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Biodiversity and Wildlife


September 2015

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

The 2015 World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa, will come together under the theme, ‘Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future'. The Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the government of South Africa, will consider how forests can be mainstreamed into global discussions on sustainable development and will facilitate the development of partnerships to address global forestry issues.  

dates: 7-11 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries   e-mail: WFC-XIV-Info@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wfc/en/  

IPBES E-conference on Scoping Assessments for Invasive Alien Species and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

This e-conference will take place in three sessions. Co-Chairs from the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will moderate the discussions where participants will review and further develop the initial scoping for (a) the thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control and (b) the thematic assessment on the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools.  

dates: 7-25 September 2015   location: virtual   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5da0fed71c7e4399fb28ab54...
 http://www.ipbes.net/index.php  

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/  

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  

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  

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...  

October 2015

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  

CMS Raptors MoU MoS2

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

dates: 5-8 October 2015   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Nick P Williams, Programme Officer – Birds Of Prey (Raptors)   e-mail: nwilliams@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2014039-2nd-meeting-signatories-m...  

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/  

Sixth MEP and Bureau Meeting of IPBES

The sixth meeting of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Bureau meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 8-12 October 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/index.php/ipbes-events  

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

dates: 9-11 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru   contact: David Theis, World Bank   phone: +1 202-458-8626   e-mail: dtheis@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/09/14/world-bank-group...  

6th International Wildland Fire Conference

Hosted by the Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea, the conference will consider ways to limit the damage to forests caused by wildfires including through exchanging knowledge and experiences and strengthening the Global Wild Land Fire Network. The conference will have a particular focus on the links between fires in forests and cultural heritage and practices.  

dates: 12-16 October 2015   venue: Alpensia Convention Center   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   phone: 82-42-481-4127   fax: 82-42-481-4260   e-mail: iwfc@korea.kr   www: http://en.wildfire2015.kr/  

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

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

dates: 14-16 October 2015   location: Canada   contact: Aïcha Cherif, Project Officer   phone: +44-20-7463-4215   e-mail: acherif@imo.org   www: http://iwlearn.net/events/6th-gef-undp-imo-globallast-r-d-fo...  

CITES PC22

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10941  

First IPBES Capacity-Building Forum

The first capacity-building forum of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to facilitate both capacity-building projects and strategic alignment of activities between interested institutions. The meeting will promote dialogue among receivers, implementers and funders of capacity-building activities, with the aim of: exploring opportunities for cooperation on aligned investments in capacity-building needs; furthering partnerships for piloting and delivering the IPBES capacity-building program; and planning further action.  

dates: 19-22 October 2015   location: Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://ipbes.net/images/documents/WP/1ab/IPBES_capacity-buil...
 http://ipbes.net/news/671-call-for-input-on-the-first-ipbes-...  

FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference

The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and the 7th Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE will be held back-to-back to consider the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe. Preparations for the meetings will include roundtables and expert meetings to identify priority topics for discussion.  

dates: 20-21 October 2015   location: Madrid, Spain   www: http://www.foresteuropemadrid2015.org/  

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  

III World Biodiversity Congress

Organized by the Global Scientific Research Foundation and the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the III World Biodiversity Congress will convene under the theme, 'Integrated Conservation Strategies for Threatened Biodiversity and Geodiversity for Global Sustenance'. The Congress will address, among other issues, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and management of traditional knowledge.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Serbia   additional: Me?avnik - Mokra Gora   contact: Global Scientific Research Foundation   e-mail: serbia@gsrfindia.com   www: http://www.wbc2015.in  

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/  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Young Professionals' Academy

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Young Professionals' Academy is the second event of the Forum. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The first World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

date: 27 October 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: Steve Edwards   e-mail: prxs@me.com   www: https://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cem/cem_about/t...
 http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/announcement___1st_world_e...  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Technical Roundtable Discussions

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The third event is the Technical Roundtable Discussions, which will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

dates: 28-30 October 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: Steve Edwards   e-mail: prxs@me.com   www: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/announcement___1st_world_e...
 http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?20234/Announ...  

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  

CBD 19th Meeting of SBSTTA and 9th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention

The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19) and the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back-to-back. SBSTTA 19 will convene from 2-5 November. The Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the CBD will convene from 4-7 November.  

dates: 2-7 November 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SBSTTA-19
 https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=WG8J-09  

8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), is hosting the 8th World ESP conference under the theme ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity'. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community. To facilitate dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, ESP organizes an annual international conference in different parts of the world.  

dates: 9-13 November 2015   location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa   contact: Joël Houdet   e-mail: j.houdet @acts-net.org   www: http://espconference.org/espconference2015#.VVdA5fmqqko  

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  

51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council

The meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider recommendations for tropical forest-related policies and approve financing for field-level projects. The ITTC serves as the governing body for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

dates: 16-21 November 2015   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: Emmanuel Ze Meka   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4240  

2nd INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events

Hosted by the new INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), 2015 events will include, from 16-17 November 2015, the 2nd INTERPOL – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference, and on 18 November 2015, the 2nd Meeting of the INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC). The meetings will review progress in the field of environmental compliance and enforcement; and identify priorities and adopt joint strategies to enhance national, regional and international responses to effectively address environmental crime. Key topics on the conference agenda will include: the role of demand and supply in wildlife, forestry and fisheries crimes; waste management vulnerabilities and law enforcement interventions; innovative tools and practices for intelligence sharing and investigations; the role of law enforcement in meeting sustainable development goals; and vibrant networks and capacity development. The ECEC meeting is a closed event. It will include elections for the Advisory Board of the INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee.  

dates: 16-18 November 2015   location: Singapore   contact: INTERPOL Secretariat   e-mail: environmentalcrime@interpol.int   www: http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Environmental-crime/Even...
 http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Environmental-crime/Even...  

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#/  

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...  

22nd Session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the Near East region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 14-18 December 2015   location: Algeria   contact: Abdel Hamied Hamid   e-mail: abdulhamied@hotmail.com   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/  

January 2016

CITES SC66

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 11-15 January 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 http://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php  

February 2016

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 1-5 February 2016   location: Tanzania   contact: Foday Bojang   e-mail: foday.bojang@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/en/  

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...  

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 22-26 February 2016   location: Philippines   contact: Patrick Durst   e-mail: Patrick.Durst@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31089/en/  

March 2016

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...  

April 2016

CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back, in Montreal, Canada.  

dates: 25 April - 7 May 2016   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-003-cop13...  

IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

dates: 25-29 April 2016   venue: Istanbul University, Kongre Merkezi   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Eckehard Brockerhoff   e-mail: eckehard.brockerhoff@scionresearch.com   www: http://www.foresthealth2016.com/  

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...  

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

dates: 16-26 May 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

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  

August 2016

XXVI International Primatological Society Congress

The International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress is held every two years and draws many of the leading figures in primate research, conservation and education.  

dates: 21-27 August 2016   location: Chicago, IL, US   contact: International Primatological Society   www: http://www.un-grasp.org/news/155-grasp-chosen-to-host-global...
 http://www.internationalprimatologicalsociety.org/  

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...
 http://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2015-036....  

October 2016

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  

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  

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: GRASP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...