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Intergovernmental Orgs

September 2016

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly establishes ICAO's policy for the upcoming triennium, and reviews ICAO's work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields. The Assembly is expected to establish an Executive Committee, as well as Technical, Economic and Legal Commissions. The Executive Committee will address, inter alia: technical assistance; aviation security; implementation support and development; facilitation and the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme; environmental protection; ICAO civil aviation training policy and capacity building in aviation; increasing ICAO efficiency and effectiveness; and ICAO's work programmes and activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Technical Commission is expected to address, inter alia, aviation safety and air navigation monitoring and analysis, standardization and implementation support. The Economic Commission will discuss, among other things, economic regulation of international air transport, aviation data, economics of airports and air navigation services, and economic development of air transport. The Economic Commission will discuss a consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies in the legal field. The Assembly meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO's governing body, the Council. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other ICAO bodies and to its Member.  

dates: 27 September - 7 October 2016   venue: ICAO headquarters   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: ICAO   phone: +1 514-954-8219   fax: +1 514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/a39/Pages/default.aspx  

18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

The 18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs) will convene in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, in advance of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) on accelerating progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Regional Seas Programme aims to address ocean and coastal area degradation through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment by encouraging countries who share a common body of water to participate in actions to protect their shared marine environment. There are 13 Regional Seas programmes established under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

dates: 30 September - 1 October 2016   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea   contact: Kanako Hasegawa, UNEP Regional Seas Programme   phone: +254-20-7624791   e-mail: kanako.hasegawa@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/ecosystemmanagement/water/regionalseas40...

Third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC 2016)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organizing the third edition of the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition (IOREC) to advance the global 2030 sustainable energy access agenda. IOREC supports Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) by focusing on how off-grid clean energy technologies can expand access in rural, peri-urban and island contexts. Policy makers, the private sector, financiers and development institutions gathered at IOREC 2016 will share experiences and best practices in financing, business models and technological applications in the context of four overarching themes: stand-alone systems for rapid expansion of electricity access; technology innovation to unlock new opportunities; mini-grid development to meet growing demand; and socioeconomic benefits of off-grid renewable energy system deployment. The Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) are partnering with IRENA in the organization of IOREC 2016.  

dates: 30 September - 1 October 2016   venue: Safari Park Hotel, P.O. Box 45038 - 00100   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: IRENA   phone: +971 2 417 9000   e-mail: offgridconference@irena.org   www: http://iorec.irena.org/

October 2016

PAGE High-level Policy Dialogue

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will hold a High-level Policy Dialogue, with a focus on job creation and social inclusion, in the context of climate change and resource scarcity. The context for this discussion is the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Future of Work Initiative, and the recently adopted ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition. The Dialogue is expected to contribute to the identification of policy instruments and practical tools to help countries at all levels of development manage the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies, in line with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Dialogue will inaugurate PAGE's second global Academy on the Green Economy, from 3-15 October.  

date: 3 October 2016   location: Turin, Piemonte, Italy   www: http://www.un-page.org/files/public/a909165_academy_on_the_g...

World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2016

The third annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will focus on the theme, 'Driving the Global Green Economy'. The WGES is an initiative by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in cooperation with World Climate Ltd and WETEX. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are institutional partners for WGES 2016. The programme will incorporate plenary sessions, breakout sessions and a expert-led presentations, addressing topics including: Green Finance; Solar Energy; Transforming cities through happy citizens; Post Paris Agreement on climate change / Road to UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech; Thought Leadership for the Green Economy; and Public Private Partnerships.  

dates: 5-6 October 2016   venue: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: WGES Secretariat   phone: +971-4-515 0941   e-mail: info@wges.ae   www: http://www.wges.ae  

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG). The meeting will be preceded by the resumed OEWG-38 session, which will take place on 8 October.  

dates: 8-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Ozone Secretariat   e-mail: ozone.info@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

Fifth Meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information under the Aarhus Convention

This task force meeting will continue the exchange of information, good practices and recent legislative, policy and practical developments on promoting public access to environmental information. It will also focus on: the scope of environmental information and information on emissions; use of public registers and other electronic information tools; application of restrictions; and the further development of the Aarhus Clearinghouse and national nodes. Background documentation includes information from 2014 national implementation reports and synthesis report, as well as the Implementation Guide, relevant Compliance Committee findings and a jurisprudence database. The UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) was adopted on 25 June 1998. It grants public rights and imposes obligations on parties and public authorities regarding access to information and public participation and access to justice, and supports public participation in the negotiation and implementation of international agreements.  

dates: 10-11 October 2016   venue: Palais des Nations Geneva, Salle V   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: public.participation@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=41961#/

International Dialogue on Migration 2016: Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs (II) [tentative]

This workshop will take place in October 2016, in Geneva, to review the results of initiatives on monitoring the migration-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target. Sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), this second workshop will be followed by a one day Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) meeting. The results of International Dialogue on Migration 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, and will constitute an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka.  

dates: 11-12 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: idmworkshop@iom.int   www: https://www.iom.int/international-dialogue-migration-2016-fo...

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-...  

12th Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The 12th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will discuss a number of substantive issues related to international cooperation in tax matters, including: taxation of development projects; taxation of extractive industries; tax incentives; capacity building; and the updating of the UN Model Tax Convention.  

dates: 11-14 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UN Financing for Development Office   e-mail: ffdoffice@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/event/twelfth-session-tax.h...

Covenant of Mayors Information Event on Urban Adaptation

The information event on urban adaptation to climate change, titled 'Supporting local climate solutions – Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in practice: adaptation in the spotlight,' will present current challenges of urban adaptation, provide relevant information on adaptation from practitioners and peers and help local authorities find answers to specific questions relating to urban adaptation. The integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched in October 2015 and merges the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives. Stemming from the role that cities and urban areas play in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, it provides a framework that helps build more sustainable and resilient cities. The event will be followed by a complementary workshop 'Supporting urban climate change adaptation with Cohesion policy funds and the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' that will take place in the afternoon of the same day. Mayors Adapt is an initiative of the European Commission being implemented within the Covenant of Mayors, and supported by the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is linked to the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT), a partnership between the European Commission and the EEA.  

date: 12 October 2016   venue: European Commission, Philippe Le Bon 3   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: Mayors Adapt Central Helpdesk   phone: +32 (0)2 213 8697   e-mail: helpdesk@mayors-adapt.eu   www: http://mayors-adapt.eu/event/infoevent2016/

2016 Mayors' Summit on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

The second Mayors Summit of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) will bring together mayors from around the world to promote more environmentally-sound and fair food systems in urban areas. This gathering of mayors will include mayors of cities that are signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which aims to achieve healthy food for all, promote sustainability in the food system, educate the public about healthy eating and reduce waste. As of November 2015, 116 cities have signed the pact. The event will take place after the World Food Day ceremony.  

dates: 13-14 October 2016   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Sabina Zaccaro, FAO Communications Officer   phone: (+39) 06 570 50051   e-mail: sabina.zaccaro@fao.org   www: http://www.milanurbanfoodpolicypact.org/mayors-summit-2016/  

Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) Meeting (Invitation Only)

Immediately after the conclusion of the second workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2016, which is addressing the theme, ‘Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs, ‘ the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a one-day meeting of the Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP). The GRCP will bring together representatives of States and international organizations for an informal, non-binding dialogue on ways to enhance inter-regional cooperation, showcasing best practices towards achieving migration-related targets at the regional level. The results of IDM 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, constituting an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka. This is a private, invitation-only meeting.  

date: 13 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   www: https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/IDM/Con...  

High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries

The High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) will review progress and challenges for LLDCs in developing and maintaining efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems. It also will: explore the linkages between the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs for the Decade 2014-2024 (VPoA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of transport; and identify new strategies, cooperation initiatives and policy recommendations on how to develop and improve transport systems that benefit LLDCs, strengthen cooperation, enhance mobilization of financing for infrastructure development, and promote sustainable transport in the LLDCs. The meeting's recommendations are expected to feed into the first global sustainable transport conference, convening from 26-27 November 2016, in Turkmenistan. The meeting is being jointly organized by the Government of Bolivia, the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).  

dates: 13-14 October 2016   venue: Los Tajibos Hotel, Ave. San Martin, 455   location: Santa Cruz, Bolivia   contact: Fernando Calderón   phone: (591) 77218992   e-mail: calderong.fernando@gmail.com   www: http://unohrlls.org/event/high-level-meeting-sustainable-tra...

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/  

World Food Day 2016

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The official World Food Day Ceremony will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on Friday, 14 October, coinciding with the Second Meeting of Mayors committed to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. On Sunday, 16 October, a Zero Hunger Run will take place in Rome to recall Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). FAO also invites contributions to poster and video contests to illustrate the World Food Day theme. Further events will be held at different locations around the world, including a World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Children's Poster Competition organized by the Rajshahi Education Board in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  

dates: 14-16 October 2016   location: worldwide   additional: Rome, Italy; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Rajshahi, Bangladesh(multiple cities)   contact: FAO Headquarters   phone: (+39) 06 57051   e-mail: FAO-HQ@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/home/en/

Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of Maritime Security and Development in Africa will take place in 2016 in Lomé, Togo. At the Lomé Conference, Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet with experts and leaders from the business world in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa, including an African strategy for protecting its oceans and seas that provides peace, security and stability. Delegates will discuss maritime strategy within the context of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIMS Strategy), including an implementation plan and roadmap for promoting a secure and sustainable blue economy. Participants will also address: maritime insecurity marked by acts of assault and piracy; illicit trafficking at sea; regional and international cooperation to safeguard marine safety; illegal fishing; and preservation of marine life. The Summit will build on the results of summits in 2013 and 2015, and aims to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's sustainable economic and social development.  

date: 15 October 2016   location: Lome, Togo   contact: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Togo   www: http://www.african-union-togo2015.com/en/accueil  

Habitat III

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: UN-HABITAT   phone: +1-917-367-4355   e-mail: Habitat3Secretariat@un.org   www: http://www.unhabitat.org/habitat-iii

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/  

Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will convene under the theme 'Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice'. One of the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region, the Forum will bring together representatives from over 50 countries, including policymakers, scientists, donors, and youth. The Forum will address adaptation planning, financing for adaptation, climate-resilient development and cross-learning across actors. It will explore platforms and concrete pathways to enhance partnerships among governments, civil society and business. The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment are organizing the event.  

dates: 17-19 October 2016   venue: Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka   contact: UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific   phone: +662 288 1202   fax: +662 288 1087   e-mail: forum@asiapacificadapt.net   www: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/

44th Session of the IPCC

The 44th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the second session during 2017 and will be presided over by the IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: IPCC Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8208/54/84   fax: +41-22-730-8025/13   e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/

Fourth Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDGs

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will hold its fourth meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18-21 October 2016, hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The first two days will be a closed meeting for IAEG members, followed by a two-day Plenary session, open to all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders. The objectives of IAEG-SDGs 4 are to: Finalize the initial tier system for indicators; Establish a process for the refinement of indicators; Review work plans for Tier III indicators; Discuss options for those indicators that do not have a proposed custodian agency; and Review data flows from national to regional and global level and discuss best practices for the delivery of these data.  

dates: 18-21 October 2016   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-04

Seventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

This meeting will explore how to deliver on national commitments, including nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the UNFCCC and investment in renewable energy to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy sector. Participants will share perspectives on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among others, can be implemented. The forum will also include an International Renewable Energy Conference, and the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Renewable Energy and Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency. Approximately 300 international energy experts, government officials, and representatives from the business community, financial sector, academia and civil society will attend the conference. This meeting is being jointly organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, the UN Regional Commissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).  

dates: 18-21 October 2016   venue: JW Marriott Absheron Baku, 674 Azadliq Square   location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan   contact: Stefanie Held, Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE   phone: +41 (0) 22 917 24 62   e-mail: stefanie.held@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=42643#/  


The 74th session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI 74) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will review and guide activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication, and will focus on the commercial aspects of forest-based industries. It will also contribute to the Strategic review of the Integrated Programme of Work 2014-2017 and provide recommendations for the future programme. It will be followed by a workshop, on 'Measuring the value of forests in a green economy,' on 21 October 2016.  

dates: 18-20 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE Forest and Timber Section   phone: +41-22-917-1379   fax: +41-22-917-0041   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=42383#/  

Eleventh International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT 11)

Organized by the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Asia and the Pacific, and hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity-Building and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and others, ICWMT 11 participants will discuss the theme of 'Green - Low-carbon - Circular - Development,' including such issues as e-waste management and recycling, end-of-life vehicle management and recycling, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) waste management and disposal, management and disposal of wastes containing heavy metals, hazardous waste management, technology transfer, circular economy design and implementation, and regional chemicals management and emergency response.  

dates: 21-24 October 2016   location: Beijing, China   contact: Chen Yuan, BCRC for Asia and the Pacific   phone: +86-10-62794351   fax: +86-10-62772048   e-mail: icwmt@tsinghua.edu.cn   www: http://2016.icwmt.org/ICWMT2016/indexen.asp?id=3099  

International Snow Leopard Day

Events across the world are being organized to celebrate International Snow Leopard Day. The Day commemorates the adoption by all snow leopard range countries of the 'Bishkek Declaration,' as well as the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), on 23 October 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the celebrations, on Friday, 21 October, there will be a High-level panel event held at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This event, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), GSLEP Secretariat and Kyrgyzstan, will: commemorate the Day; re-enforce GSLEP collaboration and synergies; highlight innovative programming, partnerships and progress on the ground; and strengthen political support and commitment for ongoing and new GSLEP initiatives, including the Global Presidential Summit in Bishkek planned for the summer of 2017.  

dates: 21-23 October 2016   location: worldwide   contact: Kyial Alygulova   e-mail: kyial@globalsnowleopard.org   www: http://www.globalsnowleopard.org/  

UNECE/FAO Workshop on Measuring the Value of Forests in a Green Economy

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, this one-day expert workshop is linked to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. Participants will analyze the consistency of the present forest sector valuation systems with approaches developed by other sectors in the context of green economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the workshop is to identify synergies and differences between the work in green economy evaluation processes and the forest sector work in that area.  

date: 21 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE Secretariat   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=42822#/  

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Def...

UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Meeting

The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) meets twice a year and brings together the heads of 30 specialized organizations to "deliver as one" at the global, regional and country levels. The CEB is the primary instrument for strengthening the coordination role of UN intergovernmental bodies on social, economic and related matters, and provides strategic direction and guidance for the UN system as a whole.  

date: 24 October 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Xenia von Lilien   phone: +1 212-963-4988   e-mail: vonlilien@un.org   www: http://www.unsceb.org/  

2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

dates: 25-27 October 2016   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: UNEP Finance Initiative   e-mail: info@unepfi.org   www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/2016/roundtable/

November 2016

Seventh Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Forum is organized and co-hosted by the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). The Forum is intended to serve as a framework for 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) policy dialogue among high-level government representatives from Asia-Pacific countries, city mayors and administrators and other professionals, as well as technical assistance for country projects, and information sharing and networking for the promotion of 3R policies in Asia and the Pacific.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   venue: Adelaide Convention Centre   location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   contact: C.R.C. Mohanty, UNCRD   phone: +81-52-561-9416   fax: +81-52-561-9374   e-mail: mohantyc@uncrd.or.jp   www: http://www.uncrd.or.jp/?page=view&nr=261&type=230&am...  

International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Francis Staub (France) or Rijasoa Fanazava (Madagascar)   e-mail: fstaub@icriforum.org   www: http://www.icriforum.org/  

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   e-mail: peoples@climatefrontlines.org   www: http://www.indigenous2016.org/#  

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   e-mail: eb.ca.glu@ecnerefnoc.oguh   www: http://events.ulg.ac.be/hugo-conference/conference/

First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

dates: 6-9 November 2016   venue: Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre, Vigyan Bhavan Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Congress Secretariat (Bioversity International)   phone: +91 11 25849000/1/2   fax: +91 11 25849002   e-mail: info@iac2016.in   www: http://www.iac2016.in/index.html#home


The 45th meeting of the Standing Committee (StC45) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place from 9-10 November 2016.  

dates: 9-10 November 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2015028-dates-45th-meeting-cms-st...  

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/

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   contact: WBCSD   phone: +41 (22) 839 3100   fax: +41 (22) 839 3131   e-mail: info@wbcsd.org   www: http://unsdsn.org/news/2016/05/05/cop22-low-emissions-soluti...

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   e-mail: j.colmey@cgiar.org   www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-marrakesh/

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...

6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction

The 6th Session of the African Regional Platform and the 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will: review progress made domestically in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR; discuss and agree on follow-up actions to accelerate implementation; and focus on aligning the Programme of Action for implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy with the Sendai Framework. Participants will discuss: monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation; opportunities for learning and exchanging experiences, successes and challenges in applying disaster risk management (DRM) of risk knowledge; progress made on preparedness, recovery and reconstruction under the 'build-back- better' approach; and risk-informed development. Outcomes will include: the Africa Programme of Action to implement the Sendai Framework in Africa; the Mauritius Declaration on implementation of the Africa Programme of Action; and an 'Africa Position' that will be presented at the 5th session of the Global Platform for DRR, which will convene from 22-26 May 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. Outcomes will also be submitted to the African Union (AU) Policy Organs for consideration and adoption during the AU Summit in January 2017. This meeting will also commemorate the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day. Representatives of African countries, stakeholder groups and development and humanitarian partners will attend the meeting. This event is being organized by the AU Commission, with support from the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), and hosted by the Government Mauritius with support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.  

dates: 22-25 November 2016   venue: Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, Balaclava Fort, Balaclava   location: Port Louis, Mauritius   e-mail: ISDR.AfRP@unisdr.unon.org   www: http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/2016/afrp

Fifth Meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

The Working Group will review the progress in implementing the 2015-2017 work programme, including compliance and reporting mechanisms, promotion, capacity building, and financial matters, discuss the work programme for 2018–2021, and discuss preparations for the next session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), including a draft joint declaration with the Parties to the Aarhus Convention.  

dates: 23-24 November 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Kristof Douçot, UNECE Secretariat   phone: +41 22 917 1390   e-mail: kristof.doucot@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=42177  

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   e-mail: poliakova@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/Global-Sustainable-Tra...

ESCWA Conference on Competitive Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Arab States in the Next Decade

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organizes this sustainable development conference annually in cooperation with the Arab Regional Administrative Development Organization (ARADO). This will be the 16th such conference. In 2015, the annual conference took place on the theme of 'Post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States', and in 2014, the theme was 'Cooperation in Establishing Resilience Toward Global Risks to the Arab Region.' Many international agencies support the conference, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.  

dates: 27-29 November 2016   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt   contact: ESCWA Secretariat   phone: +961-1-981301   fax: +961-1-981510   e-mail: escwa-ciu@un.org   www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/16th-annual-conference-“compe...

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   phone: +1-212-906-5367   e-mail: rahim.b.kanani@undp.org   www: http://effectivecooperation.org/2016/04/announcing-kenya-as-...

December 2016

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   www: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/poverty...  

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

dates: 5-9 December 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Def...

African Economic Conference 2016

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

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

World Soil Day 2016

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly. World Soil Day 2016 will feature celebrations at global, regional and national levels under the theme of ‘Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life'.  

date: 5 December 2016   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   phone: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/ws...

Internet Governance Forum 2016

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2016 will consider the theme 'Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth'. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder forum that seeks to facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize internet opportunities and address risks and challenges, and support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the outcome of the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) of December 2015, the UNGA acknowledged the role of the IGF as a multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of internet governance issues, and decided to extend its mandate for another ten years.  

dates: 6-9 December 2016   venue: Cultural Institute Cabañas, Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, 44360 Guadalajara   location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico   contact: IGF Secretariat   phone: +41 (0) 229 173 678   e-mail: info@igf2016.mx   www: http://www.igf2016.mx

International Mountain Day 2016

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

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

January 2017

UN World Data Forum

The first UN World Data Forum (WDF) will be hosted by Statistics South Africa. It is expected to bring together public and private measurements experts, statistical producers, information system specialists, and users, as well as all other key stakeholders to discuss data for sustainable development. Organized by the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), the UN WDF is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society. Organization of a World Forum on Sustainable Development Data was one of the main recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. Twitter: @UNDataForum  

dates: 16-18 January 2017   location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa   contact: UN Statistics Division   fax: +1 (212) 963 9851   e-mail: dataforum@un.org   www: http://undataforum.org/  


The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

March 2017

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48)

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 48th session from 7-10 March 2017.  

dates: 7-10 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm  

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017   location: Agadir, Laayoune, Morocco   contact: FAO Silva Mediterranea   phone: +33-491-90-7670   e-mail: Silva-Mediterranea@fao.org   www: http://www.5.medforestweek.org/  

April 2017

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   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/2016/15th-sess...

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@unep.org   www: http://synergies.pops.int/  

May 2017

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

The Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources of the University of the UN (UNU-FLORES), Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will host the second biennial Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) on a Nexus Approach to managing environmental resources for sustainable development. DNC2017 will focus on the theme, 'SDGs and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation'. International researchers, practitioners and politicians will debate the sustainable use of environmental resources under conditions of planetary limits and growing demand. Conference stakeholders include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Habitat, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), multiple UNU Institutes, and international and research institutions such as the Global Water Partnership, the International Hydropower Association, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, The International Water Management Institute, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Center for Environmental Systems Research, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Sachsen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. A Call for Proposals will be released in early spring of 2016.  

dates: 17-19 May 2017   venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany   contact: Rachel Shindelar, UNU-FLORES   phone: + 49 (351) 8921 9377   e-mail: shindelar@unu.edu   www: https://flores.unu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/160301_DNC...

2017 World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Gregory Härtl, Spokesperson Coordinator   phone: +41 79 203 67 15   fax: + 41 22 791 31 11   e-mail: hartlg@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/  

June 2017

Expo 2017: Future Energy

The international Expo 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and will aim to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans to address the possibilities of future energy. The Expo, organized under the theme 'Future Energy' and the sub-theme 'Solutions for Tackling Humankind's Greatest Challenge,' will address future energy from several perspectives, including: exploration of stategies, programmes and technologies for sustainable energy development; promotion of energy security and efficiency; and the encouragement of renewable energy use. Venues for the World's Fairs and their themes are determined by taking into account political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. The history of World's Fairs extends back to “the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations,” which took place in London in 1851.  

date: 1 June 2017   location: Astana, Kazakhstan   contact: Expo 2017 Press Office   phone: +7-7172-91-94-63   e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz   www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en  

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 [tentative]

This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US [tentative]   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/...  

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   e-mail: ilo@ilo.org   www: http://www.ioe-emp.org/international-labour-organization/int...

July 2017

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   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf  

September 2017

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury [tentative]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org  

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  

November 2017

Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [tentative]

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

dates: 21-24 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GRASP Secretariat   phone: +254 20762 3842   e-mail: info@un-grasp.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=756c25b7498b33eecd1c114e...

Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement [tentative]

The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda, leading to the postponement of the Grasp Council meeting as well as the GA MOP3 from 21-24 November 2016 to 2017.  

dates: 21-24 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: CMS Gorilla Agreement Secretariat   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2016025-postponement-third-meetin...

December 2017

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

dates: 4-6 December 2017   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies   phone: ?+254-20-7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/?  

January 2018

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   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

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 2020

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...