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February 2016

54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development

The 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD 54) will consider the theme 'Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world'. According to the provisional agenda of the session, the Commission will discuss the follow-up to the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and to the Social Summit+5 held during the 24th special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2000. It will take into account, among other documents, a note from the UN Secretariat on 'Emerging issues: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: moving from commitments to results for achieving social development'.  

dates: 3-12 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Building, Conference Room 4   location: New York City, US   contact: Daniela Bas, Director, UN Division for Social Policy and Development   e-mail: social@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...  

Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS)

Addressing the theme ‘Critical soil solutions for sustainable development in Africa,' this conference was initially organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, but postponed due to the security situation in Burkina Faso. Organizing partners include the Burkina Faso Ministry of Rural Development and several national soil science and research institutes; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and ISRIC - World Soil Information. Conference sub-themes include: soil productivity in tropical agrosystems; land ownership and sustainable land management; soil and climate change; and education and capacity building in soil science in Africa. The conference will comprise a three-day scientific meeting gathering soil scientists, land planners and users and related specialists, followed by a post-conference tour focusing on issues such as food insecurity, climate change, land degradation, land and water knowledge management and renewable energies. In addition, IITA and other partners will convene a special sub-regional program on the theme: ‘Soil fertility management recommendations for sustainable agricultural intensification in West and Central Africa.' The aim of the special program is to enable a wide range of stakeholders to use real-time information towards development outcomes in policy-making and technologies for land management, thus contributing to increased food production and improved natural resource management.  

dates: 7-14 February 2016   location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso   contact: Mamadou Traore   phone: +22670272160?   e-mail: iritraore@yahoo.com   www: http://www.erails.net/CM/asss-africasoils/asss-africasoils/
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Second Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Terminology and Indicators

The second formal session of this expert working group will meet from 10-11 February 2016, preceded by an informal session on 9 February. The meeting will address indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, and DRR terminology. The working group was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and is comprised of experts nominated by States, and supported by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), with relevant stakeholder involvement. Its aim is to develop a set of possible indicators and terminology to measure global progress in implementing the Framework in coherence with the work of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).  

dates: 9-11 February 2016   venue: Room XVIII, Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   phone: +41 229178907-8   fax: +41 227339531   e-mail: isdr@un.org   www: http://www.preventionweb.net/drr-framework/open-ended-workin...
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Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations in Preparation for Mercury INC 7

This is part of a series of regional consultations being held in preparation for the the Seventh Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC 7) to be held from 10-15 March 2016 in Jordan. The consultations are to include presentations and discussion of the INC 7 documents with a view to possibly developing regional positions regarding issues to be addressed at INC 7.  

dates: 9-12 February 2016   location: Montevideo, Uruguay   contact: Sheila Logan, UNEP   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: sheila.logan@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/News/INC7Regionalconsultati...  

UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is organizing a special thematic event on ‘Building Synergy and Coherence in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda,' with the participation of Member States, civil society, the private sector and academia. The primary objective of the event is to build common ground on how implementation of the IPoA can be enhanced by building synergies and coherence in the implementation of the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event also aims to discuss how to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development for enabling half the number of the least developed countries (LDCs) to attain the graduation threshold. Participants will be invited to make specific expressions of support to LDCs.  

date: 11 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...
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Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS Countries

This conference will explore the linkages among climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety nets and nutrition. It will bring together stakeholders from the research, government and donor communities to: exchange and review knowledge; discuss ongoing research efforts; and identify gaps for improvement and future research in the region. The event will help raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and make development in the region more nutrition sensitive. The conference will address: findings from the Global Nutrition Report (2015) focusing on agriculture and food systems, climate change, nutrition-specific interventions and social safety nets in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries; nutrition-specific programmes and social protection policies in the region; and evidence-based research on the impacts of climate change on nutrition and vice-versa, as well as agriculture-nutrition linkages. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Eurasian Center for Food Security and the World Bank are organizing this conference, which will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University.  

date: 11 February 2016     8:00 am to 7:00 pm   venue: Lomonosov Moscow State University   location: Moscow, Moskva, Russian Federation   www: http://www.cgiar.org/consortium-events/2016/02/11/agricultur...
 http://www.ifpri.org/event/agriculture-food-systems-climate-...  

Second Meeting of the UNEP Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives

The Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives will prepare for the next meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Committee is made up of all accredited Permanent Representatives to UNEP, and is the subsidiary, intersessional entity of UNEA. The Committee is mandated to provide advice to UNEA on policy matters, prepare decisions for adoption by UNEA, and oversee their implementation. The previous OECPR meeting took place in March 2014.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   venue: UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), UN Avenue, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   phone: +254 20 7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/ecalendar/contents/details_view.asp?Even...
 http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/Default.aspx?tabid=129502  

2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU

The 2nd meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Migratory Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will review proposals to amend the MOU, the programme of work, partnerships and national reporting, among other issues. Two additional meetings will be held at the same venue on the margins of MOS2. From 12-13 February, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee to the MOU will be held. On 14 February, an informal, open-ended meeting of the Intersessional Working Group of the MOU, to advance discussions on the draft Rules of Procedure (open to all MOU Signatories) will be held.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   location: San Jose, Costa Rica   contact: CMS Secretariat   phone: 49-228-815-2401   fax: 49-228-815-2449   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2015029-2nd-meeting-signatories-m...  

7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management

The 7th International Conference on Integrated Natural Disaster Management (INDM) will bring together Iranian and international experts in risk and disaster management to discuss a range of topics in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030. The conference will focus on four priority action areas: understanding disaster risk, including exposure, vulnerability and hazard characteristics; strengthening disaster risk governance to manage risk; investing in DRR for resilience; and enhancing disaster preparedness to effectively respond and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction. More specifically, the conference will address: climate change adaptation; risk management with an emphasis on earthquakes, floods, storms and extreme heat and cold; risk management in massive religious structures; interaction and communication of risk in controlling the consequences of natural hazards; the role of urban strategies in disaster preparedness and response; the use of new technologies, such as remote sensing, monitoring and warning systems, innovations and inventions; national strategies for risk and crisis management; health management in crisis, with the aim of reducing amputations; mental health management of survivors, particularly children and women; and population management to prevent deaths during religious ceremonies. The conference is being organized by the Global Risk Forum (GRF Davos) and the INDM Secretariat.  

dates: 15-16 February 2016   location: Tehran, Iran   e-mail: info@indm.ir   www: http://www.unisdr.org/files/45382_45382indm2016brochure.pdf
 http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/45382  

Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum

The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum, marking the Forum's 10th anniversary, will set the stage for revisiting the Forum's objective and modalities within the context the relationships between smallholder, family farmers and development actors, taking into account the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) new strategic framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also review progress this partnership has made. The Forum will be preceded by a special session on pastoralism on 12 February and followed by side events on 18 February. It will also share its messages with IFAD's Governing Council, which will meet from 17-18 February. The Farmers' Forum, established in 2005, is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between smallholder farmers' and rural producers' organizations, IFAD and IFAD member States. The Forum, which aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers' organizations in country programmes and investment projects, meets every two years in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.  

dates: 15-16 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.ifad.org/events/index.htm
 http://www.ifad.org/farmer/2016/index.htm  

ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

The ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016 will focus on the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development'. The conference will discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) progress on implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including identification of areas where additional efforts are needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. Over 500 participants are expected to share their experiences in meeting the targets and showcase innovative policies and practices. The meeting will also discuss: access and benefit sharing (ABS); climate change and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; and financing for biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, including through the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. It will include a soft launch of the Second Edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, which will provide a mid-term report on the progress of ASEAN member States on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The conference will also include a ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum' with representatives from the private sector discussing the link between business and biodiversity.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   venue: Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ACB2016 Secretariat   phone: +63.49.536.2865   e-mail: ACB2016@aseanbiodiversity.org   www: http://www.aseanbiodiversity.org/acb2016  

International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

dates: 15-17 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO Headquarters   contact: FAO   e-mail: Agri-Biotechs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/agribiotechs-symposium/en/  

51st Session of the IPCC Bureau

The 51st session will be the first bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to be held in 2016 since the election of the new IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee, who was elected in October 2015 at IPCC 42.  

dates: 16-17 February 2016   venue: WMO headquarters, 7bis Avenue de la Paix   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   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
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First session of the Executive Council Working Group on WMO Strategic and Operational Planning

This meeting of the first session of the Executive Council Working Group on World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Strategic and Operational Planning (WG/SOP) is expected to address: WMO strategic and budget planning, including the WMO Monitoring and Evaluation System; the role and operation of national meteorological and hydrological services; improving WMO processes, practices and governance; the Quality Management Framework; and progress in implementing the Madrid Action Plan and preparations for the Madrid+10 Conference in 2017. The Executive Council, which the WG/SOP will report to, is the WMO's executive body, which, inter alia: meets annually; implements Congress decisions; coordinates programmes; examines use of budgetary resources; provides technical information, counsel and assistance in the WMO's fields; and acts on matters affecting international meteorology.  

dates: 16-19 February 2016   venue: WMO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WMO Secretariat   phone: +41(0)22 730 81 11   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: https://www.wmo.int/pages/meetings/ECWGSOP_documentation_pla...  

39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council

The 39th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet under the theme ‘Inclusive investment - Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda'. The meeting has on its agenda, inter alia: the election of the Governing Council's Bureau; a statement of IFAD's President and general statements; the report of the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources; consolidated financial statements of IFAD for 2014; IFAD's 2016 results-based programme of work and regular and capital budgets, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD's results-based work programme and budget for 2016 and indicative plan for 2017-2018; the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); emoluments of the President; and an update on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance. The IFAD Governing Council, which meets annually, is the Fund's principal Governing Body.  

dates: 17-18 February 2016   venue: IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono 44   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Andreina Mauro   phone: +39 06 5459 2088   e-mail: a.mauro@ifad.org   www: https://webapps.ifad.org/members/gc/39
 http://www.ifad.org/  

Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods [tentative]

The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet to discuss, as a tentative topic per the Chair's 26 January "road map," the 'Organization of the agenda of the Committee, with poverty and sustainable development at the core,' aiming to review the Committee's agenda in relation to internationally agreed outcomes, including the identification of duplications and gaps, while taking into account the agendas of the UNGA plenary and Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  

date: 17 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/second-committee-considers-road-map-...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/  

Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar: Transformative Financing for the Achievement of Gender Equality by 2030

In preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60), this seminar seeks to explore the state-of-the-art research, identify good practices and lessons learned, and develop recommendations on financing and investment mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality and women's empowerment in the Asia-Pacific Region. Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the meeting will address: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); innovative sources of financing; and strengthening accountability for gender equality financing. A report containing a summary of discussions and recommendations from the meeting is expected to be made available at CSW 60.  

dates: 18-19 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Centre, UN Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Laura Lopez, Social Development Division, ESCAP   phone: (66-2) 288-1234   fax: (66-2) 288-1000   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/asia-pacific-regional-seminar-...  

Stakeholder Days Prior to IPBES-4

The Stakeholder Days, organized prior to the fourth Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4), aim to provide observers and stakeholders of IPBES with updates about the IPBES process and their engagement in IPBES-4, and to provide an opportunity to prepare joint positions on key issues.  

dates: 20-21 February 2016   venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur City Centre,   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: IPBES Secretariat   phone: +49 (0) 228 815 0570   e-mail: ipbes4stakeholderdays@iucn.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5da0fed71c7e4399fb28ab54...
 http://ipbes.net/registrationformipbes4  

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment is expected to consider a review of progress and lessons learned from the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the UN development system (UNDS).  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4)

The fourth session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) will, inter alia, review progress on its work programme. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

dates: 22-28 February 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: IPBES Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-0570   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/index.php/plenary/ipbes-4  

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. The 26th session will be held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2016.  

dates: 22-26 February 2016   location: Philippines   contact: Patrick Durst   e-mail: Patrick.Durst@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31089/en/  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 6

This is the sixth of seven sessions to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will take place during the Operational Activities Segment of ECOSOC and will focus on country perspectives on the UN development system programme, and operational cooperation. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, and hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will convene under the theme, 'Growing Our Future!' to reflect the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. Five sub-thematic streams include: pathways to prosperity: future trade and markets; tackling climate change: challenges and opportunities; serving society: forestry and people; new institutions, new governance; and our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets.  

dates: 22-26 February 2016   location: Pampanga {greater region}, Philippines   additional: Clark Freeport Zone   contact: FAO Secretariat   e-mail: AP-Forestry-Week@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/asia-pacific-forestry-week...
 http://apfw2016.denr.gov.ph/  

42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 42), themed '2015 El Niño impacts and lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa,' will take place from 22-23 February 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda. GHACOF 42 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from critical socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision makers and civil society representatives. Workshops will be held on agriculture and food security, water resources, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and health, among others. During the Forum, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) will officially launch a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop for regional climate experts to be held at ICPAC, from 15-20 February 2016.  

dates: 22-23 February 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: IGAD ICPAC Director   phone: +25 40203514426   e-mail: info@icpac.net   www: http://www.icpac.net/?p=1488
 http://www.icpac.net/wp-content/uploads/GHACOF-42-Announceme...  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Africa

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 24-26 February 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/abuja
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

date: 24 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/events/en/
 http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting

An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) founding will bring together ministers from around the world and UN partners to discuss how to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete actions and results. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions on: eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind; protecting the planet and sustainable development; ending violence and building peace; and managing risk and building resilience to climate change. Participating ministers will share their vision for how UNDP can contribute to countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is expected to identify key roles for UNDP to assist countries in implementation and monitoring. UNDP will use the meeting recommendations to guide its future work.  

date: 24 February 2016   venue: UN Trusteeship Council Chamber   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDP   e-mail: UNDP50.ministerial.meeting@undp.org   www: http://50.undp.org/en/  

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

date: 25 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 2

This is the second of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will consider the 2030 Agenda and forward-looking scenarios for the UN development system. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 26-27 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods [tentative]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet informally to discuss, as a tentative topic based on the Chair's road map of 26 January, the 'Relevance and impact of the work of the Committee in contributing to the international development objectives,' addressing the role of the Second Committee in the emerging architecture for the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Programmes of Action for countries in special situations, and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

date: 26 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/second-committee-considers-road-map-...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/  

Eurasian Soil Partnership (EASP) Workshop

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Eurasian sub-regional Soil Partnership (EASP) was launched in November 2013, and its Secretariat is hosted by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), in Moscow, the Russian Federation. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Soil Partnership that took place in Izmir, Turkey, in June 2015. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

dates: 29 February - 2 March 2016   location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   contact: EASP Secretariat   phone: +495 3334-65-56   e-mail: info@ecfs.msu.ru   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://ecfs.msu.ru/en  

March 2016

Global Climate Observation: The Road to the Future

This conference will enable producers and users of climate observations, as well as other stakeholders, to review and provide input to and feedback on the next Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan, which is being prepared for the UNFCCC Secretariat. The conference will: discuss current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and possible new areas for ECVs; enable an assessment of the quality of the current observing system; highlight achievements in producing ECVs in the areas of atmosphere, ocean and land; discuss how defining ECVs contributes to understanding energy, water and carbon cycles; identify future needs related to adaptation and mitigation requirements in other areas, such as desertification, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and address new developments based on COP 21 outcomes as well as technology and climate communications. The conference is expected to result in a list of priorities and actions, some of which may be included in the implementation plan.  

dates: 2-4 March 2016   venue: Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences   location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   contact: GCOS Science Conference Organizing Committee   phone: +49 6151 807 6740   fax: +49 6151 807 6150   e-mail: GCOS-SC@eumetsat.int   www: http://www.gcos-science.org
 http://www.copernicus.eu/events/global-climate-observation-r...  

First Meeting of IATT 10-Member Technology Group

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the first face-to-face meeting of the ten-member group to support the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the SDGs (IATT). The IATT is one of three elements of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The other two elements are an online platform aimed at matching the technology demand and supply, and a multi-stakeholder forum on STI.  

dates: 3-4 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/faci...  

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) is expected to agree on the indicator framework and set of indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) will prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

dates: 8-11 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/broaderprogress/pdf/SA-2014-9-Pos...  

European Soil Partnership (ESP) Workshop

Under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the European sub-regional Soil Partnership (ESP) was launched during the 2nd Global Soil Week in October 2013, and its Secretariat is based at the European Commission's Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy. This workshop follows the finalization of a five year rolling sub-regional Implementation Plan during the second Plenary Meeting of the ESP that took placed in March 2015 in Rome, Italy. The Implementation Plans call for regular follow up workshops as part of GSP's goal of ensuring concrete field action at regional, national and local levels.  

dates: 8-9 March 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Marc Van Liedekerke, ESP Secretariat   phone: +39-0332-785179)   e-mail: marc.van-liedekerke@jrc.ec.europa.eu   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu/InternationalCooperation/GSP...  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Financing Urban Development

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This thematic meeting focuses on financing the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 9-11 March 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings
 https://www.habitat3.org/mexicodf  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 5

This is the fifth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will address the 2030 Agenda, including the UN development system programmes and operational cooperation implications and recent reviews. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 10 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7

The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan. Regional consultations will take place on 9 March 2016.  

dates: 10-15 March 2016   location: Amman, Jordan   contact: Sheila Logan   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: sheila.logan@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC7/tabid/450...
 http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Convention/tabid/3426/Defau...  

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

dates: 14-17 March 2016   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Susan Williams   e-mail: s.williams@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news...  

5th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in 2013. Comprised of 27 soil experts representing all the regions of the world, the main function of the ITPS is to provide the GSP with scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues, as well as to respond to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management within the context of sustainable development.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPS Secretariat   e-mail: ITPS@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/intergovernmental-t...  

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60)

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

dates: 14-24 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Women   phone: +1 646 781-4400   fax: +1 646 781-4444   www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw60-2016  

2016 Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event

The 2016 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event, meeting under the theme ‘Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development,' is being held in observance of International Women's Day. It will bring together business leaders, including female entrepreneurs, with civil society, and UN and government representatives, to scale up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. The meeting will include high-level panels and interactive sessions, and will examine how companies around the world are implementing the WEPs and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 15-16 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/401-2016-...  

6th GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast R and D Forum

The GloBallast Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), assists developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water and implement the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The Research and Development Forum is to discuss an IMO study of the implementation of the ballast water performance standard, and approval and implementation of ballast water management systems.  

dates: 16-18 March 2016   venue: ICAO Headquarters, 999 Robert-Bourassa   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: Antoine Blonce, Project Technical Advisor, GloBallast Partnerships Programme   phone: +44 (0)20 7463 4127 5   e-mail: ablonce@imo.org or info@ballast2016.com   www: http://www.ballast2016.com/  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Europe

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 16-18 March 2016   location: Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/prague
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Middle East

This Middle East regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 20-21 March 2016   venue: Egyptian Civil Aviation Complex, Cairo Airport Road   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt   contact: ICAO, Middle East Office   phone: +20 2 2267 4840   fax: +20 2 2267 4843?   e-mail: env@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/MID-2016.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx  

ABNJ Regional Leaders Program

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions. Selected leaders will participate in the first session of the Preparatory Committee to establish an international binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in ABNJ. Participants will also discuss global and regional ABNJ policy frameworks and processes and issues related to biodiversity conservation and fisheries. Eight leaders will be selected to participate.  

dates: 21 March - 2 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Miriam Balgos   e-mail: miriambalgos@globaloceans.org   www: http://www.commonoceans.org/calendar/calendar-detail/en/c/37...  

World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Day has, since 1961, commemorated the entry into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which occurred on 23 March 1950. It also celebrates the important contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society. This year's theme, 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate. A 2016 calendar with the same theme is also available for download, and includes photographs from around the world based on a WMO Facebook competition.  

date: 23 March 2016   venue: WMO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WMO   phone: +41(0)22 730 81 11   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: https://www.wmo.int/media/content/wmo-2016-calendar
 http://www.wmo.int/documents/wmo2016calendlowres.pdf  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Africa Regional Meeting

This African regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 23-24 March 2016   venue: ICAO Western and Central African Office, Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal   contact: ICAO Western and Central African Office   phone: +221 33 869 24 24   fax: +221 33 820 32 59   e-mail: icaowacaf@dakar.icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/Africa-2016.as...  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 28 March - 8 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN DOALOS   phone: +1 212-963-3962   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting

This Asia-Pacific regional meeting will meet in Indonesia to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 29-30 March 2016   location: Indonesia   contact: Asia and Pacific Office   phone: +66 2 537 8189   fax: +66 2 537 8199   e-mail: apac@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/APAC-2016.aspx  

High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation Sendai Framework 2015-2030 (Americas)

This meeting will discuss the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and define regional priorities for its implementation in the Americas. Recommendations emanating from the meeting will provide the basis for further discussion and analysis with a broader range of stakeholders in the framework of the Regional Platform for DRR 2016. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM).  

dates: 30-31 March 2016   location: Asuncion, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguay   contact: UNISDR Americas   phone: +507 317 1120   fax: +507 317 0600   e-mail: eird@eird.org   www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/46626
 eird.org/americas/index.html  

Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The third meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting is one of two meetings the IAEG-SDGs plans to hold in 2016 to continue its work on the development and establishment of a global indicator framework. The meeting objectives are to: agree on a global reporting mechanism; establish a tier system for the indicators and a work plan for the further development of tier III indicators; establish procedures for the methodological review of indicators, including approval mechanisms of needed revisions; review the data availability for tier I and II indicators and develop a plan for increasing data coverage; develop further guidance on data disaggregation; and continue the discussion on interlinkages among targets and goals and the use of multi-purpose indicators. The meeting will be hosted jointly by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Civil society will be represented at the meeting through approximately 50 representatives selected through a nomination and Steering Committee process. The deadline to apply to attend is 21 February 2016.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: UN Statistics Division   phone: +1 (212) 963 9851   e-mail: statistics@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...
 http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-03/  

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality

President Oh Joon announced, in a briefing on 20 January 2016, that the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a special meeting on inequality.  

date: 30 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnerships

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its annual Forum on Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. The Forum brings together a wide range of stakeholders with the aim of creating interactive dialogues to discuss fresh ideas and new ways of thinking on the contribution of partnerships to the selected topic.  

date: 31 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

April 2016

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Public Spaces

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/barcelona
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 1

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.  

dates: 4-6 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

dates: 4-8 April 2016   venue: International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Dan Teng'o, Ozone Secretariat   phone: +254 20 762 3532   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-37/SiteP...  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Europe and North Atlantic Region

This Europe and North Atlantic regional meeting will take place in the Netherlands to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016   location: Netherlands   contact: European and North Atlantic Office   phone: +33 1 46 41 85 85   fax: +33 1 46 41 85 00   e-mail: icaoeurnat@paris.icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/EUR-NAT-2016.a...  

GCARD 3 Global Event

The Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries' development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework. The event will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. The event is expected to result in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa are hosting the event.  

dates: 5-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: GCARD3 Organizing Committee   e-mail: gfar-secretariat@fao.org or consortium@cgiar.org   www: http://www.gfar.net/gcard/gcard3/gcard-global-consultation  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Informal Settlements

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 7-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/johannesburg
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Americas Region

This Americas regional meeting will take place in Mexico to discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 7-8 April 2016   location: Mexico   contact: North American, Central American and Caribbean Office   phone: +52 55 52 50 32 11   fax: +52 55 52 03 27 57   e-mail: icaonacc@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/GLADs-2016/Pages/Americas-2016....  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Latin America and the Caribbean

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This regional meeting is expected to take place in February 2016.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   location: Toluca, Mexico   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/toluca
 https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/rt-meetings  

43rd Session of the IPCC

The 43rd session will be the first plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during 2016 and will be presided over by the newly-elected IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   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
 http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

ITTO/FAO/CABI Caribbean Workshop on Forest Products

Jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), this workshop will address, among other issues: current statistical systems and the status of collection, analysis and dissemination of forest products statistics; methodologies used to collect and report on forest products production and trade; use of forest products statistics at the country level; and the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire.  

dates: 12-14 April 2016   location: Saint Augustine, Saint George, Trinidad and Tobago   contact: Jean-Christophe Claudon, ITTO   e-mail: itto-stats@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4671  

IPCC Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) aims to: strengthen and facilitate timely and effective implementation of the IPCC's programme of work; strengthen coordination between IPCC Working Groups and Task Forces; and address issues that require prompt attention by the IPCC between Panel sessions. The Committee was established by the Panel in response to recommendations made by the InterAcademy Council (IAC), which was requested, in 2010, to carry out a review of the IPCC's processes and procedures.  

date: 14 April 2016   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   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
 http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 7

This is the last of seven sessions to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will take place during the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting, and will discuss progress and next steps. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 15 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

First Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council

The first meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council will meet in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 18-21 April 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: marco.barbieri@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2015031-dates-and-venue-1st-meeti...  

69th Session of the 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: 18-22 April 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...  

ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum - Inaugural Session

The inaugural session of the Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will discuss issues pertaining to the follow-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the implementation of its outcome, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The Forum will consist of up to five days, one of which will be the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as additional institutional and other stakeholders. The intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will be fed into the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The deliberations of ECOSOC's Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will also be taken into account.  

dates: 18-22 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: 1 212 963 4598   e-mail: ffdoffice@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/ecosoc-ffd-forum.htm...
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, which will signify an important milestone in achieving goals set in the 2009 policy document ‘Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem'. The policy document sets out goals to be achieved by 2019. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has the primary responsibility for drug control matters under the UN and was tasked with coordinating the preparatory process for the UNGASS. The preparatory process includes substantive consultations with UN entities and agencies, relevant international and regional organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The UNGASS will consist of a general debate and five interactive, multi-stakeholder roundtables on: demand reduction; supply reduction; human rights, women and children; new challenges; and alternative development.  

dates: 19-21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: www.ungass2016.org  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 6

This is the sixth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss funding and organizational arrangements. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Implementing Commitments on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Financing

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will convene a high-level thematic debate on sustainable development, climate change and financing. This event is one of three high-level events the President will convene during UNGA 70. Lykketoft said on 19 October 2015 that the meeting will involve a range of stakeholders. Per remarks on 15 December 2015, the event will allow for Member States to present the steps they are taking to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to look at inter-connections between Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate change, the broader Paris Agreement and overall implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to share thinking on how to effectively integrate climate action into sustainable development strategies. On this topic, the UN Secretary-General is expected to address how the UN system is moving ahead to support national actions, and there will be a broader discussion on capacity building for achieving the 2030 Agenda. In addition, the event will address how to catalyze means of implementation for the SDGs, including ICTs and financing for “sustainable, resilient and climate smart infrastructure.” Finally, discussions will consider how to foster accountable and transparent multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the 2030 Agenda. In a letter in January 2016, the President announced that the event will take place on 21 April 2016, to align with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement taking place on 22 April (http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/18-Jan_HL-Thematic-Debate-Achieving-the-Sustainable-Development-Goals-18-January-2016.pdf). Registration is open for civil society, private sector and academia: http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=326&type=13&menu=14  

date: 21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/2015/12/15/remarks-at-briefing-on-c...
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition, and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

date: 29 April 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/events/en/
 http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

May 2016

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is expected to hold this segment on the theme ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda through Policy innovation and integration'. A summary from this segment will be submitted to the ECOSOC High-level Segment and HLPF.  

dates: 2-4 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.4
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

date: 3 May 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 7

This is the last of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will consider governance and partnership approaches, and capacity and impact, including system-wide capacity needs of the 2030 Agenda. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 5 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together around the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution.' The session will address: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

dates: 9-20 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   phone: +1 917 367 5100   fax: +1 917 367 5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Fourt...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/2...  

Adaptation Futures 2016: Practices and Solutions

This conference is expected to lead to major progress in climate change adaptation, and fosters an exchange of innovative and practical ideas, experiences and insights among governments, businesses, researchers and civil society from around the world. The conference will examine and discuss the latest adaptation research, as well as have an Adaptation Practice Expo and Business Fair, which will include stands, matchmaking facilities and signing ceremonies, and showcase cutting edge adaptation projects. The conference programme will address all sectors and geographic regions, with a special focus on urban and coastal areas.? ?Adaptation Futures 2016 is also expected to: strengthen ties between science and practice?; engage communities of practice and build new partnerships;? and link adaptation action to current development, investment and planning decisions.? ?The programme will include plenary and parallel sessions, roundtables, excursions, exhibitions and side events. Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands will co-host the fourth edition of this conference.  

dates: 10-13 May 2016   location: Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Jacqueline de Haan-Vellinga   e-mail: jacqueline.de.haan@minienm.nl   www: http://www.adaptationfutures2016.org  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Strengthening the UN's Role in Peace and Security

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate to examine how to strengthen the UN's role and coherence in the area of peace and security. The event is expected to identify synergies from three review processes related to peace and security taking place at the UN (peace operations review, peacebuilding activities review, and global study on women, peace and security). The event will also be informed by preparatory discussions, including workshops and meetings organized by Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and the private sector. The debate is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

dates: 10-11 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/events/hltd-peace-and-security/
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri   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/unea/en/
 http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/  

World Humanitarian Summit

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organising the summit, which aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action, focusing on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict. The summit, the first UN conference of its kind, will bring together the humanitarian community with other actors from the development, peace-building and peacekeeping spheres to work toward a coherent approach in the way humanitarian aid is delivered. Heads of State and Government, and representatives of civil society, the private sector, crisis-affected communities and multilateral organisations will attend the Summit. Preparations are taking place via one global and seven regional meetings, online consultations, and a September 2015 thematic meeting in Berlin, Germany. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is establishing a High-level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to provide recommendations that will help to frame the Summit discussions.  

dates: 23-24 May 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Breanna Ridsdel   phone: +1 917 783 9336   e-mail: participate@whsummit.org   www: https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/
 http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=8555  

Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) will convene from 23 to 27 May. The Resumed Review Conference is mandated to assess the effectiveness of the agreement and the adequacy of its provisions and, if necessary, to propose means of strengthening the substance and methods of implementation of those provisions. The first Review Conference took place in 2006, followed by a resumed Review Conference in 2010.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: 212-963-3962   fax: 212-963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/review_con...  

Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action

This high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) will: assess the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) by the least developed countries (LDCs) and their development partners; share best practices and lessons learned; and identify obstacles, constraints and actions and initiatives needed to overcome them; and address new challenges and emerging issues. The review will reaffirm the commitment to addressing the special needs of the LDCs and to further strengthen the global partnership for LDC development in IPoA priority areas. The review is expected to result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, in the form of a political declaration.  

dates: 27-29 May 2016   location: Antalya, Turkey   phone: +1 212-963-9077   fax: +1 212-963-9078   e-mail: ohrlls-unhq@un.org   www: http://unohrlls.org/mid-term-review-ipoa/  

Tenth Meeting of Open-ended Working Group of Basel Convention (OEWG 10)

The tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 10) will consider issues in advance of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13), including: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the programme of work and budget. OEWG 10 is to consider revision of the technical guidelines on e-waste adopted by COP 12 on an interim basis.  

dates: 30 May - 2 June 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +4122 917 8218   fax: +4122 917 8098   www: http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/OpenendedWorkingGroup%28O...  

June 2016

Lomé Conference

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: 1 June 2016 [tentative]   location: Lome, Togo   contact: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Togo   www: http://www.african-union-togo2015.com/en/accueil  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) will review the reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies, including reports of Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and expert and ad hoc bodies. The CMM also carries out system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, as well as considering special country situations or regional issues, according to its agenda.  

dates: 1-3 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/cmm.shtml  

World Environment Day 2016

The 2016 World Environment Day will convene under the theme, 'Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care'. The Day will be dedicated to the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife.  

date: 5 June 2016   location: worldwide   contact: UNEP   e-mail: worldenvironmentday@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

ECOSOC Multi-stakeholder Forum on STI - Inaugural Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold the inaugural session of the Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI), part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) agreed in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development (FfD). The Forum, also referred to as the Annual Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, is mandated to facilitate interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships, within and beyond the UN. ECOSOC President Oh Joon announced the tentative dates of the first Forum in a briefing on 20 January 2016.  

dates: 6-7 June 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 3

This is the last of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss emerging findings and conclusions in ECOSOC dialogue areas, and the way forward. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 10-11 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 13-17 June. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

dates: 13-17 June 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Secretary of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea   phone: +(212) 963-5915   fax: +(212) 963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/index.htm  

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

The UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit 2016 aims to stimulate action by businesses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to drive markets and the development of sustainable products, services and business innovations. Companies will provide examples of transforming operations and strategies to advance the SDGs through responsible business practices and finding opportunities for growth and innovation. The Summit will include UNGC's SDG Awards, honoring sustainability entrepreneurs and innovators who exemplify business “as a force for good.” It will bring together chief executives, and leaders from civil society, government and the UN.  

dates: 22-23 June 2016   venue: Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway   location: New York City, US   e-mail: leaderssummit@unglobalcompact.org   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/411-un-gl...  

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2016

The 2016 session of the UN Economic and Social Council will focus on the theme "Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results". The Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) will discuss how the outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 27-29 June 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...  

July 2016

116th 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: 4-8 July 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...
 http://www.imo.org/  

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016)

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016.  

dates: 11-20 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Marion Barthelemy   phone: +1 (212) 963-4005   e-mail: barthelemy1@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 11-15 July 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: COFI Secretariat   e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Human Rights

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate on human rights. The event aims to discuss the UN's role in human rights related to gender equality, governance and the rule of law and institution building. The event also will emphasize the needs of individuals affected by conflicts and disasters, particularly refugees. This event is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

dates: 12-13 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/2015/09/14/opening-speech/
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

Fourteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14)

The 14th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) will discuss the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda, and will decide on UNCTAD's programme of work. The week-long meeting will bring together Heads of State and Government, Ministers and other prominent representatives of business, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues. The session will include ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum and a Civil Society Forum. The UNCTAD global conference takes place once every four years. UNCTAD is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Twitter: #UNCTAD14.  

dates: 17-22 July 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNCTAD Secretariat   phone: +41 22 917 1234   fax: +41 22 917 0057   e-mail: unctadinfo@unctad.org   www: http://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=808
 http://unctad.org/en/Pages/Meetings/UNCTAD-Conferences.aspx  

ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment will be held on the theme 'Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results'. The segment will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council, and the biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF).  

dates: 18-22 July 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol

The 38th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These two meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016. The OEWG and ExMOP will be preceded by the 56th Meeting of the Implementation Committee (ImpCom 56) on 16 July, which will review compliance with Protocol obligations, and on 17 July by a meeting of the Bureau and coordination meetings of the regional groups.  

dates: 18-23 July 2016   location: TBA   contact: Dan Teng'o, Ozone Secretariat   phone: +254 20 762 3532   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

Habitat III PrepCom

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) will hold its third of three meetings in advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants will discuss a New Urban Agenda that will focus on policies and strategies to harness urbanization.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/habitat-iii-conference/
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) will review the reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies, including reports of Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and expert and ad hoc bodies. The CMM also carries out system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, as well as considering special country situations or regional issues, according to its agenda.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/cmm.shtml  

ECOSOC 2017 Organizational Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its 2017 Organizational Session at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. ECOSOC its expected to discuss and agree on its Programme of Work from July 2016 to July 2017.  

dates: 28-29 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

August 2016

Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process (Regular Process) for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (World Ocean Assessment), will convene from 3-9 August. The objective for the Regular Process is to improve understanding of the oceans and to develop a global mechanism for delivering science-based information to decision makers and the public. The Regular Process has met since 2011 and is responsible for the preparation of the World Ocean Assessment. A summary of the first Assessment was released in 2015.  

dates: 3-9 August 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: 212-963-3962   fax: 212-963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
 http://www.worldoceanassessment.org/  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 29 August - 12 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN DOALOS   phone: +1 212-963-3962   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...  

September 2016

Twelfth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (POPRC). The CRC will consider draft decision guidance documents on carbofuran and carbosulfan, and review the notifications of final regulatory action for atrazine. It will also consider notifications found to meet Annex I criteria.  

dates: 12-16 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pic.int  

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

High-Level Meeting of UNGA Plenary on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants [tentative]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, on 19 September 2016, immediately prior to the general debate of the 71st session, which is scheduled to begin on 20 September. Per the UNGA resolution adopted on 22 December 2015 (A/70/L.34), the meeting will be convened within existing resources. The UNGA also requests the President to finalize organizational arrangrnents for the meeting, including on a possible outcome, "through open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States".  

date: 19 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee (POPRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention. The Committee will consider the draft risk profiles for dicofol and pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), further information related to Annex F for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), and the draft risk management evaluation for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), among other topics.  

dates: 19-23 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Kei Ohno Woodall, BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8201   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pops.int  

Mayors' Summit

This event 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. While FAO offered to host the first gathering, beginning in 2017, Mayors' gatherings are expected to be hosted by signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on a rotational basis.  

date: 26 September 2016 [tentative]   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.fao.org/news/story/en/item/346393/icode/
 http://www.foodpolicymilano.org/en/urban-food-policy-pact-2/  

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  

October 2016

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).  

dates: 10-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Dan Teng'o, Ozone Secretariat   phone: +254 20 762 3532   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

Habitat III

The Third 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: 17-21 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  

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...
 http://www.imo.org/en/About/Pages/Default.aspx  

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  

CMS StC45

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...  

December 2016

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...
 http://www.imo.org/  

January 2017

CGRFA 16

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/  

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  

First Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference [tentative]

The proposed Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences aims to address the fragmentation of ocean governance by providing a central mechanism for bringing together the ocean community to benchmark and assess progress on implementing targets under proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". The first Conference is expected to address targets related to marine pollution, ecosystems, fisheries, climate change effects and oceans governance. It is expected to be mandated by a resolution of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and feed into the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Permanent Representative of Fiji outlined plans for the Conferences during a side event on 24 June 2015.  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: Fiji   contact: Permanent Mission of Fiji to the UN   phone: 1-212-687-4130   www: http://fijiprun.unwebservices.org/node/225  

September 2017

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

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...