Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change
This international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, and is being organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-France), in partnership with Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Tebtebba. The Conference is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Japanese funds-in-trust to UNESCO, and the National Research Agency of France.
dates: 2-4 November 2016
location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
contact: UNESCO Climate Frontlines
The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics
The Hugo Conference will focus on the interactions between environmental changes and migration, and is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). The conference, organized by the University of Liège, is named after the late Graeme Hugo (1946-2015), a pioneering scholar of the linkages between environmental changes and migration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from social sciences and environmental sciences, and promote their scholarly interaction. Topics to be addressed include: the social dimensions of vulnerability; immobility and trapped populations; land issues; borders and security; disasters and evacuations; environmental and climate data for the study of migration; climate science, models and tipping points; and legal and policy perspectives. Keynote speakers include: Eric Lambin of Stanford University, recipient of the Volvo Prize in 2014; Barbara Harrell-Bond of Oxford University; and Bill McKibben of 350.org. The event will also mark the launch of two research initiatives: the creation of The Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège, Belgium, a research structure dedicated specifically to the study of environmental changes and migration; and establishment of an international scholarly association for the study of environmental migration. The last day for registration is 21 October 2016.
dates: 3-5 November 2016
location: Liege, Belgium
contact: Liege University
Second World Irrigation Forum
The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) is organized under the theme, 'Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production'. The meeting will discuss: how actors are balancing the demands of maintaining water supply, producing food, generating energy and protecting ecology; managing climatic extremes, especially floods and droughts; and "smart actions" for alleviating hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage. WIF is a multi-stakeholder forum focusing on water management in agriculture that takes place every three years. WIF2 is organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and hosted by the Thai National of ICID (THAICID). Abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted by 28 February 2016.
dates: 6-12 November 2016
venue: Chiangmai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chang Phuak subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiangmai
location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
contact: Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (THAICID) secretariat
phone: +662 241 0068
fax: +662 243 7870
COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference
The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
dates: 14-16 November 2016
location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
phone: +41 (22) 839 3100
fax: +41 (22) 839 3131
Global Landscapes Forum 2016
The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.
date: 16 November 2016
venue: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina
location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
contact: John Colmey
16th Meeting of Congo Basin Forest Partnership
The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) coordinates efforts to sustain forest resources, enhance natural resource management and improve the standard of living in the Congo Basin. Partnership members convene biannually to coordinate priority activities, propose action on emerging issues and share information with others that are active in the Congo Basin. The CBFP, which brings together 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies, governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, scientific institutions and the private sector, was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It works closely with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC).
dates: 21-26 November 2016
location: Kigali, Rwanda
contact: Dany Dogmo Pokem
Global Sustainable Transport Conference
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The Conference will build on intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport and bring together stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference will address, inter alia: all modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime; the concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS); transport in both urban and rural areas; energy and transport; public transport; road safety; and financing for sustainable transport. The Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management will serve as the Secretary of the Conference, while the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will serve as the Conference Secretariat.
dates: 26-27 November 2016
venue: Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UN General Assembly Affairs Branch
location: Ashgabat, Ahal, Turkmenistan
contact: Antonina Poliakova
phone: 1 (212) 963-5063
Second High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
The Government of Kenya will host the Second High-level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), which will set priorities for improving development cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meeting on the theme of 'Towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda,' the HLM will provide a platform for Heads of State and Government, ministers, heads of international organizations, business and civil society to showcase successes, as well as identify and scale up innovative approaches to sustainable development. Parliamentarians and representatives of local and regional governments will attend the meeting. The GPEDC meeting will include two days of preparatory sessions and two days of high-level discussions. The GPEDC is a global forum bringing together a broad range of development actors to strengthen the quality, impact and effectiveness of development cooperation. The Partnership is based on the principles of country ownership, achieving results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability. The HLM2 is organised by the Government of Kenya with support from the Global Partnership's three co-chairs (Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands), Steering Committee members and the Joint Support Team provided by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
dates: 28 November - 1 December 2016
venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, City Square
location: Nairobi, Kenya
contact: Rahim Kanani
Budapest Water Summit 2016
The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will build on the results of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Summit will seek to ensure that efforts addressing water issues are the source of cooperation, peace and development in all countries that have a stake in sustainable development, rather than being the cause of global risks and further conflicts in the 21st century. The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will address issues related to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). In addition, stakeholder meetings will convene on the following themes: Science-Technology Forum; Youth Forum; Civil Society Forum; and Women's Forum. Participants are expected to adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016” at the conclusion of the Summit.
dates: 28-30 November 2016
location: Budapest, Hungary
contact: Budapest Water Summit 2016 Secretariat
UNDP-Sweden Human Rights and Environment Seminar
The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency are organizing this seminar on Human Rights and the Environment, following the Advisory Board Meeting of the Environmental Governance Project (EGP). The four-year EGP is funded by SIDA and addresses challenges for developing countries in implementing environmental policies and integrating environmental and social concerns into broader sustainable development policy making. The programme strengthens the environmental, gender, human rights, and rule of law dimensions of public administration covering large-scale mining sectors. The programme also welcomes and prioritizes efforts to strengthen new long-term partnerships with public, private, and civil society groups, as well as South-South triangular collaboration within and across regions.
date: 1 December 2016
location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing
The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2) will be held concurrently.
dates: 4-17 December 2016
location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
contact: CBD Secretariat
African Economic Conference 2016
Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.
dates: 5-7 December 2016
location: Abuja, Nigeria
contact: Abebe Shimeles, AfDB
9th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit
The 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Global Forum on Migration and Development is an initiative of United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.
dates: 10-12 December 2016
location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
contact: Estrella Lajom, GFMD Support Unit
phone: +4122 788 49 46 / +4122 788 49 47
fax: +4122 788 49 48
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
contact: FAO Forestry
16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.
dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017
venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017
location: New York City, US
contact: PFII Secretariat
2017 International Labour Conference
The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.
dates: 5-17 June 2017
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
contact: ILO Secretariat
phone: +4 1(0) 22 799 6111
fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017
The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.
dates: 10-19 July 2017
location: New York City, US
Ninth World Urban Forum
The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.
date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]
location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
phone: (+254) 20 7621234