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February 2017

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation

In resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested the President to: conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples, and existing relevant UN mechanisms on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN; and prepare a compilation of views presented during the consultations to form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its following session, UNGA 71. On 8 July 2016, President Mogens Lykketoft circulated a compilation of views expressed during the UNGA 70 consultations, including concrete recommendations on the way forward. On 28 September 2016, President Peter Thomson (UNGA 71) confirmed the reappointment of Kai Saner, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, as advisers to assist him with the consultation process. Per the indicative road map issued by the advisers of the consultation process, four consultations will take place in the winter and Spring of 2016. The consultation process is expected to result in a draft resolution that should then be finalized and adopted by the UNGA. The third in the series of four is expected to convene on 27-28 February 2017.  

dates: 27-28 February 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/2...  

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment 2017

The 2017 ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development segment is expected to discuss the elements of the UN General Assembly's 2016 resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), which addresses how the UN Development system will respond to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 28 February - 2 March 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Coordination and Support   www: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55783#.WGvkKi_Q...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Aid and Development Africa Summit 2017

This conference will be co-hosted by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The topics to be addressed by the conference panels include: Mobile Technology Innovations to Support Community Resilience; Data Strategy to Support SDGs; Supporting Resilient Livelihoods and Strengthening Rural Infrastructure; Innovations, Partnerships and Policy Updates for Disaster Preparedness; Updates and Initiatives for Meeting Education SDGs; Improving Livelihoods and Safety of Displaced People; Lessons Learned from Recent Drought Crisis; Innovations and Reforms to Support Health SDGs; Humanitarian Logistics; Health & WASH Innovations; and Effective Partnerships for Aid and Development Programmes in East Africa.  

dates: 28 February - 1 March 2017   venue: Safari Park Hotel   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Aid & International Development Forum   www: http://africa.aidforum.org/  

March 2017

Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

The UN SDG Action Campaign (formerly UN Millennium Campaign), in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and BMZ (German Government) will be hosting this Global Festival on the SDGs, the world’s first "playable" conference on the SDGs. Interactive and immersive sessions will address the tough choices and trade-offs in the 2030 Agenda, and participants will mobilize key partnerships and resources to drive action. The Festival will include real-time problem solving through policy simulations and participatory games, innovation hubs, and plenary sessions and debates with keynote speakers. Key challenges to be considered are: Disruptors to progress: Violence, movement of people, and responses; Inequality: Reducing inequalities, revisiting globalization; and Sustainability and growth: Water, food, energy and green growth.  

dates: 1-3 March 2017   venue: World Conference Centre   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   www: http://globalfestivalofideas.org/  

UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold a week-long event for Peace and Sustainable Development, on the theme of 'The Role of Education'. Discussions will address two UNESCO programmes, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), and their practical contribution to achieving SDG target 4.7 (By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development). The Week will focus on the issue of teachers and teacher training, and highlight best practices in the field of ESD and GCED.  

dates: 6-10 March 2017   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   contact: Alexander Leicht   e-mail: a.leicht@unesco.org   www: http://en.unesco.org/events/unesco-week-peace-and-sustainabl...  

IPBES-5 and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The fifth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-5) will discuss, inter alia: draft policies on the admission of observers; implementation of the work programme 2014-2018; a framework for capacity building; an approach for addressing indigenous and local knowledge in IPBES deliverables; and consideration of assessments on invasive alien species; sustainable use of biodiversity; policy support tools; and stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day, held on 6 March. Stakeholder Days are organized in advance of each session of the Plenary to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.  

dates: 6-10 March 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   www: http://www.ipbes.net/plenary/ipbes-5
 http://www.ipbes.net/ipbes-5-stakeholder-day  

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48)

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 48th session from 7-10 March 2017. The Statistical Commission consists of 24 member countries of the United Nations, elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution. The term of office of members is four years.  

dates: 7-10 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/48th-session/
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/48th-session/documents/  

IOM International Dialogue on Migration

The International Dialogue on Migration, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) principal forum for migration policy dialogue, meets twice a year, bringing together migration policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations. The 2017 theme will be dedicated to the global compact and its preparatory process. The Dialogue will take place in March 2017, on a date to be announced.  

date: 7 March 2017 [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IOM   www: http://www.iom.int/idm
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

CSW 61

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will focus on the priority theme, ‘Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’. CSW 61 is expected to address women’s economic empowerment in the context of SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). In addition, UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson has announced his intention to convene key actors to ensure sustained engagement on SDG 5, including during the margins of CSW 61. CSW will also address: ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls’ as its review theme; ‘The empowerment of indigenous women’ as an emerging issue and focus area; progress and gaps in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and other issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women; and the Commission’s multi-year work programme. CSW will result in recommendations, which are forwarded to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for follow-up.  

dates: 13-24 March 2017   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/csw61-2017
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...  

Sixth meeting of the Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing

Through Resolution 1/2015, the Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) extended the mandate of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (OEWG-EFMLS-6) for the 2016-2017 biennium. Among other objectives, the Working Group is tasked with elaborating a revised Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the development of a subscription system. The Sixth meeting of the Working Group, or OWG-EFMLS-6, will be held in Rome, Italy. Regional consultations will take place on 13 March, followed by OWG-EFMLS-6.  

dates: 13-17 March 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...
 http://www.fao.org/3/a-bl138e.pdf  

Meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is an informal, voluntary arrangement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests. These agencies share their experiences and build on them to produce new benefits for their respective constituencies. They collaborate to streamline and align their work and to find ways of improving forest management and conservation and the production and trade of forest products. The CPF usually convenes to discuss strategic areas of coordination between CPF members and to work towards a better coherence between countries. CPF members include: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Global Environment Facility (GEF); International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF); United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); World Agroforestry Centre; and the World Bank.  

date: 14 March 2017   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   phone: +39 06 57051   www: http://www.cpfweb.org/73953/en/
 http://www.cpfweb.org/73953/en/  

Webinar: Satellite Derived Annual PM2.5 Data Sets in Support of the SDGs

NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program is offering this webinar on accessing and analyzing PM2.5 measurements in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this webinar, participants will learn how to analyze PM2.5 (related to Air Quality SDG indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2) over cities using satellite observations and will cover accessing the data, analyzing long-term trends, and combining PM2.5 and population data sets to understand long-term exposure. Participants in this free webinar will: become familiar with the SDGs as well as the satellite observations of air quality that are used to calculate indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2; learn about PM2.5 estimates made using satellite, surface, and model data sets; and understand how to use the 2014 WHO data set and access the indicator data for a city or country. The three, one-hour sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 15-29 March, and will be available twice each Wednesday: at 11:00-12:00 p.m. and 8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4).  

dates: 15-29 March 2017   location: virtual   www: https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/airquality/webinars/AQ-SDG-17  

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week

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

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

Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon

The Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon (GSOC17) will be a scientific meeting, with 300-500 participants representing all geographical regions and countries of the world. The Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon will contribute to the efforts of ending hunger and malnutrition, climate change adaptation, reversing land degradation, and overall sustainable development while linking sustainable soil management and climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

dates: 21-23 March 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: GSOC17 Organizers   e-mail: GSOC17@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-organic-carbon-sympos...  

International Day of Forests

The 2017 International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme of forests and energy. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.  

date: 21 March 2017   location: worldwide   www: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/
 http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/  

UNGA-UNFCCC High-level Action Event on Climate Change and Sustainable Development Agenda

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, will convene Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders for a High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. The event will include panel discussions on: Stocktaking on Climate - Paris Agreement ratification; Science; Gaps and Opportunities; Implementing Solutions - Scaling up implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs; and 2020 as Opportunity - Achieving the 2020 SDG targets and National Determined Contribution (NDC) ambitions. The event will provide an opportunity to highlight synergies between climate change and the 2030 Agenda, and to gather representatives of governments, international organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders who are advancing solutions to implementation of the SDGs and Paris Agreement.  

date: 23 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://bit.ly/23March-UNPGA-Climate-SDGs-Apply
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/events-latest/  

2017 European Union Summit

The leaders of the 27 remaining EU member states (all those except for the UK, which has voted to leave the EU) will gather to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community among the original six (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany). The Summit is expected to represent the conclusion of the reflection process conducted as part of the Bratislava Roadmap.  

date: 25 March 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/...
 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/...  

Third Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The third session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 3) will convene from 27 March-7 April 2017, in New York, US.  

dates: 27 March - 7 April 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm  

FCPF Twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank will hold its twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting in Washington, DC, US. The Participants Committee is made up of an equal number of forest (REDD+) countries (14) and financial contributors (14), and is also comprised of observers representing indigenous peoples, civil society, international organizations, the UN-REDD Programme, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the private sector. The Committee, which meets twice a year, is the main decision-making body of the FCPF. It reviews country submissions, decides on grant resource allocation, approves budgets, among other actions.  

date: 27 March 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: fcpfsecretariat@worldbank.org   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/meetings-0
 https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/PC23  

Second Partnership for Action on Green Economy Ministerial Conference

The Second Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference will take place in Berlin and will focus on the themes of green investments, sustainable lifestyles and inclusive growth. The meeting will bring together over 300 leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development partners, media and the public to explore how our economies and financial markets can be “enablers” for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The first Global Conference took place in Dubai in 2014.  

dates: 27-28 March 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   www: http://www.un-page.org/events/page-ministerial-conference-20...  

Fifth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The fifth meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place from 28-31 March 2017, in Ottawa, Canada, hosted by Statistics Canada. A Members' meeting will take place from 28-29 March, followed by a Plenary session from 30-31 March. During the plenary session, all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited to attend. IAEG-SDGs 5 will aim to: present the updated tier system; discuss the role of custodian agencies; discuss the strategy to address those indicators that remain without a custodian agency and/or a work plan; review work plans for tier III indicators and the proposals for new concepts and definitions and develop a mechanism to ensure completion of work; present the IAEG-SDG work plan on data disaggregation; and present the timeline for finalizing the proposals on possible additional indicators.  

dates: 28-31 March 2017   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   contact: Statistics Canada   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-05
 http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/files/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-...  

45th Session of the IPCC

The 45th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 45) will convene from 28-31 March 2017, in Guadalajara, Mexico.  

dates: 28-31 March 2017   location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico   contact: IPCC Secretariat   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) 2017

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold the annual Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The APFSD will be preceded by a Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development, on 26-28 March, also in Bangkok.  

dates: 29-31 March 2017   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ESCAP   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/escap
 http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd4  

April 2017

26th Meeting of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council [tentative]

The Governing Council (GC) serves as the decision-making body for the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and approves UN-HABITAT's biennial work programme and budget. The GC is also responsible for setting UN-HABITAT's policies by developing and promoting policy objectives, priorities and guidelines on existing and planned programmes of work on human settlements. The GC meets biennially and reports to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) through the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  

dates: 3-7 April 2017 [tentative]   venue: UNEP headquarters   location: Nairobi, Kenya [tentative]   www: http://unhabitat.org/about-us/governing-council/  

50th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will consider the theme, 'Changing population age structures and sustainable development'. The meeting will discuss actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) at the global, regional and national levels, and the Secretariat's future programme of work. In addition, UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson intends to convene key partners for a side event on SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages). The Commission is composed of 47 UN Member States elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the basis of geographic distribution. Since 1994, the Commission has met annually.  

dates: 3-17 April 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Director, Population Division   phone: +1 212 963-3209   fax: +1 212 963-2147   e-mail: population@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...
 http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/pdf/commiss...  

14th Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The 14th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will take place on 3-6 April 2017 (per ECOSOC decision E/2017/L.10), followed by a one-day special meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on international cooperation in tax matters, on 7 April 2017.    

dates: 3-6 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/C.18/2017/...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/tax-committee.html  

Third SE4ALL Forum

The 3rd Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All, or SEforAll) Forum will take place from 3-5 April 2017, in New York, US, on the theme of 'Going Further, Faster - Together'. The Forum will serve as a marketplace to help broker new partnerships and ideas, spur investment and drive action towards sustainable energy and realizing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (affordable and clean energy). SE4All Partners from across the globe will share their stories about how they are achieving results. It will also examine recent data on progress including the launch of the 3rd edition of the Global Tracking Framework on the delivery of universal access to modern energy services, doubling the share of renewable energy and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. The Forum will target solutions for accelerating and scaling energy access and energy productivity. The Forum will also showcase: the Multi-Tier Framework Survey in select High-Impact Countries Country-level deep dives on the Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy; the State of Energy Access report; and results from efforts to pilot approaches to track the finance flows for energy access. Events alongside the Forum will include one to bring the women's movement into the sustainable energy space. On 6 April, SE4All will hold a formal briefing on outcomes from the Forum for Permanent Representatives and senior UN officials, at UN Headquarters.  

dates: 3-5 April 2017   venue: Duggal Greenhouse, Brooklyn Navy Yard   location: New York City, US   contact: SE4All Secretariat   e-mail: forum@se4all.org   www: http://www.se4all.org/forum  

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Stakeholder Day Conference

At the two-day Stakeholder Day Conference, the main focus will be preparing for the final REACH registration deadline on 31 May 2018. One year to the deadline, the conference offers registrants, in particular SMEs, the most up-to-date advice, guidance and case studies to help them register successfully. At the Conference, ECHA will offer training on IT tools, and hold a plenary session on: Road to REACH 2018, Case studies for successful registration; and Managing risks in the supply chain. The event will be web-streamed live and participants will be able to send questions remotely.  

dates: 4-5 April 2017   venue: European Chemicals Agency   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   contact: ECHA   e-mail: echa-events@echa.europa.eu   www: https://echa.europa.eu/news-and-events/events
 https://echa.europa.eu/-/stakeholders-day-2017  

2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Partnership Forum has served as a platform for discussion on partnerships since 2008, bringing together stakeholders, particularly from business and foundations, to discuss with governments ways in which to engage in support of the internationally agreed development goals.  

date: 5 April 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/officials-discuss-linking-sdgs-afri...
 https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017-2  

Special Meeting of ECOSOC on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

This one-day special meeting will take place directly following the 14th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.  

date: 7 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: https://papersmart.unmeetings.org/ecosoc/sessions/2017/docum...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/tax-committee.html  

UNGA Meeting on Tackling Inequalities [tentative]

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, is organizing a meeting on tackling inequalities prior to the World Bank Spring Meetings in 2017, with a particular focus on social, economic and political inclusion, in collaboration with the Commission on Business and Sustainable Development and others. The World Bank Spring Meetings will take place on 21-23 April 2017, in Washington, DC, US.  

date: 17 April 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...  

UNGA High-Level SDG Financing Lab

The President of the General Assembly (UNGA) Peter Thomson will convene a High-Level SDG Financing Lab aimed at examining development strategies, regulatory measures, policy frameworks and financial instruments that can be used by UN Member States to finance SDG implementation. Particular focus will be placed on growing support among Member States and the public and private financial sector actors for the alignment of the global financial system with the SDGs and climate change. This event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 18 April 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Dessima Williams   phone: 212-963-7086   e-mail: williamsd@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-sdg-financi...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/2016/15th-sess...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii...  

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

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

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

16th Session of UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

During its 16th session, the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will consider the theme 'Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): leadership, action and means'. The Committee is expected to discuss: local authorities and communities needs for implementing the SDGs; institutional leadership and arrangements and the SDGs; principles of effective governance; and strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication. It should also discuss the provisional agenda for the 17th session of the Committee and adopt the report of its 16th session. CEPA was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolution 2001/45, and is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among UN Member States.  

dates: 24-28 April 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: US   contact: Marion Barthelemy, UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM)   phone: +1 212 963 2764   e-mail: barthelemy1@un.org   www: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/CEPA/session16
 http://workspace.unpan.org/sites/Internet/Documents/Decision...  

Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation [tentative]

In resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested the President to: conduct consultations with Member States, indigenous peoples, and existing relevant UN mechanisms on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN; and prepare a compilation of views presented during the consultations to form the basis for a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its following session, UNGA 71. On 8 July 2016, President Mogens Lykketoft circulated a compilation of views expressed during the UNGA 70 consultations, including concrete recommendations on the way forward. On 28 September 2016, President Peter Thomson (UNGA 71) confirmed the reappointment of Kai Saner, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, as advisers to assist him with the consultation process. Per the indicative road map issued by the advisers of the consultation process, four consultations will take place in the winter and Spring of 2016. The consultation process is expected to result in a draft resolution that should then be finalized and adopted by the UNGA. The fourth in the series of four is expected to convene on 24 April-5 May 2017, during the Permanent Forum (specific dates to be confirmed, depending on the schedule of the Forum).  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/partic...  

UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development back-to-back with the UNECE Anniversary session. The event will contribute to regional follow-up and review through a discussion of reviews in UNECE Sectoral Committees and other UNECE inputs, reviews and inputs from regional UN systems, other regional and international organizations and civil society and other stakeholders. The conclusions of the review will be forwarded as a contribution from the UNECE region to the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

date: 25 April 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45198#/
 http://www.unece.org/rfsd2017#/  

20th CCAC Working Group and Science-Policy Dialogue

The Science-Policy Dialogue, convening on 25 April, will focus on metrics for black carbon and other pollutants, black carbon inventories, and how to include short-lived climate pollutants in the NDCs. On 26-27 April, the 20th Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Working Group meeting will provide the opportunity to discuss: preparation of new actions and commitments for the Coalition’s next High Level Assembly in late 2017; an in-depth look at Coalition initiatives ready for scaling up; a follow up on commitments made in the Marrakech Communique; and consideration of new funding proposals. The meetings are organized by the Ministry of Environment of Chile and the CCAC. The meetings are open only to CCAC Partners, which currently include 51 countries, 16 intergovernmental organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations.  

dates: 25-27 April 2017   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   contact: James Morris, UNEP   e-mail: James.Morris@unep.org   www: http://ccacoalition.org/en/events/20th-ccac-working-group-sc...  

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold the annual Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development (LAC RFSD), in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

dates: 26-28 April 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: ECLAC   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/eclac  

May 2017

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will organize this meeting in May 2017. Two preparatory meetings will consider key messages and relevant practice and policy. The preparatory meetings are planned to be held: in March, in Dakar, Senegal, on the margins of the AU/ECA joint conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development; and in April, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  

date: 3 May 2017 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: President of ECOSOC   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold the Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development from 3-5 May 2017.  

dates: 3-5 May 2017   location: TBA   contact: ESCWA   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2017

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment for 2017 is scheduled to take place from 8-10 May.  

dates: 8-10 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/substantive-sessions
 https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N16/235/14/PDF...  

18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 18th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 18) will take place in New York, US, from 15-19 May 2017.  

dates: 15-19 May 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/  

Second Annual STI Forum

This Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) was created in 2016 as a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which was mandated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The TFM is considered part of the means of implementation for the SDGs.  

dates: 15-16 May 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2017  

UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold the annual Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

dates: 16-19 May 2017   location: TBA   contact: UNECA   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2017/eca
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

Held every two years, the Dresden Nexus Conference brings together individuals and organizations from diverse research disciplines, national and international organizations and actors who apply a "Nexus Approach" to resource management. The 2017 conference will address the theme, ‘SDGs and the Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation,’ with a focus on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities. The Dresden Nexus Conference was initiated by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development.  

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

UNGA High-Level Event on Innovation

Building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from major corporations will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 17 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-in...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is co-organized the Permanent Mission of Mexico and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The Global Platform, as recognized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The UNISDR is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: UNISDR   phone: +41 229178907-8   fax: +41 227339531   e-mail: isdr@un.org   www: http://www.unisdr.org/archive/48290
 https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform  

2017 World Health Assembly

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

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

2017 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FFD Forum)

The annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), established following paragraph 132 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, addresses the follow-up and review of financing for development (FFD) outcomes and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2017 session will convene from 22-25 May 2017. It will include the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  

dates: 22-25 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Dominika Halka   phone: +1 212-963-6653   e-mail: halka@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-takes-action-on-aaaas-tax-man...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/ecosoc-ffd-forum.htm...  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism'. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Celebration of the IDB under this theme is mean to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The selected theme is also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.  

date: 22 May 2017   location: worldwide   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2017/ntf-2017-007-idb-...
 https://www.cbd.int/idb/2017/  

International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond – Contributing to Development

The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved through IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme and to demonstrate how the programme can best contribute to the development and attainment of the SDGs in Member States. It will also enable Member States and other partners to explore collectively innovative means to further develop partnerships with other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors and the private sector, in order to enhance delivery of the TC programme.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2017   venue: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna International Centre   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Martina Khaelss   phone: +43 1 2600 21315   e-mail: M.Khaelss@iaea.org   www: http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/52858/International-Con...  

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. The EXPO will also include an Energy Ministerial Conference, convening within the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 1-11 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  

Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [tentative]

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

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GRASP Secretariat   phone: +254 20762 3842   e-mail: info@un-grasp.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=756c25b7498b33eecd1c114e...
 http://council2016.un-grasp.org/en/council/  

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

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

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: CMS Gorilla Agreement Secretariat   www: http://www.cms.int/en/news/2016025-postponement-third-meetin...
 http://www.cms.int/en/news/2016021-dates-3rd-meeting-parties...  

Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Indonesia during the first half of 2017. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.  

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GPA Coordination Office   www: http://unep.org/gpa/default.asp
 http://unep.org/gpa/About/IGR.asp  

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference)

The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Con...
 https://oceanconference.un.org/sideevents  

2017 International Labour Conference

The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.  

dates: 5-17 June 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ILO Secretariat   phone: +4 1(0) 22 799 6111   fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685   e-mail: ilo@ilo.org   www: http://www.ioe-emp.org/international-labour-organization/int...
 http://www.ilo.org/ilc/AbouttheILC/lang--en/index.htm  

UNGA High-level Debate on SDG 11

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson announced his intention to convene a high-level debate on SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). The New Urban Agenda, adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), calls for a two-day High-level Meeting of the UNGA to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The New Urban Agenda further calls for the UN Secretary-General to submit to a report on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-HABITAT, including its mandate, governance structure, work and financial capabilities. The UNGA event is expected to bring together mayors, community administrators, city resilience leaders, and other stakeholders to focus on implementation of SDG 11 and to discuss the Secretary-General's report.  

date: 20 June 2017 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNGA President's Office   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...
 https://www2.habitat3.org/bitcache/99d99fbd0824de50214e99f86...  

Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main, annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the GSP will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 20-22 June 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/events/detail/en/c/462873/
 http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/overview/plenary-...  

July 2017

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

dates: 10-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf  

Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.  

dates: 10-21 July 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm  

Montreal Protocol OEWG 39

The 39th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11-14 July 2017. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop on safety standards relevant to the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), to be held on 10 July, and the 58th meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol (ImpCom58), to be held on 9 July.  

dates: 11-14 July 2017   venue: UN Conference Center, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Ozone Secretariat   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-39/SiteP...  

CITES Animals and Plants Committees

The 29th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee will take place from 18-21 July, followed by a Joint Session with the CITES Plants Committee on 22 July. The 23rd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee will take place on 24-27 July.  

dates: 18-27 July 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   www: https://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 https://cites.org/eng/disc/ac_pc.php  

September 2017

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in October 2017. The session will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 4-9 September 2017   location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China   contact: UNWTO   www: http://lmd.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-second-se...
 http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2015-09-16/china-host-2...  

46th Session of the IPCC

The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 45) will convene from 6-10 September 2017, in a location to be announced.  

dates: 6-10 September 2017 [tentative]   location: TBA   contact: IPCC Secretariat   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

2017 International Renewable Energy Conference

Mexico will host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), which will take place in Mexico City, from 11-13 September 2017. MEXIREC 2017 will focus on global renewable energy development with a special focus on Latin America. Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate governments every two years and convened by REN21.  

dates: 11-13 September 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://www.ren21.net/irecs/  

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
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

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

dates: 25-29 September 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org  

World Tourism Day 2017

This celebration of World Tourism Day will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Day's celebrations will focus on the theme, “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development".  

date: 27 September 2017   location: Qatar   contact: UNWTO   www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/world-tourism-...  

October 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held during Northern Fall in 2017.  

date: 1 October 2017   location: TBA   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/  

UNGA High-level Meeting on Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons

On improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), following on a decision to appraise progress achieved in implementing the Global Plan of Action on a four-year basis starting at its 72nd session, to assess achievements, gaps and challenges, decided to convene a high-level meeting in October 2017, immediately after the 72nd general debate. In January 2017, UNGA President Peter Thomson appointed Catherine Boura, Permanent Representative of Greece, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, as co-facilitators to consult with Member States on the preparations for the high-level meeting.  

date: 1 October 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Our Ocean Conference 2017

The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.  

dates: 5-6 October 2017   location: Malta   contact: Enrico Brivio   phone: +32 229 56172   www: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcement...  

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258
 http://www.centrescientifique.mc/en/  

November 2017

ITPGR Governing Body Session

The next session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body is provisionally scheduled to take place in October/November 2017.  

date: 14 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/  

December 2017

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

World Soil Day 2017

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.  

date: 5 December 2017   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

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-...  

March 2018

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

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&...  

September 2018

Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

UN Member States reached consensus on a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018. According to the draft modalities resolution agreed on 31 January 2017, the conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) “unless otherwise agreed;” and outcomes will include an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the conference, and possible other components such as actionable commitments, means of implementation and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation. Member States will decide on additional modalities for the conference by January 2018, based on a note to be prepared by the UN Secretary-General. The modalities resolution will be brought to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for adoption once its programme budget implications have been reviewed by the UN Secretary-General, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the UNGA’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary).  

date: 17 September 2018 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/governments-reach-agreement-on-migr...  

February 2019

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.  

dates: 18-22 February 2019   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-home/en/  

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...