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February 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK   e-mail: inclusion@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/c20conv_grow
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/421160  

C20 Online Consultation on Climate and Sustainability

This online consultation aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on supporting long-term growth through the sustainable use of natural resources. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: climate change; climate finance; resource security; the EU and the US and the G20 agenda; and key civil society issues for the G20 around climate and sustainability. Will McGoldrick, WWF Australia, Henriette Imelda, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia, and Erinch Sahan, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion leaders.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: Will McGoldrick, WWF Australia, Henriette Imelda, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia, and Erinch Sahan, Oxfam UK   e-mail: climate@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/419342#sthash.qhbbmN...
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/419342  

April 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Governance

The C20 Governance Working Group will develop recommendations for the G20 on supporting economic growth and resilience through effective and transparent institutions. The online consultation will focus its discussion on: open government; tax transparency; anti-corruption; civil society, government and the C20; and key civil society issues for the G20 around governance. Maggie Murphy, Transparency International, Mark Zirnsak, Tax Justice Network Australia, Claire Spoors, Oxfam Australia, and Alan Hudson, ONE, serve as the discussion leaders. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations. The C20 Conversations launched on 3 February 2014.  

dates: 17 April - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: governance@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/c20conv_govern
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/421159  

C20 Online Consultation on Infrastructure

The C20 Infrastructure Working Group will develop recommendations for the G20 to promote growth through the sustainable and socially responsible development of infrastructure. The Working Group bases its discussion on the assumption that, for civil society, infrastructure projects must promote the sustainable use of the environment and respect local community needs and rights, among other goals. The online consultation will focus its discussion on: safeguards and protections; social infrastructure; infrastructure financing; and key civil society issues for the G20 around infrastructure. Doug Norlen, Pacific Environment, and Jacqui Phillips, Australian Council of Social Service, serve as the discussion leaders. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations. The C20 Conversations launched on 3 February.  

dates: 17 April - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: infrastructure@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/c20conv_infra
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/421161  

Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS

The intersessional meeting in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 21-25 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

dates: 21-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1494
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/68/proposalstatus.shtml  

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [rescheduled]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

dates: 22-25 April 2014   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Elisabeth Mealey   phone: +1 202 458 4475   e-mail: emealey@worldbank.org   www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/  

Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold an interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature' to discuss economic approaches in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and nature. The dialogue will come up with recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue takes place on International Mother Earth Day, which the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has designated as 22 April each year (A/RES/63/278).  

date: 22 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Alex Standen   e-mail: standen@earthday.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/2013/ga.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/492014ID_Ha...  

Africa Clean Energy Summit

The 2014 African Clean Energy Summit (ACES) will bring together decision makers, policymakers, industry leaders, investors, experts and media under the theme of Sustainable Energy for All. Participants from around the world are invited to explore the challenges and opportunities for renewable energy through an international exhibition, technical sessions, business forums and other concurrent activities. The event will also inaugurate the Africa Women Roundtable on Clean Energy and Energy Poverty and the Africa Children and Youth Roundtable on Clean Energy and Green Lifestyle. The African Union Commission (AUC) and Government of Nigeria are organizing the Summit, with support from various other partners.  

dates: 22-24 April 2014   location: Abuja, Nigeria   contact: Wale Akinwumi   phone: +234–803–316-4567   e-mail: olawaleakinwumi@gmail.com   www: http://africacleanenergysummit.com/  

2014 Forest Communicators Network Meeting

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening a meeting of the team of specialists on forest communication to discuss the Forest Communicators Network (FCN) mandate. The meeting will also consider opportunities and challenges with regard to communication on forests, including forests in the green economy, learning from best practices, and global and regional trends and connections.  

dates: 23-25 April 2014   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Nina Peeva   e-mail: nina.peeva@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35021  

Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014

In the near term, over US$40 billion of investment is needed per annum for sub-Saharan Africa to address the energy gap hindering its economic growth. This event will bring together key policymakers, investors, financiers, independent power producers and technology providers to explore sub-Saharan Africa's solar energy infrastructure development for rural electrification and energy intensive industrial applications.  

dates: 23-24 April 2014   venue: Golden Tulip Hotel   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Reema Raj   e-mail: r.raj@magenta-global.com.sg   www: http://magenta-global.com.sg/subsaharanafricasolar2014/  

UNESCAP and UNECE Inter-regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency Investment Projects Pipeline

This event, co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), will consider avenues for increasing investment in energy efficiency in the European, Asia and Pacific regions. The event will hold sessions on, among others: regulatory and policy requirements for attracting and carrying out efficiency investments and projects; national presentations and dialogue on efficiency investment project proposals; and the experience of financial institutions in financing efficiency projects.  

dates: 23-24 April 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Gianluca Sambucini   phone: +41 22 917 11 75   fax: +41 22 917 00 38   e-mail: gianluca.sambucini@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/energy/se/pdfs/gee21/Inte...  

Sixth International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI)

This conference aims to promote dialogue among parliamentarians from all regions of the world on the implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action, with a view to further collective action to mobilize resources and create an enabling policy environment. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the ICPD. It is expected to produce a declaration and action plan that will serve as a launching pad for a new phase of commitments. The Government of Sweden, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the EU and the Government of Germany, through GIZ, are supporting the conference.  

dates: 23-25 April 2014   venue: Stockholm City Conference Centre, Drottninggatan 71B 111 36 Stockholm   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: European Parliamentary Forum   phone: +32 (0)2 500 86 50   fax: +32 (0)2 511 67 62   e-mail: secretariat@epfweb.org   www: http://www.ipci2014.org/en
 https://www.unfpa.org/public/home/parliamentarians/pid/15701  

Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

dates: 23-25 April 2014   location: Nadi, Western, Fiji   contact: Denis Chang Seng and Perelini Hamufer, UNESCO Apia Office   phone: +685 24276   fax: +685 26593   e-mail: d.chang-seng@unesco.org or p.hamuferi@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/priority-areas...
 http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/PAC...  

Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Framework

This thematic debate is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). They are focusing on the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions, with the objective of generating concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic debate will include an opening segment, three interactive stakeholder panel discussions and a closing segment. The debate will take place over one and a half days. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 24-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

dates: 24-27 April 2014   location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/82819/en/
 http://www.cicmilano2014.com  

Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue

The Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue will take place under the theme ‘Making sanitation a sustainable business' and will focus on packaging sanitation and wastewater management projects as viable business opportunities. The conference aims to: raise awareness and capacity on sustainable sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s developing member countries (DMCs) through discussions on enabling policy environments and technologies and financing mechanisms that contribute to successful projects; enhance DMCs ability to conceive, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects; introduce options for holistic, integrated planning on wastewater, stormwater, flood management, reuse and recovery of resources from waste and green development, among others; and provide an opportunity for sharing on good practices and innovative solutions.  

dates: 27-29 April 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-asian-sanitation-dialogue...  

27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.  

dates: 28 April - 8 May 2014   location: Veracruz, Mexico   contact: Yuan Liu   phone: +41-22-917-8139   fax: +41-22-797-3417   e-mail: yuan.liu@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

Expert Meeting on Global Justice, Poverty Eradication and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The meeting is organized jointly by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC). It aims at producing high-level input to two processes: the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; and the preparation of the Third World Social Science Forum, to be held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2015, along with the next edition of the World Social Science Report, to be published in 2016.  

dates: 28-29 April 2014   venue: UNESCO headquarters, 7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNESCO   phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...  

Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation

This high-level, multi-stakeholder conference is a follow-up to the UN-led Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It aims to discuss the linkages between conversations on Africa's development, the post-2015 development agenda and an African agenda on inequalities. It further aims to build a common understanding of economic, social and political inequalities and how to address them through a structural transformation agenda. The conference is expected to result in a statement on ‘The Africa We Want' as a contribution to global discussions on ‘The World We Want'. The conference will include an opening by the President of Ghana, high-level panels, presentations, plenaries and parallel group discussions. A two-day meeting with civil society participants after the conference will map out a strategic action plan.  

dates: 28-30 April 2014   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   e-mail: africaninequalities-info@gmail.com   www: http://africainequalities.org/conference/
 http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/430516  

CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online forum aims to facilitate an exchange of views and information regarding the techniques of public participation in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including: public debates, surveys, public meetings, advisory bodies, online modern techniques and traditional techniques.  

dates: 28 April - 9 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-047-bs-en...
 http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/portal_art23/pp_forum_d...  

CBD Workshop for Southeast Asia on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for Southeast Asia will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. It aims to support Parties in the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of appropriate assessments, policy and planning tools to implement ecosystem conservation and restoration strategies at appropriate levels.  

dates: 28 April - 2 May 2014   location: Indonesia   additional: Jambi   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=CBWECR-2014-04  

CBD Workshop for the Caribbean on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for the Caribbean will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. It aims to support Parties in the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of appropriate assessments, policy and planning tools to implement ecosystem conservation and restoration strategies at appropriate levels.  

dates: 28 April - 2 May 2014   location: Belize City, Belize   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=CBWECR-2014-03  

63rd Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel

The 63rd Meeting of the Methodology Panel (Meth Panel) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany. The Meth Panel was established to develop recommendations to the CDM Executive Board on guidelines for methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans and prepare recommendations on submitted proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies.  

dates: 29 April - 2 May 2014   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...  

Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)

FOREST EUROPE is convening a workshop to identify ways and means to support green jobs through sustainable forest management (SFM). The workshop will also propose options on awareness raising and decision-making on the multiple economic, social and environmental functions of forests, and the role of the SFM in the world economy. The workshop will build on outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   venue: Palace of La Magdalena   location: Santander, Cantabria, Spain   contact: FOREST EUROPE   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-gr...
 http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-gr...  

First African Water Integrity Learning Summit

The First African Water Integrity Learning Summit will take place under the theme 'Accelerating Towards a Water Secure World'. The event welcomes all interested stakeholders to share practical insights on addressing corruption and building relationships in Africa's water sector. The summit marks the conclusion of a three-year regional integrity training program in Sub-Saharan Africa and will provide opportunities to: engage with colleagues; participate in panel discussions; gain career enhancing knowledge; and advance integrity practices. The event is hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility, the Water Integrity Network, UNDP/Cap-Net, WaterNet and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   location: Lusaka, Zambia   contact: Helene LeDeunff   phone: +46 8 121 360 96   e-mail: Helene.LeDeunff@siwi.org   www: http://www.watergovernance.org/integrity/summit  

UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

Expert Group Meeting on HLPF

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is holding an expert group meeting (EGM) on agenda-setting for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The concept note and programme are available online.  

dates: 30 April - 1 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 5 (NLB)   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, Division for Sustainable Development   phone: (212) 963 4528   fax: (917) 367 2341   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=...  

May 2014

Interactive Dialogue on Monitoring and Accountability for Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) will convene an interactive dialogue on 1 May 2014, to address 'Elements for a monitoring and accountability framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. The outcome will provide an input into the report of the UN Secretary-General synthesizing all inputs available by the end of 2014. The dialogue is meant to respond to the "growing interest among Member States" to discuss the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 1 May 2014   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/4102014Inte...  

Abu Dhabi Ascent

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a high-level meeting to generate momentum for the 23 September Climate Summit being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two-day meeting will bring together ministers, as well as leaders from business, finance and civil society, to develop proposals for action and determine how their countries, businesses and organizations can increase their participation in initiatives that broaden and deepen partnerships, in order to deliver concrete action at the September Summit.  

dates: 4-5 May 2014   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   www: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47073&Cr=&Cr1=#...  

Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

dates: 5-6 May 2014   venue: Shangri-La Hotel   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: Daniel Cooney   phone: +62 811 900 3264   e-mail: d.cooney@cgiar.org   www: http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia
 http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia?utm_source=December+2013&ut...  

68th Meeting of the Accreditation Panel

The 68th Meeting of the Accreditation Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 5-7 May 2014   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...  

44th Meeting of the CDM Small-Scale Working Group

The 44th Meeting of the Small-Scale Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 5-8 May 2014   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...  

Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 5-9 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3206e.html
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300  

Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This special thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 'Culture and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda', held in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will consider the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The debate is expected to address how to: maximize the contribution of culture to poverty eradication; leverage cultural heritage and cultural and creative industries to contribute to poverty eradication, education, the environment, sustainable urbanization and inclusive and peaceful societies; enhance the interrelationship between culture and the environment; safeguard cultural resources in view of sustainable urbanization; and mobilize culture in social cohesion, peace and reconciliation. The UNGA requested the UNGA President to hold a special thematic debate on this topic in its Resolution on Culture and sustainable development (A/RES/68/223). A background note describes the contributions of culture and references key milestones recognizing culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development; lists key questions the debate will address; and gives details on the intended format, outcome and participants. The President will issue a summary at the conclusion of the debate.  

date: 5 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/03072014TD%...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/events/culture_sd.shtml  

MY World Week of Global Action

To date, 1.5 million people have voted for their priorities for the future development agenda through the MY World Survey. The MY World Week of Global Action seeks to reach more people and ensure that no one is left behind, with the aim of reaching 2 million votes. MY World encourages people to take action in their communities to ensure that everyone, especially those without internet, have the opportunity to vote in the survey.  

dates: 5-12 May 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: support@myworld2015.org   www: http://myworldweekofaction.pdf
 http://www.myworld2015.org/  

CBD Regional Workshop for African Countries on the Clearing-House Mechanism

The objective of this workshop organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is to build capacity and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain effective national clearing-house mechanisms, in line with COP Decision X/15 and in support of the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

dates: 5-9 May 2014   location: Cameroon   additional: Buea   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=CHM-WS-2014-01  

2014 World Conference on Youth

The 2014 World Conference on Youth will be held from 6-10 May 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Conference will bring together youth aged 18-30 to discuss the integration of young people into the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 6-10 May 2014   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka   e-mail: wcy2014@srilankayouth.lk   www: http://www.worldyouthconference2014.org/index.html
 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574575629289852&set=...  

CBD Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Resource Mobilization

This workshop is one of a series of regional workshops to support parties in the establishment of robust baselines and reporting frameworks, and the preparation of national financial plans for biodiversity. Its emphasis will be on exchange of national experiences and active learning, and the step-by-step development of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans. It is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

dates: 6-8 May 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=RMWS-2014-03  

Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the HLPF

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific regional meeting for the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place from 7-9 May 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. It is held in preparation for the first substantive meeting of the HLPF in June-July 2014.  

dates: 7-9 May 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=wwgqt5nab...  

9th Meeting of the SAICM Quick Start Programme Executive Board

This annual meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management's (SAICM's) Quick Start Programme (QSP) Board will review progress under the programme on the basis of reports from the Trust Fund Implementation Committee and programme participants, as well as other relevant information provided to them on implementation of the programme.  

date: 8 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8532   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: saicm@chemicals.unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

World Migratory Bird Day 2014

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their conservation worldwide. WMBD 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014 and is being organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and other partners. The theme for 2014 will be linked to the topic of tourism and migratory birds, focusing on the global bird and wildlife watching industry and sustainable tourism as a vehicle to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD plans to work closely with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in promoting the 'Destination Flyways' project, which focuses on the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world's major flyways.  

dates: 10-11 May 2014     Global   location: TBA   www: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2013/index.php?option=c...
 http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2014/03_mar/wmbd_announcem...  

13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13)

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will hold its 13th session in May 2014. The PFII was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000 to advise the UN system on indigenous people's issues. The PFII session will address the theme of "Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)."  

dates: 12-23 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 42nd-48th St and 1st Avenue, New York   location: New York City, US   contact: Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII)   phone: 917 367 5100   fax: +1 (917) 367-5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx  

Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 12-16 May 2014.  

dates: 12-16 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, DSD   phone: 212 963 4528   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558  

Adaptation Futures 2014: Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

This meeting is co-hosted and convened by the Earth System Science Center of the National Institute for Space Studies (CCST-INPE) (Brazil), and by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP's) Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The meeting is expected to bring together scientists, decision makers and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share research approaches, methods and results. The Adaptation Futures 2014 conference consists of two back-to-back events: the Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2014 between 12-15 May; and the International Workshop on High Level Drought Policies on Arid and Semiarid Lands on May 15.  

dates: 12-16 May 2014   location: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil   contact: Jose Marengo   e-mail: jose.marengo@inpe.br   www: http://adaptationfutures2014.ccst.inpe.br  

Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.  

dates: 12-23 May 2014   location: Nadi, Western, Fiji   contact: Patrick Durst   phone: +6626974000   e-mail: Patrick.Durst@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/rap/home/meetings/list/en/?ye...  

Clean Energy Ministerial 5 (CEM5)

The Republic of Korea is hosting the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), which will gather energy ministers and other high-level delegates from over 20 of the world's largest economies to identify avenues to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM5 will focus specifically on identifying smart policies, programmes, and strategies to improve energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and energy access expansion. It is also anticipated that governments will announce specific new commitments to advance these goals at the meeting. Participants include the 23 CEM government ministers and delegates, official observer organisations and other invited stakeholders.  

dates: 12-13 May 2014   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea   contact: CEM Secretariat   e-mail: CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM5  

General Assembly of the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

The General Assembly of Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative will consider StEP's general direction and development and that of its five task forces on: policy, redesign, reuse, recycle, and capacity building.  

dates: 13-15 May 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Ruediger Kuehr   phone: +49-228-815-0213   fax: +49-228-815-0299   e-mail: kuehr@step-initiative.org   www: http://www.step-initiative.org  

Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management

The First meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management will be convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section and will provide advice on data, monitoring and assessment of forests and sustainable forest management (SFM) as well as the role of the forest sector in the green economy.  

dates: 13-15 May 2014   venue: Surmeli Efes Hotel   location: Izmir, Turkey   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35065  

Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF), the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will bring together African Governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society representatives, members of academic institutions, local governments, private sector organizations, the media, and youth at the Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting is expected to result in an African position on a Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).  

dates: 13-16 May 2014   venue: ECOWAS Main Conference Hall   location: Abuja, Nigeria   e-mail: isdr.afrp@unisdr.unon.org   www: http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/35308
 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/hyogo/regional/platform...  

Insects to Feed the World

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Wageningen UR are convening a global conference on insects as a source of food and feed in order to build a better understanding of the state of knowledge on the more than 1900 species currently used, identify obstacles to expanded use, and build awareness and partnerships for further exploitation of insects for food and feed.  

dates: 14-17 May 2014   venue: Hotel Reehorst   location: Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/show/Insects-to-feed-the-World...  

9th Meeting of the Ozone Research Managers of the Vienna Convention

This meeting is expected to consider various issues including the state of the ozone layer and the interactions between ozone depletion and climate change.  

dates: 14-16 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Secretariat   phone: +254-20-762-3851   fax: +254-20-762-0335   e-mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting

The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda. WAVES was launched at the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan.  

dates: 14-15 May 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: WAVES Secretariat   www: http://www.wavespartnership.org/fourth-partnership-meeting  

First Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

Established by the fifth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) of the ITPGR, at its first meeting, will examine: factors leading to the current short-fall of income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; innovative approaches already identified; further possible innovative approaches; the concepts involved in revisiting Articles 6(7), 6(8) and 6(11) of the standard Material Transfer Agreement and their inter-relationship; and other measures that can enhance monetary benefit-sharing. The meeting will be preceded by a day of regional consultations, held on 13 May.  

dates: 14-16 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/node/5852/  

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Bureau members are expected to review progress made in implementation of the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its sixth meeting and discuss the preparation of the seventh meeting of the COP in 2015.  

dates: 14-15 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Stockholm Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: ssc@pops.int   www: http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/ConferenceoftheParties/Bur...  

Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Conference, which will convene from 15-17 May 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will bring together policymakers, practitioners and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security. The conference will: articulate an intellectual framework for resilience; identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened; assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world; identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks; set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity. Participation in the conference is by invitation only.  

dates: 15-17 May 2014   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   www: http://www.ifpri.org/event/building-resilience-food-and-nutr...  

Third Meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention

The Implementation Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will meet for the third time to continue its role as a mechanism to facilitate, promote and safeguard implementation and application and compliance of the Water Convention.  

dates: 15-16 May 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Katri Veldre   phone: +41 22 917 19 11   fax: +41 22 917 06 21   e-mail: katri.veldre@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/3rd_implementation_committee_...  

International Conference on Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This conference will address linkages between water, energy and food security, seeking to assess available information, identify knowledge and gaps, share lessons, facilitate networks, and contribute to consensus on priorities, in order to consider joint improvement in efficiency as a win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability. Sessions will address themes, including: tools for the sustainable implementation of the nexus approach; governance and management of the nexus; considering the environment and wellbeing; and implementing the nexus at various scales. The conference is jointly sponsored and organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP), German Development Institute (GDI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, and the CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems.  

dates: 19-20 May 2014   venue: MARITIM Hotel, Godesberger Allee   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: GWSP International Office   phone: +49 228 73 6188   e-mail: gwsp.ipo@uni-bonn.de   www: http://wef-conference.gwsp.org/  

Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

Basel Convention Bureau Meeting

At this meeting, Bureau members will consider issues pertaining to the next session of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which is scheduled to convene in 2015.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8218   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: basel@unep.org   www: http://www.basel.int/Secretariat/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/2574...
 http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/ConferenceoftheParties/Bu...  

Hidroenergia 2014: International Congress and Trade Fair on Small Hydropower

Organized by the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), the Congress will focus on promoting interaction on small hydropower (SHP) amongst delegates, speakers, and decision-makers through match-making, round-table sessions and panel discussions on the following topics: economic opportunities and challenges; financing tools and models; policy developments in Turkey, the European Union (EU) and around the world; trends in engineering, including bioengineering and prefabrication; technological development, including on penstocks, turbines and auxiliary mechanical equipment; SHP and the environment; SHP pumped storage and multipurpose plants; and hydropower resources and assessment methodologies.  

dates: 21-23 May 2014   venue: Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC)   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Congress Secretariat   phone: +32 2 722 8230   e-mail: he2014.reg@aimgroup.eu   www: http://2014.hidroenergia.eu
 http://www.inshp.org/Img_Lib/UploadImg/2013112611164383.pdf  

Fourth Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014

The fourth GIB Summit will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland on 21-22 May 2014, and will focus on 'Mainstreaming Sustainability in Infrastructure Finance and Investment'. The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014 will begin with an interactive, participant-centred workshop titled 'Financing Infrastructure Projects in Cities – Avoiding Traps and Achieving Sustainability'. The session will use the case study discussion method to draw out key issues, best practices and useful tools for financing sustainable infrastructure. Round table discussions, workshops, plenaries, and investment forums will provide a unique platform for interaction among global leaders, investors, project developers and practitioners to address issues including: removing the bottleneck of greenfield projects through early-stage financing; creditworthiness of cities; sustainable infrastructure as an asset class; and spurring sustainable infrastructure development with new approaches.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland   contact: Global Infrastructure Basel   phone: +41 61 205 10 80   e-mail: info@gib-foundation.org   www: http://www.gib-foundation.org/gib-summit/  

2014 International Day for Biological Diversity

To coincide with the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 will be 'Island Biodiversity'.  

date: 22 May 2014   location: worldwide   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2013/ntf-2013-094-idb-e...  

UNECE Water Convention Workshop on benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation

This workshop, organized under the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), will convene under the theme 'Counting Our Gains: Sharing Experiences on Identifying, Assessing and Communicating the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation'. The meeting will provide an opportunity to: discuss with a variety of stakeholders the benefits of cooperation and how assessment of benefits supports cooperation processes; share experiences, good practices, challenges faced and lessons learned on the identification, assessment, and communication of the wide range of transboundary water cooperation benefits; and support further development of a draft Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation.  

dates: 22-23 May 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Sadaf Shamsie   phone: +41 22 917 26 50   fax: +41 22 917 06 21   e-mail: sadaf.shamsie@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/workshop_benefits_cooperation...  

World Mountain Forum 2014

The World Mountain Forum 2014 (WMF 2014) will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experiences in mountain development, as well as identify likely opportunities and challenges for the future of sustainable mountain development. The meeting's outcomes are meant to feed into and inform, inter alia, the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda process. The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: family farming, water and food security; climate change; mountain cities; and mountain communities.  

dates: 23-24 May 2014   location: Cusco, Peru   contact: World Mountain Forum Secretariat   e-mail: wmf@mtnforum.org   www: http://www.mtnforum.org/content/world-mountain-forum-moving-...  

46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.  

dates: 25-30 May 2014   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +(202) 473-0508   fax: +(202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date/2014-05
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/news/mexico-host-5th-assembly-glob...  

Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

dates: 26-28 May 2014   location: Tokyo, Japan   e-mail: kankyou@mext.go.jp  

Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas is a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together key DRR stakeholders throughout the Americas. It is a participative space for knowledge sharing that promotes the planning, monitoring and collective decision making and strategy, as well as actions to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), all with linkages to international and national climate change adaptation efforts. The Fourth Session is co-organized by the UNISDR Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR - Americas) and Ecuador's Secretariat of Risk Management and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and participation planned by subregional DRR organizations. The Platform will feature a high level panel on mainstreaming DRR and climate change adaptation in public policies, as well as four thematic sessions on: risk reduction and special segments of society; DDR, climate change and the development agenda; governance and public policies on risk reduction; regional consultation surrounding the new framework for DDR post-2015 (HFA2).  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: Hilton Colón Guayaquil   location: Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador   contact: Humberto Jaime, UNISDR - Americas   phone: +507-317-1120   fax: +507-317-0600   e-mail: hjaime@eird.org   www: http://eird.org/pr14-eng/index.html  

ECOSOC Integration Segment

'Sustainable urbanization' will be the focus of the first-ever Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The primary objective of the Integration Segment is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to demonstrate how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attending the three-day event will be high-level representatives of Member States, including ministers and mayors, the UN system and civil society actors. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions, dialogues, and a town-hall style meeting. High-level roundtable breakfasts and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders will offer opportunities for ministers, mayors and other stakeholders to engage with each other on the future of cities.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/  

Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015

The event titled 'Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015' will promote a comprehensive approach to sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its developing member countries (DMCs). The dialogue aims to raise awareness and capacity of DMCs on sustainable sanitation through discussion of elements of successful projects, such as an enabling policy environment, technology and financing options and planning and project preparation tools. It also aims to enhance DMCs' preparedness to conceptualize, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects that increase access to sanitation and promote effective wastewater management. Discussion topics will include: adoption of appropriate technology options; promoting innovative contracts and incentives; addressing policy gaps; dealing with financing, viability and affordability issues; and demonstrating health, socioeconomic and environmental benefits. The event is part of ADB and DMC efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the number of people without access to improved sanitation.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: ADB   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia, ADB   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-adb-dmc-and-partners-sani...  

15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'. The meeting will include plenary sessions and discussion panels on the following areas: understanding global food security and the current role of seafood; the role of seafood in global food security in the context of sustainable development; and opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security. The meeting will result in a Co-Chairs' summary of ideas and issues raised and discussed. The Consultative Process meets annually to conduct a review and consider the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea, with an emphasis on identifying areas for enhancing intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.  

dates: 27-30 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS)   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/documents/a...  

79th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 79th Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 28 May - 1 June 2014   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...  

Eleventh Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

In accordance with its work plan, the Compliance Committee will address the following issues: consistency between the information in national reports and the Biosafety Clearing-House; the methodological approach proposed for the Protocol's third assessment and review; the third national reporting format; general issues of compliance; and the Committee's report and recommendations to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) to be held in October 2014.  

dates: 28-30 May 2014   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

Also known as 'Resilient Cities 2014,' this Forum is organized by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and co-sponsored by UN-HABITAT, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The event will focus on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.  

dates: 29-31 May 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Alice Balbo, ICLEI World Secretariat   phone: +49 (0)228-976-299-28   fax: +49 (0)228-976-299-0   e-mail: resilient.cities@iclei.org   www: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/bonn2013/about/  

Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development

This workshop is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is an associate partner. The workshop will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, job creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. The workshop will also consider the actions needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target on restoration, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy and REDD+ goals.  

dates: 29-30 May 2014   venue: U.S. National Academy of Sciences   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: http://www.ecosystems-economy-society.org/contact-us.html   www: http://www.ecosystems-economy-society.org/  

June 2014

ECOSOC Youth Forum

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should further promote the integration of youth into its deliberations, building on the past positive experiences of informal youth forums. The proposed dates for the Youth Forum are 2-3 June 2014.  

dates: 2-3 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2014/1
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/pdf14/2014_ecosoc_cycle....  

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on LMO Risk Assessment and Risk Management

In accordance with Decision BS-VI/12 of the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP/MOP 6), this meeting will: consider the process for testing the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs); the development of a package that aligns the Guidance with a training manual on risk assessment; and the development of guidance on new topics of risk assessment and risk management, selected on the basis of Parties' needs and their experiences and knowledge concerning risk assessment.  

dates: 2-6 June 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

The European Forum on Urban Forestry 17th International Conference (EFUF 2014)

The European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) will convene its 17th international conference on the theme ‘Crossing Boundaries: urban forests - green cities'. The objectives of the conference are to create awareness of the benefits of urban forests and other green infrastructure, build capacity to integrate urban forests into planning, and draw the links between urban forests and sustainable development in cities.  

dates: 3-7 June 2014   location: Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland   phone: +41 31 381 89 45   e-mail: info@efuf2014.org   www: http://www.efuf2014.org  

MRV GHG Emissions Under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

The World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and the Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) are hosting a conference titled 'Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying GHG Emissions under Existing and Developing Carbon Pricing Mechanisms'. Taking place between the Carbon Expo 2014 and the June meeting of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Bodies, the event will present analysis of sub-national, national, and sector-based greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting frameworks. Questions to be addressed include: what are the costs associated with MRV requirements; are there incentives to reduce uncertainty; is there a trade-off between uncertainty and costs for reporting entities; and how can MRV procedures be improved. Presenters will also consider how to create a "credible, consistent and compatible MRV infrastructure across the world to support global mitigation action".  

date: 3 June 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Nicolas Stephan   phone: +33 (0)1 58 50 77 72   e-mail: nicolas.stephan@cdcclimat.com   www: http://www.cdcclimat.com/SAVE-THE-DATE-MRV-GHG-emissions.htm...  

UNFCCC 40th Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies

The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2014.  

dates: 4-15 June 2014   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://www.unfccc.int  

UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The third dialogue will be held on 4 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for the dialogue will be 'Identifying the potential for development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies and identifying options for the way forward'.  

date: 4 June 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

First Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

This high-level event will serve as the formal global launch of the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All, and as the first of regular yearly global platforms for launching new initiatives and projects in support of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and reporting on the progress of the initiative. The first day will be dedicated to SE4ALL multi-stakeholder partnerships, and consist of parallel sessions of highlighting progress made and lessons learned by SE4ALL partners on: universalizing energy access; doubling the amount of renewables in the energy mix; and doubling the rate of progress on energy efficiency. The second day will include an SE4ALL Advisory Board Meeting and High-level Global Leaders Dialogue, while the third day High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on "Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".  

dates: 4-6 June 2014   location: New York City, US   e-mail: forum@se4all.org  

World Environment Day 2014

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

date: 5 June 2014   location: worldwide   e-mail: unepnewsdesk@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

2nd World Summit of Legislators

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

dates: 6-8 June 2014   venue: Mexican Congress   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: GLOBE & World Summit of Legislators International Secretariat Office   phone: +44 (0) 20 7222 6960   fax: +44 (0) 20 7222 6959   e-mail: secretariat@globeinternational.org   www: http://www.globeinternational.org/news/item/mexico-to-host-2...  

20th World Congress of Soil Science

The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS). The meeting will take advantage of the fact that the field of soil science is expanding because of the growing interest in food security and safety as well as environmental quality. In addition, many state-of-the-art emerging technologies being developed in other fields are available to adapt to soil science, creating an explosion of information and knowledge in the many fields of soil science. The 20th WCSS will provide an opportunity to examine the changes in soil science and to envision new perspectives for basic and applied soil research. The local Organizing Committee is planning to set up the various programs to encourage the participation of soil scientists from across the world.  

dates: 8-13 June 2014   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   www: http://www.20wcss.org/  

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others. The Day also provides an opportunity for reflection on our collective and individual duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner. The UN will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 at an event on 9 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York, US. The winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo competition will be recognized at the event. The Day also coincides with the first day of the 24th Meeting of the Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Other celebrations for World Ocean Day 2014 will be marked globally and online.  

date: 8 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US (worldwide)   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: (212) 963-3962   fax: (917) 367-0560   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/wod/commemoration-2014.html  

31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31)

This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.  

dates: 9-13 June 2014   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Italy   contact: FAO Fisheries   e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/  

Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 9-10 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

55th Session Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the advisory committee on sustainable forest-based industries (ACSFI) annual meeting brings together senior executives from private sector forest industries. The meeting will consider country reports, review past and ongoing activities of the ACSFI, consider related activities by FAO and review actions under the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).  

dates: 10-11 June 2014   location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation   contact: Jukka Tissari   phone: +39 0657054179   e-mail: Jukka.Tissari@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/industries/9530/en/  

ICESDF Regional Outreach Meeting - Asia-Pacific

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) will hold an outreach meeting with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 10-11 June 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting - 'Sustainable Development Financing: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific' - is part of a series of regional outreach meetings hosted by the Committee.  

dates: 10-11 June 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/un-regional-outreach-meeting-s...  

CBD WGRI 5

At its fifth meeting, the Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among other issues, implementation of the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention and its protocols, and biodiversity and development.  

dates: 16-20 June 2014 [tentative]   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/  

12th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 16-20 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3206e.html
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300  

2nd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) are organizing this conference to convene off-grid renewable energy stakeholders to: gain insights into the current status of electricity access in Asia and gather stakeholder perspectives on improving access to modern energy services; discuss barriers faced in scaling up off-grid renewable energy deployment; identify solutions for overcoming barriers; and sharing best practices and lessons about design and implementation of policies and financing solutions. The meeting will take place as a component of the ADB's Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), taking place from 16-20 June 2014 at the same location.  

dates: 16-17 June 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   e-mail: offgridconference@irena.org   www: http://www.iorec.org  

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2014

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Energy Council (WEC), and will gather stakeholders from academia, industry, civil society, government and multilateral institutions to discuss clean energy in the Asia. The meeting aims to be more demand-driven than in previous years, and will focus on offering opportunities for practical discussions. The 2nd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place on 16-17 June 2014, as part of the ACEF.  

dates: 16-20 June 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Aiming Zhou   phone: +632 632 5602   fax: +63 2 636 2444   e-mail: azhou@adb.org   www: http://www.asiacleanenergyforum.org  

First Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook

This meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will provide advice on developments in the forest sector and consider the long-term outlook for forest products.  

date: 16 June 2014   venue: Palais des Nations (Room S1)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35231
 http://www.unece.org/forests/outlook/methodsandprocesses/for...  

2014 World Day to Combat Desertification

The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has selected a focus of ecosystem-based adaptation and a slogan of 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' for the 2014 events to mark the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification.  

date: 17 June 2014   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: arce@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...  

Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4) Bureau Meeting

The Bureau of the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4) will meet for its first face-to-face meeting in preparation for the ICCM, which takes place in December 2014.  

dates: 17-18 June 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8532   fax: +41-22-917-3460   e-mail: saicm@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

9th Meeting of Technology Executive Committee

The 9th Meeting of Technology Executive Committee (TEC) of the UNFCCC will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 18-20 June 2014   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...  

21st Session of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO IHP

The 21st session of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Intergovernmental Council of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will: guide and supervise from the scientific and from the organizational point of view on the implementation of the programme; study proposals concerning development and modification of the programme and plans for implementation; recommend scientific projects of interest to member States and assess priorities among such projects; coordinate international cooperation of the member Sates in the framework of the Programme; make necessary proposals for coordinating the Programme with those conducted by international organizations concerned; assist in the development of regional and national projects related to the programme; and take any practical or scientific measures that may be required for the successful implementation of the programme.  

dates: 18-20 June 2014   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, 7, place de Fontenoy   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Blanca Elena Jiménez-Cisneros   e-mail: ihp@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/all-events/?tx_br...  

16th Africa Energy Forum

The 16th Africa Energy Forum (AEF) will gather governments and business leaders in the energy sector to collaborate on improving energy infrastructure in Africa. Sessions will cover, among other topics, overcoming financing and other challenges, technological developments, and improving investment attractiveness of African infrastructure projects.  

dates: 18-20 June 2014   venue: Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center   location: Istanbul, Turkey   e-mail: http://www.energynet.co.uk/content/contact-us   www: http://africa-energy-forum.com  

European Commission Conference on 'Land as a Resource'

The European Commission is hosting a conference on 'Land as a Resource,' with the objective of highlighting the importance of good land management in addressing European and global challenges, particularly in view of an increasing world population. The conference will also address the shortcomings of the current European land use model, including conflicting policy drivers. The conference is part of the European Commission's work in preparation of a 'Communication on land as a resource,' foreseen for 2015. Participation in the conference is free of charge, but limited to 400 people.  

date: 19 June 2014   venue: EC Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: Luca Marmo   e-mail: luca.marmo@ec.europa.eu   www: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/land_use/conference_en.htm  

CBD SBSTTA 18

At its eighteenth meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change, and the relationship with IPBES.  

dates: 23-28 June 2014 [tentative]   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative]   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/  

22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry

The Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has approved the dates of the next Committee on Forestry (COFO), set for 23–27 June 2014. The biennial session will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, and will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Participants will also include representatives from other international organizations and non-governmental groups. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Italy   contact: Peter Csoka   e-mail: peter.csoka @fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/57758/en/  

UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP   phone: +254-20-7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: www.unep.org  

Second Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS

The second preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1494
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/68/proposalstatus.shtml  

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a humanitarian affairs segment from 23-25 June 2014. The Council will also hold a special event to discuss the transition from relief to development, to be convened immediately preceding the humanitarian affairs segment and following the annual session of the executive boards of the funds and programmes of the United Nations system.  

dates: 23-25 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2014/1
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/julyhls/pdf14/2014_ecosoc_cycle....  

2014 CIF Partnership Forum

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are jointly convening the 2014 CIF Partnership Forum, hosting more than 400 participants from civil society, the private sector, governments, indigenous peoples and academia. A special pre-conference event on 22 June, 'Stakeholder Day,' will be dedicated to discussing progress and challenges in engaging key stakeholders in the CIF's activities. During the conference, panels will address a variety of topics including managing climate change programs and unlocking private finance from mini-grids to REDD+. The CIF is the world's largest group of funds for climate action, channeling $8 billion to low carbon and climate resilient development.  

dates: 23-24 June 2014     Stakeholder Day on 22 June 2014   venue: Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall Main Road (A1)   location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica   www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/content/get-ready...
 https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/event-partnership...  

Ninth Meeting of the UNECE Water Convention Working Group on IWRM

The ninth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will provide a forum to discuss governing, coordinating and fostering implementation of the Convention, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences with IWRM.  

dates: 25-26 June 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Katri Veldre   phone: +41 22 917 19 11   fax: +41 22 917 06 21   e-mail: katri.veldre@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/9th_wgiwrm_2014.html  

2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC

The 2014 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will include a High-level Segment, as well as the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The HLPF meeting - taking place on 30 June-3 July - will include a three-day ministerial segment, and is expected to adopt a negotiated declaration. The ECOSOC High-level Segment will take place on 7-11 July, with 7-9 July devoted to the HLPF.  

dates: 23 June - 18 July 2014   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2013/L.6
 http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=212&type=13&menu...  

2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

The 2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security will bring together representatives from government, business and civil society to explore the potential of sustainable land management as a driver of peace, development and climate change mitigation. The Dialogue aims to: deepen understanding of links between land degradation and human security; share lessons learned and best practices for sustainable land restoration; examine potential for investment in land restoration and peace-building as paths to food security; present training resources available on the ground; and build the trust needed for ‘land-peace' policies, effective collaboration and partnerships. The event is a joint-effort of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace programme of the Initiatives of Change (IofC).  

dates: 30 June - 4 July 2014   venue: Caux Conference Center, CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland   www: http://www.caux.iofc.org/en/2014  

Fifth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (30 June-1 July), the second session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) (3-4 July), their joint High-level Segment (2 July) and associated preparatory meetings will take place in Maastricht. The event will provide a platform for parties and stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics, including access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. Parties are also expected to discuss global promotion of the Convention and agree on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period, including future strategic plan and work programme.  

dates: 30 June - 4 July 2014   location: Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands   contact: Manja Vidic   phone: +41 22 917 3516   e-mail: manja.vidic@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/aarhusmop5&prtrmopp2/main.html  

July 2014

18th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council

The 18th Meeting of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council (ScC18) will take place from 1-3 July 2014.  

dates: 1-3 July 2014   venue: UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Marco Barbieri   e-mail: mbarbieri@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/notifications/2014/005_ScC18DatesVenue_e....  

80th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 80th Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 14-18 July 2014   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...  

13th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 14-18 July 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3206e.html
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300  

34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

This meeting is expected to consider issues in advance of the Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.  

dates: 14-18 July 2014   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   phone: +254-20-762-3851   fax: +254-20-762-0335   e-mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

Second Global Soil Partnership Plenary

The second Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 July 2014, at the headquarters of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

dates: 22-24 July 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/gsp-events/detail/e...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/en/  

August 2014

Fifth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014.  

dates: 4-8 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, DSD   phone: 212 963 4528   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558  

US-Africa Leaders Summit

The first US-Africa Leaders Summit will aim to further strengthen ties with Africa, build on progress made since US President Obama's trip to Africa in 2013, and advance a focus on investment and trade in Africa. US President Barack Obama will invite an expected 47 leaders from African countries.  

dates: 5-6 August 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   www: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/21/statem...  

International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries

This workshop is being organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Science's (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations' Communication and Information Committee, and Kenya's Ministry of Communication and Information. It will discuss strategies and objectives of sponsoring and participating organizations concerning open data for science and sustainability in developing countries, with special consideration for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ICSU's Future Earth research program in developing countries. The workshop will also develop and endorse a set of principles and guidelines for preservation of, and open access to, research data in developing countries.  

dates: 6-8 August 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Paul Uhlir, US National Academy of Sciences   phone: +1-202-334-1531   fax: +1-202-334-2231   e-mail: puhlir@nas.edu   www: http://www.wfeo.net/international-workshop-open-data-science...  

World Weather Open Science Conference 2014

The World Weather Open Science Conference (WWOSC2014): The Weather: What's the Outlook, which is convening for the first time ever, will bring together the weather science and user communities under the overarching theme ‘Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: from minutes to months'. WWOSC2014 will examine the “frontiers of knowledge,” and outline new scientific goals and challenges. The Conference will feature special sessions on high-impact weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts, cold snaps and floods. The Conference's two streams – the Science Program and the User, Application and Social Science Program – will meet in joint plenary and special sessions. The Science Program will cover basic weather research, as well research needed to establish prediction systems and assess the impacts of weather and climate events. The User Program will consider challenges and opportunities associated with communicating and employing weather information, science and services that reap social and economic benefits. The Conference is being co-organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Council for Science, Environment Canada, and the National Research Council, Canada.  

dates: 16-21 August 2014   venue: Palais des congrès, 159 St Antoine St W   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: Sylvie Couture   phone: +1 (613) 993-7271   fax: +1 (613) 993-7250   e-mail: WWOSC2014@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca   www: http://wwosc2014.org
 http://wwosc2014.org/documents/WWOSC2014_WebsiteBrochure_Eng...  

64th Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel

The 64th Meeting of the Methodology Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 19-22 August 2014   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...  

69th Meeting of the CDM Accreditation Panel

The 69th Meeting of the Accreditation Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 25-27 August 2014   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...  

45th Meeting of the CDM Small-Scale Working Group

The 45th Meeting of the Small-Scale Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 25-28 August 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat  

WHO Conference on Health and Climate

This three-day conference, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring together leading experts in the fields of health and climate change, to discuss: strengthening health system resilience to climate risks; and promoting health while mitigating climate change. Within each of these themes the conference will make recommendations on policy options to maximize health benefits, and the specific contribution of the health sector to the objectives.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: WHO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Marina Maiero   phone: +41 22 791 2402   e-mail: maierom@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/en/  

65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference is titled '2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,' is being organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and will focus on the theme of 'The role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda'. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the conference will be a declaration that will be shared with the UN system, the UN Member States, the global civil society and other stakeholders.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: DPI/NGO Relations   phone: +1 212 963 7234   e-mail: undpingo@un.org   www: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference/
 http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2014/04/65th-UN-DP...  

Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia".  

dates: 28 August - 4 September 2014   location: Samoa   additional: Apia   www: http://www.sids2014.org/  

September 2014

High-level Stock Taking Event on Post-2015 Agenda

This event is intended to take stock following a series of six events that the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene. These events will consist of three high-level and three thematic debates under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and will take place between February and June 2013. The stock-taking event of the UNGA president is expected to focus on sustainable development goals and long-term financing for sustainable development.  

date: 1 September 2014 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

dates: 5-7 September 2014   venue: Yale University   location: New Haven, CT, US   contact: Alisa Zomer   e-mail: alisa.zomer@yale.edu   www: http://www.unitar.org/sites/default/files/2014_unitar-yale_c...  

International Solid Waste Association 2014 Solid Waste World Congress

This event will convene under the theme of '(Re)Discovering a New World: Sustainable Solutions for a healthy future,' and is intended to provide the opportunity for the international community to exchange ideas, integrate solutions and develop a common vision for the future of a sustainable and healthy world.  

dates: 8-11 September 2014   location: Sao Paulo, Brazil   phone: +55-11-3056-6000   e-mail: iswa2014@mci-group.com   www: http://iswa2014.org/  

65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission

The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.  

dates: 11-18 September 2014   location: Slovenia   additional: Portoroz   contact: IWC Secretariat   phone: +44 (0) 1223 233 971   fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876   e-mail: secretariat@iwcoffice.org   www: http://iwcoffice.org/
 https://events.iwc.int/index.php/commission/IWC65  

37th WEDC International Conference

The 37th Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference will take place under the theme, ‘Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services for All in a Fast Changing World'. The conference will provide a platform for debate, exchange and reflection on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The conference will include three days of presentations and discussions on peer-reviewed papers, followed by two days of capacity development, which will include field visits. Side events throughout the week will showcase best practices. WEDC welcomes papers on any aspect of WASH relevant to low and middle income countries, particularly papers related to: delivery of sustainable WASH services at scale, urban sanitation investment; mainstreaming equity and inclusion within institutions; disaster risk management; and the impact of climate change on WASH systems and services.  

dates: 15-19 September 2014   venue: National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), Central Hanoi   location: Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam   contact: Martine Morton   phone: +44 (0)1509 222885   fax: +44 (0)1509 211079   e-mail: wedc.conf@lboro.ac.uk   www: http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/  

69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)

The 69th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit.  

dates: 16-29 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)

The Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) is an expert ad hoc body administered jointly by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which harmonizes the requirement and the risk assessment on the pesticide residues. The Committee invites submissions of information on substances that will be evaluated at future meetings as described in its requests for data. The list of substances to be evaluated is based on recommendations of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), previous Expert Meetings, and direct requests from governments, other interested organizations, and producers of substances that have been evaluated previously.  

dates: 16-25 September 2014   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Philippe Verger   phone: +41-22-791-4807   fax: +41-22-791-3053   e-mail: vergerp@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/jmpr/data/en/index.html  

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) will consider issues in advance of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), including: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the programme of work and budget.  

dates: 16-19 September 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Basel Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8218   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: basel@unep.org   www: http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/OpenendedWorkingGroup(OEW...
 http://chemicals-l.iisd.org/events/basel-cop-12-rotterdam-co...  

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 (the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014) to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

dates: 22-23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Nilla Bernardi   phone: +1 212-963-8379   e-mail: bernardi@un.org   www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx
 http://wcip2014.org/  

Special Session to Follow Up Programme of Action from ICPD

An 8-hour Special Session to Follow Up on the Programme of Action from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is being organized to coincide with the high-level segment of the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has urged all Member and observer States and observers to be represented at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. Member States will have opportunity to recommit themselves to the ICPD Programme of Action. Civil society is expected to be involved in this meeting, based on equitable geographic representation.  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue between 45th & 46th St, New York   location: New York City, US   contact: Mandy Kibel   phone: +1-212-297-5293   e-mail: kibel@unfpa.org   www: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/ga11342.doc.htm
 http://icpdbeyond2014.org/  

81st Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 81st Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 22-26 September 2014   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...  

2014 Climate Summit

The 2014 Climate Summit, which will be organized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place in September 2014 with the aim to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.  

date: 23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit2014/  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

10th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee

The 10th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) of the UNFCCC will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 29 September - 1 October 2014   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...  

October 2014

XXIV IUFRO World Congress - Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People

The 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be convened under the theme, 'Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research'. Topics to be considered during the Congress include: forests for people; biodiversity and ecosystem services; climate change; forests and water; biomass and bioenergy; forest health; and forests in a green future.  

dates: 5-10 October 2014   venue: The Salt Palace Convention Center   location: Salt Lake City, UT, US   www: http://iufro2014.com/  

CBD COP 12

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

dates: 6-17 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

Cities Biodiversity Summit

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

dates: 12-14 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: ICLEI Biodiversity Center   e-mail: biodiversity@iclei.org   www: http://cbc.iclei.org/events-recent  

Climate Symposium 2014

Climate Symposium 2014 is sponsored by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the city of Darmstadt. The symposium will: be an important step towards further developing an efficient and sustained international space-based Earth observing system; bring together international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modeling; and emphasize the role of space-based Earth observations in improving knowledge of the climate at global and regional scales, and in assessing models used for climate projections. The symposium is organized around the theme 'Enhanced Understanding of Climate Processes through Earth Observation'. Participants will discuss the proposed Architecture for Sustained Climate Monitoring from Space, and consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection. Key discussion themes will also include: clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity; the changing water cycle; the cryosphere in a warming world; ocean circulation and regional sea-level rise; prediction and attribution of extremes (from climate to weather); and regional climate variability and change (enabling climate services). The symposium is expected to: benefit climate-related risk management; facilitate the development of responsible and affordable climate change mitigation and adaptation options; and initiate a process for creating a joint action plan for planning and developing an international space-based climate observing system.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   venue: Darmstadtium Science and Congress Centre, Schloßgraben 1   location: Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany   www: http://www.theclimatesymposium2014.com/index_.php/climatesym...  

67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   venue: IMO Headquarters, 4 Albert Embankment   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/
 http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Defaul...  

Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10)

This subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention reviews chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the COP for listing these chemicals in Annex III.  

dates: 20-24 October 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Rotterdam Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8296   fax: +41-22-917-8082   e-mail: pic@pic.int   www: http://www.pic.int/  

65th Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel

The 65th Meeting of the Methodology Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 21-24 October 2014   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...  

Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10)

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, Annex B, and/or Annex C.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Stockholm Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: ssc@pops.int   www: http://www.pops.int  

IPCC 40

The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) Synthesis Report and approve its Summary for Policy Makers. Subsequently, in December 2014, a copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark   contact: IPCC Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8208   fax: +41-22-730-8025   e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/  

46th Meeting of the CDM Small-Scale Working Group

The 46th Meeting of the Small-Scale Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   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...  

47th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107  

November 2014

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

The annual meeting of the ITTC will consider progress in the implementation of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) projects and activities in support of the sustainable management of tropical forests and the promotion of trade in sustainably produced tropical timber.  

dates: 3-8 November 2014   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/news_releases/id=3795
 http://www.itto.int/council_committees/  

70th Meeting of the CDM Accreditation Panel

The 70th Meeting of the Accreditation Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   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...  

Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6)

As mandated in the resolution on arrangements in the interim period adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) on mercury established pursuant to Governing Council decision 25/5 will meet during the period between the date on which the Convention is opened for signature and the date of the opening of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention as may be necessary to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon its entry into force.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   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/INC6/tabid/356...  

Second UN Conference on LLDCs

The 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, titled ‘Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2014,' has four key aims. It aims to: undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action; identify international, regional, subregional and national international trade and transit transport cooperation policies and review transit transport systems within the context of new and emerging challenges, partnerships and opportunities; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special development needs of and the challenges faced by LLDCs; and mobilize international support and action by and for LLDCs, including the formulation and adoption of a renewed development partnership framework for the next decade. In advance of the conference, the Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Conference is expected to hold two sessions at UN Headquarters in New York, the US: the first from 12-13 June; and the second from 11-12 September.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: UN-OHRLLS   www: http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2014/01/A.68.708E...
 http://unohrlls.org/about-lldcs/comprehensive-ten-year-revie...  

CMS COP 11

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee will take place 2-3 November and regional coordination meetings 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 4-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...  

ForestSAT 2014: A Bridge between Forest Sciences, Remote Sensing and Geo-Spatial Applications

Organized by several Italian institutions in coordination with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA), and European Environment Agency (EEA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the ForestSAT 2014 conference will promote the integration of Earth observation with other geo‐spatial applications and traditional forest sciences. The conference covers all possible scientifically-based developments and applications of remote-sensing and geographic information system (GIS) tools for monitoring, mapping or modeling forest systems, and aims to facilitate a better understanding of their function and to support their inventory and sustainable management.  

dates: 4-7 November 2014   location: Italy   additional: Riva del Garda, Trento   e-mail: info@forestsat2014.com   www: http://forestsat2014.com/  

GEO-XI

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

dates: 5-7 November 2014 [tentative]   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8505   fax: +41-22-730-8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: http://www.earthobservations.org/index.shtml  

World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

The 2014 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) World Conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Japan, advised by an International Steering Group of 12 ESD experts from around the world. Based on a recommendation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided to dedicate a UN Decade to ESD (2005-2014) in December 2002. It designated UNESCO to coordinate global efforts to make education relevant for addressing present and future sustainable development challenges. The 2014 ESD World Conference will mark the end of the ESD Decade, as well as constitute an important milestone for pointing the way ahead. It will highlight the role of ESD for the transition to green economies and societies and as a catalyst for cross-sector planning and implementation of programmes in areas such as climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction. The World Conference also will address how ESD can help move sustainable development policy and action forward to meet different global, regional, national, and local needs. The conference will be preceded by stakeholder meetings from 4-8 November.  

dates: 10-12 November 2014   venue: Nagoya Congress Centre   location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-...  

Third Global Chemical Leasing Award Ceremony

Organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), this award intends to further enhance the global visibility of Chemical Leasing, acknowledge best practices, and inspire companies and individuals around the globe to apply the Chemical Leasing business concept by reducing inefficient use and over-consumption of chemicals, as well as by developing strong business partnerships and innovation along the entire supply chain. Chemical Leasing is part of UNIDO's Green Industry strategy.  

dates: 11-13 November 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland   contact: Petra Schwager   e-mail: P.Schwager@unido.org   www: http://www.unido.org/news/press/third-announced.html#pp1[g1]...  

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.  

dates: 12-19 November 2014   location: Sydney, Australia   contact: Trevor Sandwith   e-mail: trevor.sandwith@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...  

G20 Leaders' Summit 2014

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum that assembles 19 members plus the EU, representing the world's major economies. General themes include global economy, financial regulation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The next G20 Summit will take place in Australia, which will work as a troika in defining the next work programme in cooperation with the past (Russian Federation) and future (Turkey) hosts. The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US, as well as the EU.  

dates: 15-16 November 2014   venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)   location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   www: http://www.g20.org
 http://www.dpmc.gov.au/g20/host_year.cfm  

Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

MOP 26 is scheduled to consider a several issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions and other draft decisions forwarded from the OEWG.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Secretariat   phone: +254-20-762-3851   fax: +254-20-762-0335   e-mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

5th International Conference on Deserts, Drylands and Desertification

The International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) will focus on the theme, 'Healthy Lands - Healthy People'. It will consider the interactions between drylands and the people around them. The conference will include plenary lectures and panels, parallel sessions, workshops and field trips on theoretical and practical issues related to addressing desertification and sustainable livelihoods in dryland areas. Sessions will also be held on, inter alia: the target of zero net rate of land degradation; soil and land restoration; urban planning in drylands; and water policy in drylands.  

dates: 17-20 November 2014   venue: Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Sede Boqer Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   location: Israel   contact: Dorit Korine, Conference Coordinator   phone: +972 (8) 659 6781   fax: +972 (8) 659 6772   e-mail: desertification@bgu.ac.il   www: http://eld-initiative.org/index.php?id=51&tx_ttnews%5Btt_new...
 http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/desertification/Pages/default.aspx  

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Lara Ognibene   phone: +254-20-762-3106   e-mail: lara.ognibene@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&...  

December 2014

UNFCCC COP 20

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2014 in Peru. Venezuela has offered to host a pre-COP ministerial meeting,  

dates: 1-12 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

Arctic Biodiversity Congress

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Congress Secretariat   e-mail: caff@caff.is   www: http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/congress?utm_sour...  

Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG

The Second Meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG2) is expected to: review and prioritize proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation for the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4); consider proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; consider the outcomes of regional meetings; and identify priority issues for consideration at ICCM4.  

dates: 15-17 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8532   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: saicm@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

January 2015

Ramsar COP 12

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in the first half of 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.  

date: 1 January 2015 [tentative]   venue: Conrad Resort and Casino   location: Uruguay   additional: Punta del Este   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41-22-999-0170   fax: +41-22-999-0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.sprep.org/biodiversity-ecosystems-management/urug...  

CGRFA 15 Special Information Seminar

Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.  

date: 17 January 2015 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 49811   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/  

15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

dates: 19-24 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/  

March 2015

World Conference on Disaster Reduction 2015 [tentative]

The World Conference on Disaster Reduction will be hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), and is expected to agree a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

dates: 14-18 March 2015   location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan   contact: UNISDR   phone: +41-2291-78907   fax: +41-2291-78964   e-mail: isdr@un.org   www: http://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/hfa  

May 2015

Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

From 1 May-31 October 2015, Expo 2015 will be held on the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It is organized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is the body responsible for overseeing and regulating issues relating to the organization of World and International Expos. Recognizing the role of food and nutrition in achieving sustainable development, the event will focus on a variety of related themes, including improving food quality and security, ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for humans, and promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices.  

date: 1 May 2015   venue: Expo - Milano 2015   location: Milan, Italy   contact: Expo 2015 Planning Office   phone: +39 02 89459400/499   www: http://en.expo2015.org/  

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

dates: 3-14 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Secretariats   www: http://synergies.pops.int/Home/tabid/813/mctl/ViewDetails/Ev...  

UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11)

The eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) will consider the future of the international arrangement on forests, based on challenges and its effectiveness. The meeting will also review progress in the implementation of the global objectives on forests and the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests. Thematic issues under consideration will include sustainable forest management (SFM) and forest law enforcement as was as cooperation and coordination.  

dates: 4-15 May 2015   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1 212 963 3401   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html  

June 2015

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10108  

40th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2015.  

dates: 3-14 June 2015   location: Bonn, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

The 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) will take place in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in June 2015.  

dates: 14-19 June 2015   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   contact: Conference Secretariat   phone: +82-64-735-1036   fax: +82-64-735-1098   e-mail: icmgp2015@icmgp2015.com   www: http://mercury2015.com/  

September 2015

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

The 14th World Forestry Congress, hosted by the Republic of South Africa, and convened by the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. The Congress is intended to raise awareness and provide a forum for discussions on forestry-related technical, scientific and policy issues.  

dates: 7-11 September 2015 [tentative]   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries   e-mail: WFC-XIV-Info@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wfc/en/  

70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 22 September 2016.  

dates: 15-28 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

October 2015

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

date: 1 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru   contact: David Theis, World Bank   phone: +1 202-458-8626   e-mail: dtheis@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/09/14/world-bank-group...  

South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (SAIREC)

The Government of South Africa together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are hosting the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), to gather ministers, decision-makers, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss experiences and strategies for accelerating the global deployment of renewable energy. The event is aimed particularly at giving the African renewable energy industry opportunities to showcase its work and gain insights from other participants. This event will build upon previous "IREC" conferences held in Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).  

dates: 4-7 October 2015   location: South Africa   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://ren21.net/Portals/0/documents/activities/IRECs/IREC%2...  

November 2015

UNFCCC COP 21

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

May 2016

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

dates: 18-29 May 2016   location: Bonn, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

September 2016

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  

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in November-December 2016, at a venue to be determined.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2016   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

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, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1