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July 2015

2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2)

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Complex   location: Nairobi, Kenya   e-mail: afsac2015@aaknet.org   www: http://www.afsac2.aaknet.org/  

2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2)

This conference will convene under the theme ‘Africa's Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate'. The conference will explore how to sustainably tap into soil, one of Africa's key resources, in order to enhance food security and climate change resilience, while creating new employment opportunities for the continent's increasing youth population. Specific sessions will address a range of strategies to promote and transform ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) driven agriculture in Africa, including how to: build scalable and inclusive business models; tap into innovative financing; involve women and youth more effectively; harness education, information and communication technology, and data; scale up EBA extension and knowledge services; incentivize private sector involvement; and contribute to increased South-South cooperation and capacity building. Building on the thematic discussions, the conference will focus on how to maximize policy frameworks and develop an action plan for implementing and scaling up EBA approaches and agro-value chains across Africa. The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN Agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya   e-mail: afsac2015@aaknet.org   www: http://www.afsac2.aaknet.org/
 http://www.donorplatform.org/climate-change/upcoming/eventde...  

CEM Bangladesh Off-Grid Appliance and Clean Energy System Industry Networking Event

This networking event will provide participants an opportunity to meet and collaborate with others involved in the rapidly growing off-grid solar market. The event will be structured in a round-robin format to give participants a chance to discuss business opportunities and explore potential partnerships. The event is being hosted by the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA). Attendees will include winners and finalists from the 2014 Global LEAP Awards and leaders in the international off-grid industry, including Bangladeshi solar home system companies, as well as other off-grid solar market leaders and manufacturers of super-efficient, high-quality off-grid appliances.  

dates: 31 July - 1 August 2015   location: Dhaka, Bangladesh   contact: Global LEAP   phone: +1 202-662-7229   e-mail: GlobalLEAP@hq.doe.gov   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/News/global-leap-to-ho...
 http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/bangladesh-off-...  

August 2015

Sixth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

The conference is organized on the theme, '3R as an Economic Industry - Next Generation 3R Solutions for a Resource-Efficient Society and Sustainable Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific'. It will focus on water security, tourism, waste management and sustainable urban management. The conference is jointly organized by the Governments of Japan and Maldives, and the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). Participants include high-level government representatives from Asia-Pacific countries, city mayors and other professionals. Delegates will discuss implementation of Ha Noi 3R Declaration (2013-2023), as well as economic and employment opportunities in 3R areas, especially in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft concept note and provisional programme for the conference are available.  

dates: 16-19 August 2015   venue: Dharubaaruge Convention Centre   location: Male, Kaafu, Maldives   contact: UNCRD Secretariat   phone: +81-52 561-9377   fax: +81-52 561-9375   e-mail: rep@uncrd.or.jp   www: http://www.uncrd.or.jp/index.php?page=view&nr=905&ty...
 http://www.uncrd.or.jp/content/documents/24996-3R-Concept-No...  

African Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a capacity-building workshop for the African region on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). The workshop aims to strengthen the use of NAMAs as a tool for pre-2020 and post-2020 climate change action. Regional mitigation experts from international organizations and the private sector will present on designing and implementing NAMAs, as well as support programmes, and participants will share experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Discussions will focus on challenges and issues faced, financial engineering and investment strategies for leveraging multi-source financing, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), sustainable development co-benefits, and the NAMA Registry.  

dates: 17-19 August 2015   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Tshering Sherpa, UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: TSherpa@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/focus/mitigation/items/7429.php  

World Water Week 2015

World Water Week 2015 will meet under the theme ‘Water for Development,' with experts, practitioners, decision makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries coming together to network, exchange ideas, stimulate innovative thinking and develop solutions to water-related challenges. The Week will include 160 events and eight workshops to discuss issues related to financing, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), integrity, gender, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management. World Water Week in Stockholm is an annual event that focuses on current global water issues, and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). 2015 is the jubilee year for both the Week and the Stockholm Water Prize.  

dates: 23-28 August 2015   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: 2015 World Water Week/ MCI Scandinavia AB   phone: +46 8 5465 1500   fax: +46 8 5465 1599   e-mail: worldwaterweek@mci-group.com   www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/
 http://programme.worldwaterweek.org  

CITES AC28

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

dates: 30 August - 3 September 2015   location: Tel Aviv, Israel   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://cites.org/eng/com/ac/index.php
 http://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

September 2015

Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, is mandated with improving coherence and coordination in the delivery of climate change financing, rationalizing the financial mechanism, mobilizing financial resources, and measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) of support provided to developing country parties. After establishing the SCF, the COP requested that it organize a forum for the communication and continued exchange of information among bodies and entities dealing with climate change finance, in order to promote linkages and coherence. The third SCF Forum will focus on issues related to finance for forests and will be held in conjunction with the Fourteenth World Forestry Congress, in partnership with FAO. The SCF has also been addressing coherence and coordination in forests-related financing during its regular Committee meetings.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: https://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechani...
 https://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechani...  

Wildlife Forum

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

date: 9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management   e-mail: wild-life@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...
 http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/en/  

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

The International Day of South-South Cooperation commemorates the adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The annual day also aims to raise awareness on South-South cooperation as an important element for development that offers opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to pursue sustainable development and economic growth.  

date: 12 September 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Organized as part of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) 2014-2024, the Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will consider how to operationalize the Hammamet Declaration (signed by the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access). The Forum will also host workshops and training courses on: Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Business Planning for Renewable Energy Investments Projects; Access to Energy in Remote Areas; Energy Portal for Asia-Pacific; and the Energy Efficiency Industry Accelerator. In addition, an expo with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, products and solutions will be organized. The Government of Armenia, UN Regional Commissions, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are co-organizing the Forum.  

dates: 29 September - 2 October 2015   location: Yerevan, Armenia   contact: Oleg Dzioubinski, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)   phone: +41 (0) 22 917 23 60   fax: +41 (0) 22 917 00 38   e-mail: oleg.dzioubinski@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=39915#/  

October 2015

South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (SAIREC)

The Government of South Africa together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are hosting the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), to gather ministers, decision-makers, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss experiences and strategies for accelerating the global deployment of renewable energy. The event is aimed particularly at giving the African renewable energy industry opportunities to showcase its work and gain insights from other participants. This event will build upon previous "IREC" conferences held in Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).  

dates: 4-7 October 2015   location: South Africa   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://ren21.net/Portals/0/documents/activities/IRECs/IREC%2...  

ITPGR Governing Body 6

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/sixth-session-governing-b...  

26th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The Adaptation Fund Board supervises and manages the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol.  

dates: 6-9 October 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Cathryn Poff, Adaptation Fund Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-7499   fax: +1-202-522-2720   e-mail: cpoff@adaptation-fund.org   www: http://www.adaptation-fund.org/page/calendar  

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

dates: 9-11 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru   contact: David Theis, World Bank   phone: +1 202-458-8626   e-mail: dtheis@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/09/14/world-bank-group...  

86th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 86th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 12-16 October 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

CITES PC22

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10941  

First IPBES Capacity-Building Forum

The first capacity-building forum of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) aims to facilitate both capacity-building projects and strategic alignment of activities between interested institutions. The meeting will promote dialogue among receivers, implementers and funders of capacity-building activities, with the aim of: exploring opportunities for cooperation on aligned investments in capacity-building needs; furthering partnerships for piloting and delivering the IPBES capacity-building program; and planning further action.  

dates: 19-22 October 2015   location: Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://ipbes.net/images/documents/WP/1ab/IPBES_capacity-buil...
 http://ipbes.net/news/671-call-for-input-on-the-first-ipbes-...  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: (202) 473-0508   fax: (202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   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  

19th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council

The 19th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council will be held on 22 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, in parallel with the 49th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Meeting, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10944  

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)   phone: +49-3843-6930-165   fax: +49-3843-6930-102   e-mail: v.pelikan@fnr.de   www: http://ieabioenergy2015.org/  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

dates: 26-30 October 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: IGF.Secretariat@international.gc.ca   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=682  

4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference

This conference will bring together a range of industry players and financial service providers. The latest Market Trends Report will be presented and participants will share market lessons and build partnerships related to off-grid lighting. More specifically, the event will: showcase the latest developments in the off-grid and lighting industry; enable networking and information exchange among participants; provide business-to-business (B2B) linkages among manufacturers, suppliers and financial service providers; facilitate increased investment; highlight recent trends and developments in business and financing models; and address policy issues and facilitate dialogue between policymakers and the off-grid lighting industry. More than 600 participants and 100 exhibitors are expected to attend the four-day conference. The first international off-grid lighting conference and trade fair took place in 2007.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Congress Secretariat: Congress Solutions International   phone: +971 4 303 4748   fax: +9714 303 4030   e-mail: gogla2015@emirates.com   www: http://conference2015.gogla.org/  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Young Professionals' Academy

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Young Professionals' Academy is the second event of the Forum. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The first World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

date: 27 October 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: Steve Edwards   e-mail: prxs@me.com   www: https://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cem/cem_about/t...
 http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/announcement___1st_world_e...  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Technical Roundtable Discussions

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The third event is the Technical Roundtable Discussions, which will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

dates: 28-30 October 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: Steve Edwards   e-mail: prxs@me.com   www: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/announcement___1st_world_e...
 http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?20234/Announ...  

10th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT)

The 10th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT), which will meet under the theme ‘Towards Environmental Quality Improvement,' will include: keynote speeches on solid waste issues; the opportunity to share and exchange ideas; and technical field trips to e-waste and hazardous waste treatment plants. Papers are being solicited on the following topics, inter alia: hazardous waste management and sound disposal; persistent organic pollutants (POPs) waste management and disposal; mercury waste management and sound disposal; sludge management and utilization; environmental regulation and governance of contaminated sites; circular economy and urban mining; household waste recycling and treatment; comprehensive utilization of biomass; end-of-life vehicle recycling; regional and sub-regional chemicals management; energy production from waste materials; social and environmental impact on waste; and nuclear waste and environmental safety. ICWMT provides an international platform for specialists and officials to discuss scientific problems, exchange experiences and look for innovative solutions; was initiated by the Basel Convention's Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific in 2005; and attracts representatives from governments, research institutions, universities and industries. More than 500 delegates from 32 countries participated in ICWMT9.  

dates: 28-30 October 2015   location: China   additional: Mianyang, Sichuan   contact: Chen Yuan, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific   phone: 86?10?62794351   fax: 86?10?62772048   e-mail: icwmt@tsinghua.edu.cn   www: http://2015.icwmt.org/ICWMT2015/viewnewen.asp?nid=2972  

November 2015

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and Sixth Ministerial Meeting

The sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) will provide policy and technical direction to the organization. The Ministerial is the highest decision-making body of the Forum, which is an international climate change initiative focused on developing cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) for its transport and long-term safe storage. The initiative focuses on breaking down technical, economic and environmental barriers to improving CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. It further promotes awareness and champions legal, regulatory, financial and institutional environments conducive to such technologies.  

dates: 1-5 November 2015   location: Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia   contact: CSLF Secretariat - US Department of Energy   e-mail: CSLFSecretariat@hq.doe.gov   www: http://www.cslforum.org/
 http://www.cslforum.org/meetings/index.html?cid=nav_meetings  

Solar World Congress 2015

The 2015 International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress (SWC) will take place in Daegu, the Republic of Korea, from 8-12 November. Hosted by the Korean Solar Energy Society, the SWC 2015 will include keynote addresses by global experts, technical presentations on recent renewable energy developments, workshops, discussion forums and a number of networking and social events. Themes of the 2015 Congress include: solar buildings and architecture; renewable energy technologies; solar heating and cooling; grid integration; off-grid and rural energy access; and clean transportation technologies and strategies. The ISES Annual General Meeting will also take place during the Congress, on 10 November.  

dates: 8-12 November 2015   venue: EXCO   location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea   contact: Jung June (Jason)   phone: +82-53-746-9967   fax: +82-53-742-9007   e-mail: info@swc2015.org   www: http://www.swc2015.org/
 http://www.swc2015.org/down_data/SWC2015_brochure%28website%...  

8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), is hosting the 8th World ESP conference under the theme ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity'. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community. To facilitate dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, ESP organizes an annual international conference in different parts of the world.  

dates: 9-13 November 2015   location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa   contact: Joël Houdet   e-mail: j.houdet @acts-net.org   www: http://espconference.org/espconference2015#.VVdA5fmqqko  

Clean Cooking Forum 2015

The 2015 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum is a major event that convenes the global clean cooking sector to share knowledge, best practices and scalable solutions. The four-day conference presents practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to come together to exchange lessons and experiences, and to work towards gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions. Topics will include: building consumer confidence; applications for mobile technology; consumer finance; cross-sector integration; refugee and other humanitarian needs; and performance evaluation.  

dates: 10-13 November 2015   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   e-mail: forum@cleancookstoves.org   www: http://cleancookstoves.org/events/154.html
 http://cleancookstoves.org/about/news/05-04-2015-clean-cooki...  

G20 2015 Leaders' Summit

The Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will host G20 leaders in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2015. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.  

dates: 15-16 November 2015   location: Antalya, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/
 https://g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-TURKEY-G-20-...  

December 2015

OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

The 2015 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) is organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the theme of 'Enabling the Next Industrial Revolution: The role of systems thinking and innovation policy in promoting green growth'. The event will discuss how to foster the "next industrial revolution" through policies for systems innovation, drawing on the work of several OECD committees, including the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the Environment Policy Committee, the Economic Policy Committee and the Chemicals Committee.  

dates: 14-15 December 2015   venue: OECD Conference Centre, 2, rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Kumi Kitamori and Ryan Parmenter   phone: +33 1 45 24 82 00   fax: +33 1 45 24 85 00   e-mail: Kumi.Kitamori@oecd.org Ryan.Parmenter@oecd.org   www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/OECD%20Green%20Growth%20News...
 http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/  

22nd Session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the Near East region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 14-18 December 2015   location: Algeria   contact: Abdel Hamied Hamid   e-mail: abdulhamied@hotmail.com   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/  

Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference [tentative]

The Ministerial Conference is the top-most decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 15-18 December 2015   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc10_e/mc10_e....  

January 2016

CITES SC66

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 11-15 January 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 http://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php  

February 2016

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

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

April 2016

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

This is the last of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. The retreat will discuss findings and conclusions related to the areas discussed during the dialogue's process, namely: functions, funding, governance, capacity and impact of the UN development system, partnership approaches and organizational arrangements. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf  

June 2016

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/gef/council_meetings  

September 2016

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: Liu Yuan, CITES Secretariat   phone: +41 22 917 8130   e-mail: yuan.liu@cites.org   www: http://cites.org/eng/news/pr/cites_cop17_venue_dates_south_a...
 http://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2015-036....  

October 2016

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