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January 2017

UNFF Working Group and Special Session

The back-to-back meetings of the United Nations Forum on Forests' (UNFF) Working Group and Special Session are due to negotiate and endorse the UNFF Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for 2017-2020, based on recommendations submitted by the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) on the International Arrangement on Forests Strategic Plan.  

dates: 16-20 January 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html  

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters gathers the world's top leaders at the beginning of each year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional and industry agendas. The World Economic Forum will address the response of all actors to the challenges related to 14 System Initiatives, including on: Shaping the Future of Consumption; Shaping the Future of Economic Growth and Social Inclusion; Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work; Shaping the Future of Energy; Shaping the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security; Shaping the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems; Shaping the Future of Food Security and Agriculture; Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare; Shaping the Future of International Trade and Investment; Shaping the Future of Long-Term Investing, Infrastructure and Development; and Shaping the Future of Mobility.  

dates: 17-20 January 2017   location: Switzerland   additional: Davos-Klosters   www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...  

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA 2017)

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) focuses on questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy. The GFFA 2017 will consider the theme, 'Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World,' and will take place in Berlin from 19-21 January 2017.  

dates: 19-21 January 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)   e-mail: info@gffa-berlin.de   www: http://www.gffa-berlin.de/en/  

ECOSOC President's Retreat

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene a retreat to advance preparations for the 2017 session of the Council. The retreat also aims to foster synergies between the various fora taking place under the auspices of ECOSOC, including the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FFD Forum) and the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs.  

dates: 20-21 January 2017   venue: Glen Cove Mansion   location: New York City, US   additional: Glen Cove, NY (Long Island)   contact: ECOSOC President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Informal High-level Dialogue of UNGA on the Sustaining Peace Agenda

In recognition of the fundamental interlinkages between the 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace, UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene a High-level Dialogue titled 'Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustaining Peace Agenda,' with the participation of the President of the UN Security Council, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the Chair of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC). The meeting seeks to promote UN system-wide coherence in addressing the two Agenda in view of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) on peace, justice and strong institutions. The Sustaining Peace agenda has been agreed by the UNGA and the UN Security Council. It seeks to broaden the UN’s peacebuilding engagement beyond post-conflict settings, and to bring a "sustaining peace" perspective to all the UN’s work across peace and security, human rights, and development. The dialogue will include an opening session, a high-level segment, an interactive panel discussion on 'Taking a comprehensive approach to sustainable development and sustaining peace,' and three workshops on: Empowering women, girls and youth for peace and sustainable development; Addressing the root causes of conflict for peace and sustainable development; and Strengthening transparent, inclusive and accountable institutions for peace and sustainable development. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is facilitating a process to identify civil society speakers and other civil society attendees.  

date: 24 January 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the General Assembly   e-mail: daniel.thomas@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/building-sustainable-p...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/12...  

CGRFA 16

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. CGRFA 16 will be preceded by a Special Event on 28 January.  

dates: 28 January - 3 February 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at UN

In resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested the President to: conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples, and existing relevant UN mechanisms on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN; and prepare a compilation of views presented during the consultations to form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its following session, UNGA 71. On 8 July 2016, President Mogens Lykketoft circulated a compilation of views expressed during the UNGA 70 consultations, including concrete recommendations on the way forward. On 28 September 2016, President Peter Thomson (UNGA 71) confirmed the reappointment of Kai Saner, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, as advisers to assist him with the consultation process. Per the indicative road map issued by the advisers of the consultation process, four consultations will take place in the winter and Spring of 2016. The consultation process is expected to result in a draft resolution that should then be finalized and adopted by the UNGA. The second in the series of four is expected to convene on 30 January-1 February 2017.  

dates: 30 January - 1 February 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/partic...  

2017 ECOSOC Youth Forum

The sixth UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will consider the theme, 'The Role of Youth in Poverty Eradication and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World'. The Forum will have opening and closing plenary sessions with representatives from youth organizations, high-level keynote speakers, as well as thematic and regional breakout sessions. It will include a Ministerial Roundtable that could feature national reviews of progress on youth development and youth engagement in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Young people will also be encouraged to make individual and group commitments for action for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All plenary sessions will feature SDG Youth Advocates and YouTubers, in interactive and dynamic discussions to leverage their influence and global reach to inspire concrete actions to promote SDG implementation. The Forum will seek to reflect a diversity of youth organizations and include a balanced representation of youth from developed and developing countries. The outcome of the meeting is expected to be an ECOSOC Presidential Statement that will be transmitted for consideration to the 2017 session of the ECOSOC High-level Segment and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). An informal summary of the event is also expected. The meeting should be webcast and participants should be able to pose questions via social media through Facebook and Twitter. The annual ECOSOC Youth Forum is a platform where young people can contribute to policy discussions at the UN through collective ideas, solutions and innovations. Hashtag: #YOUTH2030  

dates: 30-31 January 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/902004  

February 2017

55th Session of Commission for Social Development

The 2017 session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD 55) will address the theme, 'Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all', which is the priority theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle of the Commission. The session will be preceded by a Civil Society Forum, on 30-31 January 2017 at UN Headquarters, hosted jointly by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (DESA) Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), the NGO Committee for Social Development and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).  

dates: 1-10 February 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: DESA Division for Social Policy and Development   www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/civil-society/csocd55.ht...  

Global Forum on Migration and Development

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will hold the First Preparatory Meetings of the GFMD on 1-2 February 2017, under the chairship of Germany and Morocco.  

dates: 1-2 February 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: GFMD   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 http://www.gfmd.org/meetings/germany2017/calendar  

First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020. ICCM4 decided that the intersessional process should include, in principle, two meetings before the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) (to be held in 2018 or early 2019) and another between OEWG3 and ICCM5. The first intersessional meeting is expected to focus in part on a discussion of an independent evaluation of SAICM for 2006-2015.  

dates: 7-9 February 2017   location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +4122-917-8532   fax: +4122-797-3460   e-mail: SAICM.CHEMICALS@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

77th Meeting of the CDM Accreditation Panel

The 77th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)-Accreditation Panel will meet in Bonn, Germany. The CDM Accreditation Panel was established to develop recommendations and facilitate the decision making of the CDM Executive Board in accordance with the standards and procedure for accrediting operational entities.  

dates: 7-9 February 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: cdm-info@unfccc.int   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/about/index.html
 http://cdm.unfccc.int/Panels/index.html  

World Government Summit 2017

The World Government Summit is the primary global forum dedicated to shaping the future of government worldwide. Each year, the Summit sets the agenda for the next generation of governments with a focus on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity. The Summit provides an analysis platform for the future trends, issues and opportunities facing humanity. It is also an opportunity to showcase innovations, best practice and smart solutions to inspire creativity to tackle these future challenges.  

dates: 12-14 February 2017   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

40th Session of the IFAD Governing Council

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governing Council is IFAD's highest decision-making body. The Council convenes annually at Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. Along with other items, the 40th session of the Council will appoint IFAD's new President, who is expected to take office in April 2017.  

dates: 14-15 February 2017   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: IFAD Secretariat   phone: +39-0654591   fax: +39-065043463   e-mail: ifad@ifad.org   www: https://www.ifad.org/who/governance/tags/gc/2082356
 https://www.ifad.org/who/governance/tags/gc/2109081  

18th Meeting of the CGE

The 18th meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from non-Annex I Parties (CGE) will meet in Bonn, Germany. The CGE was established in 1999 in order to improve national communications and Biennial Update Reports (BURs) from developing country Parties through technical advice and support, and is the key technical support element under the UNFCCC to assist developing countries meet their reporting obligations. The UNFCCC Secretariat recently published a CGE booklet on helping developing countries achieve their reporting goals.  

dates: 14-16 February 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: nai_nc@unfccc.int   www: https://www.unfccc.int/national_reports/non-annex_i_natcom/c...  

8th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management

The International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management (INDM) series conference is a platform for sharing knowledge, experience and discussing strategic and operational level issues for reducing the disaster risks, mitigating climate change, and adapting to its impacts. This conference is organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos) and the International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management Secretariat (INDM). It will bring together more than 900 participants, including scientists, experts, policymakers, practitioners, representatives from the private sector and other key players Iran and different neighboring countries. Topics to be address include: opportunities in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR and COP 21 outcomes at national and local levels; mitigating droughts and floods in agriculture; natural hazard and determination of vulnerability, social dimensions of disasters, risk perception and communication; and linking the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with disaster risk management.  

dates: 14-15 February 2017   location: Tehran, Iran   contact: International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management Secretariat   www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/49297
 http://www.indm.ir/en/  

Preparatory Meeting for UN Conference on SDG 14

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a preparatory meeting for the UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), under the leadership of co-facilitators Alvaro Mendonca Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN. The meeting will discuss the elements of the expected outcome document, a ‘Call for Action’, and the themes for the partnership dialogues.  

dates: 15-16 February 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Con...  

15th Coordination Meeting on International Migration

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is holding this annual coordination meeting in response to UN General Assembly resolution 58/208 of 23 February 2004, which requests the UN Secretary-General to continue convening meetings to coordinate international migration activities, in order to: share and exchange information on data collection activities - existing and planned - in the area of international migration, and their use; identify the major gaps or areas of missing information; and facilitate the coordination of activities of the various offices within the UN system and other relevant international and regional organizations as well as institutions concerned with international migration. DESA's coordination meeting on international migration is the largest annual, multi-stakeholder event on migration at the UN in New York. It brings together entities of the UN system, civil society and Member States with a view to sharing research findings, exchanging information and coordinating activities on migration. Contributions toward the Global Compact will be discussed. On the margins of the coordination meeting, a lunchtime side event will take place on 'Integrating a gender perspective in the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration'.  

dates: 16-17 February 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: DESA Population Division   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

93rd Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 93rd Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board will meet in Bonn, Germany. The Executive Board supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).  

dates: 20-24 February 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: cdm-info@unfccc.int   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/Meetings/MeetingInfo/DB/F9VJ5WH6QTEDN1...
 http://cdm.unfccc.int/filestorage/B/X/F/BXFMYNW1K48ZG0UEVCO6...  

UN Bahamas Symposium on Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in SIDS

The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration will host the UN Bahamas Symposium on Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), on the theme of 'Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partners'.  

dates: 21-23 February 2017   location: Bahamas   contact: Wai Min Kwok, DESA   phone: +1 917-367-3026   e-mail: kwok@un.org   www: http://mofa.gov.bs/un-bahamas-symposium-on-implementing-the-...
 https://publicadministration.un.org/bahamas_symposium  

15th EU-OCT Forum and 15th OCTA Ministerial Conference

The Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the EU (OCTA) Ministerial Conference (chaired by Aruba) and trilateral meetings will take place on the margins of the annual OCT-EU Forum (chaired by the EC), which is one of the three instances of dialogue for the Association between EU and OCTs. The Forum brings together OCTs authorities, representatives of the Member States and the Commission.  

dates: 21-24 February 2017   location: Oranjestad, Aruba   www: http://www.octassociation.org/15th-eu-oct-forum-february-201...
 http://www.octassociation.org/political-dialogue-eu-oct-ms  

First Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum

The first Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum (CSDF) will take place in Oranjestad, Aruba, from 21-23 February 2017.  

dates: 21-23 February 2017   location: Oranjestad, Aruba   www: http://www.crfm.int/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&la...  

World Ocean Summit 2017

This Economist event will be the fourth World Ocean Summit, and will discuss how to finance a sustainable ocean economy, including consideration of the types of investment frameworks and capital necessary to bring the blue economy to scale. The event will convene over 360 global leaders from government, industry, multilateral organizations, the scientific community, and civil society to address the risks and opportunities involved in pursuing a blue economy approach and showcase examples of businesses, governments, scientists and others who have successfully aligned economic activity with sustainable management of the oceans. Additional discussion topics include: the global demand for seafood over time; the economic case for addressing marine pollution; and areas for new investments in the ocean economy.  

dates: 22-24 February 2017   venue: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort   location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia   contact: Economist Events   e-mail: oceanspeakers@economist.com   www: http://www.economist.com/events-conferences/asia/ocean-summi...
 https://www.facebook.com/WorldOceanSummit/  

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation

In resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested the President to: conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples, and existing relevant UN mechanisms on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN; and prepare a compilation of views presented during the consultations to form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its following session, UNGA 71. On 8 July 2016, President Mogens Lykketoft circulated a compilation of views expressed during the UNGA 70 consultations, including concrete recommendations on the way forward. On 28 September 2016, President Peter Thomson (UNGA 71) confirmed the reappointment of Kai Saner, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, as advisers to assist him with the consultation process. Per the indicative road map issued by the advisers of the consultation process, four consultations will take place in the winter and Spring of 2016. The consultation process is expected to result in a draft resolution that should then be finalized and adopted by the UNGA. The third in the series of four is expected to convene on 27-28 February 2017.  

dates: 27-28 February 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/partic...  

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment 2017

The 2017 ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development segment is expected to discuss the elements of the UN General Assembly's 2016 resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), which addresses how the UN Development system will respond to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 28 February - 2 March 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Coordination and Support   www: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55783#.WGvkKi_Q...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Aid and Development Africa Summit 2017

This conference will be co-hosted by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The topics to be addressed by the conference panels include: Mobile Technology Innovations to Support Community Resilience; Data Strategy to Support SDGs; Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Strengthening Rural Infrastructure; Innovations, Partnerships and Policy Updates for Disaster Preparedness; Updates and Initiatives for Meeting Education SDGs; Improving Livelihoods and Safety of Displaced People; Lessons Learned from Recent Drought Crisis; Innovations and Reforms to Support Health SDGs; Humanitarian Logistics; Health & WASH Innovations; and Effective Partnerships for Aid and Development Programmes in East Africa.  

dates: 28 February - 1 March 2017   venue: Safari Park Hotel   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Aid & International Development Forum   www: http://africa.aidforum.org/  

March 2017

Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

The Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development is being organized by the UN SDG Action campaign and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), together with Cepei, Data-Pop Alliance, Plan International, Salzburg Global Seminar, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

dates: 1-3 March 2017   venue: World Conference Centre   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   www: http://globalfestivalofideas.org/  

UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold a week-long event for Peace and Sustainable Development, on the theme of 'The Role of Education'. Discussions will address two UNESCO programmes, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution to achieving SDG target 4.7 (By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development). The Week will focus on the issue of teachers and teacher training, and highlight best practices in the field of ESD and GCED.  

dates: 6-10 March 2017   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   contact: Alexander Leicht   e-mail: a.leicht@unesco.org   www: http://en.unesco.org/events/unesco-week-peace-and-sustainabl...  

IPBES 5

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. IPBES is placed under the auspices of four United Nations entities (UNEP, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP) and is administered by UNEP. Its secretariat is hosted by the German Government. The fifth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-5) will take place from 7-10 March 2017, in Bonn, Germany. The Plenary will be preceded by a stakeholder event on 6 March.  

dates: 6-10 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   www: http://www.ipbes.net/plenary/ipbes-5  

15th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance

At its 15th meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will consider, inter alia: the 2017 workplan of the SCF; the Sixth Review of the Financial Mechanism of the Convention; the 2017 Forum of the SCF; the review of the functions of the SCF; measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of support beyond the Biennial Assessment and Overview of climate finance flows; linkages with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention; 2018 Biennial Assessment and Overview of climate finance flows; and draft guidance to the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism.  

dates: 6-9 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php
 http://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechanis...  

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48)

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 48th session from 7-10 March 2017.  

dates: 7-10 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/48th-session/documents/  

IOM International Dialogue on Migration

The International Dialogue on Migration, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) principal forum for migration policy dialogue, meets twice a year, bringing together migration policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations. The 2017 theme will be dedicated to the global compact and its preparatory process. The Dialogue will take place in March 2017, on a date to be announced.  

date: 7 March 2017 [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IOM   www: http://www.iom.int/idm
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Global Cities Summit

The 2017 Global Cities Summit will take place on the theme, 'Cities on the Global Stage: Data as the Universal Language'. The Summit is hosted by the World Council on City Data (WCCD) in Partnership with the Executive Council of Dubai.  

dates: 7-9 March 2017   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   www: http://www.dataforcities.org/summit/  

CSW 61

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will focus on the priority theme, ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’. CSW 61 is expected to address women’s economic empowerment in the context of SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). In addition, UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson has announced his intention to convene key actors to ensure sustained engagement on SDG 5, including during the margins of CSW 61. CSW will also address: ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls’ as its review theme; ‘The empowerment of indigenous women’ as an emerging issue and focus area; progress and gaps in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and other issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women; and the Commission’s multi-year work programme. CSW will result in recommendations, which are forwarded to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for follow-up.  

dates: 13-24 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Women   phone: +1 646 781-4400   fax: +1 646 781-4444   www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...  

Sixth meeting of the Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing

Through Resolution 1/2015, the Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) extended the mandate of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (the Working Group) for the 2016-2017 biennium. Among other objectives, the Working Group is tasked with elaborating a revised Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the development of a subscription system. The Sixth meeting of the Working Group, or OWG-EFMLS-6, will be held in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 13-17 March 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...
 http://www.fao.org/3/a-bl138e.pdf  

29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

This meeting will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.The Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund on an interim basis.  

dates: 14-17 March 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/29th-adaptation-fund-...  

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017   location: Agadir, Laayoune, Morocco   contact: FAO Silva Mediterranea   phone: +33-491-90-7670   e-mail: Silva-Mediterranea@fao.org   www: http://www.5.medforestweek.org/  

Fifth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 5th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held during Northern Spring in 2017, possibly at the end of March.  

date: 20 March 2017   location: TBA   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/  

Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon

The Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (GSOC17) will be a scientific meeting, with 300-500 participants representing all geographical regions and countries of the world. The Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon will contribute to the efforts of ending hunger and malnutrition, climate change adaptation, reversing land degradation, and overall sustainable development while linking sustainable soil management and climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

dates: 21-23 March 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: GSOC17 Organizers   e-mail: GSOC17@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-organic-carbon-sympos...  

5th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism

At its fifth meeting, the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) will address, inter alia: the current status of the mandates ensuing from decision 1/CP.21, paragraphs 48 and 49, namely establishing a clearing house for risk transfer that serves as a repository for information on insurance and risk transfer, and establishing a task force to develop recommendations for integrated approaches to avert,minimize and address displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change; implementing activities of the initial two-year workplan; and development of activities for the five-year rolling workplan, taking into account, inter alia, relevant inputs made by Parties and relevant organizations.  

dates: 21-24 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/groups_committees/loss_and_dama...
 http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/loss_and_damage/ite...  

2017 European Union Summit

The leaders of the 27 remaining EU member states (all those except for the UK, which has voted to leave the EU) will gather to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community among the original six (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany). The Summit is expected to represent the conclusion of the reflection process conducted as part of the Bratislava Roadmap.  

date: 25 March 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/...
 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/...  

Third Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The third session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 3) will convene from 27 March-7 April 2017, in New York, US.  

dates: 27 March - 7 April 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm  

45th Session of the IPCC

The 45th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 45) will convene from 27-31 March 2017, in a location to be announced.  

dates: 27-31 March 2017 [tentative]   location: TBA   contact: IPCC Secretariat   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2017

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold the annual Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

dates: 29-31 March 2017   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ESCAP   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/escap  

April 2017

26th Meeting of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council [tentative]

The Governing Council (GC) serves as the decision-making body for the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and approves UN-HABITAT's biennial work programme and budget. The GC is also responsible for setting UN-HABITAT's policies by developing and promoting policy objectives, priorities and guidelines on existing and planned programmes of work on human settlements. The GC meets biennially and reports to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) through the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  

dates: 3-7 April 2017 [tentative]   venue: UNEP headquarters   location: Nairobi, Kenya [tentative]   www: http://unhabitat.org/about-us/governing-council/  

50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will consider the theme, 'Changing population age structures and sustainable development'. The meeting will discuss actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) at the global, regional and national levels, and the Secretariat's future programme of work. In addition, UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson intends to convene key partners for a side event on SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages). The Commission is composed of 47 UN Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the basis of geographic distribution. Since 1994, the Commission has met annually.  

dates: 3-17 April 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Director, Population Division   phone: +1 212 963-3209   fax: +1 212 963-2147   e-mail: population@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...
 http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/pdf/commiss...  

14th Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The dates of the 14th session of the Committee of Experts were agreed on 9 December 2016, by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in decision E/2017/L.10. The Committee's session will be followed by a one-day special meeting of ECOSOC on international cooperation in tax matters, on 7 April 2017.  

dates: 3-6 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: https://papersmart.unmeetings.org/ecosoc/sessions/2017/docum...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/tax-committee.html  

Third SE4ALL Forum

The 3rd Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All, or SEforAll) Forum will take place from 3-5 April 2017, in New York, US, on the theme of 'Going Further, Faster - Together'. The Forum will serve as a marketplace to help broker new partnerships and ideas, spur investment and drive action towards sustainable energy and realizing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (affordable and clean energy). SE4All Partners from across the globe will share their stories about how they are achieving results. It will also examine recent data on progress including the launch of the 3rd edition of the Global Tracking Framework on the delivery of universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The Forum will target solutions for accelerating and scaling energy access and energy productivity. The Forum will also showcase: the Multi-Tier Framework Survey in select High-Impact Countries Country-level deep dives on the Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy; the State of Energy Access report; and results from efforts to pilot approaches to track the finance flows for energy access. Events alongside the Forum will include one to bring the women's movement into the sustainable energy space. On 6 April, SE4All will hold a formal briefing on outcomes from the Forum for Permanent Representatives and senior UN officials, at UN Headquarters.  

dates: 3-5 April 2017   venue: Duggal Greenhouse, Brooklyn Navy Yard   location: New York City, US   contact: SE4All Secretariat   e-mail: forum@se4all.org   www: http://www.se4all.org/forum  

XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference

The XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference is organized by India’s Forest Research Institute and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, with support from the Indian Government and the Commonwealth Forestry Association. The Conference will convene under the theme of ‘Forests for Prosperity and Posterity’. Sub-themes include biodiversity conservation and management, good governance in forestry, forests and climate change, and forests and water.  

dates: 3-7 April 2017   location: Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India   contact: Dr. Savita, Chief Coordinator   phone: +91-135-275-5277   fax: +91-135-275-6865   e-mail: cfc207india@gmail.com   www: http://www.cfc2017.in/  

High-Level UNGA Event on Sustainable Finance

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, announced that his office will hold a High-Level event on Sustainable Finance in April 2017. This will be part of the ongoing efforts of the UNGA President's office to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the 71st session of the UNGA.  

date: 4 April 2017 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Dessima Williams   phone: 212-963-7086   e-mail: williamsd@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/12/07/informal-briefing-on-sus...  

2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum has served as a platform for discussion on partnerships since 2008, bringing together stakeholders, particularly from business and foundations, to discuss with governments ways in which to engage in support of the internationally agreed development goals.  

date: 5 April 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/officials-discuss-linking-sdgs-afri...
 https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017-2  

Special Meeting of ECOSOC on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

This one-day special meeting will take place directly following the 14th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.  

date: 7 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: https://papersmart.unmeetings.org/ecosoc/sessions/2017/docum...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/tax-committee.html  

UNGA Meeting on Tackling Inequalities [tentative]

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, is organizing a meeting on tackling inequalities prior to the World Bank Spring Meetings in 2017, with a particular focus on social, economic and political inclusion, in collaboration with the Commission on Business and Sustainable Development and others. The World Bank Spring Meetings will take place on 21-23 April 2017, in Washington, DC, US.  

date: 17 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...  

2017 Spring Meetings of World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place from 21-23 April, in Washington, DC, US. The Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, and aid effectiveness. The Meetings also offer an opportunity for civil society organizations to share their views and interact with policymakers in a global setting.  

dates: 21-23 April 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: IMF Secretariat   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/what-we-do/annual-meetings
 https://www.imf.org/external/am/  

Global Infrastructure Forum 2017

The 2017 session of the Global Infrastructure Forum will take place during the 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), with its organization led jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The outcome is expected to be a Chair’s statement, to be negotiated by the multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other partners.  

date: 22 April 2017   venue: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/infrastructure-forum...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/plans-underway-for-2017-global-infr...  

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/2016/15th-sess...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii...  

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@unep.org   www: http://synergies.pops.int/  

16th Session of UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

During its 16th session, the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will consider the theme 'Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): leadership, action and means'. The Committee is expected to discuss: local authorities and communities needs for implementing the SDGs; institutional leadership and arrangements and the SDGs; principles of effective governance; and strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication. It should also discuss the provisional agenda for the 17th session of the Committee and adopt the report of its 16th session. CEPA was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolution 2001/45, and is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among UN Member States.  

dates: 24-28 April 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: US   contact: Marion Barthelemy, UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)   phone: +1 212 963 2764   e-mail: barthelemy1@un.org   www: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/CEPA/session16
 http://workspace.unpan.org/sites/Internet/Documents/Decision...  

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation [tentative]

In resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested the President to: conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples, and existing relevant UN mechanisms on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN; and prepare a compilation of views presented during the consultations to form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its following session, UNGA 71. On 8 July 2016, President Mogens Lykketoft circulated a compilation of views expressed during the UNGA 70 consultations, including concrete recommendations on the way forward. On 28 September 2016, President Peter Thomson (UNGA 71) confirmed the reappointment of Kai Saner, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, as advisers to assist him with the consultation process. Per the indicative road map issued by the advisers of the consultation process, four consultations will take place in the winter and Spring of 2016. The consultation process is expected to result in a draft resolution that should then be finalized and adopted by the UNGA. The fourth in the series of four is expected to convene on 24 April-5 May 2017, during the Permanent Forum (specific dates to be confirmed, depending on the schedule of the Forum).  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/partic...  

UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development back-to-back with the UNECE Anniversary session. The event will contribute to regional follow-up and review through a discussion of reviews in UNECE Sectoral Committees and other UNECE inputs, reviews and inputs from regional UN systems, other regional and international organizations and civil society and other stakeholders. The conclusions of the review will be forwarded as a contribution from the UNECE region to the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

date: 25 April 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/71/se2810ece.pdf  

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold the annual Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development (LAC RFSD), in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

dates: 26-28 April 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: ECLAC   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/eclac  

May 2017

12th Session of UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 12)

The 12th session of the UN Forum on Forests will convene from 1-5 May 2017, in New York, US.  

dates: 1-5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/unff-12/index.html  

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will organize this meeting in May 2017. Two preparatory meetings will consider key messages and relevant practice and policy. The preparatory meetings are planned to be held: in March, in Dakar, Senegal, on the margins of the AU/ECA joint conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; and in April, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  

date: 3 May 2017 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: President of ECOSOC   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2017

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment for 2017 is scheduled to take place from 8-10 May.  

dates: 8-10 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/substantive-sessions
 https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N16/235/14/PDF...  

Global Soil Week 2017

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2017 is expected to take place in Berlin, Germany, in May.  

dates: 8-12 May 2017 [tentative]   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)   www: http://globalsoilweek.org  

18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 18th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 18) will take place in New York, US, from 15-19 May 2017.  

dates: 15-19 May 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/  

Second Annual STI Forum

This Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) was created in 2016 as a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which was mandated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The TFM is considered part of the means of implementation for the SDGs.  

dates: 15-16 May 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2017  

UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold the annual Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

dates: 16-19 May 2017   location: TBA   contact: UNECA   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/eca  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

Held every two years, the Dresden Nexus Conference brings together individuals and organizations from diverse research disciplines, national and international organizations and actors who apply a "Nexus Approach" to resource management. The 2017 conference will address the theme, ‘SDGs and the Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation,’ with a focus on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities. The Dresden Nexus Conference was initiated by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development.  

dates: 17-19 May 2017   venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany   contact: Rachel Shindelar, UNU-FLORES   phone: + 49 (351) 8921 9377   e-mail: shindelar@unu.edu   www: https://flores.unu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/160301_DNC...
 http://www.dresden-nexus-conference.org  

The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."  

dates: 17-18 May 2017   location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia   contact: University of Virginia Center for Oceans Law and Policy   phone: 1-434-924-7441   e-mail: colp@virginia.edu   www: http://www.virginia.edu/colp/annual-conference.html  

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The Global Platform is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: UNISDR   phone: +41 229178907-8   fax: +41 227339531   e-mail: isdr@un.org   www: http://www.unisdr.org/archive/48290
 https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform  

2017 World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Gregory Härtl, Spokesperson Coordinator   phone: +41 79 203 67 15   fax: + 41 22 791 31 11   e-mail: hartlg@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/  

2017 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FFD Forum)

The annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), established following paragraph 132 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, addresses the follow-up and review of financing for development (FFD) outcomes and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2017 session will convene from 22-25 May 2017. It will include the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  

dates: 22-25 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Dominika Halka   phone: +1 212-963-6653   e-mail: halka@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-takes-action-on-aaaas-tax-man...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/ecosoc-ffd-forum.htm...  

52nd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 52nd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 23-25 May 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 22 May. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 22-25 May 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings  

IWRA XVI World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) organizes a World Water Congress every three years. The Congress provides a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research and developments in the field of water sciences around the world, bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders. The sixteenth Congress (XVI) will take place on the theme, 'Bridging Science and Policy.' Specific sub-themes to be addressed at the Congress include: water, sanitation and health; water quality, wastewater and reuse; water security in a changing world; water policy and governance; water ecosystems and physical regimes; and water and sustainable growth. The crosscutting issues of bridging science and policy, building capacity, and stakeholder participation will also be addressed. A call for papers is open from 16 March to 1 September 2016, and abstracts of less than 500 words may be submitted through the Congress website. An international scientific committee will review submissions. Full papers will be due on 1 January 2017, and proposals for side events should be submitted by 1 November 2016. The previous Congress took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017   venue: Cancun International Convention Centre, Punta Cancún   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: IWRA Executive Office   e-mail: office@iwra.org   www: http://www.worldwatercongress.com/index.htm
 http://www.worldwatercongress.com/callforp.htm  

International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond – Contributing to Development

The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved through IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme and to demonstrate how the programme can best contribute to the development and attainment of the SDGs in Member States. It will also enable Member States and other partners to explore collectively innovative means to further develop partnerships with other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors and the private sector, in order to enhance delivery of the TC programme.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2017   venue: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna International Centre   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Martina Khaelss   phone: +43 1 2600 21315   e-mail: M.Khaelss@iaea.org   www: http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/52858/International-Con...  

June 2017

Expo 2017: Future Energy

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

dates: 1-11 June 2017   location: Astana, Kazakhstan   contact: Expo 2017 Press Office   phone: +7-7172-91-94-63   e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz   www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en  

Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [tentative]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council, which was to be held in parallel to the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was postponed from 21-24 November 2016. It will now take place in mid-2017. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda. The GRASP Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GRASP Secretariat   phone: +254 20762 3842   e-mail: info@un-grasp.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=756c25b7498b33eecd1c114e...
 http://council2016.un-grasp.org/en/council/  

Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement [tentative]

The Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that it regrets having to inform Parties of the postponement of the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) to 2017. The third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) was scheduled originally to convene in parallel with the GRASP Council in November 2016, so that the two organizations could streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda, leading to the postponement of the Grasp Council meeting as well as the GA MOP3 to mid-2017.  

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: CMS Gorilla Agreement Secretariat   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2016025-postponement-third-meetin...
 http://www.cms.int/en/news/2016021-dates-3rd-meeting-parties...  

Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Indonesia during the first half of 2017. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.  

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GPA Coordination Office   www: http://unep.org/gpa/default.asp  

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14

This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Con...  

2017 International Labour Conference

The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.  

dates: 5-17 June 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ILO Secretariat   phone: +4 1(0) 22 799 6111   fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685   e-mail: ilo@ilo.org   www: http://www.ioe-emp.org/international-labour-organization/int...
 http://www.ilo.org/ilc/AbouttheILC/lang--en/index.htm  

Clean Energy Ministerial 8 (CEM8)

The eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) will be hosted by China and will take place in Beijing, China, from 6-8 June 2017. The agenda is expected to include a technology showcase, side events, and a public-private action day. The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders. Current CEM members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  

dates: 6-8 June 2017   location: Beijing, China   contact: Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...  

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; the UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008.  

date: 8 June 2017   location: worldwide   www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/  

UNGA High-level Debate on SDG 11 [tentative]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson announced his intention to convene a high-level debate on SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). The event is expected to bring together mayors, community administrators, city resilience leaders, and other stakeholders to focus on implementation of SDG 11 and to discuss a report mandated by the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in its outcome document, the New Urban Agenda. The New Urban Agenda calls for a two-day High-level Meeting of the UNGA to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The New Urban Agenda further calls for the UN Secretary-General to submit to a report on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-HABITAT, including its mandate, governance structure, work and financial capabilities.  

date: 20 June 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNGA President's Office   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...
 https://www2.habitat3.org/bitcache/99d99fbd0824de50214e99f86...  

Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main, annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the GSP will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 20-22 June 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/events/detail/en/c/462873/
 http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/overview/plenary-...  

10th GFMD Summit Meeting

The Global Forum on Migration and Development will hold its tenth summit meeting, under the chairship of Germany and Morocco.  

dates: 28-30 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: GFMD   www: http://www.gfmd.org/meetings/germany2017/calendar  

July 2017

G20 Summit

The G20 Summit under the German Presidency will be held on 7-8 July in Hamburg, Germany. The 20 Heads of State and Government and top-level representatives of international organizations will gather under the motto of Germany's G20 Presidency: 'Shaping an interconnected world'. A main concern of the Presidency is to make progress on realizing the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The G20 members include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union (EU).  

dates: 7-8 July 2017   location: Hamburg, Germany   www: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/EN/Artikel/2016/06_en...
 https://www.g20.org/Webs/G20/EN/Home/home_node.html  

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

dates: 10-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf  

Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.  

dates: 10-21 July 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm  

Montreal Protocol OEWG 39

The 39th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11-14 July 2017. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop on safety standards relevant to the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), to be held on 10 July, and the 58th meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol (ImpCom58), to be held on 9 July.  

dates: 11-14 July 2017   venue: UN Conference Center, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Ozone Secretariat   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-39/SiteP...  

Africa Open Data Conference 2017

The Africa Open Data Community is a convening space for tech industry, small businesses, journalists, civic tech, entrepreneurs, researchers, students, IT solution providers, banks, telcoms, insurance companies, NGOs, donor organizations, and local and national governments to connect virtually and in person to share advances in open data, share lessons, and form new collaborations.  

dates: 17-21 July 2017   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Africa Open Data Community   www: http://www.africaopendata.net/
 http://www.badili.org/2nd-africa-open-data-conference-2017-a...  

2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 7th PRME Assembly

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, is the first organized relationship between the UN and business schools. The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 18-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://bulletin.unglobalcompact.org/campaigns/reports/viewCa...
 http://www.unprme.org/  

CITES Animals and Plants Committees

The 29th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee will take place from 18-21 July, followed by a Joint Session with the CITES Plants Committee on 22 July. The 23rd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee will take place on 24-27 July.  

dates: 18-27 July 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   www: https://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 https://cites.org/eng/disc/ac_pc.php  

August 2017

2017 World Water Week

2017 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 27 August-1 September 2017. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme: water and waste – reduce and reuse.  

dates: 27 August - 1 September 2017   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: SIWI   www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/  

September 2017

Ninth BRICS Summit

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will gather for the ninth BRICS summit. China intends to use the meeting in order to review successes in BRICS cooperation, plan a vision for future development, specify the direction of the BRICS mechanism, and expand cooperation, including with emerging markets and developing countries to forge a "platform for South-South cooperation with international influence."  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Xiamen, Fujian, China   www: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/t1421653.shtml  

UNCCD COP 13

The thirteen session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), along with the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 16) and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 13), will convene in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, from 4-15 September 2017. A high-level segment is scheduled to take place from 11-12 September 2017. At COP 13, UNCCD Parties are expected to adopt the Strategic Framework that will guide action under the Convention from 2018-2030, among other decisions.  

dates: 4-15 September 2017   location: China   additional: Ordos, Inner Mongolia   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www2.unccd.int/cop13  

Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Congress will take place under the theme, ‘MPAs: Bringing the ocean and people together’. The Congress will convene MPA scientists and practitioners to discuss a range of topics relevant to MPAs, including conservation, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement and management tools, and communications and education. The Government of Chile, through its Ministry of the Environment, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) are organizing IMPAC4.  

dates: 4-8 September 2017   location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile   e-mail: impac4@mma.gob.cl   www: http://impac.mma.gob.cl/
 http://www.icriforum.org/meeting/4th-international-marine-pr...  

4th International Conference on Research for Development

The Fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will address the theme, 'Evidence.Engagement.Policies,' focusing on four questions: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being; How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development; How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies; and How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative. ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme, www.r4d.ch) – a joint funding initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, www.cde.unibe.ch). The conference seeks contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Conference contributions should facilitate knowledge stewardship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and should improve our understanding of how evidence can support policies for sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are jointly called upon to share sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and to engage in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics. Leading researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are invited to propose sessions that reflect the conference themes by 24 January 2017.  

dates: 5-8 September 2017   location: Bern, Switzerland   e-mail: icrd@cde.unibe.ch   www: https://www.icrd.ch/  

46th Session of the IPCC

The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 45) will convene from 6-10 September 2017, in a location to be announced.  

dates: 6-10 September 2017 [tentative]   location: TBA   contact: IPCC Secretariat   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

4th Water Research Conference

The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.  

dates: 10-13 September 2017   venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada   location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada   www: http://www.waterresearchconference.com/
 http://iwrec.ok.ubc.ca/  

2017 International Renewable Energy Conference

Mexico will host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), which will take place in Mexico City, from 11-13 September 2017. MEXIREC 2017 will focus on global renewable energy development with a special focus on Latin America. Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate governments every two years and convened by REN21.  

dates: 11-13 September 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://www.ren21.net/irecs/  

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

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

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

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

dates: 25-29 September 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org  

October 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held during Northern Fall in 2017.  

date: 1 October 2017   location: TBA   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/  

Our Ocean Conference 2017

The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.  

dates: 5-6 October 2017   location: Malta   contact: Enrico Brivio   phone: +32 229 56172   www: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcement...  

30th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

This meeting will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.The Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund on an interim basis.  

dates: 10-13 October 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/30th-adaptation-fund-...  

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258
 http://www.centrescientifique.mc/en/  

CMS COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: cms.secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/cop12  

November 2017

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   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...  

ITPGR Governing Body Session

The next session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body is provisionally scheduled to take place in October/November 2017.  

date: 14 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/  

December 2017

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

dates: 4-6 December 2017   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies   phone: ?+254-20-7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/?  

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 5-7 December 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 4-7 December 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings  

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

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

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

March 2018

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

April 2018

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

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

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

November 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

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

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

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

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

date: 8 November 2018   location: Boston, MA, US   contact: University of Massachusetts Boston   phone: 617-287-7112   e-mail: crscad@umb.edu   www: https://www.umb.edu/crscad/events/equitable_development  

June 2019

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

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

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

November 2019

UNFCCC COP 25

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

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

October 2020

Third World Statistics Day

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

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