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February 2017

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation

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

dates: 27-28 February 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/2...  

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment 2017

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

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

Aid and Development Africa Summit 2017

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

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

March 2017

Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

The UN SDG Action Campaign (formerly UN Millennium Campaign), in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and BMZ (German Government) will be hosting this Global Festival on the SDGs, the world’s first "playable" conference on the SDGs. Interactive and immersive sessions will address the tough choices and trade-offs in the 2030 Agenda, and participants will mobilize key partnerships and resources to drive action. The Festival will include real-time problem solving through policy simulations and participatory games, innovation hubs, and plenary sessions and debates with keynote speakers. Key challenges to be considered are: Disruptors to progress: Violence, movement of people, and responses; Inequality: Reducing inequalities, revisiting globalization; and Sustainability and growth: Water, food, energy and green growth.  

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

UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development

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

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

TAG Meeting on IATI

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

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

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48)

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

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

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

Through Resolution 1/2015, the Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) extended the mandate of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (OEWG-EFMLS-6) for the 2016-2017 biennium. Among other objectives, the Working Group is tasked with elaborating a revised Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the development of a subscription system. The Sixth meeting of the Working Group, or OWG-EFMLS-6, will be held in Rome, Italy. Regional consultations will take place on 13 March, followed by OWG-EFMLS-6.  

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

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

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

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

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week

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

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

18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

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

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

Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon

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

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

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

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

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

Second Partnership for Action on Green Economy Ministerial Conference

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

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

Fifth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

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

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

GEF-7 Replenishment: 1st Meeting

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

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

Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2017

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold the annual Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The APFSD will be preceded by a Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development, on 26-28 March, also in Bangkok.  

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

April 2017

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

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

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

50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

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

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

2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

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

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

UNGA Meeting on Tackling Inequalities [tentative]

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

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

UNGA High-Level SDG Financing Lab

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

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

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

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

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

Global Infrastructure Forum 2017

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

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

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

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

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

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

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

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

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

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

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

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation [tentative]

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

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

UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

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

date: 25 April 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45198#/
 http://www.unece.org/rfsd2017#/  

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

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

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

May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

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

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

International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee

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

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

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

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

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

Second Annual STI Forum

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

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

UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

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

dates: 16-19 May 2017   location: TBA   contact: UNECA   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/eca
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

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

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

The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14

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

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

UNGA High-Level Event on Innovation

Building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from major corporations will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 17 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-in...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

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

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

2017 World Health Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

52nd Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

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

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

June 2017

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

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

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

World Circular Economy Forum 2017

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

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

World Day to Combat Desertification

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

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

Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

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

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

July 2017

G20 Summit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2017

UNCCD COP 13

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

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

Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

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

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

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

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

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

4th International Conference on Research for Development

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

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

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

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

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

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

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

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

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

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

World Tourism Day 2017

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

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

October 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

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

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

Our Ocean Conference 2017

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

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

CMS COP 12

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

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

November 2017

ITPGR Governing Body Session

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

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

December 2017

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

World Soil Day 2017

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

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

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

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

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

March 2018

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

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

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

February 2019

CGRFA 17

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

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

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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