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October 2016

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/council-meetings/gef-51st-council-meet...  


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: 24-28 October 2016   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   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/forum/aheg/iaf-strategic-plan-...

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. The 2016 IGF Annual General Meeting will focus on the theme, "The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Mining".  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: IGF-Secretariat@iisd.org   www: http://igfmining.org/agm2016/

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/

UNGA Second Committee Side Event on Sovereign Debt Restructurings

The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee is holding this side event on ‘Sovereign debt restructurings: Lessons learned from legislative steps taken by certain countries and other appropriate action to reduce the vulnerability of sovereigns to holdout creditors,' organized by the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The event will: contribute ideas and knowledge to inform the Committee's deliberations on challenges to sovereign debt crisis prevention and resolution; analyze measures to limit the activities of hold-out creditors and their implications for future regulatory efforts to improve sovereign debt restructuring frameworks; and make recommendations on the way forward, including facilitating the support needed from the UN system and international cooperation. The event will include panel presentations and an interactive discussion.  

date: 26 October 2016     10:00 am to 1:00 pm   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2   location: New York City, US   contact: UNCTAD   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/71/sideevents.shtml

International Seminar on Improving Collection and Use of Data on the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests and Trees

This seminar is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium, the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) Network, the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team and the Program on Forests (PROFOR). It aims to bring together experts to discuss and promote ways to strengthen the collection and use of data on socioeconomic benefits from forests and trees, including technical aspects, challenges and opportunities related to collection of such information.  

date: 27 October 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Illias Animon, FAO   e-mail: illias.animon@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6109e.pdf  

UNGA Second Committee Dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions

The annual dialogue will take place in the morning of 28 October.  

date: 28 October 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2   location: New York City, US   contact: Emer Herity, ECOSOC Secretary   phone: 1 (917) 367-5816   e-mail: herity@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/C.2/71/L.1

92nd Meeting of CDM Executive Board

The 92nd Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will meet in Bonn, Germany, in October/November 2016. The CDM 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: 31 October - 4 November 2016   venue: UN Campus, AHH, Room EG F-030   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secreatariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: cdm-info@unfccc.int   www: https://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html  

November 2016

Seventh Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

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

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

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...

16th Meeting of Congo Basin Forest Partnership

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) coordinates efforts to sustain forest resources, enhance natural resource management and improve the standard of living in the Congo Basin. Partnership members convene biannually to coordinate priority activities, propose action on emerging issues and share information with others that are active in the Congo Basin. The CBFP, which brings together 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies, governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, scientific institutions and the private sector, was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It works closely with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC).  

dates: 21-26 November 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Dany Dogmo Pokem   e-mail: dany.pokem@pfbc-cbfp.org   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/MOP-KigaliRwanda.html

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

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

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

Global Sustainable Transport Conference

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The Conference will build on intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport and bring together stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference will address, inter alia: all modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime; the concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS); transport in both urban and rural areas; energy and transport; public transport; road safety; and financing for sustainable transport. The Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management will serve as the Secretary of the Conference, while the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will serve as the Conference Secretariat.  

dates: 26-27 November 2016   venue: Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UN General Assembly Affairs Branch   location: Ashgabat, Ahal, Turkmenistan   contact: Antonina Poliakova   phone: 1 (212) 963-5063   e-mail: poliakova@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/Global-Sustainable-Tra...

Second High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

The Government of Kenya will host the Second High-level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), which will set priorities for improving development cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meeting on the theme of 'Towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda,' the HLM will provide a platform for Heads of State and Government, ministers, heads of international organizations, business and civil society to showcase successes, as well as identify and scale up innovative approaches to sustainable development. Parliamentarians and representatives of local and regional governments will attend the meeting. The GPEDC meeting will include two days of preparatory sessions and two days of high-level discussions. The GPEDC is a global forum bringing together a broad range of development actors to strengthen the quality, impact and effectiveness of development cooperation. The Partnership is based on the principles of country ownership, achieving results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability. The HLM2 is organised by the Government of Kenya with support from the Global Partnership's three co-chairs (Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands), Steering Committee members and the Joint Support Team provided by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  

dates: 28 November - 1 December 2016   venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, City Square   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Rahim Kanani   phone: +1-212-906-5367   e-mail: rahim.b.kanani@undp.org   www: http://effectivecooperation.org/2016/04/announcing-kenya-as-...

December 2016

Internet Governance Forum 2016

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

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

International Mountain Day 2016

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

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

January 2017

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters gathers the world's top leaders at the beginning of each year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional and industry agendas.  

dates: 17-20 January 2017   location: Switzerland   additional: Davos-Klosters   www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...  

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...

March 2017

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-...  

May 2017

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  

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-...