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June 2015

48th 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 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 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/10937  

WAVES 5th Annual Partnership Meeting

To be held at World Bank headquarters, the 5th annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors and civil society organizations supporting natural capital accounting. The meeting will showcase results from WAVES countries that have made progress in constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts and are using them to inform their policies.  

dates: 1-2 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   www: http://www.wavespartnership.org/en/wealth-accounting-and-val...  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/gef/meetingdocs/97/1370  

Central America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing the regional implementation plans. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

dates: 2-5 June 2015   location: Havana, Ciudad De La Habana, Cuba   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/261190/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

Land Quality Conference 2015

This conference, organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015, aims to facilitate the exchange of information and views among scientists and stakeholders involved in land resources research, land management and land-use policy planning. It also aims to provide a platform to review progress in the development of land information, land registries, land-use planning and related services based on land quality at different levels, from farm to global. Events being organized during the conference include the 'Sino-EU Panel on Land and Soil' and the scientific meeting of the Danube Land and Soil Nexus of the European Union.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Keszthely, Zala, Hungary   www: http://lq2015.georgikon.hu/
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/  

39th Session of the FAO Conference

The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.  

dates: 6-13 June 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/conference/en/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/iys-2015/en/  

Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!'

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

dates: 10-13 June 2015   location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France   contact: CARI   phone: +33 (0)4 67 55 61 18   e-mail: contact@cariassociation.org   www: http://www.desertif-actions.fr/en  

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case

Targeting experts from the finance sector and corporate entities as well as senior government officials, the event will attempt to strengthen the links between available private sector funding and needs for financing the sustainable management of landscapes. Organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the Program on Forests (Profor) outcomes from discussions will include a roadmap for achieving at-scale financing for target landscapes.  

dates: 10-11 June 2015   venue: Royal Society, London   location: London, England, UK   contact: John Colmey   e-mail: j.colmey@cgiar.org   www: http://www.landscapes.org/london/
 http://www.landscapes.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/GLF_The_In...  

Eurasian Regional Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing regional implementation plans.  

dates: 15-17 June 2015   location: Izmir, Turkey   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

Desertland II

Desertland, the Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, will bring together academics, civil society, governments, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss challenges related to desertification and land degradation and develop appropriate solutions. The conference will consider management strategies for areas affected by drought and land degradation. Participants will focus on seven topics: land management and land degradation; water harvesting and water saving techniques in drylands; acidity and drought; soil hydrology; sediment transport and overland flow; GIS applications in wetlands and drylands; and soil and water management. Day one will address ‘Water Security: Responses to local, regional and global challenges.' The second day, which takes place on the World Day to Combat Desertification, will focus on the theme ‘Preventing and Combatting Land Degradation in Drylands'. The University of Ghent and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

dates: 16-17 June 2015   venue: NH Hotel Gent Belfort, Hoogpoort 63. 9000 Ghent   location: Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium   contact: University of Ghent   e-mail: info@desertland.eu   www: http://www.desertland.eu/index.asp  

2015 World Day to Combat Desertification

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.  

date: 17 June 2015   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...
 http://www.unccd.int/Lists/SiteDocumentLibrary/WDCD/WDCD%202...  

15th Meeting of Partners (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)

Convening under the theme, ‘Congo Basin Ecosystems: a source of natural capital, producer of economic value and driver of green growth for the well being of its people,' this meeting of partners will consider priority actions for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), develop roadmaps for implementation, and discuss partner engagement. Main issues for discussion will include: ecosystem services, wildlife and bushmeat, law enforcement and governance, REDD+, green growth, and sustainable financing.  

dates: 17-19 June 2015   location: Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon   contact: Andre Toham   e-mail: andre.toham@pfbc-cbfp.org   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/Mop-15-invitation.html  

Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change

Held on the theme, ‘forest tenure, restoration, and green growth' the dialogue, hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), will explore forest governance and tenure reform as an important element in forest landscape restoration. In particular, the dialogue will build a common understanding and identify key policy messages on the links between forest tenure, restoration and green growth. The Dialogue is also expected to identify policy opportunities and distill key messages to inform relevant policy discussions including the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in November-December 2015, the various REDD+ initiatives, as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  

date: 18 June 2015   venue: Embassy of France   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: dialogue@rightsandresources.org   www: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/seventeenth-rri-dialogue-on-fore...
 http://www.rightsandresources.org/event/seventeenth-rri-dial...  

Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The third Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 June 2015, in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

dates: 22-24 June 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Ronald Job Vargas Rojas   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/en/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/en/  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Forum will periodically bring together world specialists and leaders to promote more effective governance to respond to ecosystem threats. The first event is the High Level Consultations from 25-27 June 2015 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China, followed by the Young Professionals' Academy on 27 October 2015 in Beijing, China. The Technical Roundtable Discussions will be held 28-30 October 2015 in Beijing, China and 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: 25-27 June 2015   location: Guizhou {greater region}, China   additional: Guiyang City(multiple cities)   contact: Steve Edwards   e-mail: prxs@me.com   www: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/announcement___1st_world_e...  

Celebrating Soils

Organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, this conference aims to raise public awareness of the central importance of soils, both in the maintenance of healthy food production for future generations and as the world's largest carbon bank and a potential regulator of climate change. The conference is co-organized by a consortium of organizations, including the Save Our Soils Initiative, International Foundation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and WWF.  

date: 26 June 2015   venue: Peace Palace   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/266578/  

July 2015

ISMOM 2015

The 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) will include more than 20 scientific sessions on topics such as organo-mineral interactions in soil, analytical and methodological advances in soil science, soil microbiology and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. ISMOM 2015 is co-organized by: Commission 2.5 (soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions) of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the Canadian Society of Soil Science; and Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). Convened every four years by IUSS and its partners, ISMOM brings together diverse "soil communities" under the cross-cutting theme ‘Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development'. The aim of the symposia is to create an informal forum for exchange and discussion among scientists from ‘all facets of soil science,' including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science. Previous editions have convened in Canada, France, Italy, China and Chile.  

dates: 5-10 July 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   www: http://ismom2015.conference.mcgill.ca/index0f50.html?p=home  

Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

This conference is part of the annual programme of conferences convened by the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation since 1946, with a view to explore 'the vital link between personal change and global change'. Launched in 2013, in collaboration with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security aims to explore innovative approaches to complex land issues by focusing on solutions that exist "outside the normal focus of governments and development agencies". The conference brings together a range of stakeholders from grassroots activists, policy makers, business leaders, scientists and land restoration practitioners.  

dates: 10-14 July 2015   venue: Caux Conference Centre, Rue du Panorama 2 CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland   contact: CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation   phone: +41 21 962 9111   fax: +41 21 962 9355   e-mail: info@caux.ch   www: http://caux.iofc.org/en/Caux-Conferences-2015  

70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. Incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference, the conference aims to increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues.  

dates: 26-29 July 2015   location: Greensboro, NC, US   www: http://www.swcs.org/index.cfm?nodeID=79630&audienceID=1
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/274701/  

August 2015

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The UN organizes International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples annually. The theme of the 2015 event is, 'Indigenous Peoples as Custodians of the Land and its Ecosystems'.  

date: 9 August 2015   location: US (worldwide)   contact: Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/InternationalDay/201...
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security

This conference will focus on five themes: soil information for supporting sustainable uses and management; integrated soil management and conservation for food security; role of soil ecology in relation to climate change and food security; innovative techniques and tools for soil resources inventories and appropriate management; and public participation, networking and policy implementation on land management. The conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 and the Thailand Land Development Department's ‘Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program' aims to provide a platform for diverse stakeholders, including soil scientists, field-based extension workers, decision makers and land users, to share knowledge on appropriate technologies and soil management practices to enhance food security and conservation of the natural resource base.  

dates: 17-20 August 2015   location: Phetchabun, Thailand   www: http://www.ldd.go.th/WEB_ISC2015/Index.html
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/fr/c/274211/  

Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

dates: 23-27 August 2015   location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-...
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/261193/  

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/  

International Forests and Water Dialogue

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

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

Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, is mandated with improving coherence and coordination in the delivery of climate change financing, rationalizing the financial mechanism, mobilizing financial resources, and measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) of support provided to developing country parties. After establishing the SCF, the COP requested that it organize a forum for the communication and continued exchange of information among bodies and entities dealing with climate change finance, in order to promote linkages and coherence. The third SCF Forum will focus on issues related to finance for forests. The SCF has also been addressing coherence and coordination in forests-related financing during its regular Committee meetings.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: https://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechani...
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.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/  

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. The General Debate is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.  

dates: 15-28 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change

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

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

October 2015

29th Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

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: 5-9 October 2015   location: TBA   contact: Hivy Ortizchour   e-mail: hivy.ortizchour@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31106/en/  

UNCCD COP 12

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

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

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/  

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: 19-23 October 2015   location: Madrid, Spain   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/news/dates-forest-europe-extraor...  

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  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: (202) 473-0508   fax: (202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

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

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.  

dates: 1-7 November 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-003-cop13...  

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  

Joint Session of the 38th European Forestry Commission and 72nd UNECE Committee on Forest and Forest Industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) 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: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland   contact: Dominique Reeb   e-mail: dominique.reeb@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/en/  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM [tentative]

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

dates: 3-4 November 2015   venue: Palais des Nations [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland [tentative]   contact: Gulnara Roll, Head, Housing and Land Management Unit, UNECE Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-2257   e-mail: gulnara.roll@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/housing-and-land-management/meetings-an...  

UNFCCC COP 21

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

December 2015

World Soil Day 2015

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

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

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

dates: 5-6 December 2015   venue: Palais des Congrès   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Ann-Kathrin Neureuther, Global Landscapes Forum   e-mail: a.neureuther@cgiar.org   www: http://www.landscapes.org/setting-stage-2015-global-landscap...
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International Mountain Day

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

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

January 2016

28th Session of the North American Forest Commission

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

dates: 11-16 January 2016   location: Campeche, Mexico   e-mail: lvpaqueo@fs.fed.us   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31117/en/  

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
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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: 1-6 February 2016   location: Tanzania   contact: Foday Bojang   e-mail: foday.bojang@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/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

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...  

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  

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

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

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...  

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&...  

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...