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May 2016

Least Developed Country (LDC) Civil Society Forum

Organized by LDC Watch in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Government of Turkey, this Civil Society Forum will take place on the sidelines of the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 (IPoA). The Forum will discuss: fair trade and LDCs; climate justice and natural vulnerability in the LDCs; synergy and coherence between the IPoA and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and opportunity and challenges related to LDC's graduation. The Forum is expected to adopt a Civil Society Organization (CSO) Declaration.  

dates: 26-28 May 2016   location: Antalya, Turkey   contact: Gauri Pradhan (LDC Watch) or Tomas Gonzalez (OHRLLS)   phone: +977-1-442-7823; +977-1-443-4165; +1-917-367-3474   fax: +977-1-400-4508; +977-1-444-3494   e-mail: gonzalezt@un.org   www: http://www.ipoareview.org/civilsociety/
 http://www.ipoareview.org  

Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action

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

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

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

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

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

OECD Forum 2016

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum 2016 brings together current and former Heads of State and Government, CEOs, leaders of NGOs and trade unions and other stakeholders annually to debate pressing economic and social challenges confronting society. This year's session will focus on the theme, 'Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies'. Sessions will include: Idea Factories to foster collaboration and highly focused conversations to drive surprising approaches and new solutions; Discovery Labs, which include debates and launches; Food for Thought Lunch Debates; Lunch Panels; and Discussion Cafes. The Forum will include the following events: Civil Society Day, on 30 May; the Forum, on 31 May; and the Forum, on 1 June. A Ministerial Meeting will take place on 1-2 June.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2016   venue: OECD Conference Center, 2 rue André Pascal, 75116   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: OECD   www: http://www.oecd.org/forum/  

Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting

The sixth annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors, civil society organizations, and other institutions supporting natural capital accounting (NCA). WAVES countries will showcase results from their work on constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts. The meeting will provide the opportunity for discussions on how to move from having accounts to using them in policy and decision making. The meeting will include a panel discussion on how NCA can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and participants will hear more on WAVES+, the next phase of the partnership. WAVES is a World Bank-led partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources accounting is mainstreamed in development planning and national economic accounting.  

dates: 31 May - 1 June 2016   venue: The Radisson Hotel   location: San Jose, Costa Rica   contact: Sujatha Venkat Ganeshan   e-mail: svenkatganeshan@worldbank.org   www: https://www.wavespartnership.org/en/wealth-accounting-and-va...
 https://www.wavespartnership.org/en  

June 2016

World Environment Day 2016

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

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

50th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 6-9 June 2016   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/  

First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

Mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will address the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals." The STI Forum is part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and is expected to "provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the Sustainable Development Goals."  

dates: 6-7 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber   location: New York City, US   contact: Wei Liu   phone: +1 (212) 963 3212   e-mail: liuw@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/ecosoc-president-discusses-theme-arr...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...  

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2016

The 11th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) will provide the opportunity to: share best practices in policy, technology and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges, and knowledge exchange through discussions about clean energy. The ACEF aims to: facilitate knowledge sharing among clean energy practitioners in Asia; highlight innovative approaches to packaging and scaling up clean energy initiatives; and take stock of progress made in advancing the clean energy agenda in Asia. Participants will include representatives from governments, national and multinational banks, carbon and clean energy investment funds, academia, civil society, and development partners and other international organizations, as well as project developers and service providers, and environmental regulators. The event is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Korea Energy Agency.  

dates: 6-10 June 2016   venue: ADB headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Connie Sayon   phone: +632 632 4444 ext. 70388   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asia-clean-energy-forum-2016  

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case 2016

This invitation-only event will explore the potential of private finance in enhancing livelihood, environment and food security benefits with regard to landscapes. It will address innovative financial tools and the needs of larger funds, conditions and arrangements needed to connect funds to farms and forests, and concrete investment opportunities. The event is organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium and partners.  

date: 6 June 2016   venue: Royal Society   location: London, England, UK   www: http://www.landscapes.org/publication/global-landscapes-foru...  

CSA and Development Cooperation Training Course

The 'Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Development Cooperation: donor's perspective and assessment tools' training course aims to enhance knowledge on climate finance and CSA objectives. The course further aims to improve capacities to appraise the climate change mitigation potential of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects and programmes using the FAO EX-Ante Carbon balance Tool (EX-ACT). Participants will also learn about: CSA concepts and techniques; CSA's role in global food security and climate change scenarios; the climate finance architecture; ways to link the carbon balance appraisal with CSA and carbon funding; and opportunities for climate-related fundraising. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and ETIFOR – Forests, Ideas, Responsibility are organizing the training course.  

dates: 6-8 June 2016   venue: University of Padova, Viale dell'Università 16, 35020 Legnaro   location: Padova, Veneto, Italy   contact: Raul Polato   phone: +39 349 31 91 662   e-mail: raul.polato@etifor.com   www: http://www.etifor.com/en/Training/Climate-Change-and-Ecosyst...  

World Conference on Disaster Management 2016

The largest of its kind in North America, the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) is expected to bring together more than 1500 attendees and speakers from over 40 countries, including decision makers, as well as practitioners, in emergency management, risk management, crisis communications and first response, and focus on the “before-during-after” crisis cycle. In addition to education sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops and poster presentations the conference will include an interactive tradeshow, during which participants will be able to see the latest technologies in the disaster management industry. Participants will be able to, inter alia: exchange information and experiences from other countries and industries; network globally and locally; and learn about methods to improve preparedness in a cost-effective manner. The conference is being organized by Diversified Communications Canada.  

dates: 7-8 June 2016   location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada   contact: Gerda Hockridge   phone: 1-888-443-6786 ext. 2228   e-mail: ghockridge@divcomevents.com   www: http://www.wcdm.org  

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

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

dates: 8-9 June 2016   location: Asuncion, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguay   contact: UNISDR Americas   phone: +507 317 1120   fax: +507 317 0600   e-mail: eird@eird.org   www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/46626
 eird.org/americas/index.html  

Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference

This conference will address: the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the pan-European region, including multilateral environmental agreements, mechanisms, policies and institutions supporting the 2030 Agenda, and review of the pan-European environment. It will also discuss: 10 years of education for sustainable development; greening the economy in the pan-European region; and improving air quality for a better environment and human health. The ‘Environment for Europe' process is a partnership of member States within the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, UN and other intergovernmental organizations, regional environmental centers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other major groups. The Environment for Europe process and its Ministerial Conferences provide a high-level platform for stakeholders to discuss environmental priorities across the 56 UNECE countries. It focuses, in particular, on helping countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and of South-Eastern Europe to improve their environmental standards. This meeting is being organized by the UNECE.  

dates: 8-10 June 2016   venue: Batumi Sheraton Hotel, 26-28 Rustaveli Avenue   location: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia   contact: Zaal Lomtadze, Secretary to the Conference, UNECE   e-mail: efe@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/environment-for-eu...
 http://www.unece.org/environmental-policy/environment-for-eu...  

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

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

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

G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting #3

The third meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Chinese Presidency will take place on 28 June, in Beijing, China. Sustainable energy issues on the Chinese Presidency's agenda include advancing the implementation of the G20 Principles of Energy Collaboration and strengthening cooperation on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It includes the European Union (EU), which is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

date: 28 June 2016   location: Beijing, China   www: http://www.g20.org/English/G20Calendar/201512/t20151231_2098...
 http://www.g20.org/English/China2016/G202016/201512/P0201512...  

Africa Carbon Forum 2016

The Eight Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will inform participants on the latest investment, finance and development opportunities relating to climate change. Issues for discussion include: opportunities for Africa in a post-Paris global landscape; policy options and opportunities for transformational development in the region presented by Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); innovative projects, programmes and investment opportunities for climate-resilient development, such as the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative and African Initiative on Adaptation and Loss and Damage; sources of climate finance and how to access them, including market-based approaches to sustainable development; results-based financing; and cooperative initiatives under the Nairobi Framework (NF) Partnership, which aims to improve the level of participation of developing countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The ACF is organized by the Nairobi Framework partners, including the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Forum will bring together climate change focal points, project developers and policymakers, as well as representatives from financial institutions, CDM Designated National Authorities (DNAs), the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multilateral agencies, the media and other stakeholders.  

dates: 28-30 June 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Vintura Silva, UNFCCC   e-mail: vsilva@unfccc.int   www: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/2016/english/objective.htm
 http://newsroom.unfccc.int/financial-flows/african-carbon-fo...  

First Meeting of UN-REDD Programme Executive Board

The new main body of oversight, operational guidance and decision-making for the UN-REDD Programme will consider the proposed multi-year work plan in support of the UN-REDD Programme 2016-2020 Strategic Framework, as well as options for strengthening coordination and complementarity with other global initiatives supporting REDD+ and forest countries.  

dates: 28-29 June 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO headquarters   contact: UN-REDD Programme   www: http://www.unredd.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=...  

Fourth Green Industry Conference

The Fourth Green Industry Conference (GIC) will convene under the theme, ‘Green Industry for Sustainable Cities'. The conference will bring together over 500 representatives from government, the private sector, industry associations, civil society and academia to explore the interdependence between cities and industry in the context of eco-innovation, green technology and resource efficiency. Key topics of discussion will include: sharing urban experiences and synergies among cities; international cooperation for sustainable industry and cities; and Korean green strategy in urban industrial areas, with insights from Ulsan. The event will include field visits to eco-industrial parks and state-of-the-art manufacturing sites. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ulsan Metropolitan City are organizing the conference, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.  

dates: 28-30 June 2016   location: Ulsan, South Gyeongsang (Kyongsang-Namdo), Republic of Korea   contact: UNIDO   e-mail: GreenIndustryConference2016@unido.org   www: https://isid.unido.org/gic2016.html  

G20 Energy Ministers Meeting

The Energy Ministers Meeting under the Group of 20 (G20) Chinese Presidency will take place from 29-30 June, in Beijing, China. Sustainable energy issues on the Chinese Presidency's agenda include advancing the implementation of the G20 Principles of Energy Collaboration and strengthening cooperation on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It includes the European Union (EU), which is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

dates: 29-30 June 2016   location: Beijing, China   contact: G20   www: http://www.g20.org/English/G20Calendar/201512/t20151231_2098...
 http://www.g20.org/English/China2016/G202016/201512/P0201512...  

July 2016

Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

dates: 6-8 July 2016   venue: Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Langer Grabenweg 68   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability?World Secretariat   phone: 49–228/976 299-28   fax: +49-228/976 299-01   e-mail: resilient.cities@iclei.org   www: http://resilientcities2016.iclei.org  

Reusumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol

The resumed 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 15-16 July 2016, followed by OEWG 38 from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016.  

dates: 15-23 July 2016   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Ozone Secretariat   e-mail: ozone.info@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

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

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

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

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management will review comments submitted by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on the Guidance on Risk Assessment and Management and prepare text-based suggestions for changes to the Guidance. Participants will also update background documentation for the Guidance.  

dates: 25-29 July 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

September 2016

Global Green Growth Week 2016

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

dates: 5-9 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   contact: Global Green Growth Institute   phone: +82-2-2096-9991   fax: +82-2-2096-9990   www: http://gggi.org/ggg_week_2016/
 http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/sites/default/files/GGGW...  

Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

This conference will meet under the theme ‘Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth' and is being convened as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016, to be held from 5-9 September 2016 in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. It will highlight research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive green growth and strengthen the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) objective of delivering pro-poor, socially inclusive green growth through best policy practices and strategically aligned efforts by international organizations. The conference will focus on links to policy outcomes and practical applications for delivering inclusive green growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers in plenary and parallel sessions to: discuss the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive green growth; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; and build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. More specifically, sub-themes and session topics will address: strategy and policy, including distributional impacts from transitioning to green growth, inclusive green growth strategies, the informal economy, and tracking progress with green growth metrics and indicators; participation and empowerment, such as gender-balanced participation in green growth initiatives, skills and capacities for transitioning to green growth, green social enterprises, and information and communication technologies as catalysts for green growth; fiscal policy and finance, including fiscal reform, inclusive finance and impact investing, and insurance solutions; and sectors, including pro-poor natural resources and land use management, green cities as green growth drivers, investments for green energy access, and inclusive water management and governance.  

dates: 6-7 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   e-mail: conference@ggkp.org   www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/conference2016
 http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/sites/default/files/GGGW...  

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

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

dates: 14-16 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pic.int/TheConvention/ChemicalReviewCommittee/Mee...  

European Ecosystem Services Conference

The European Ecosystem Services Conference will meet under the theme, ‘Helping nature to help us,' and will focus on the role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. The meeting agenda includes: keynote presentations from policy, practice and science; a networking day where businesses, practitioners, policymakers and researchers will showcase their work; interactive sessions to demonstrate working examples of ecosystem services and natural capital; field excursions to see ecosystem services in action; and scientific sessions. The conference is being organized by the EU-funded research projects ECOPLAN and the Ecosystem Services Partnership, among others, and hosted by the University of Antwerp.  

dates: 19-23 September 2016   venue: University of Antwerp   location: Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium   contact: Martine van Weelden/Iskra Konovska, Ecosystem Services Partnership   phone: +31 (0) 317 763 990   e-mail: conference@es-partnership.org   www: http://www.esconference2016.eu/86157#.VygYo2P6taQEvents  

US-hosted Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis

US President Barack Obama will host a Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis that will seek to secure new commitments towards: increased and sustained support for UN humanitarian appeals; greater opportunities for resettlement; and expanded opportunities for refugee self-reliance through access to education, legal employment, and other measures. The summit was announced by Permanent Representative of the US Samantha Power during her presidency of the UN Security Council, in December 2015. The summit will be preceded by a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting on large movements of refugees and migrants.  

date: 20 September 2016   location: New York City, US   www: https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2016/02/01/strengthening-glo...
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/un-prepares-for-summit-on-refugees-a...  

CITES CoP17

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

dates: 24 September - 5 October 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   contact: CITES Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40   fax: +41-22-797-34-17   e-mail: info@cites.org   www: https://cites.org/cop17  

CLIMATE CHANCE: A Summit Dedicated to Concrete Action

The CLIMATE CHANCE summit will address, inter alia, the link between climate and development, a new framework for the sustainable city, financing climate action, and mobilizing local actors and the younger generation. It will also discuss the topics of adaptation, territorial planning, economy and employment, territorial cooperation, forest, transport and energy. The conference is expected to encourage the sharing experiences and innovations, culminate in a global plan of action, and reiterate the importance of non-state actors in the fight against climate change.  

dates: 26-28 September 2016   location: Nantes, Pays De La Loire, France   e-mail: contribution@climatechance2016.com   www: http://www.climatechance2016.com  

October 2016

UNFF AHEG2 [tentative]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to develop proposals on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.  

dates: 3-5 October 2016 [tentative]   location: TBA   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1-212-963-3401   fax: +1-917-367-3186   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/
 http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/aheg/index.html  

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

dates: 10-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Ozone Secretariat   e-mail: ozone.info@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

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

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

dates: 11-12 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: idmworkshop@iom.int   www: https://www.iom.int/international-dialogue-migration-2016-fo...
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CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Nutrition

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition will address challenges and opportunities resulting from rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural spaces. Building on the outcomes of reports of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), it will discuss areas for policy consideration, including: inclusive growth; poverty eradication; economic, environmental and social sustainability; support of local food systems and economies; and food security and nutrition. The aim of the Forum is to develop a better understanding of issues at stake and identify areas of intervention and potential roles for the CFS.  

date: 14 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans

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

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

Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016

The Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 (CCA 2016) will take place under the theme, 'Challenges and Issues in Adaptation'. The event aims to provide a platform for participants to build relationships, learn about best practices and foster research collaborations on adaptation. CCA 2016 sessions will include: adaptation services; land and water; resource efficiency; developing a bio-economy; greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring; making transitions happen; sustainable cities and people; and the built environment. The International Center for Research & Development (ICRD) and Unique Conferences Canada are organizing the conference.  

dates: 15-16 October 2016   venue: International Hall, International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 240 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2L1   location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada   contact: ICRD   e-mail: info@theicrd.org   www: http://www.globalclimate.info/
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Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

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

dates: 17-19 October 2016   venue: Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka   contact: UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific   phone: +662 288 1202   fax: +662 288 1087   e-mail: forum@asiapacificadapt.net   www: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/
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Eleventh International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT 11)

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

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

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Annual Meeting 2016

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a unique global venue for sustained discussions on practical issues related to the sustainable management and development of the mining sector. It serves as a forum for dialogue between member- country governments, mining companies and industry associations and represents a growing network of leaders seeking to enhance the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. IGF annual sessions and regional meetings convene high-level representatives from developing-country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, fostering coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: IGF-Secretariat@iisd.org   www: http://globaldialogue.info/  

2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting

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

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

Seventh Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

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

dates: 2-4 November 2016   venue: Adelaide Convention Centre   location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   contact: C.R.C. Mohanty, UNCRD   phone: +81-52-561-9416   fax: +81-52-561-9374   e-mail: mohantyc@uncrd.or.jp   www: http://www.uncrd.or.jp  

52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees

The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.  

dates: 7-12 November 2016   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan   contact: Steven Johnson, ITTO Officer-in-Charge   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4621  

COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

dates: 14-16 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: WBCSD   phone: +41 (22) 839 3100   fax: +41 (22) 839 3131   e-mail: info@wbcsd.org   www: http://unsdsn.org/news/2016/05/05/cop22-low-emissions-soluti...
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December 2016

International Mountain Day 2016

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

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

February 2017

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...
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