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Sustainable Development


May 2016

66th UN DPI/NGO Conference on Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the SDGs Together

Organized in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference will be held under the theme, 'Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Together'. Rooted in SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), the Conference seeks to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of civil society to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. In addition to opening and closing plenary sessions, the Conference will include interactive roundtables, workshops, exhibits and side events.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2016   location: Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang (Kyongsang-Bukto), Republic of Korea   contact: Jeffrey Brez, Yukang Choi or Bruce Knotts   phone: +1 917 328 6736; +82 2 6053 0041; +1 617 948 4287   e-mail: brez@un.org; info@66undpingoconference.org; bknotts@uua.org   www: http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=336&type=13...
 http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference/  

Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will focus on 'Food systems for a sustainable future: interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture,' with a view to identifying approaches for the achievement of mutually beneficial and sustainable outcomes, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.  

dates: 31 May - 3 June 2016   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Norwegian Environment Agency   www: http://www.trondheimconference.org/
 https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2016/ntf-2016-022-agr-...  

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

OECD Ministerial Council Meeting 2016

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) will take place at the end of the 2016 OECD Forum. Among other topics, it is expected to discuss the OECD's strategic response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including comments from civil society on a consultation draft that outlines OECD's expected contributions to the SDGs, including the adaption of OECD tools to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and an Action Plan.  

dates: 1-2 June 2016   venue: OECD headquarters, 2 rue André Pascal, 75116   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: OECD   www: http://www.oecd.org/forum/
 http://www.oecd.org/dac/Consultation-draft--Outline-OECD-str...  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 7

This is the last of seven sessions to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will take place during the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting, and will discuss progress and next steps. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 3 June 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

SIDS Partnership Framework Steering Committee Meeting

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework Steering Committee supports the follow-up of existing partnerships, and promotes and advocates the launch of new partnerships that advance sustainable development in SIDS. It plays an important role in guiding the partnerships to ensure the full implementation of the Samoa Pathway, the outcome document of the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS. Chaired by Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy, and Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives, the committee will meet in June 2016, after a first meeting that took place on 25 February 2016. The SIDS Partnership Framework was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in Resolution A/70/202, following the Samoa Conference. In addition to the steering committee, it includes: a partnership reporting template, and the organization of an annual Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue.  

date: 3 June 2016 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Ola Goransson, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)   phone: +1-212-963-7838   e-mail: goranssono@un.org   www: http://www.sids2014.org/sids-partnership-framework
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/2293...  

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/  

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...  

Informal Hearings with Stakeholders in Preparation for Habitat III

The Informal Hearings with Stakeholders in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will provide the opportunity for civil society to provide feedback on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda, which is expected to be agreed at HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. Panel discussions will address key recommendations for Habitat III from civil society.  

dates: 6-7 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/intersessional...
 https://www.habitat3.org/zerodraft  

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...  

High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

Convened as a "one-off" open-ended working group, this meeting will finalize the outcomes of the High-Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets in June 2015, in order to present recommendations to the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) for endorsement. The meeting follows a request by CFS 42 that the HLF outcomes, including the good practices and lessons presented in the background document and during the discussion, be further analyzed with a view to preparing a set of draft policy recommendations and practices. The meeting is expected to identify potential recommendations and practices aimed at overcoming barriers and maximizing opportunities for smallholders, as well as set out a process to finalize and agree on the final version of the document to be presented to the CFS 43 in October 2016.  

dates: 8-9 June 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: CFS@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/  

Informal Intergovernmental Meetings in Preparation for Habitat III

The second in a series of Informal Intergovernmental Meetings in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will provide the opportunity for governments to provide feedback on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda, which is expected to be agreed at HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

dates: 8-10 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/intersessional...
 https://www.habitat3.org/zerodraft  

17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 13-17 June. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

dates: 13-17 June 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)   phone: +(212) 963-5915   fax: +(212) 963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/index.htm  

GACSA Annual Forum: Climate-Smart Agriculture in Action

The Annual Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA), which is meeting under the theme 'CSA in Action,' will provide the opportunity for participants to share solutions, discuss challenges and build partnerships on CSA. The event will include sessions on: GACSA country case studies (Costa Rica, France, Ireland, Malawi, Tanzania and Viet Nam); climate finance and investment; CSA knowledge in action; regional CSA alliances; and future opportunities for scaling up CSA. The GACSA Action Groups on knowledge, enabling environment and investment will also meet, as will the GACSA Strategic Committee. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the agricultural cooperative 'La Sonnina'. GACSA was launched in 2014 at the UN Climate Summit, and is a voluntary alliance of partners addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture under a changing climate. The GACSA Facilitation Unit is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

dates: 14-17 June 2016   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Emna Belgasmi, GACSA   e-mail: Emna.Belgasmi@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/gacsa/annual-forum/en/  

European Development Days 2016

The European Development Days (EDD) 2016 will convene under the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Action and Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Forum will bring together over 5,000 participants from the development community in over 120 main sessions and side events. Sessions will focus on the following topics: people (inequalities, gender, leave no one behind); planet (climate change; circular economy; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); and water-food-energy nexus); prosperity (inclusive, sustainable and resilient cities; science, technology and innovation (STI); and trade, growth and sustainable development); peace (working with fragile states; migration and refugees; inclusive and peaceful societies); and partnership (means of implementation; ensuring accountability; and engaging the private sector). A follow-up event, the EU-Africa Business Forum, will focus on sustainable energy and impact investigating, highlighting the role of the private sector in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 15-16 June 2016   venue: Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86, B-1000   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: EU Development Days Team   e-mail: community@eudevdays.eu   www: https://www.eudevdays.eu/  

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. It will discuss emerging findings and conclusions in ECOSOC dialogue areas, and the way forward. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 17-18 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...  

World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016

This year's World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will take place under the slogan 'Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People'. The global observance event will take place in Beijing, China, and will be hosted by the State Forestry Administration of China. The event will showcase China's new development strategy, 'The Belt and Road,' which aims to strengthen cooperation to combat desertification and land degradation, primarily in Eurasia. During the celebrations, China will launch the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action to Combating Desertification Initiative' together with interested countries and stakeholders. WDCD 2016 activities will also seek to demonstrate how the target of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) can be a critical element for achieving other sustainable development as well as climate goals.  

date: 17 June 2016   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: WDCD2016@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...
 http://www.unccd.int/Lists/SiteDocumentLibrary/WDCD/WDCD%202...  

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...  

QCPR Training 2016 – Module IV

The fourth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Perspectives from the field,' will discuss the operational implications of a universal and unified development agenda requiring an integrated and tailored response to the increasingly diversified needs and priorities of countries (including the DAO approach, the UNDAF process, the UN Resident Coordinator system, the simplification and harmonization efforts for business practices, as well as challenges and opportunities to ensure a UN development system that is “fit-for-purpose”). The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

date: 23 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   phone: +1 212 963 9196   www: https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/qcpr-training-seri...  

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  

2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the fourth Caux Dialogue will address the theme of ‘Realizing the potential of land restoration to mitigate migration'. According to research by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, around 25% of the world's productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are currently degraded, which contributes to increased migration and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing on the experiences of “pioneers” from around the world who are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to boost land restoration, the conference will explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can contribute to “a durable peace” in these environments. The conference is co-organized by Caux-Initiatives for Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will include keynote addresses by William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization of Migration, and Mario Gattiker, State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. The conference will also feature the launch of the book, ‘Land restoration: Reclaiming landscapes for a sustainable future'.  

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2016   venue: Caux Conference Centre, Rue du Panorama 2 CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland   phone: +41 (0)21 962 91 11   fax: + 41 (0)21 962 93 55   www: http://www.caux.ch/Caux-Dialogue-on-Land-and-Security-CDLS
 http://www.caux.ch/Caux-Dialogue-on-Land-and-Security-CDLS#s...  

Informal Intergovernmental Meetings in Preparation for Habitat III

The third and final in a series of Informal Intergovernmental Meetings in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (HABITAT III) will provide the opportunity for governments to provide feedback on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda, which is expected to be agreed at HABITAT III in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

dates: 29 June - 1 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/intersessional...
 https://www.habitat3.org/zerodraft  

July 2016

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 8 - Conclusion

The eighth formal session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System will mark the conclusion of the dialogue. The ECOSOC dialogue was called for in Resolution E/2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome is expected to be a key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR), to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 1 July 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Cassandra Price Taveras, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA   phone: (212) 963-1523   e-mail: pricec@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/Dialogue_Roadmap_Phase_...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/index.shtml  

Meeting of the Praia Group on Governance Statistics

The Praia Group on Governance Statistics was formally established by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2015 (UNSC 46). The overall objective of the Group is to encourage countries to produce governance statistics based on sound and documented methodologies. The Group is developing a handbook on governance statistics for national statistical offices (NSOs), which will cover the conceptualization, measurement methodology and dissemination of governance statistics. The first meeting took place in Praia City, Cabo Verde, in June 2015, where members prepared a road map for 2016-2020. In March 2016, UNSC 47 adopted the report of the Group (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/2016-16-Praia-group-on-governance-statistics-E.pdf), welcomed and supported the proposed road map and actions towards developing the handbook; and requested the Group to report to UNSC 49, in 2018. The Commission also welcomed the Group's support for developing indicators for SDG 16.  

dates: 4-6 July 2016   venue: OECD Headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   www: http://www.paris21.org/node/2464
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/praia-group-presents-road-map-on-gov...  

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  

IASS High-Level Event: Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up and Review of the 2030 Agenda

Organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners, this high-level event will address the framing of a thematic review of progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from an integrated perspective on natural resources in support of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event will provide an opportunity for representatives from UN Member States, UN organizations, ministries, science and academia, civil society, and the private sector to discuss initial considerations regarding the requirements and framing of natural-resource related thematic review, such as a review of food-security related targets or targets relating to soil and land resources. The event is invitation-only.  

dates: 7-8 July 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)   phone: +49 331-288223-00   fax: +49 331-288223-10   e-mail: info@iass-potsdam.de  

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016)

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016. The theme of the 2016 session will be 'Ensuring that no one is left behind,' as decided in an ECOSOC plenary session on 14 March 2016.  

dates: 11-20 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2016
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 11-15 July 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: COFI Secretariat   e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/  

Stocktaking Event on SIDS Partnerships

Taking place in the context of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework, this meeting will provide an opportunity to: review progress made by existing partnerships; share good practices, lessons learned and challenges; and encourage the launch of new partnerships for the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It will be organized during the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) by the Co-chairs of the Partnership Framework Steering Committee, Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy, and Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Maldives, in collaboration with the UN Secretariat. Established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in Resolution A/70/202, following the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, the SIDS Partnership Framework seeks to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. In addition to the steering committee, the Framework includes a partnership reporting template, and the organization of an annual Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue.  

date: 11 July 2016 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Ola Göransson, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)   phone: +1 212-963-7838   e-mail: goranssono@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/2293...
 http://www.sids2014.org/sids-partnership-framework  

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  

ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment will be held on the theme 'Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results'. The segment will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council, and the biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF).  

dates: 18-22 July 2016   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2016/L.1  

Partnership Exchange

Organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), this event will serve as a forum to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development. On the theme 'Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: Ensuring that No One is Left Behind,' the 2016 Partnership Exchange will provide a space for dialogue among multi-stakeholder partnerships and government officials, policy makers, UN entities and Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGOS), for showcasing the work of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Partnership Exchange will take place during the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and it will be open to all participants of the Forum. All stakeholders involved in multi-stakeholder partnerships are encouraged to submit a short progress report of their initiative through the Partnerships for SDGs online platform. The reports will be used by the UN Secretariat to inform stakeholders, partners and the HLPF, of how partnership initiatives are advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Results of submissions will also be used by the UN Secretariat to conduct a mapping of multi-stakeholder partnerships that will be presented at the Partnership Exchange.  

date: 18 July 2016   venue: UN Conference Building, Conference Room 1   location: New York City, US   contact: Ola Göransson, Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs   phone: 212-963-7838   e-mail: goranssono@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/PartnershipExchan...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/  

23rd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 23)

The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate actions. COFO is the highest FAO forestry statutory body and meets every two years.  

dates: 18-22 July 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO headquarters   contact: Peter Csoka   e-mail: peter.csoka@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/57758/en/  

Habitat III PrepCom

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) will hold its third of three meetings in advance of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants will discuss a New Urban Agenda that will focus on policies and strategies to harness urbanization.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   location: Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia   contact: UN-HABITAT   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: https://www.habitat3.org/the-new-urban-agenda/preparatory-co...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/69/...  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) will review the reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies, including reports of Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and expert and ad hoc bodies. The CMM also carries out system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, as well as considering special country situations or regional issues, according to its agenda.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/cmm.shtml  

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  

ECOSOC 2017 Organizational Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its 2017 Organizational Session at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. ECOSOC its expected to discuss and agree on its Programme of Work from July 2016 to July 2017.  

dates: 28-29 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

August 2016

FishAdapt: Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Held immediately following the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum and the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries, which will convene in Bangkok from 3-7 August, this conference aims to provide a forum to share practical experiences in understanding the vulnerabilities associated with climate change and the development of risk management and adaptation strategies in the aquaculture and fisheries sector. It is organized by the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, in association with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Governments of Japan, Norway, Thailand and the US and several collaborating organizations.  

dates: 8-10 August 2016   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   phone: +66-2-561-1728   e-mail: climate@enaca.org   www: http://www.fishadapt.com/modules/conference/  

African Drought Conference

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

dates: 15-19 August 2016   location: Windhoek, Namibia   contact: Yolande Witbooi   e-mail: adc@met.gov.na   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...  

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress will focus on the theme "Planet at the Crossroads". Among other objectives, the World Congress will launch the Hawai'i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The IUCN World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: IUCN   phone: +41-22-999-0368   fax: +41-22-999-0002   e-mail: congress@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/  

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...  

47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meetings

This Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meetings include: the Smaller Islands States (SIS) Leaders Meeting, on 7 September; the Pacific African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Leaders Meeting and official opening of the 47th Pacific Islands Forum, on 8 September; the 47th Pacific Islands Forum plenary session, on 9 September; the forum leaders' retreat, on 10 September; and the 28th post-forum dialogue partners plenary session, on 11 September.  

dates: 7-11 September 2016   venue: Pohnpei   location: Federated States of Micronesia   contact: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat   e-mail: media@forumsec.org   www: http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/newsroom/press-statements/...  

First Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework, established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) following the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, mandated the UN Secretariat, in consultation with the Partnership Framework Steering Committee, to organize on an annual basis, an action-oriented, results-focused Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue. This first Dialogue will provide an opportunity to: review progress made by existing partnerships; share good practices, lessons learned and challenges and solutions from SIDS partnerships; and launch new partnerships for SIDS. The SIDS Partnership Framework seeks to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. In addition to a Steering Committee and the organization of the Dialogue, the Framework also includes a reporting template, and encourages the organization of national and regional partnership dialogues.  

date: 12 September 2016 [tentative]     Exact date to be determined   location: TBA   contact: Ola Göransson, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)   phone: +1 212-963-7838   e-mail: goranssono@un.org   www: http://www.sids2014.org/sids-partnership-framework  

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

UNGA High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, on 19 September 2016, immediately prior to the general debate of the 71st session. Per the UNGA resolution adopted on 22 December 2015 (A/70/L.34), the meeting will be convened within existing resources. The UNGA also requests the President to finalize organizational arrangrnents for the meeting, including on a possible outcome, "through open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States".  

date: 19 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/70/2016/03/23/united-nations-summit-on...
 http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08...  

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...  

2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development

The fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), on the theme ‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice,' will bring together members of the research, policy, practice and business communities to share practical solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and national levels. The Conference will focus on four thematic areas: Innovation in Technology and Governance; Data (data systems, gaps, how to collect); The Science-Policy-Implementation Interface; and Education and Training. The main topics for discussion will be: Low Carbon Urban Development; Socially Inclusive Economic Growth; Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition; and Disaster Resiliency and Adaptation. Registration to participate is open until 1 September 2016.  

dates: 21-22 September 2016   venue: Lerner Hall, Columbia University   location: New York City, US   e-mail: info@unsdsn.org   www: http://ic-sd.org/  

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  

Mayors' Summit

This event will bring together mayors from around the world to promote more environmentally-sound and fair food systems in urban areas. This gathering of mayors will include mayors of cities that are signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which aims to achieve healthy food for all, promote sustainability in the food system, educate the public about healthy eating and reduce waste. As of November 2015, 116 cities have signed the pact. While FAO offered to host the first gathering, beginning in 2017, Mayors' gatherings are expected to be hosted by signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on a rotational basis.  

date: 26 September 2016 [tentative]   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Sabina Zaccaro, FAO Communications Officer   phone: (+39) 06 570 50051   e-mail: sabina.zaccaro@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/346393/icode/
 http://www.foodpolicymilano.org/en/urban-food-policy-pact-2/  

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly establishes ICAO's policy for the upcoming triennium, and reviews ICAO's work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields. The Assembly is expected to establish an Executive Committee, as well as Technical, Economic and Legal Commissions. The Executive Committee will address, inter alia: technical assistance; aviation security; implementation support and development; facilitation and the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme; environmental protection; ICAO civil aviation training policy and capacity building in aviation; increasing ICAO efficiency and effectiveness; and ICAO's work programmes and activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Technical Commission is expected to address, inter alia, aviation safety and air navigation monitoring and analysis, standardization and implementation support. The Economic Commission will discuss, among other things, economic regulation of international air transport, aviation data, economics of airports and air navigation services, and economic development of air transport. The Economic Commission will discuss a consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies in the legal field. The Assembly meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO's governing body, the Council. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other ICAO bodies and to its Member.  

dates: 27 September - 7 October 2016   venue: ICAO headquarters   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: ICAO   phone: +1 514-954-8219   fax: +1 514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/a39/Pages/default.aspx  

Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights

Suggested by the sixth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights will be hosted by Indonesia and co-sponsored by Norway. The meeting will be informed by a series of pre-consultations held back to back with other ITPGR meetings, and an electronic survey.  

dates: 27-30 September 2016   location: Indonesia   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39-0657-055-430   fax: +39-0657-063-47   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/sites/default/files/005_GB7_FR_co...  

October 2016

QCPR Training 2016 – Module V [tentative]

The fifth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Briefing in preparation for QCPR negotiations,' will summarize the key elements of the previous modules, and the key messages of the UN Secretary-General's report on the QCPR. It will explain the QCPR process, and discuss ideas on the potential of the QCPR. The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

date: 1 October 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   phone: +1 212 963 9196   www: https://www.unitar.org/event/full-catalog/qcpr-training-seri...  

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...
 https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/IDM/Con...  

Second International Legume Society Conference

Organized under the auspices of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the Second International Legume Society Conference aims to encourage connections throughout the food chain with a view to enhancing the utilization of pulse-based proteins, increasing the global production of pulses, improving crop rotations; and addressing trade challenges in the pulses sector. The conference will address the following themes: legume quality and nutrition; farming systems/agronomy; abiotic and biotic stress responses and breeding; legume genetic resources; and new “Omics” resources for legumes. Cross-cutting themes will include health and environment benefits and legumes markets. As the final meeting of the EU-FP7 ABSTRESS project, the conference will also share results and conclusions from this, and related European research programmes.  

dates: 11-14 October 2016   venue: Tróia Resort   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: Organizing Committee, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica / Universidade Nova de Lisboa (ITQB/UNL)   www: http://iyp2016.org/events/event/23-the-second-international-...  

5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will convene under the theme ‘Local Voices for a Better World'. The Summit will bring together over 3000 stakeholders to: promote the recommendations, practices and experiences of local and regional authorities; help ensure they are realized; and create a space for meeting and exchange among local and regional elected officials, as well as communities. UCLG will also present new formats exploring the structural changes required to face existing challenges and approach development from a different perspective, including integrating the UCLG family into one "Network Hub" where ideas can be shared and exchanged. The Summit will also aim to advance recommendations on the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held the 17 to 20 October 2016, in Quito, Ecuador and its expected outcome, the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 12-15 October 2016   location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia   contact: UCLG Secretariat   phone: + 34 933 428 750   fax: + 34 933 428 760   e-mail: info@uclg.org   www: http://bogota2016.uclg.org/en
 http://bogota2016.uclg.org/en/media/largest-global-gathering...  

ECRI-Basil Fuliehan Institute of Finance Conference on Post-2015 Challenges and Opportunities

The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a human rights body of the Council of Europe, and the Basil Fuleihan Institute of Finance, a civil service learning center specializing in public financial management and customs, are jointly organizing this conference. It will convene under the theme, 'Post-2015 challenges and opportunities for a transformational role of governance, particularly in conflict affected countries.' The Basil Fuleihan Institute hosts the regional training center of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the secretariat of the GIFT-MENA Network, the Governance Institutes Forum for Training in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an independent organization established by the Governments of France and Lebanon, and has previously been supported by the Governments of Canada, the Netherlands, the European Union (EU) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.  

dates: 12-14 October 2016   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Basil Fuleihan Institute   phone: +961 1 425147/9   fax: +961 1 426860   e-mail: contact@if.org.lb   www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/ecri-basil-fuliehan-institute...
 http://www.institutdesfinances.gov.lb/english/default.aspx?p...  

Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) Meeting

Immediately after the conclusion of the second workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2016, which is addressing the theme, ‘Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs, ‘ the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a one-day meeting of the Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP). The GRCP will bring together representatives of States and international organizations for an informal, non-binding dialogue on ways to enhance inter-regional cooperation, showcasing best practices towards achieving migration-related targets at the regional level. The results of IDM 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, constituting an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka.  

date: 13 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: idmworkshop@iom.int   www: https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/IDM/Con...  

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/  

Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments (second session)

The second session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments will meet during the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders and 5th World Congress, which is meeting from 12-15 October in Bogota, Colombia. The Assembly is the mechanism through which the local and regional government constituency will provide official inputs to the New Urban Agenda that will be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which will convene in Quito, Ecuador, the 17-20 October 2016. The Second Assembly is a three-part process being held in the lead up to Habitat III. The meeting is being convened by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, a coordination mechanism set up in 2013 at the initiative of the President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topba?.  

date: 14 October 2016   location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia   e-mail: globaltaskforce@uclg.org   www: www.gtf2016.org
 http://www.gtf2016.org/#!Global-Taskforce-convenes-First-Ses...  

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  

Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments (third session)

The third and final session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments will meet just prior to the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which is convening in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. The Assembly is the mechanism through which the local and regional government constituency will provide official inputs to the New Urban Agenda that will be adopted at Habitat III. The Second Assembly is a three-part process being held in the lead up to Habitat III. The meeting is being convened by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, a coordination mechanism set up in 2013 at the initiative of the President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topba?.  

date: 16 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   e-mail: globaltaskforce@uclg.org   www: www.gtf2016.org
 http://www.gtf2016.org/#!Global-Taskforce-convenes-First-Ses...  

Habitat III

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: UN-HABITAT   phone: +1-917-367-4355   e-mail: Habitat3Secretariat@un.org   www: http://www.unhabitat.org/habitat-iii  

UNCCD CRIC 15

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) decided to convene a special session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC15) to discuss methodological questions relating to reporting. This special session of the CRIC will address enhancing synergies in national reporting requirements under the UNCCD, and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016 [tentative]   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...
 http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/the-bodies/The-...  

World Mountain Forum 2016

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) will convene under the theme, 'Mountains for our Future,' and will explore opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the recently adopted Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as diverse partners from around the world involved in the SDC-funded Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme. The previous WMF took place in Cusco, Peru, in 2014.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Mbale, Eastern, Uganda   contact: Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, ARCOS   e-mail: skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org   www: http://wmf.mtnforum.org/uploads/WMF16/documents/WMF16_Concep...
 http://wmf.mtnforum.org/WMF16/en  

43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security

The 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is expected to address a series of items arising from its Multi-year Programme of Work, including: nutrition; engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); connecting smallholder farmers to markets; urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition; and monitoring. A thematic event is expected to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CFS Secretariat   e-mail: cfs@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/en/  

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/
 http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/sites/defaul...  

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/
 http://www.unepfi.org/fileadmin/events/2016/roundtable/2016g...  

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  

Second World Irrigation Forum

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) is organized under the theme, 'Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production'. The meeting will discuss: how actors are balancing the demands of maintaining water supply, producing food, generating energy and protecting ecology; managing climatic extremes, especially floods and droughts; and "smart actions" for alleviating hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage. WIF is a multi-stakeholder forum focusing on water management in agriculture that takes place every three years. WIF2 is organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and hosted by the Thai National of ICID (THAICID). Abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted by 28 February 2016.  

dates: 6-12 November 2016   venue: Chiangmai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chang Phuak subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiangmai   location: Chiang Mai, Thailand   contact: Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (THAICID) secretariat   phone: +662 241 0068   fax: +662 243 7870   e-mail: thaicid@hotmail.com   www: http://www.icid.org/conf_wif.html
 http://worldirrigationforum.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/W...  

First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

dates: 6-9 November 2016   venue: Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre, Vigyan Bhavan Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Congress Secretariat (Bioversity International)   phone: +91 11 25849000/1/2   fax: +91 11 25849002   e-mail: info@iac2016.in   www: http://www.iac2016.in/index.html#home
 http://www.bioversityinternational.org/news/detail/the-first...  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/  

Pulses for Nutritional Security and Agricultural Sustainability

Organized as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the "PulsCon2016" international conference will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, extension workers, traders and entrepreneurs to discuss various strategies for nutritional security and environmental sustainability through pulse crops, and to draft a road map for increasing the productivity and profitability of pulses. The themes to be addressed include: global trade, marketing and policy issues in pulses production and consumption; genetic enhancement; production and biotic stress management; secondary agriculture initiatives, including nutrition and health, biofortification, and processing and value addition; and participatory technology development and adoption. The conference is co-convened by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its national research partners, in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) of the CGIAR Consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

dates: 12-14 November 2016   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Conference Secretariat, Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur   e-mail: secretary.isprd@gmail.com   www: http://www.fao.org/pulses-2016/events/detail/en/c/381790/
 http://www.icar.org.in/files/PulsCon2016-IIPR-22-09-2015.pdf  

Ecosystem Services Partnership Africa Conference

The first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, 'Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa'. Discussions will focus on Africa's contribution towards evidence on best practices for the management and restoration of ecosystem services for decision making, particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.  

dates: 21-25 November 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Peter Minang, Coordinator, National Organizing Committee of 2016 Africa ESP Conference   e-mail: p.minang@cgiar.org   www: http://www.worldagroforestry.org/event/esp-africa-conference...
 http://www.espconference.org/africa2016/wiki/190504/about#.V...  

ESCWA Conference on Competitive Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Arab States in the Next Decade

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organizes this sustainable development conference annually in cooperation with the Arab Regional Administrative Development Organization (ARADO). This will be the 16th such conference. In 2015, the annual conference took place on the theme of 'Post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States', and in 2014, the theme was 'Cooperation in Establishing Resilience Toward Global Risks to the Arab Region.' Many international agencies support the conference, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.  

dates: 27-29 November 2016   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt   contact: ESCWA Secretariat   phone: +961-1-981301   fax: +961-1-981510   e-mail: escwa-ciu@un.org   www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/16th-annual-conference-“compe...
 https://www.unescwa.org  

December 2016

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2) will be held concurrently.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: https://www.cbd.int/  

9th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit

The 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Global Forum on Migration and Development is an initiative of United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.  

dates: 10-12 December 2016   location: Dhaka, Bangladesh   contact: Estrella Lajom, GFMD Support Unit   phone: +4122 788 49 46 / +4122 788 49 47   fax: +4122 788 49 48   e-mail: estrellalajom@gfmd.org   www: http://www.gfmd.org/  

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

CGRFA 16

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

February 2017

First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020. ICCM4 decided that the intersessional process should include, in principle, two meetings before the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) (to be held in 2018 or early 2019) and another between OEWG3 and ICCM5. The first intersessional meeting is expected to focus in part on a discussion of an independent evaluation of SAICM for 2006-2015.  

dates: 7-9 February 2017   location: TBA   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +4122-917-8532   fax: +4122-797-3460   e-mail: SAICM.CHEMICALS@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=a...  

World Ocean Summit 2017

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

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

May 2017

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

The Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources of the University of the UN (UNU-FLORES), Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will host the second biennial Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) on a Nexus Approach to managing environmental resources for sustainable development. DNC2017 will focus on the theme, 'SDGs and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation'. International researchers, practitioners and politicians will debate the sustainable use of environmental resources under conditions of planetary limits and growing demand. Conference stakeholders include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Habitat, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), multiple UNU Institutes, and international and research institutions such as the Global Water Partnership, the International Hydropower Association, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, The International Water Management Institute, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Center for Environmental Systems Research, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Sachsen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. A Call for Proposals will be released in early spring of 2016.  

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

June 2017

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 [tentative]

This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: Fiji   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/...  

September 2017

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

October 2017

CMS COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: cms.secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/cop12  

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

October 2020

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...