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Sustainable Development


August 2015

Consultation on the Global Indicator Framework

The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will hold an open consultation with countries, regional and international agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector. The consultation is anticipated to take into account discussions to date. The UN Statistical Commission established the IAEG-SDGs to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the proposed SDGs and their targets.  

dates: 11 August - 7 September 2015   location: virtual   contact: UN Statistics Commission/IAEG-SDGs   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/index.html
 http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/2015/08/03/open-consultation-on-g...  

September 2015

Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV. The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016. The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

dates: 7-11 September 2015   location: Montevideo, Uruguay   e-mail: montevideo@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/delc/MontevideoProgramme/tabid/54416/Def...
 http://www.unep.org/delc/Portals/119/documents/montevideo/se...  

International Forests and Water Dialogue

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Thomas Hofer   e-mail: thomas.hofer@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...
 http://msgfocus.com/files/amf_fao/project_59/December_2014/F...  

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place from 8-9 September 2015. CCAC, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a voluntary international coalition of partners focusing on addressing SLCPs in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. CCAC partners include governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The CCAC is a partner-led effort and aims to reduce emissions of methane, black carbon, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. The CCAC Working Group oversees the CCAC's cooperative actions.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: CCAC Secretariat   phone: +33 1 44 37 14 50   fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74   e-mail: ccac_secretariat@unep.org   www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/  

FAO Technical Meeting on Land Governance and Social Protection

This meeting will bring together staff from various Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Units and a small group of external experts to review two scoping papers addressing complementary dimensions of land governance and social protection. The first scoping document compares the impact of investing in rights-based approaches to natural resources or social protection schemes, in terms of achieving the overall objective of reducing vulnerability and food insecurity. The second document explores the linkages between gender, social protection and natural resources management from a global poverty perspective.  

date: 8 September 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/land/lr-home/technical-meeting-on-land...  

Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management

The workshop will introduce the main technical concepts and approaches underpinning the project, which is coordinated by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) Secretariat. The three interrelated dimensions are: national and local decision-support on combating desertification land degradation and drought (DLDD) and promoting mainstreaming and upscaling best practices in sustainable land management (SLM); a global DLDD and SLM knowledge management and decision-support platform; and monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and dissemination of project results. Representatives of 15 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe that are participating in the project will provide an overview of their SLM status, as well as proposed strategies, actions and co-financing arrangements for the project. Participants will also review required support through mobilizing additional resources at the regional level. On the final day of the workshop, the project steering committee will convene its first meeting on operational and coordination issues.  

dates: 8-11 September 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/land/en/  

Wildlife Forum

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

date: 9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management   e-mail: wild-life@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...
 http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/en/  

SE Asia Workshop on Advancing Accountability and Strengthening Statistics for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

This workshop will support UN Member States in strengthening their national accountability mechanisms through increased awareness and capacity in the collection, analysis, dissemination and advocacy of gender equality statistics and indicators. The event brings together representatives from national agencies for women and national statistical offices with the aim of promoting collaboration and coordination at the national level, as well as as well as sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences across Southeast Asia. The workshop is organized by the ESCAP Social Development Division and Statistics Division.  

dates: 9-11 September 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre, Meeting Room A, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue and Klong Phadong Krugkasem Road   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Social Development Division   phone: +662 288-1513   fax: +662 288-1030   e-mail: escap-sdd@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/south-east-asia-workshop-advan...
 http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Concept%20Note_6....  

FAO Technical Meeting on the Green Negotiated Territorial Development Approach (GreeNTD)

This meeting will bring together staff from various Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Units and a small group of external experts to discuss a proposed analytical framework on Green Negotiated Territorial Development (GreeNTD) and how it can be applied to support bottom-up, negotiated approaches to enhance equitable and sustainable access, use and management of natural resources. The GreeNTD approach introduces the concept of ecological security to ensure that decision makers pay sufficient attention to the growing competition for natural resources, while enhancing the sustainable use of ecosystems and resilience of vulnerable communities. In addition to critically reviewing the different elements of the proposed framework, the meeting will explore possible synergies between GreeNTD and other governance approaches, notably, disaster risk management, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, and existing regional initiatives.  

dates: 9-10 September 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/land/lr-home/technical-meeting-on-nego...  

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

The International Day of South-South Cooperation commemorates the adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The annual day also aims to raise awareness on South-South cooperation as an important element for development that offers opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to pursue sustainable development and economic growth.  

date: 12 September 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is expected to: identify a small set of measurable potential indicators to monitor global progress towards achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and prepare guidance on the different types of indicators and approaches used to monitor progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity at regional, national and sub-national levels.  

dates: 14-17 September 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=ID-AHTEG-2015-01  

4th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the GSP primarily, and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.  

dates: 14-18 September 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

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

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. On 25 September 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis will address the UNGA, and from 25-27 September the Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda will convene. The General Debate of the 70th Session of the UNGA will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015.  

date: 15 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/UNGA70.shtml  

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: 'Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?'. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of how interactions among physical, chemical and biological soil processes under different land-use systems and climate conditions will alter soil properties. One of the goals of the conference is to define "the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment," by exploring prediction model input parameters that can enable a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. Specific topics to be covered include: soil structure and pore rigidity effects as prerequisites for quantification of physico-chemical processes; effects of pore rigidity and soil resilience on physical, chemical and biological soil properties and functions; feedback mechanisms between soil structure formation and plant growth, groundwater and atmosphere; and innovative modeling approaches to predict how climate change affects sinks and sources of atmospheric carbon.  

dates: 23-26 September 2015   location: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany   www: http://www.soils.uni-kiel.de/de/sustain-2015
 www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/highlights/detail/en/c/175...  

2015 International Conference on Sustainable Development

Hosted by Columbia University, the 2015 International Conference on Sustainable Development will be held on the theme ‘Implementing the SDGs: Getting Started'. The Conference will seek to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which should be agreed upon during the UN post-2015 Summit in September 2015. It will comprise discussions on implementing the SDGs, the future of global health and mobilizing the private sector for sustainable development. The Conference will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the UN, international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies. Confirmed speakers include Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Femi Oke, internationally-renowned journalist, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute and of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Columbia University.  

dates: 23-24 September 2015   venue: Columbia University   location: New York City, US   contact: Lucia Rodriguez, Columbia University   phone: +1 (212) 280-2793   e-mail: lrodriguez@ei.columbia.edu   www: http://ic-sd.org/
 http://ic-sd.org/register/  

21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York. Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

date: 24 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: EMG Secretariat   phone: (+41) 22-917-8693   fax: (+41) 22-917-8024   e-mail: emg@unep.org   www: http://www.unemg.org/emg-senior-officials-meetings/21st-seni...
 http://www.unemg.org/images/emgdocs/SOMMeetings/2015/Invitat...  

UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit to 11:00 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis at 9:00 am.  

dates: 25-27 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit
 http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/UNGA70.shtml  

Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly

His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 25 September 2015     9:00 am   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: t.dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/UNGA70.shtml  

UN Private Sector Forum 2015

This event, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted during the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum aims to: increase the understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society; showcase contributions businesses are making to sustainable development, including by setting ambitious goals and engaging in cross-sector partnerships; create a shared understanding of the private sector's role in contributing to the SDGs, focusing on how business contributions to governance issues, such as anti-corruption, peace and stability, and the rule of law, can help advance the SDG agenda; highlight the importance of long-term goal-setting by businesses aligned with the 2030 SDG time frame; and provide a platform for business, investors, governments, foundations and civil society organizations to explore pathways for enhancing the impact of business contributions to sustainable development, including through public-private partnerships. Approximately 350 participants are expected to attend the Forum, including CEOs, and high-level representatives from governments, UN agencies, funds and programmes, civil society organizations, and business associations, foundations and investor groups. The UN Global Compact is organizing the Forum, in collaboration with the Office of the Post-2015 Development Planning.  

date: 26 September 2015   venue: Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Private Sector Forum Secretariat   e-mail: unpsf@unglobalcompact.org   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/61-united...
 https://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/issues_doc/un_business_...  

Solutions Summit

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

date: 27 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Susan Alzner   e-mail: alzner@un.org   www: http://www.solutions-summit.org
 http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=1c108d71-c...  

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

The General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015. It will follow the 15 September 2015 Opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly, 25 September 2015 visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, and the 25-27 September 2015 Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  

dates: 28 September - 6 October 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/UNGA70.shtml  

Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Organized as part of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) 2014-2024, the Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will consider how to operationalize the Hammamet Declaration (signed by the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access). The Forum will also host workshops and training courses on: Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Business Planning for Renewable Energy Investments Projects; Access to Energy in Remote Areas; Energy Portal for Asia-Pacific; and the Energy Efficiency Industry Accelerator. In addition, an expo with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, products and solutions will be organized. The Government of Armenia, UN Regional Commissions, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are co-organizing the Forum.  

dates: 29 September - 2 October 2015   location: Yerevan, Armenia   contact: Oleg Dzioubinski, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)   phone: +41 (0) 22 917 23 60   fax: +41 (0) 22 917 00 38   e-mail: oleg.dzioubinski@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=39915#/  

October 2015

ECOSOC Dialogue on the Longer-Term Positioning of the UN Development System - Session 5

This meeting will review progress related to the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System and discuss the way forward. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it also needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 1-5 October 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf  

Implementing the Oceans SDG: From Knowledge to Action

The conference aims to discuss and identify how to achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on oceans, including how to make the best use of scientific knowledge and put oceans on a sustainable pathway. Participants will also address implementation of the proposed SDG. The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in partnership with the US Embassy in France and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

date: 2 October 2015     12:30 to 19:30   venue: Maison de la Chimie, 28, rue Saint-Dominique, 75007   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: IDDRI   e-mail: carine.antunes@iddri.org   www: http://www.iddri.org/Themes/Oceans-et-zones-cotieres/  

ITPGR Governing Body 6

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources. In addition, on 3 October, a High-Level Event will discuss recent policy developments on the Multilateral System.  

dates: 3-9 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/gb6  

Third GRF One Health Summit 2015

Held under the theme 'Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Global Public and Animal Health,' the third GRF One Health Summit, organized by the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, will include oral and poster presentations focusing on the topics of: global health; diseases and disease control; environment and health impacts; food and agriculture; and global health and sustainable development. The Summit will seek to develop an international research and education strategy for One Health, and further develop and strengthen the One Health paradigm. One Health is an integrative health risk management perspective aiming to reverse the worst of current problems at the human-animal-environment and development interface.  

dates: 4-7 October 2015   venue: Davos Congress Center, Talstrasse 49a 7270 Davos Platz   location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland   contact: Global Risk Forum GRF Davos   phone: +41-81-414-16-00   fax: +41-81-414-16-01   e-mail: info@grforum.org   www: http://onehealth.grforum.org/home/
 http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/37152  

Second Our Oceans Conference

The Second Our Oceans Conference aims to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the ocean. Participants will discuss solutions to topics such as illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, and ocean acidification and climate change. The Conference will also encourage the creation of marine protected areas. Over 400 political, academic and civil society figures, including the US Secretary of State and Prince Albert of Monaco, are expected to attend. The first Our Oceans Conference held in June 2014 resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources.  

dates: 5-6 October 2015   venue: Sheraton Miramar   location: Valparaiso, Chile   www: http://www.nuestrooceano2015.gob.cl
 http://ebcd.org/event/second-our-oceans-conference/  

Eye on Earth Summit 2015

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

dates: 6-8 October 2015   venue: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Samantha Carey, Mojo Public Relations   e-mail: samantha@mojo-me.com   www: http://www.eoesummit.org/  

UNCCD COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey. As the Convention's primary decision-making body, the COP will meet to discuss and make decisions regarding the Convention's implementation.  

dates: 12-23 October 2015   venue: Congresium Ankara - Ato International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sö?ütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya   location: Ankara, Turkey   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   phone: +49 228 815 2800   fax: +49 228 815 2898/99   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   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  

WBCSD SLM Business Forum at UNCCD COP 12

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is convening a two-day Sustainable Land Management (SLM) Business Forum at the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Co-organized with Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the Business Forum aims to profile companies' work in SLM and facilitate joint learning as well as new partnerships with civil society organizations and governments. The Forum will conclude with a high level dialogue session where ministers and CEOs will assess the role of the private sector in addressing land degradation and examine what is needed in terms of evidence, policy, legislation and incentives to encourage more businesses to adopt targets on SLM and Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). The SLM Business Forum will produce a 'Business Ankara Declaration' for adoption by the UNCCD.  

dates: 20-21 October 2015   venue: Congresium Ankara - Ato International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sö?ütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya Ankara, Turkey   location: Ankara, Turkey   www: http://ankara.wbcsdservers.org/?page_id=3906
 http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/the-bodies/the-...  

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)   phone: +49-3843-6930-165   fax: +49-3843-6930-102   e-mail: v.pelikan@fnr.de   www: http://ieabioenergy2015.org/  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

dates: 26-30 October 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: IGF.Secretariat@international.gc.ca   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=682  

4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference

This conference will bring together a range of industry players and financial service providers. The latest Market Trends Report will be presented and participants will share market lessons and build partnerships related to off-grid lighting. More specifically, the event will: showcase the latest developments in the off-grid and lighting industry; enable networking and information exchange among participants; provide business-to-business (B2B) linkages among manufacturers, suppliers and financial service providers; facilitate increased investment; highlight recent trends and developments in business and financing models; and address policy issues and facilitate dialogue between policymakers and the off-grid lighting industry. More than 600 participants and 100 exhibitors are expected to attend the four-day conference. The first international off-grid lighting conference and trade fair took place in 2007.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Congress Secretariat: Congress Solutions International   phone: +971 4 303 4748   fax: +9714 303 4030   e-mail: gogla2015@emirates.com   www: http://conference2015.gogla.org/  

Ninth UNESCO Youth Forum

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its Ninth Youth Forum, under the theme of 'Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet,' with a special focus on climate change and sustainable development. The Forum, which takes place every two years, will be held as an integral part of the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference.  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, 7 place Fontenoy, 75352 / 1 rue Miollis, 75732   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNESCO Youth Programme   phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00   e-mail: youth@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...  

IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by the UN Statistics Division and hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The meeting objectives are to: review the list of possible global indicators; discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues, including data disaggregation; and discuss the work plan and next steps. Registration for stakeholder participants is available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s3bZo9t0SQIiRHysd9rinIEG1tBOlnXpzWm4j31jeXg/viewform  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   venue: UN Conference Center   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: UN Statistics Division   fax: +1 (212) 963 9851   e-mail: statistics@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-02.htm...
 http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/files/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-...  

Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS VII)

The Seventh International Conference on Agricultural Statistics will take place under the theme 'Modernization of agricultural statistics in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda'. The conference, which will bring together economists, statisticians, researchers and analysts working on agricultural and rural statistics, is expected to discuss changing needs and opportunities for agricultural statistics, particularly in the context of the development of the indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference will include plenary sessions and parallel sessions on: poverty, rural development and the social dimension of agriculture; sustainable agricultural production and consumption; markets, prices and values chains for the agribusiness sector; natural resource use in agriculture (soil, water, fishery, forestry, biodiversity); climate change and environmental issues: the role of agriculture; and data sources, data collection, use of information technology tools and data quality; data analysis integration and modeling; and data dissemination and communication and the use of statistics for policy making and research. Interested participants should submit abstracts in response to the call for papers by 30 September 2015. The Italian National Institute of Statistics is organizing the conference in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Kafkas Caprazli, FAO   phone: +39 06 570 54916   e-mail: Kafkas.Caprazli@fao.org   www: http://icas2016.istat.it/  

2nd Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Instrument on Principle 10 in the LAC Region

This is the second meeting of the negotiating committee of the regional instrument on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters (Principle 10 of Rio Declaration in Latin America and Caribbean). The committee is negotiating a regional instrument for LAC for the full implementation of the rights of access to environmental information, participation and justice as set out in Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration. Negotiations are being undertaken based on the work plan for the negotiating committee and based on a Preliminary Document of the Regional Instrument, and are mandated to conclude by 2016, per the Santiago Decision of November 2014.  

dates: 27-29 October 2015   location: Panama City, Panama   contact: David Barrio   phone: (56-2) 210-2441   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/dmaah/noticias/noticias/7/54807/15-0033...
 http://www.cepal.org/dmaah/noticias/noticias/7/54807/Prelimi...  

Fifth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-V)

To support Africa's preparedness for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), CCDA-V will be held on the theme “Africa, climate change and sustainable development: what is at stake at Paris and beyond?”. The conference will be the culmination of climate change dialogues across the continent and will focus on addressing the climate change, sustainable development and equity issues provided for in Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the context of the broad theme on “Prospects for Sustainable, Resilient and Creative Economies in Africa in the Context of a Changing Climate”. CCDA-V aims to, among other things, contribute towards the development of common African positions regarding the post-Kyoto global climate governance regime, as well as anticipate the outcomes of COP21 and initiate preparations for their implementation. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 28-30 October 2015   location: Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe   contact: Jacqueline Chenje, Communications Officer, Africa Climate Policy Centre, UNECA   phone: +251 11 544 3489   e-mail: JChenje@uneca.org   www: http://www.climdev-africa.org/ccda5
 http://www.climdev-africa.org/cop21/ACT  

November 2015

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

The 72nd joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission as well as the third European Forest Week (Silva2015) will discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and the role of sustainable forest industries in the regional economy.  

dates: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland   additional: Engelberg   contact: Paolo Cravero   e-mail: paolo.cravero@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests.html  

6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. The 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (AEWA MOP6) will, inter alia, review national reports on the implementation of the Convention.  

dates: 9-14 November 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: AEWA Secretariat   e-mail: aewa.secretariat@unep-aewa.org   www: http://www.unep-aewa.org/en/meeting/6th-meeting-parties-aewa...
 http://www.unep-aewa.org/en/mop6_information_for_participant...  

GEO-XII Plenary and Mexico City Ministerial Summit

The twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) will convene from 11-12 November 2015, followed by the GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit, which will take place on 13 November. Side events will take place from 9-12 November. The GEO-XII Plenary Session will meet at the Hilton Reforma on 11 November and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - SRE) on 12 November. Caucus Meetings and the Executive Committee Meeting and GEO Side Events will also take place throughout the week, and a GEO exhibit will be on display.  

dates: 9-13 November 2015   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41 22 730 8505   fax: +41 22 730 8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo12.php  

Clean Cooking Forum 2015

The 2015 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum is a major event that convenes the global clean cooking sector to share knowledge, best practices and scalable solutions. The four-day conference presents practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to come together to exchange lessons and experiences, and to work towards gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions. Topics will include: building consumer confidence; applications for mobile technology; consumer finance; cross-sector integration; refugee and other humanitarian needs; and performance evaluation.  

dates: 10-13 November 2015   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   e-mail: forum@cleancookstoves.org   www: http://cleancookstoves.org/events/154.html
 http://cleancookstoves.org/about/news/05-04-2015-clean-cooki...  

G20 2015 Leaders' Summit

The Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will host G20 leaders in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2015. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.  

dates: 15-16 November 2015   location: Antalya, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/
 https://g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-TURKEY-G-20-...  

Asian Irrigation Forum 2

This event, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 'Water For All' program, aims to improve the productivity and efficiency of irrigation and drainage services to farmers in Asia, following up on the first Asian Irrigation Forum held in 2012. The ADB's Water Financing Program has invested in several hundred irrigation projects in the region.  

dates: 16-20 November 2015   venue: Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: ADB Water for All Program   phone: +63 2 632 4444   fax: +63 2 636 2444   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2
 http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2012  

MOP7 of the UNECE Water Convention

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will convene in Budapest, Hungary. The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was adopted in Helsinki in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. Almost all countries sharing transboundary waters in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are Parties to the Convention.  

dates: 17-19 November 2015   location: Budapest, Hungary   contact: Secretary of the Water Convention   phone: +41 22 917 11 93   fax: +41 22 917 01 07   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=37064#/  

Establishment of the International Network of Soil Information Institutions

This proposed network falls under Pillar 4 of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Action Plan, which focuses on “enhancing the quantity and quality of soil data and information: data collection (generation), analysis, validation, reporting, monitoring and integration with other disciplines”. The network will contribute towards the GSP strategy of ‘Building the global system to monitor and forecast the condition of the Earth's soil resources'.  

dates: 17-19 November 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/the-5-pillars-of-ac...  

First Annual Forests and Livelihood: Assessment, Research and Engagement (FLARE) Network Conference

The International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) research network, the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and the Musée de l'Homme Research Group on Social and Natural Evolution are convening this workshop to improve the assessment of forest governance approaches as a contribution to improved forest livelihoods, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The workshop will consider six themes: forest governance and landscapes, agricultural commodities, social and biological aspects of forest dependence, impact evaluations, pathways to prosperity, and climate variability and change.  

dates: 27-30 November 2015   venue: Musee de l'Homme   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   phone: 734-764-9542   e-mail: IFRI@umich.edu   www: http://www.ifriresearch.net/2015/03/10/flare/  

December 2015

Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [tentative]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources. Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

date: 4 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Global Oceans Forum   e-mail: miriambalgos@globaloceans.org   www: http://globaloceanforum.com/2015/06/08/toward-a-strategy-on-...
 https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/g...  

World Soil Day 2015

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

date: 5 December 2015   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/en/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

dates: 5-6 December 2015   venue: Palais des Congrès   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Ann-Kathrin Neureuther, Global Landscapes Forum   e-mail: a.neureuther@cgiar.org   www: http://www.landscapes.org/setting-stage-2015-global-landscap...
 http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=68cb62552ce24ab3c280248d...  

International Mountain Day

The Day is meant to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands globally.  

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM [tentative]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will hold its 76th session to review its work and discuss issues involving housing, land management and urban development, including standards for energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, and implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE Region for the Period 2014-2020. The session will also agree on CHLM input into HABITAT III, the global Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.  

dates: 14-16 December 2015   venue: Palais des Nations [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland [tentative]   contact: Gulnara Roll, Head, Housing and Land Management Unit, UNECE Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-2257   e-mail: gulnara.roll@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/housing-and-land-management/meetings-an...  

OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

The 2015 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) is organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the theme of 'Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution: The role of systems thinking and innovation policy in promoting green growth'. The event will discuss how to foster the "next industrial revolution" through policies for systems innovation, drawing on the work of several OECD committees, including the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the Environment Policy Committee, the Economic Policy Committee and the Chemicals Committee.  

dates: 14-15 December 2015   venue: OECD Conference Centre, 2, rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Kumi Kitamori and Ryan Parmenter   phone: +33 1 45 24 82 00   fax: +33 1 45 24 85 00   e-mail: Kumi.Kitamori@oecd.org Ryan.Parmenter@oecd.org   www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/OECD%20Green%20Growth%20News...
 http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/  

January 2016

Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly

The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly will convene from 16-17 January 2016. The event will consider, among other things, the Agency's work programme for 2016/2017 and review its medium-term strategy.  

dates: 16-17 January 2016   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971-2-417-9000   e-mail: info@irena.org   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 6

This is the sixth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will focus on governance and discuss emerging strategic issues and options. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 25 January 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Ronaele Odina, UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: (212) 963-7679   e-mail: odinar@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf  

22nd Annual ISTF Conference: Tropical Forests for Sustainable Development

The 22nd Annual Conference of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will focus on the theme, 'Shaping our Post-2015 Future with Knowledge from the Field'. The conference aims to provide an opportunity for field researchers and practitioners to discuss with policymakers the role tropical forests will play in the post-2015 development agenda and in enhancing our ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 28-30 January 2016   venue: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies   location: New Haven, CT, US   www: http://istf.yale.edu/node/54  

February 2016

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment will include a discussion on emerging policy issues, within the context of the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development System. Based on ECOSOC Resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-23 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 7

This is the last of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will focus on capacity, impact, partnership approaches and organizational arrangements. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 22 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Ronaele Odina, UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: (212) 963-7679)   e-mail: odinar@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf  

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014–2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

dates: 22-28 February 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@ipbes.net   www: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5da0fed71c7e4399fb28ab549/file...  

March 2016

Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7

The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan. Regional consultations will take place on 6 March 2016.  

dates: 7-11 March 2016   location: Amman, Jordan   contact: Sheila Logan   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: sheila.logan@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC7/tabid/450...
 http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Convention/tabid/3426/Defau...  

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) is expected to agree on the indicator framework and set of indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) will prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

dates: 8-11 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/broaderprogress/pdf/SA-2014-9-Pos...
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm  

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

dates: 14-17 March 2016   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Susan Williams   e-mail: s.williams@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news...  

May 2016

15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together to discuss: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

dates: 9-20 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   phone: +1 917 367 5100   fax: +1 917 367 5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Fourt...  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jiri Hlavacek   phone: (254-20) 7621234   e-mail: unepinfo@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/unea/en/
 http://www.unep.org/unea/blog_landing.asp  

World Humanitarian Summit

Th UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organising the summit, which aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action, focusing on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict. The summit, the first UN conference of its kind, will bring together the humanitarian community with other actors from the development, peace-building and peacekeeping spheres to work toward a coherent approach in the way humanitarian aid is delivered. Heads of State and Government, and representatives of civil society, the private sector, crisis-affected communities and multilateral organisations will attend the Summit. Preparations are taking place via one global and seven regional meetings, online consultations, and a September 2015 thematic meeting in Berlin, Germany. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is establishing a High-level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to provide recommendations that will help to frame the Summit discussions.  

dates: 26-27 May 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Breanna Ridsdel   phone: +1 917 783 9336   e-mail: media@whsummit.org   www: http://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org
 http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8555  

June 2016

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  

July 2016

Seventh Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Forum is organized and co-hosted by the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). The Forum is intended to serve as a framework for 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) policy dialogue among high-level government representatives from Asia-Pacific countries, city mayors and administrators and other professionals, as well as technical assistance for country projects, and information sharing and networking for the promotion of 3R policies in Asia and the Pacific.  

date: 1 July 2016 [tentative]   location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   contact: C.R.C. Mohanty, UNCRD   phone: +81-52-561-9416   fax: +81-52-561-9374   e-mail: mohantyc@uncrd.or.jp   www: http://www.uncrd.or.jp  

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members\' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   venue: Hawaii Convention Center   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: Ewa Magiera, IUCN Media Relations   phone: +41 76 505 33 78   e-mail: ewa.magiera@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/news___press/?1...  

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

CITES CoP17

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

dates: 24 September - 5 October 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: Liu Yuan, CITES Secretariat   phone: +41 22 917 8130   e-mail: yuan.liu@cites.org   www: http://cites.org/eng/news/pr/cites_cop17_venue_dates_south_a...
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October 2016

Habitat III

The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: UN-HABITAT   phone: +1-917-367-4355   e-mail: Habitat3Secretariat@un.org   www: http://www.unhabitat.org/habitat-iii  

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  

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   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...  

December 2016

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-003-cop13...  

January 2017

CGRFA 16

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

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

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  

September 2017

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

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

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

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-...