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Upcoming Meetings

Forests, Deserts, Land


March 2017

Meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is an informal, voluntary arrangement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests. These agencies share their experiences and build on them to produce new benefits for their respective constituencies. They collaborate to streamline and align their work and to find ways of improving forest management and conservation and the production and trade of forest products. The CPF usually convenes to discuss strategic areas of coordination between CPF members and to work towards a better coherence between countries. CPF members include: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Global Environment Facility (GEF); International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF); United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); World Agroforestry Centre; and the World Bank.  

date: 14 March 2017   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   phone: +39 06 57051   www: http://www.cpfweb.org/73953/en/
 http://www.cpfweb.org/73953/en/  

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...  

International Day of Forests

The 2017 International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme of forests and energy. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.  

date: 21 March 2017   location: worldwide   www: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/
 http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/  

FCPF Twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank will hold its twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting in Washington, DC, US. The Participants Committee is made up of an equal number of forest (REDD+) countries (14) and financial contributors (14), and is also comprised of observers representing indigenous peoples, civil society, international organizations, the UN-REDD Programme, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the private sector. The Committee, which meets twice a year, is the main decision-making body of the FCPF. It reviews country submissions, decides on grant resource allocation, approves budgets, among other actions.  

date: 27 March 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: fcpfsecretariat@worldbank.org   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/meetings-0
 https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/PC23  

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...  

April 2017

XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference

The XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference is organized by India’s Forest Research Institute and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, with support from the Indian Government and the Commonwealth Forestry Association. The Conference will convene under the theme of ‘Forests for Prosperity and Posterity’. Sub-themes include biodiversity conservation and management, good governance in forestry, forests and climate change, and forests and water.  

dates: 3-7 April 2017   location: Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India   contact: Dr. Savita, Chief Coordinator   phone: +91-135-275-5277   fax: +91-135-275-6865   e-mail: cfc207india@gmail.com   www: http://www.cfc2017.in/  

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  

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  

Global Soil Week 2017

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2017 will take place in Berlin, Germany.  

dates: 22-24 May 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam   phone: +49 331-288223-00   fax: +49 331-288223-10   e-mail: info@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org  

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  

June 2017

Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [tentative]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council, which was to be held in parallel to the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was postponed from 21-24 November 2016. It will now take place in mid-2017. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda. The GRASP Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GRASP Secretariat   phone: +254 20762 3842   e-mail: info@un-grasp.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=756c25b7498b33eecd1c114e...
 http://council2016.un-grasp.org/en/council/  

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...  

FCPF 16th Carbon Fund Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 16th Carbon Fund Meeting in order to consider Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs), agree upon funding decisions and portfolio management, and discuss links with other funding programs. The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF has two separate, but complementary funding mechanisms, the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, to achieve its strategic objectives.  

dates: 19-22 June 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/  

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-...  

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  

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/  

December 2017

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...  

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...