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Forests, Deserts, Land

July 2016

Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands

This meeting will seek to create an action plan for the miombo woodlands for the next three years focused on: drivers of land-use change; restoration; adaptation to climate change; socio-ecological relationships; and forest governance. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million square kilometers that span seven countries. They play a critical ecological, economic and social role, supporting, for example, the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region. The meeting is being convened by the Miombo Network, along with the Eduardo Mondlane University, the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Program on Forests (PROFOR), the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training, and the World Bank. The Miombo Network fosters collaborative efforts in land cover monitoring and management.  

dates: 27-29 July 2016   venue: Eduardo Mondlane University   location: Maputo, Mozambique   e-mail: miombo16network@gmail.com   www: http://www.profor.info/events/restoring-socio-ecological-and...

August 2016

Sixth Session of the UN-GGIM

The Sixth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will bring together senior executives from national geospatial information, statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe to discuss the global geospatial information agenda. The Committee will address, among other issues: activities related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; geospatial information and services for disasters; determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes; trends in national institutional arrangements in global geospatial information management; adoption and implementation of standards for the global geospatial information community; integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information; and application of geospatial information to land administration and management. The formal session of the Committee of Experts will convene from 3-5 August 2016, and will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.  

dates: 1-5 August 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Greg Scott   phone: 1-212-963-8578   fax: 1-212-963-9851   e-mail: scott12@un.org   www: http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html

Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

Hosted by the Government of Brunei Darussalam and co-organized by the Australian Government and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium, this meeting will bring together governments, the private sector, practitioners and researchers to exchange knowledge and highlight leading practices to slow, halt and reverse deforestation in the Asia-Pacific region. More specifically it will focus on action related to sustainably managing forests and landscapes, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and promoting economic development in the region. Discussions will be based around the following themes: innovative forest-climate financing; the role of the private sector and new opportunities for public-private-people partnerships; measurement, reporting and verification for sustainable landscape management and REDD+; policy and governance issues in countries and across the region; and green economies for a bright future.  

dates: 3-5 August 2016   location: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Muara, Brunei Darussalam   contact: CIFOR   e-mail: asiapacific.rainforest@environment.gov.au   www: http://www.cifor.org/asia-pacific-rainforest-summit/  

African Drought Conference

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

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

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress will focus on the theme "Planet at the Crossroads". Among other objectives, the World Congress will launch the Hawai'i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The 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   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: IUCN   phone: +41-22-999-0368   fax: +41-22-999-0002   e-mail: congress@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/  

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  


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: CITES Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40   fax: +41-22-797-34-17   e-mail: info@cites.org   www: https://cites.org/cop17  

CLIMATE CHANCE: A Summit Dedicated to Concrete Action

The CLIMATE CHANCE summit will address, inter alia, the link between climate and development, a new framework for the sustainable city, financing climate action, and mobilizing local actors and the younger generation. It will also discuss the topics of adaptation, territorial planning, economy and employment, territorial cooperation, forest, transport and energy. The conference is expected to encourage the sharing experiences and innovations, culminate in a global plan of action, and reiterate the importance of non-state actors in the fight against climate change.  

dates: 26-28 September 2016   location: Nantes, Pays De La Loire, France   e-mail: contribution@climatechance2016.com   www: http://www.climatechance2016.com  

Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights

Suggested by the sixth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights will be hosted by Indonesia and co-sponsored by Norway. The meeting will be informed by a series of pre-consultations held back to back with other ITPGR meetings, and an electronic survey.  

dates: 27-30 September 2016   location: Indonesia   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39-0657-055-430   fax: +39-0657-063-47   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/sites/default/files/005_GB7_FR_co...  

Tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

Organized by the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank Group (WBG) and partners, the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together key players from the private and public sectors to discuss climate change mitigation, and reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. The LACCF will showcase opportunities in line with the Paris Agreement, including: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) implementation; leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public-private partnerships (PPPs); and innovative business models to fight climate change. The Forum will also feature the latest advances and resources on sustainable cities, agroindustry, energy, extractive industries, forests and transport. The LACCF will be held during the 2016 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, back-to-back with the Fifth Regional Platform for Low Emission Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LEDS LAC) Regional Workshop themed 'Moving Towards a Resilient and Low-Emission Development: Implementing the Paris Agreement'.  

dates: 28-30 September 2016   location: Panama City, Panama   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.latincarbon.com/

October 2016

UNFF AHEG2 [tentative]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to develop proposals on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.  

dates: 3-5 October 2016 [tentative]   location: TBA   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/

International Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storms: Combating Desertification and Erosion

This workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to contribute towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by sharing Turkey's experience and approaches to land management and combating desertification and land degradation with other affected countries. The workshop targets decision makers, meteorologists and non-governmental organizations from the West Asia and the North Africa region involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, dust and sand storms, erosion control, desertification and forestry. It will also provide an opportunity for key players from the region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on sand and dust storms that is currently under development. The workshop is co-organized by Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), the General Directorate of Forestry, and the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).  

dates: 4-7 October 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Guleser Avcioglu   e-mail: gulesera@ormansu.gov.tr   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...

Second International Legume Society Conference

Organized under the auspices of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the Second International Legume Society Conference aims to encourage connections throughout the food chain with a view to enhancing the utilization of pulse-based proteins, increasing the global production of pulses, improving crop rotations; and addressing trade challenges in the pulses sector. The conference will address the following themes: legume quality and nutrition; farming systems/agronomy; abiotic and biotic stress responses and breeding; legume genetic resources; and new “Omics” resources for legumes. Cross-cutting themes will include health and environment benefits and legumes markets. As the final meeting of the EU-FP7 ABSTRESS project, the conference will also share results and conclusions from this, and related European research programmes.  

dates: 11-14 October 2016   venue: Tróia Resort   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: Organizing Committee, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica / Universidade Nova de Lisboa (ITQB/UNL)   www: http://iyp2016.org/events/event/23-the-second-international-...  

CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Nutrition

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition will address challenges and opportunities resulting from rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural spaces. Building on the outcomes of reports of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), it will discuss areas for policy consideration, including: inclusive growth; poverty eradication; economic, environmental and social sustainability; support of local food systems and economies; and food security and nutrition. The aim of the Forum is to develop a better understanding of issues at stake and identify areas of intervention and potential roles for the CFS.  

date: 14 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016

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

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

World Mountain Forum 2016

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) will convene under the theme, 'Mountains for our Future,' and will explore opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the recently adopted Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as diverse partners from around the world involved in the SDC-funded Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme. The previous WMF took place in Cusco, Peru, in 2014.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Mbale, Eastern, Uganda   contact: Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, ARCOS   e-mail: skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org   www: http://wmf.mtnforum.org/uploads/WMF16/documents/WMF16_Concep...

43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security

The 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is expected to address a series of items arising from its Multi-year Programme of Work, including: nutrition; engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); connecting smallholder farmers to markets; urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition; and monitoring. A thematic event is expected to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  


The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) decided to convene a special session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC15) to discuss methodological questions relating to reporting. This special session of the CRIC will address enhancing synergies in national reporting requirements under the UNCCD, and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target. CRIC 15 will take place from 18-20 October 2016, and will be preceded by meetings of the regional implementation annexes from 16-17 October 2016.  

dates: 18-20 October 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...

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  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Annual Meeting 2016

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a unique global venue for sustained discussions on practical issues related to the sustainable management and development of the mining sector. It serves as a forum for dialogue between member- country governments, mining companies and industry associations and represents a growing network of leaders seeking to enhance the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. IGF annual sessions and regional meetings convene high-level representatives from developing-country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, fostering coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: IGF-Secretariat@iisd.org   www: http://globaldialogue.info/  

November 2016


The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/  

52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees

The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.  

dates: 7-12 November 2016   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan   contact: Steven Johnson, ITTO Officer-in-Charge   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4621  

Pulses for Nutritional Security and Agricultural Sustainability

Organized as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the "PulsCon2016" international conference will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, extension workers, traders and entrepreneurs to discuss various strategies for nutritional security and environmental sustainability through pulse crops, and to draft a road map for increasing the productivity and profitability of pulses. The themes to be addressed include: global trade, marketing and policy issues in pulses production and consumption; genetic enhancement; production and biotic stress management; secondary agriculture initiatives, including nutrition and health, biofortification, and processing and value addition; and participatory technology development and adoption. The conference is co-convened by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its national research partners, in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) of the CGIAR Consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

dates: 12-14 November 2016   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Conference Secretariat, Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur   e-mail: secretary.isprd@gmail.com   www: http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/events/detail/en/c/381790/

Ecosystem Services Partnership Africa Conference

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

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

December 2016

African Economic Conference 2016

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.  

dates: 5-7 December 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria   contact: Abebe Shimeles, AfDB   e-mail: aec@afdb.org   www: http://www.afdb.org/en/aec-2016/

International Mountain Day 2016

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

date: 11 December 2016   location: worldwide   contact: FAO Forestry   www: http://www.mountainpartnership.org/news/news-detail/en/c/384...  

January 2017

UNFF Working Group and Special Session

The back-to-back meetings of the United Nations Forum on Forests' (UNFF) Working Group and Special Session are due to negotiate and endorse the UNFF Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for 2017-2020, based on recommendations submitted by the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) on the International Arrangement on Forests Strategic Plan.  

dates: 16-20 January 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html  

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 City, 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&...  

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]   location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil   contact: Gerda Wolfrum   e-mail: wolfrum@iufro.org   www: http://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/events/iwc19-press-r...