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Forests, Deserts, Land


May 2016

International Training Course on Combating Desertification

Supported by the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency, this training course is part of the programme of action under the Ankara Initiative, launched to strengthen implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for the period from 2016 to 2019. The course will address technical issues, including: the causes of desertification and land degradation; seed and seedling production; forestation; erosion control; and participatory approaches that increase regional collaboration. The course will focus on the exchange of knowledge and experiences in combating desertification, promote cooperation among related institutions and technology transfer, share lessons learned from Turkey with regard to combating desertification and land degradation, and support and strengthen implementation of the UNCCD.  

dates: 30 May - 5 June 2016   location: Konya, Nigde, Turkey   contact: Abdullah Yurtoglu   phone: +90 312 2075725   fax: +90 312 2075756   e-mail: myurtoglu@ormansu.gov.tr   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...  

Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will focus on 'Food systems for a sustainable future: interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture,' with a view to identifying approaches for the achievement of mutually beneficial and sustainable outcomes, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.  

dates: 31 May - 3 June 2016   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Norwegian Environment Agency   www: http://www.trondheimconference.org/
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European Forum on Urban Forestry

This Forum will address issues related to urban forests and resilient cities, health and well-being, and governance and management. A meeting of the FAO Silva Mediterranea Working Group on Urban and Peri-urban Forestry will be held in conjunction with the Forum, on 31 May 2016.  

dates: 31 May - 4 June 2016   location: Ljubljana, Slovenia   contact: Slovenian Forestry Institute   www: http://efuf2016.gozdis.si/  

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/  

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case 2016

This invitation-only event will explore the potential of private finance in enhancing livelihood, environment and food security benefits with regard to landscapes. It will address innovative financial tools and the needs of larger funds, conditions and arrangements needed to connect funds to farms and forests, and concrete investment opportunities. The event is organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium and partners.  

date: 6 June 2016   venue: Royal Society   location: London, England, UK   www: http://www.landscapes.org/publication/global-landscapes-foru...  

CSA and Development Cooperation Training Course

The 'Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Development Cooperation: donor's perspective and assessment tools' training course aims to enhance knowledge on climate finance and CSA objectives. The course further aims to improve capacities to appraise the climate change mitigation potential of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects and programmes using the FAO EX-Ante Carbon balance Tool (EX-ACT). Participants will also learn about: CSA concepts and techniques; CSA's role in global food security and climate change scenarios; the climate finance architecture; ways to link the carbon balance appraisal with CSA and carbon funding; and opportunities for climate-related fundraising. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and ETIFOR – Forests, Ideas, Responsibility are organizing the training course.  

dates: 6-8 June 2016   venue: University of Padova, Viale dell'Università 16, 35020 Legnaro   location: Padova, Veneto, Italy   contact: Raul Polato   phone: +39 349 31 91 662   e-mail: raul.polato@etifor.com   www: http://www.etifor.com/en/Training/Climate-Change-and-Ecosyst...  

High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

Convened as a "one-off" open-ended working group, this meeting will finalize the outcomes of the High-Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets in June 2015, in order to present recommendations to the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) for endorsement. The meeting follows a request by CFS 42 that the HLF outcomes, including the good practices and lessons presented in the background document and during the discussion, be further analyzed with a view to preparing a set of draft policy recommendations and practices. The meeting is expected to identify potential recommendations and practices aimed at overcoming barriers and maximizing opportunities for smallholders, as well as set out a process to finalize and agree on the final version of the document to be presented to the CFS 43 in October 2016.  

dates: 8-9 June 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: CFS@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/  

GACSA Annual Forum: Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action

The Annual Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), which is meeting under the theme 'CSA in Action,' will provide the opportunity for participants to share solutions, discuss challenges and build partnerships on CSA. The event will include sessions on: GACSA country case studies (Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Malawi, Tanzania and Viet Nam); climate finance and investment; CSA knowledge in action; regional CSA alliances; and future opportunities for scaling up CSA. The GACSA Action Groups on knowledge, enabling environment and investment will also meet, as will the GACSA Strategic Committee. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the agricultural cooperative 'La Sonnina'. GACSA was launched in 2014 at the UN Climate Summit, and is a voluntary alliance of partners addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture under a changing climate. The GACSA Facilitation Unit is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

dates: 14-17 June 2016   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Emna Belgasmi, GACSA   e-mail: Emna.Belgasmi@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/gacsa/annual-forum/en/  

World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016

This year's World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will take place under the slogan 'Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People'. The global observance event will take place in Beijing, China, and will be hosted by the State Forestry Administration of China. The event will showcase China's new development strategy, 'The Belt and Road,' which aims to strengthen cooperation to combat desertification and land degradation, primarily in Eurasia. During the celebrations, China will launch the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action to Combating Desertification Initiative' together with interested countries and stakeholders. WDCD 2016 activities will also seek to demonstrate how the target of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) can be a critical element for achieving other sustainable development as well as climate goals.  

date: 17 June 2016   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: WDCD2016@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...
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First Meeting of UN-REDD Programme Executive Board

The new main body of oversight, operational guidance and decision-making for the UN-REDD Programme will consider the proposed multi-year work plan in support of the UN-REDD Programme 2016-2020 Strategic Framework, as well as options for strengthening coordination and complementarity with other global initiatives supporting REDD+ and forest countries.  

dates: 28-29 June 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO headquarters   contact: UN-REDD Programme   www: http://www.unredd.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=...  

2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the fourth Caux Dialogue will address the theme of ‘Realizing the potential of land restoration to mitigate migration'. According to research by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, around 25% of the world's productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are currently degraded, which contributes to increased migration and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing on the experiences of “pioneers” from around the world who are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to boost land restoration, the conference will explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can contribute to “a durable peace” in these environments. The conference is co-organized by Caux-Initiatives for Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will include keynote addresses by William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization of Migration, and Mario Gattiker, State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. The conference will also feature the launch of the book, ‘Land restoration: Reclaiming landscapes for a sustainable future'.  

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2016   venue: Caux Conference Centre, Rue du Panorama 2 CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland   phone: +41 (0)21 962 91 11   fax: + 41 (0)21 962 93 55   www: http://www.caux.ch/Caux-Dialogue-on-Land-and-Security-CDLS
 http://www.caux.ch/Caux-Dialogue-on-Land-and-Security-CDLS#s...  

July 2016

IASS High-Level Event: Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up and Review of the 2030 Agenda

Organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners, this high-level event will address the framing of a thematic review of progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from an integrated perspective on natural resources in support of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event will provide an opportunity for representatives from UN Member States, UN organizations, ministries, science and academia, civil society, and the private sector to discuss initial considerations regarding the requirements and framing of natural-resource related thematic review, such as a review of food-security related targets or targets relating to soil and land resources. The event is invitation-only.  

dates: 7-8 July 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)   phone: +49 331-288223-00   fax: +49 331-288223-10   e-mail: info@iass-potsdam.de  

23rd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 23)

The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate actions. COFO is the highest FAO forestry statutory body and meets every two years.  

dates: 18-22 July 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO headquarters   contact: Peter Csoka   e-mail: peter.csoka@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/57758/en/  

August 2016

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  

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: 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...  

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/
 http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/aheg/index.html  

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/
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UNCCD CRIC 15

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.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016 [tentative]   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...
 http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/the-bodies/The-...  

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...
 http://wmf.mtnforum.org/WMF16/en  

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/  

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

UNFCCC COP 22

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/
 http://www.icar.org.in/files/PulsCon2016-IIPR-22-09-2015.pdf  

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...
 http://www.espconference.org/africa2016/wiki/190504/about#.V...  

December 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...  

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...