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February 2017

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) will hold its Ministerial Conference (chaired by Aruba) at the OCTA EU Forum. Overseas Countries and Territories (OTCs) are non-European countries and territories - many of them islands - that have a special relationship with the EU and EU Member States Denmark, France, Netherlands and the UK. The Forum brings together OCTs authorities, representatives of the Members States and the Commission members of the European Parliament. The Ministerial Conference will have an emphasis on Sustainable Energy and Climate Change.   

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 focus on Mitigation and Adaptation on Climate Change. The Forum will take place at the margins of the 15th OCTA Ministerial Conference.  

dates: 21-23 February 2017   location: Oranjestad, Aruba   www: http://www.crfm.int/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/events/first-caribbean-sustainable-devel...  

Meeting of GSDR 2019 Drafting Group

The 15 scientists and experts appointed to draft the 2019 edition of the quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) will hold a face-to-face meeting. An interactive session with the Member States is also planned during the three-day period.The 2019 edition will be the first of a series to inform high-level global reviews of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the UN in those years. UN Member States requested the formation of the independent group to draft the GSDR in the Ministerial Declaration of the 2016 High-Level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and of the 2016 session of the HLPF. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the 15 authors in December 2016. Endah Murniningtyas of Indonesia and Peter Messerli of Switzerland were appointed to serve as co-chairs of the group. The other members of the independent group of scientists are: Wolfgang Lutz (Austria), Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (Belgium), Parfait Ekoundou-Enyegue (Cameroon), Katherine Richardson (Denmark), Eeva Furman (Finland), Jean-Paul Moatti (France), Ernest Foli (Ghana), David Smith (Jamaica), Muhammad Saidam (Jordan), Jurgis Staniskis (Lithuania), Gonzalo Hernández Licona (Mexico), Eun Mee Kim (Republic of Korea) and Amanda Glassman (US). The group is supported by a UN task team co-chaired by six entities: the UN Secretariat; UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); and the World Bank.  

dates: 21-23 February 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: DESA   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/authors-of-2019-gsdr-appointed/
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2019  

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/news/2...  

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 and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The fifth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-5) will discuss, inter alia: draft policies on the admission of observers; implementation of the work programme 2014-2018; a framework for capacity building; an approach for addressing indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES deliverables; and consideration of assessments on invasive alien species; sustainable use of biodiversity; policy support tools; and stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day, held on 6 March. Stakeholder Days are organized in advance of each session of the Plenary to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.  

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

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...  

TAG Meeting on IATI

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) community has announced the 2017 TAG meeting. The four-day meeting will unite technical and political experts in the field of development and data exchange, as well as producers and users of IATI data from all over the world to exchange information and ideas on using and improving IATI data.  

dates: 6-9 March 2017   location: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania   www: http://www.badili.org/tag-2017-6-9-march-dar-es-salaam/  

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48)

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 48th session from 7-10 March 2017. The Statistical Commission consists of 24 member countries of the United Nations, elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution. The term of office of members is four years.  

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

31st Meeting of the LDC Expert Group

The 31st meeting of the Least Developed Country Expert Group (LEG) will meet in Bonn, Germany. The LEG was established in 2001 to provide technical support and advice to LDCs on national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the LDC work programme, and technical guidance and support to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process. The LEG meets twice a year and supports LDCs through, inter alia, training workshops, the development of guides, tools, technical papers, publications and databases, and the review of draft NAPAs.  

dates: 7-10 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: LEGhelp@unfcccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/groups_committees/ldc_expert_gr...  

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/  

11th Meeting of the Adaptation Committee

The Adaptation Committee (AC) aims to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation in a coherent manner under the Convention.  

dates: 7-10 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/groups_committees/adaptation_co...
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

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 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (OEWG-EFMLS-6) 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. Regional consultations will take place on 13 March, followed by OWG-EFMLS-6.  

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-...  

Meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is an informal, voluntary arrangement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests. These agencies share their experiences and build on them to produce new benefits for their respective constituencies. They collaborate to streamline and align their work and to find ways of improving forest management and conservation and the production and trade of forest products. The CPF usually convenes to discuss strategic areas of coordination between CPF members and to work towards a better coherence between countries. CPF members include: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Global Environment Facility (GEF); International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF); United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); World Agroforestry Centre; and the World Bank.  

date: 14 March 2017   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   phone: +39 06 57051   www: http://www.cpfweb.org/73953/en/
 http://www.cpfweb.org/73953/en/  

Webinar: Satellite Derived Annual PM2.5 Data Sets in Support of the SDGs

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program is offering this webinar on accessing and analyzing PM2.5 measurements in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this webinar, participants will learn how to analyze PM2.5 (related to Air Quality SDG indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2) over cities using satellite observations and will cover accessing the data, analyzing long-term trends, and combining PM2.5 and population data sets to understand long-term exposure. Participants in this free webinar will: become familiar with the SDGs as well as the satellite observations of air quality that are used to calculate indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2; learn about PM2.5 estimates made using satellite, surface, and model data sets; and understand how to use the 2014 WHO data set and access the indicator data for a city or country. The three, one-hour sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 15-29 March, and will be available twice each Wednesday: at 11:00-12:00 p.m. and 8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4).  

dates: 15-29 March 2017   location: virtual   www: https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/airquality/webinars/AQ-SDG-17  

APA Inter-sessional Workshop on Transparency

This inter-sessional workshop of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) on agenda item 5 (Modalities, procedures and guidelines for the transparency framework for action and support referred to in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement) will take place from 16-18 March 2017, in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 16-18 March 2017   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

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/  

18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2017 World Bank Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. It will convene under the theme, 'Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach'. The Conference will focus on the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, and identify strategies for working at scale and monitoring achievements. Thematic sessions will address, inter alia: research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations; delivering land administration services at scale; harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms, and other data technologies; land and urbanization; land for infrastructure, investment, disaster risk reduction; and securing land rights for equity, sustainability and resilience.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017   venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Land Conference 2017   e-mail: landconference@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/08/22/land-and-pover...  

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...  

International Day of Forests

The 2017 International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme of forests and energy. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.  

date: 21 March 2017   location: worldwide   www: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/
 http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/  

UNGA-UNFCCC High-level Action Event on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Agenda

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, will convene Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders for a High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. The event will include panel discussions on: Stocktaking on Climate - Paris Agreement ratification; Science; Gaps and Opportunities; Implementing Solutions - Scaling up implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs; and 2020 as Opportunity - Achieving the 2020 SDG targets and National Determined Contribution (NDC) ambitions. The event will provide an opportunity to highlight synergies between climate change and the 2030 Agenda, and to gather representatives of governments, international organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders who are advancing solutions to implementation of the SDGs and Paris Agreement.  

date: 23 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://bit.ly/23March-UNPGA-Climate-SDGs-Apply
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/events-latest/  

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  

FCPF Twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank will hold its twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting in Washington, DC, US. The Participants Committee is made up of an equal number of forest (REDD+) countries (14) and financial contributors (14), and is also comprised of observers representing indigenous peoples, civil society, international organizations, the UN-REDD Programme, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the private sector. The Committee, which meets twice a year, is the main decision-making body of the FCPF. It reviews country submissions, decides on grant resource allocation, approves budgets, among other actions.  

date: 27 March 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: fcpfsecretariat@worldbank.org   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/meetings-0
 https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/PC23  

Second Partnership for Action on Green Economy Ministerial Conference

The Second Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference will take place in Berlin and will focus on the themes of green investments, sustainable lifestyles and inclusive growth. The meeting will bring together over 300 leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development partners, media and the public to explore how our economies and financial markets can be “enablers” for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The first Global Conference took place in Dubai in 2014.  

dates: 27-28 March 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   www: http://www.un-page.org/events/page-ministerial-conference-20...  

Fifth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The fifth meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place from 28-31 March 2017, in Ottawa, Canada, hosted by Statistics Canada. A Members' meeting will take place from 28-29 March, followed by a Plenary session from 30-31 March. During the plenary session, all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited to attend. IAEG-SDGs 5 will aim to: present the updated tier system; discuss the role of custodian agencies; discuss the strategy to address those indicators that remain without a custodian agency and/or a work plan; review work plans for tier III indicators and the proposals for new concepts and definitions and develop a mechanism to ensure completion of work; present the IAEG-SDG work plan on data disaggregation; and present the timeline for finalizing the proposals on possible additional indicators.  

dates: 28-31 March 2017   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   contact: Statistics Canada   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-05
 http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/files/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-...  

45th Session of the IPCC

The 45th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 45) will convene from 28-31 March 2017, in Guadalajara, Mexico.  

dates: 28-31 March 2017   location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico   contact: IPCC Secretariat   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

14th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee

The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) meets at least twice per year. Party observers and observer organizations may attend TEC meetings.  

dates: 28-31 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://unfccc.int/ttclear/tec/meetings.html  

GEF-7 Replenishment: 1st Meeting

At its 51st meeting in October 2016, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council requested the Trustee, in cooperation with the Secretariat, to initiate discussions on the seventh replenishment of resources of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7). The replenishment meetings provide an opportunity for Contributing Participants to review GEF performance and evaluate progress, assess future funding needs, and agree on a financing framework. The first official meeting of the 7th Replenishment of the GEF will be held in Paris.  

dates: 28-30 March 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/events/gef-7-replenishment-1st-meetin...  

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). The APFSD will be preceded by a Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development, on 26-28 March, also in Bangkok.  

dates: 29-31 March 2017   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ESCAP   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/escap
 http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd4  

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 14th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will take place on 3-6 April 2017 (per ECOSOC decision E/2017/L.10), followed by a one-day special meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on international cooperation in tax matters, on 7 April 2017.    

dates: 3-6 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/C.18/2017/...
 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/  

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Stakeholder Day Conference

At the two-day Stakeholder Day Conference, the main focus will be preparing for the final REACH registration deadline on 31 May 2018. One year to the deadline, the conference offers registrants, in particular SMEs, the most up-to-date advice, guidance and case studies to help them register successfully. At the Conference, ECHA will offer training on IT tools, and hold a plenary session on: Road to REACH 2018, Case studies for successful registration; and Managing risks in the supply chain. The event will be web-streamed live and participants will be able to send questions remotely.  

dates: 4-5 April 2017   venue: European Chemicals Agency   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   contact: ECHA   e-mail: echa-events@echa.europa.eu   www: https://echa.europa.eu/news-and-events/events
 https://echa.europa.eu/-/stakeholders-day-2017  

Africa Renewable Energy Leaders' Summit

The sessions scheduled to take place during this two-day Summit will include: the importance of community-centric mini grids in energy access; developing a regulatory framework to drive renewable energy development in East Africa; the African renewable energy initiative: unlocking the potential of Africa’s energy future; attracting capital to develop renewable energy projects; harnessing solar power potential in Sub-Saharan Africa; exploiting the full potential of hydropower prospects in East Africa; wind power, geothermal, biomass and hybrid projects; and energy efficiency and renewables development.  

dates: 4-5 April 2017   venue: Intercontinental Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: http://www.africarenewablesummit.com/  

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  

NAP Expo 2017

The national adaptation plan (NAP) process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs) as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs. The NAP Expo aims to catalyze actions and support for the NAP process. It is conducted by the least developed countries expert group (LEG) and supported by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with relevant organizations.  

dates: 11-13 April 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/national_adaptation...
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

Launch of the Adaptation Benefit Mechanism (ABM)

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Lancaster University Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, this invitation-only event will launch the concept of an Adaptation Benefit Mechanism (ABM) – a transparent and efficient results-based mechanism to support adaptation to climate change. The ABM is developed by the AfDB with initial funding from the CIF and support from Lancaster University’s Pentland Centre for Sustainable Business. It could serve as a business model to encourage private sector investment in climate change adaptation, sending a price signal to project developers that will encourage them to invest in technologies, goods and services which bring verified adaptation and resilience benefits to developing economies. Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to learn about the conceptual design of the ABM, how it may be used for corporate social responsibility activities alongside or instead of carbon offsetting and will hear about a range of potential projects that could be funded by the mechanism. It is hoped that one or more of the participants will be willing to enter into an offtake agreement to then help finance the project, demonstrating the mechanism’s feasibility and scalability.  

date: 11 April 2017   venue: The Work Foundation, Trafalgar Square   location: London, England, UK   www: https://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/article/launch-of-th...  

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...  

UNGA High-Level SDG Financing Lab

The President of the General Assembly (UNGA) Peter Thomson will convene a High-Level SDG Financing Lab aimed at examining development strategies, regulatory measures, policy frameworks and financial instruments that can be used by UN Member States to finance SDG implementation. Particular focus will be placed on growing support among Member States and the public and private financial sector actors for the alignment of the global financial system with the SDGs and climate change. This event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 18 April 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Dessima Williams   phone: 212-963-7086   e-mail: williamsd@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-sdg-financi...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

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.unece.org/index.php?id=45198#/
 http://www.unece.org/rfsd2017#/  

20th CCAC Working Group and Science-Policy Dialogue

The Science-Policy Dialogue, convening on 25 April, will focus on metrics for black carbon and other pollutants, black carbon inventories, and how to include short-lived climate pollutants in the NDCs. On 26-27 April, the 20th Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Working Group meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss: preparation of new actions and commitments for the Coalition’s next High Level Assembly in late 2017; an in-depth look at Coalition initiatives ready for scaling up; a follow up on commitments made in the Marrakech Communique; and consideration of new funding proposals. The meetings are organized by the Ministry of Environment of Chile and the CCAC. The meetings are open only to CCAC Partners, which currently include 51 countries, 16 intergovernmental organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations.  

dates: 25-27 April 2017   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   contact: James Morris, UNEP   e-mail: James.Morris@unep.org   www: http://ccacoalition.org/en/events/20th-ccac-working-group-sc...  

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  

30th ASEAN Summit

The Philippines will host the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. ASEAN's theme for 2017 is 'Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,' and its priorities include people-oriented and people-centered initiatives, peace and stability, maritime security and cooperation, inclusive and innovative-led growth, ASEAN resiliency and ASEAN as model of regionalism, according to the Philippines' Presidential Communications Operations Office. Officials also said the agenda will address issues related to the South China Sea, including the Code of Conduct, its Declaration and its principles. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

date: 26 April 2017   location: Philippines   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/30th-asean-summit-and-related-...
 http://www.asean2017.ph  

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  

94th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The CDM Executive Board (CDM EB) supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (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: 1-5 May 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

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...  

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold the Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development from 3-5 May 2017.  

dates: 3-5 May 2017   location: TBA   contact: ESCWA   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...  

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...  

International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold the annual meeting of its Scientific Committee, one of its two major meeting forums, in Bled, Slovenia. The Scientific Committee Meeting is attended by approximately 200 scientists.  

dates: 9-21 May 2017   location: Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia   contact: IWC   www: https://iwc.int/meetingsmain
 https://iwc.int/events-and-workshops?tab=13838  

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
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...  

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

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is co-organized the Permanent Mission of Mexico and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The Global Platform, as recognized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on 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 UNISDR 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...  

Global Soil Week 2017

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2017 will take place in Berlin, Germany.  

dates: 22-24 May 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam   phone: +49 331-288223-00   fax: +49 331-288223-10   e-mail: info@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org  

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  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism'. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Celebration of the IDB under this theme is mean to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The selected theme is also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.  

date: 22 May 2017   location: worldwide   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2017/ntf-2017-007-idb-...
 https://www.cbd.int/idb/2017/  

2017 G7 Summit

The 2017 G7 summit will take place in Taormina, Italy, from 26-27 March 2017. The leaders of the Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, plus the EU, will gather for the meeting. Anticipated agenda items include the global migration crisis and efforts to stabilize North Africa and the Middle East.  

dates: 26-27 May 2017   location: Italy   additional: Taormina  

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
 http://unep.org/gpa/About/IGR.asp  

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

The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.  

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...
 https://oceanconference.un.org/sideevents  

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  

World Circular Economy Forum 2017

The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business cities and finance. The event will involve two days of discussions, networking, workshops, side events and business excursions. The hashtag is #WCEF2017. Participation is by invitation only. To inquire about registration, contact wcef2017(at)sitra.fi.  

dates: 5-6 June 2017   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/events/circular-economy/world-circul...  

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/  

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2017

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2017 is an independent forum engaging international authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and other interested parties in an open dialogue on key issues of global relevance regarding chemicals management and the control of chemicals safety. The ninth forum will also mark the tenth birthday of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).  

dates: 8-9 June 2017   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   contact: Chemicals Forum Association   www: https://euagenda.eu/events/2017/06/08/helsinki-chemicals-for...  

G20 Conference on Africa

The German presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) announced that the G20 will hold a conference on Africa to propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment. The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

dates: 12-13 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: German Presidency of G20   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/germany-outlines-priorities-for-g20...  

World Day to Combat Desertification

The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the linkages between land degradation, migration and security. Under the slogan, 'Our land. Our home. Our Future,' WDCD 2017 will explore how to strengthen the resilience of local communities in areas affected by land degradation, desertification and drought through investing in land productivity, food security and generating local employment. The global observance event will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 June, hosted by le Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).  

date: 17 June 2017   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www2.unccd.int/our-land-our-home-our-future-wdcd-17-j...
 http://www2.unccd.int/sites/default/files/relevant-links/201...  

FCPF 16th Carbon Fund Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 16th Carbon Fund Meeting in order to consider Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs), agree upon funding decisions and portfolio management, and discuss links with other funding programs. The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF has two separate, but complementary funding mechanisms, the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, to achieve its strategic objectives.  

dates: 19-22 June 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/  

UNGA High-level Debate on SDG 11

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 New Urban Agenda, adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), 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. The UNGA 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 the Secretary-General's report.  

date: 20 June 2017 [tentative]   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

Annual Meeting of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)

This year's meeting of the KNOWMAD partnership is expected to discuss the analysis and reports from the thematic working groups on labor migration, policy coherence, integration, diaspora, remittances, forced displacement, migrant rights, migration and security, migration and climate change, and data and demographics. Additional cross-cutting themes include gender, capacity building and public perceptions. The meeting will aim to provide the analytical content and facts for the Global Compact on Migration. The meeting is expected to take place in July 2017, on a date to be announced.    

date: 4 July 2017 [tentative]   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: World Bank   www: http://www.knomad.org
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

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...  

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in October 2017. The session will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 4-9 September 2017   location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China   contact: UNWTO   www: http://lmd.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-second-se...
 http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2015-09-16/china-host-2...  

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
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.  

dates: 18-22 September 2017   venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany   location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

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  

World Tourism Day 2017

This celebration of World Tourism Day will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Day's celebrations will focus on the theme, “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development".  

date: 27 September 2017   location: Qatar   contact: UNWTO   www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/world-tourism-...  

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/  

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 16-20 October 2017   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org   www: http://igfmining.org/  

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  

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017

This Conference, which will convene in Brussels, Belgium, from 23-25 October 2017, is the first in a series of Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conferences. The G-STIC Conference series will bring together key stakeholders from science, technology and innovation communities (including the private sector), and provide a forum to review, discuss and identify internationally relevant technological innovations that can lead the world on a more sustainable development course. The series is hosted jointly by: VITO (a Belgian research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development) and its international partners the Asian Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Technology and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute).   

dates: 23-25 October 2017   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: VITO NV   phone: +32 (0)3 2867458   e-mail: info@gstic.org   www: https://www.gstic.org  

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...  

31st ASEAN Summit

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50" with the Leaders. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

dates: 10-14 November 2017   location: Philippines   additional: Clark   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/31st-asean-summit-and-related-...  

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  

World Soil Day 2017

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.  

date: 5 December 2017   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

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  

May 2018

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Conference themes include: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity; Cumulative impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity; Marine ecosystem safety; Role of systematics in understanding ocean change; Bioinformatics and data delivery; Analytical approaches in marine biodiversity science; Integrative frameworks for linking environmental and biological drivers of biodiversity; Linking biodiversity to ecosystem function and services; Blue biotechnology and marine genetic resources; Marine policy and law; Marine biodiversity and human health; Marine biodiversity education and outreach; and Strategies for conservation of marine biodiversity.  

dates: 13-16 May 2018   location: TBA   www: http://www.wcmb2018.org/  

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&...  

September 2018

Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

UN Member States reached consensus on a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018. According to the draft modalities resolution agreed on 31 January 2017, the conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) “unless otherwise agreed;” and outcomes will include an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the conference, and possible other components such as actionable commitments, means of implementation and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation. Member States will decide on additional modalities for the conference by January 2018, based on a note to be prepared by the UN Secretary-General. The modalities resolution will be brought to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for adoption once its programme budget implications have been reviewed by the UN Secretary-General, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the UNGA’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary).  

date: 17 September 2018 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/governments-reach-agreement-on-migr...  

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  

February 2019

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.  

dates: 18-22 February 2019   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-home/en/  

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

Expo 2020

The next World Expo takes place in 2020, hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 will take place from October 2020-April 2021, on the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. According to the organizers, the Expo will be a "festival of human ingenuity," in recognition of collaboration and partnership as today's engines of growth. The Expo's theme also recognizes that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions. Expo 2020 will have three sub-themes: Opportunity (reflecting the necessity of financial capital as a resource to support growth, and partnerships as a primary driver of innovation and employment), Mobility (physical mobility for individuals, access and distribution of goods and services, and virtual connectivity through information technology), and Sustainability (the need to use resources without compromising the ability of the planet to sustain future generations, in recognition of the role of natural and built habitats in ensuring human well-being and community resilience). Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.  

date: 1 October 2020   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   www: http://expo2020dubai.ae/default.aspx  

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...