decision makers, as well as practitioners, in emergency management, risk management, crisis communications and first response, and focus on the “before-during-after” crisis cycle. In addition to education sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops and poster presentations the conference will include an interactive tradeshow, during which participants will be able to see the latest technologies in the disaster management industry. Participants will be able to, inter alia: exchange information and experiences from other countries and industries; network globally and locally; and learn about methods to improve preparedness in a cost-effective manner. The conference is being organized by Diversified Communications Canada.  

dates: 7-8 June 2016   location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada   contact: Gerda Hockridge   phone: 1-888-443-6786 ext. 2228   e-mail: ghockridge@divcomevents.com   www: http://www.wcdm.org  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 3

This is the last of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss emerging findings and conclusions in ECOSOC dialogue areas, and the way forward. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 10-11 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 13-17 June. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

dates: 13-17 June 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Secretary of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea   phone: +(212) 963-5915   fax: +(212) 963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/index.htm  

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

The UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit 2016 aims to stimulate action by businesses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to drive markets and the development of sustainable products, services and business innovations. Companies will provide examples of transforming operations and strategies to advance the SDGs through responsible business practices and finding opportunities for growth and innovation. The Summit will include UNGC's SDG Awards, honoring sustainability entrepreneurs and innovators who exemplify business “as a force for good.” It will bring together chief executives, and leaders from civil society, government and the UN.  

dates: 22-23 June 2016   venue: Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway   location: New York City, US   e-mail: leaderssummit@unglobalcompact.org   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/411-un-gl...  

Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

dates: 23-24 June 2016   location: Boston, MA, US   contact: University of Massachusetts Boston   phone: 617-287-7112   e-mail: crscad@umb.edu   www: http://www.iccrom.org/classifieds/disaster-risk-reduction-re...  

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2016

The 2016 session of the UN Economic and Social Council will focus on the theme "Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results". The Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) will discuss how the outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 27-29 June 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

July 2016

116th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

dates: 4-8 July 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Def...
 http://www.imo.org/  

Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

dates: 6-8 July 2016   venue: Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Langer Grabenweg 68   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability?World Secretariat   phone: 49–228/976 299-28   fax: +49-228/976 299-01   e-mail: resilient.cities@iclei.org   www: http://resilientcities2016.iclei.org  

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016)

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016.  

dates: 11-20 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Marion Barthelemy   phone: +1 (212) 963-4005   e-mail: barthelemy1@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 11-15 July 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: COFI Secretariat   e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Human Rights

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate on human rights. The event aims to discuss the UN's role in human rights related to gender equality, governance and the rule of law and institution building. The event also will emphasize the needs of individuals affected by conflicts and disasters, particularly refugees. This event is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

dates: 12-13 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/2015/09/14/opening-speech/
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

Fourteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14)

The 14th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) will discuss the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda, and will decide on UNCTAD's programme of work. The week-long meeting will bring together Heads of State and Government, Ministers and other prominent representatives of business, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues. The session will include ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum and a Civil Society Forum. The UNCTAD global conference takes place once every four years. UNCTAD is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Twitter: #UNCTAD14.  

dates: 17-22 July 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNCTAD Secretariat   phone: +41 22 917 1234   fax: +41 22 917 0057   e-mail: unctadinfo@unctad.org   www: http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=808
 http://unctad.org/en/Pages/Meetings/UNCTAD-Conferences.aspx  

ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment will be held on the theme 'Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results'. The segment will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council, and the biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF).  

dates: 18-22 July 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol

The 38th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These two meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016. The OEWG and ExMOP will be preceded by the 56th Meeting of the Implementation Committee (ImpCom 56) on 16 July, which will review compliance with Protocol obligations, and on 17 July by a meeting of the Bureau and coordination meetings of the regional groups.  

dates: 18-23 July 2016   location: TBA   contact: Dan Teng'o, Ozone Secretariat   phone: +254 20 762 3532   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

Habitat III PrepCom

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) will hold its third of three meetings in advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants will discuss a New Urban Agenda that will focus on policies and strategies to harness urbanization.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/habitat-iii-conference/
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) will review the reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies, including reports of Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and expert and ad hoc bodies. The CMM also carries out system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, as well as considering special country situations or regional issues, according to its agenda.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/cmm.shtml  

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management will review comments submitted by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on the Guidance on Risk Assessment and Management and prepare text-based suggestions for changes to the Guidance. Participants will also update background documentation for the Guidance.  

dates: 25-29 July 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

ECOSOC 2017 Organizational Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its 2017 Organizational Session at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. ECOSOC its expected to discuss and agree on its Programme of Work from July 2016 to July 2017.  

dates: 28-29 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

August 2016

Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process (Regular Process) for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (World Ocean Assessment), will convene from 3-9 August. The objective for the Regular Process is to improve understanding of the oceans and to develop a global mechanism for delivering science-based information to decision makers and the public. The Regular Process has met since 2011 and is responsible for the preparation of the World Ocean Assessment. A summary of the first Assessment was released in 2015.  

dates: 3-9 August 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: 212-963-3962   fax: 212-963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
 http://www.worldoceanassessment.org/  

XXVI International Primatological Society Congress

The International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress is held every two years and draws many of the leading figures in primate research, conservation and education.  

dates: 21-27 August 2016   location: Chicago, IL, US   contact: International Primatological Society   www: http://www.un-grasp.org/news/155-grasp-chosen-to-host-global...
 http://www.internationalprimatologicalsociety.org/  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 29 August - 12 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN DOALOS   phone: +1 212-963-3962   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...  

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: IUCN   phone: +41-22-999-0368   fax: +41-22-999-0002   e-mail: congress@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/  

Twelfth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (POPRC). The CRC will consider draft decision guidance documents on carbofuran and carbosulfan, and review the notifications of final regulatory action for atrazine. It will also consider notifications found to meet Annex I criteria.  

dates: 12-16 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pic.int  

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

High-Level Meeting of UNGA Plenary on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants [tentative]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, on 19 September 2016, immediately prior to the general debate of the 71st session, which is scheduled to begin on 20 September. Per the UNGA resolution adopted on 22 December 2015 (A/70/L.34), the meeting will be convened within existing resources. The UNGA also requests the President to finalize organizational arrangrnents for the meeting, including on a possible outcome, "through open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States".  

date: 19 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee (POPRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention. The Committee will consider the draft risk profiles for dicofol and pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), further information related to Annex F for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), and the draft risk management evaluation for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), among other topics.  

dates: 19-23 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Kei Ohno Woodall, BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8201   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pops.int  

CITES CoP17

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

dates: 24 September - 5 October 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: CITES Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40   fax: +41-22-797-34-17   e-mail: info@cites.org   www: http://cites.org/eng/news/pr/cites_cop17_venue_dates_south_a...
 http://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2015-036....  

Mayors' Summit

This event will bring together mayors from around the world to promote more environmentally-sound and fair food systems in urban areas. This gathering of mayors will include mayors of cities that are signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which aims to achieve healthy food for all, promote sustainability in the food system, educate the public about healthy eating and reduce waste. As of November 2015, 116 cities have signed the pact. While FAO offered to host the first gathering, beginning in 2017, Mayors' gatherings are expected to be hosted by signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on a rotational basis.  

date: 26 September 2016 [tentative]   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Sabina Zaccaro, FAO Communications Officer   phone: (+39) 06 570 50051   e-mail: sabina.zaccaro@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/346393/icode/
 http://www.foodpolicymilano.org/en/urban-food-policy-pact-2/  

CLIMATE CHANCE: A Summit Dedicated to Concrete Action

The CLIMATE CHANCE summit will address, inter alia, the link between climate and development, a new framework for the sustainable city, financing climate action, and mobilizing local actors and the younger generation. It will also discuss the topics of adaptation, territorial planning, economy and employment, territorial cooperation, forest, transport and energy. The conference is expected to encourage the sharing experiences and innovations, culminate in a global plan of action, and reiterate the importance of non-state actors in the fight against climate change.  

dates: 26-28 September 2016   location: Nantes, Pays De La Loire, France   e-mail: contribution@climatechance2016.com   www: http://www.climatechance2016.com  

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly establishes ICAO's policy for the upcoming triennium, and reviews ICAO's work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields. The Assembly is expected to establish an Executive Committee, as well as Technical, Economic and Legal Commissions. The Executive Committee will address, inter alia: technical assistance; aviation security; implementation support and development; facilitation and the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme; environmental protection; ICAO civil aviation training policy and capacity building in aviation; increasing ICAO efficiency and effectiveness; and ICAO's work programmes and activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Technical Commission is expected to address, inter alia, aviation safety and air navigation monitoring and analysis, standardization and implementation support. The Economic Commission will discuss, among other things, economic regulation of international air transport, aviation data, economics of airports and air navigation services, and economic development of air transport. The Economic Commission will discuss a consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies in the legal field. The Assembly meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO's governing body, the Council. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other ICAO bodies and to its Member.  

dates: 27 September - 7 October 2016   venue: ICAO headquarters   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: ICAO   phone: +1 514-954-8219   fax: +1 514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/a39/Pages/default.aspx  

October 2016

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

dates: 10-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Dan Teng'o, Ozone Secretariat   phone: +254 20 762 3532   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

Habitat III

The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: UN-HABITAT   phone: +1-917-367-4355   e-mail: Habitat3Secretariat@un.org   www: http://www.unhabitat.org/habitat-iii  

IWC66

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold its 66th biennial meeting in Portotoz, Slovenia. The Commission meets on a biennial basis to ensure implementation of its decisions and workplans on the conservation and management of whale species.  

dates: 20-28 October 2016   location: Slovenia   additional: Portoroz   contact: IWC Secretariat   phone: +44 (0) 1223 233 971   fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876   www: https://iwc.int/index.php?cID=28&cType=event
 https://iwc.int/meetingsmain  

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Def...
 http://www.imo.org/en/About/Pages/Default.aspx  

November 2016

Seventh Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Forum is organized and co-hosted by the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). The Forum is intended to serve as a framework for 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) policy dialogue among high-level government representatives from Asia-Pacific countries, city mayors and administrators and other professionals, as well as technical assistance for country projects, and information sharing and networking for the promotion of 3R policies in Asia and the Pacific.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   venue: Adelaide Convention Centre   location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   contact: C.R.C. Mohanty, UNCRD   phone: +81-52-561-9416   fax: +81-52-561-9374   e-mail: mohantyc@uncrd.or.jp   www: http://www.uncrd.or.jp  

Second World Irrigation Forum

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) is organized under the theme, 'Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production'. The meeting will discuss: how actors are balancing the demands of maintaining water supply, producing food, generating energy and protecting ecology; managing climatic extremes, especially floods and droughts; and "smart actions" for alleviating hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage. WIF is a multi-stakeholder forum focusing on water management in agriculture that takes place every three years. WIF2 is organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and hosted by the Thai National of ICID (THAICID). Abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted by 28 February 2016.  

dates: 6-12 November 2016   venue: Chiangmai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chang Phuak subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiangmai   location: Chiang Mai, Thailand   contact: Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (THAICID) secretariat   phone: +662 241 0068   fax: +662 243 7870   e-mail: thaicid@hotmail.com   www: http://www.icid.org/conf_wif.html
 http://worldirrigationforum.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/W...  

First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

dates: 6-9 November 2016   venue: Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre, Vigyan Bhavan Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Congress Secretariat (Bioversity International)   phone: +91 11 25849000/1/2   fax: +91 11 25849002   e-mail: info@iac2016.in   www: http://www.iac2016.in/index.html#home
 http://www.bioversityinternational.org/news/detail/the-first...  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...  

52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees

The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.  

dates: 7-12 November 2016   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan   contact: Steven Johnson, ITTO Officer-in-Charge   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4621  

CMS StC45

The 45th meeting of the Standing Committee (StC45) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place from 9-10 November 2016.  

dates: 9-10 November 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2015028-dates-45th-meeting-cms-st...  

December 2016

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=COP-13  

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

dates: 5-9 December 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Def...
 http://www.imo.org/  

January 2017

CGRFA 16

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

May 2017

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UNFCCC will convene during the first sessional period of 2017.  

dates: 8-18 May 2017   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://newsroom.unfccc.int  

June 2017

Expo 2017: Future Energy

The international Expo 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and will aim to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans to address the possibilities of future energy. The Expo, organized under the theme 'Future Energy' and the sub-theme 'Solutions for Tackling Humankind's Greatest Challenge,' will address future energy from several perspectives, including: exploration of stategies, programmes and technologies for sustainable energy development; promotion of energy security and efficiency; and the encouragement of renewable energy use. Venues for the World's Fairs and their themes are determined by taking into account political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. The history of World's Fairs extends back to “the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations,” which took place in London in 1851.  

date: 1 June 2017   location: Astana, Kazakhstan   contact: Expo 2017 Press Office   phone: +7-7172-91-94-63   e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz   www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en  

First Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference [tentative]

The proposed Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences aims to address the fragmentation of ocean governance by providing a central mechanism for bringing together the ocean community to benchmark and assess progress on implementing targets under proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". The first Conference is expected to address targets related to marine pollution, ecosystems, fisheries, climate change effects and oceans governance. It is expected to be mandated by a resolution of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and feed into the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Permanent Representative of Fiji outlined plans for the Conferences during a side event on 24 June 2015.  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: Fiji   contact: Permanent Mission of Fiji to the UN   phone: 1-212-687-4130   www: http://fijiprun.unwebservices.org/node/225  

September 2017

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

November 2017

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will will meet in Asia at a location to be determined.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int  

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

April 2018

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 48th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in April-May 2018.  

dates: 30 April - 10 May 2018   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: GRASP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...  

November 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 5-16 November 2018, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 5-16 November 2018   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

June 2019

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 49th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will meet from 17-27 June 2019.  

dates: 17-27 June 2019   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]   location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil   contact: Gerda Wolfrum   e-mail: wolfrum@iufro.org   www: http://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/events/iwc19-press-r...  

November 2019

UNFCCC COP 25

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 11-22 November 2019, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 11-22 November 2019   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

October 2020

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...