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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


February 2016

2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU

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

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

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

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

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

CMS Expert Meeting on EBSAs

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

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

March 2016

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

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

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

ABNJ Regional Leaders Program

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

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

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

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

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

April 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID)

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

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

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

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

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

May 2016

Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

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

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

June 2016

Lomé Conference

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

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

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/gef/council_meetings  

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

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

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

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/  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

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

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

October 2016

IWC66

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

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

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

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

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

November 2016

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...  

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/  

June 2017

First Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference [tentative]

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

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