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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


May 2016

SDG on Water: Business as Usual in Brussels?

This conference aims to highlight the importance of the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the European Union, with a particular focus on SDG 6 (To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). It will provide examples of SDG implementation that go beyond business as usual and bring about transformational change. Participants will also discuss: a roadmap to achieve the SDG on water; existing tools for meeting the SDGs in Europe, including sustainability standards; strengthening water governance in cities; and collective action in agriculture.  

date: 31 May 2016     9:00-16:00   venue: Finland's Permanent Representation to the EU, Avenue de Cortenbergh, 80, B-1000   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: European Water Partnership   phone: +32 27 350 681   www: http://www.ewp.eu/events/sustainable-development-goal-on-wat...
 http://www.ewp.eu/events/sustainable-development-goal-on-wat...  

June 2016

Annual IWC Scientific Committee Meeting

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

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

50th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

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

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

dates: 13-17 June 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)   phone: +(212) 963-5915   fax: +(212) 963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/index.htm  

July 2016

116th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

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

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

32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

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

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

August 2016

Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment

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

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

FishAdapt: Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Held immediately following the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum and the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries, which will convene in Bangkok from 3-7 August, this conference aims to provide a forum to share practical experiences in understanding the vulnerabilities associated with climate change and the development of risk management and adaptation strategies in the aquaculture and fisheries sector. It is organized by the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, in association with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Governments of Japan, Norway, Thailand and the US and several collaborating organizations.  

dates: 8-10 August 2016   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   phone: +66-2-561-1728   e-mail: climate@enaca.org   www: http://www.fishadapt.com/modules/conference/  

African Drought Conference

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

dates: 15-19 August 2016   location: Windhoek, Namibia   contact: Yolande Witbooi   e-mail: adc@met.gov.na   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The second meeting of the Preparatory Committee for an international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) will address marine genetic resources, area-based management tools, environmental impact assessments, capacity building, transfer of marine technology and crosscutting issues.  

dates: 26 August - 9 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN DOALOS   phone: +1 212-963-3962   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...  

September 2016

Global Green Growth Week 2016

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

dates: 5-9 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   contact: Global Green Growth Institute   phone: +82-2-2096-9991   fax: +82-2-2096-9990   www: http://gggi.org/ggg_week_2016/
 http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/sites/default/files/GGGW...  

Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

This conference will meet under the theme ‘Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth' and is being convened as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016, to be held from 5-9 September 2016 in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. It will highlight research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive green growth and strengthen the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) objective of delivering pro-poor, socially inclusive green growth through best policy practices and strategically aligned efforts by international organizations. The conference will focus on links to policy outcomes and practical applications for delivering inclusive green growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers in plenary and parallel sessions to: discuss the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive green growth; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; and build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. More specifically, sub-themes and session topics will address: strategy and policy, including distributional impacts from transitioning to green growth, inclusive green growth strategies, the informal economy, and tracking progress with green growth metrics and indicators; participation and empowerment, such as gender-balanced participation in green growth initiatives, skills and capacities for transitioning to green growth, green social enterprises, and information and communication technologies as catalysts for green growth; fiscal policy and finance, including fiscal reform, inclusive finance and impact investing, and insurance solutions; and sectors, including pro-poor natural resources and land use management, green cities as green growth drivers, investments for green energy access, and inclusive water management and governance.  

dates: 6-7 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   e-mail: conference@ggkp.org   www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/conference2016
 http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/sites/default/files/GGGW...  

October 2016

Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans

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

date: 15 October 2016   location: Lome, Togo   contact: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Togo   www: http://www.african-union-togo2015.com/en/accueil  

Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016

The Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 (CCA 2016) will take place under the theme, 'Challenges and Issues in Adaptation'. The event aims to provide a platform for participants to build relationships, learn about best practices and foster research collaborations on adaptation. CCA 2016 sessions will include: adaptation services; land and water; resource efficiency; developing a bio-economy; greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring; making transitions happen; sustainable cities and people; and the built environment. The International Center for Research & Development (ICRD) and Unique Conferences Canada are organizing the conference.  

dates: 15-16 October 2016   venue: International Hall, International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 240 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2L1   location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada   contact: ICRD   e-mail: info@theicrd.org   www: http://www.globalclimate.info/
 http://www.globalclimate.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Bro...  

IWC66

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

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

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

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

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

2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

dates: 25-27 October 2016   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: UNEP Finance Initiative   e-mail: info@unepfi.org   www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/2016/roundtable/
 http://www.unepfi.org/fileadmin/events/2016/roundtable/2016g...  

November 2016

Second World Irrigation Forum

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

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

Ecosystem Services Partnership Africa Conference

The first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, 'Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa'. Discussions will focus on Africa's contribution towards evidence on best practices for the management and restoration of ecosystem services for decision making, particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.  

dates: 21-25 November 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Peter Minang, Coordinator, National Organizing Committee of 2016 Africa ESP Conference   e-mail: p.minang@cgiar.org   www: http://www.worldagroforestry.org/event/esp-africa-conference...
 http://www.espconference.org/africa2016/wiki/190504/about#.V...  

December 2016

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

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

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

February 2017

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/  

May 2017

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  

June 2017

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

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

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: Fiji   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/...