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February 2017

93rd Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 93rd Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board will meet in Bonn, Germany. The Executive Board supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).  

dates: 20-24 February 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: cdm-info@unfccc.int   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/Meetings/MeetingInfo/DB/F9VJ5WH6QTEDN1...
 http://cdm.unfccc.int/filestorage/B/X/F/BXFMYNW1K48ZG0UEVCO6...  

World Ocean Summit 2017

This Economist event will be the fourth World Ocean Summit, and will discuss how to finance a sustainable ocean economy, including consideration of the types of investment frameworks and capital necessary to bring the blue economy to scale. The event will convene over 360 global leaders from government, industry, multilateral organizations, the scientific community, and civil society to address the risks and opportunities involved in pursuing a blue economy approach and showcase examples of businesses, governments, scientists and others who have successfully aligned economic activity with sustainable management of the oceans. Additional discussion topics include: the global demand for seafood over time; the economic case for addressing marine pollution; and areas for new investments in the ocean economy.  

dates: 22-24 February 2017   venue: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort   location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia   contact: Economist Events   e-mail: oceanspeakers@economist.com   www: http://www.economist.com/events-conferences/asia/ocean-summi...
 https://www.facebook.com/WorldOceanSummit/  

March 2017

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...  

29th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

This meeting will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.The Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund on an interim basis.  

dates: 14-17 March 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/29th-adaptation-fund-...  

18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2017 World Bank Land and Poverty conference will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. It will convene under the theme, 'Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach'. The Conference will focus on the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, and identify strategies for working at scale and monitoring achievements. Thematic sessions will address, inter alia: research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations; delivering land administration services at scale; harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms, and other data technologies; land and urbanization; land for infrastructure, investment, disaster risk reduction; and securing land rights for equity, sustainability and resilience.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017   venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Land Conference 2017   e-mail: landconference@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2016/08/22/land-and-pover...  

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...  

GEF-7 Replenishment: 1st Meeting

At its 51st meeting in October 2016, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council requested the Trustee, in cooperation with the Secretariat, to initiate discussions on the seventh replenishment of resources of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7). The replenishment meetings provide an opportunity for Contributing Participants to review GEF performance and evaluate progress, assess future funding needs, and agree on a financing framework. The first official meeting of the 7th Replenishment of the GEF will be held in Paris.  

dates: 28-30 March 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/events/gef-7-replenishment-1st-meetin...  

April 2017

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  

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...  

2017 Spring Meetings of World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place from 21-23 April, in Washington, DC, US. The Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, and aid effectiveness. The Meetings also offer an opportunity for civil society organizations to share their views and interact with policymakers in a global setting.  

dates: 21-23 April 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: IMF Secretariat   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/what-we-do/annual-meetings
 https://www.imf.org/external/am/  

Global Infrastructure Forum 2017

The 2017 session of the Global Infrastructure Forum will take place during the 2017 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), with its organization led jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The outcome is expected to be a Chair’s statement, to be negotiated by the multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other partners.  

date: 22 April 2017   venue: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/infrastructure-forum...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/plans-underway-for-2017-global-infr...  

30th ASEAN Summit

The Philippines will host the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. ASEAN's theme for 2017 is 'Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,' and its priorities include people-oriented and people-centered initiatives, peace and stability, maritime security and cooperation, inclusive and innovative-led growth, ASEAN resiliency and ASEAN as model of regionalism, according to the Philippines' Presidential Communications Operations Office. Officials also said the agenda will address issues related to the South China Sea, including the Code of Conduct, its Declaration and its principles. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

date: 26 April 2017   location: Philippines   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/30th-asean-summit-and-related-...
 http://www.asean2017.ph  

May 2017

94th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The CDM Executive Board (CDM EB) supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).  

dates: 1-5 May 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."  

dates: 17-18 May 2017   location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia   contact: University of Virginia Center for Oceans Law and Policy   phone: 1-434-924-7441   e-mail: colp@virginia.edu   www: http://www.virginia.edu/colp/annual-conference.html  

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...  

52nd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 52nd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 23-25 May 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 22 May. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 22-25 May 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings  

June 2017

World Circular Economy Forum 2017

The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business cities and finance. The event will involve two days of discussions, networking, workshops, side events and business excursions. The hashtag is #WCEF2017. Participation is by invitation only. To inquire about registration, contact wcef2017(at)sitra.fi.  

dates: 5-6 June 2017   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/events/circular-economy/world-circul...  

G20 Conference on Africa

The German presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) announced that the G20 will hold a conference on Africa to propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment. The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

dates: 12-13 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: German Presidency of G20   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/germany-outlines-priorities-for-g20...  

FCPF 16th Carbon Fund Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 16th Carbon Fund Meeting in order to consider Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs), agree upon funding decisions and portfolio management, and discuss links with other funding programs. The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF has two separate, but complementary funding mechanisms, the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, to achieve its strategic objectives.  

dates: 19-22 June 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/  

July 2017

2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 7th PRME Assembly

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, is the first organized relationship between the UN and business schools. The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 18-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://bulletin.unglobalcompact.org/campaigns/reports/viewCa...
 http://www.unprme.org/  

September 2017

Ninth BRICS Summit

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will gather for the ninth BRICS summit. China intends to use the meeting in order to review successes in BRICS cooperation, plan a vision for future development, specify the direction of the BRICS mechanism, and expand cooperation, including with emerging markets and developing countries to forge a "platform for South-South cooperation with international influence."  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Xiamen, Fujian, China   www: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/t1421653.shtml  

4th International Conference on Research for Development

The Fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will address the theme, 'Evidence.Engagement.Policies,' focusing on four questions: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being; How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development; How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies; and How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative. ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme, www.r4d.ch) – a joint funding initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, www.cde.unibe.ch). The conference seeks contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Conference contributions should facilitate knowledge stewardship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and should improve our understanding of how evidence can support policies for sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are jointly called upon to share sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and to engage in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics. Leading researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are invited to propose sessions that reflect the conference themes by 24 January 2017.  

dates: 5-8 September 2017   location: Bern, Switzerland   e-mail: icrd@cde.unibe.ch   www: https://www.icrd.ch/  

4th Water Research Conference

The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.  

dates: 10-13 September 2017   venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada   location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada   www: http://www.waterresearchconference.com/
 http://iwrec.ok.ubc.ca/  

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.  

dates: 18-22 September 2017   venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany   location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

October 2017

30th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

This meeting will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.The Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund on an interim basis.  

dates: 10-13 October 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/30th-adaptation-fund-...  

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/  

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 16-20 October 2017   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org   www: http://igfmining.org/  

November 2017

31st ASEAN Summit

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50" with the Leaders. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

dates: 10-14 November 2017   location: Philippines   additional: Clark   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/31st-asean-summit-and-related-...  

December 2017

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 5-7 December 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 4-7 December 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings