Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days
This meeting, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will focus on land and water management, particularly technologies, approaches and modalities to secure sustained improvements on the ground that improve resilience. The meeting will target policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers to share and learn together about effective ways to enhance land and water management practices in the region.
dates: 15-18 December 2013 venue: Hotel Le Meridien location: Amman, Jordan www: http://neareast.fao.org/Pages/nelwd/About.aspx?id=112&lang=E...
High-Level Symposium on Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Urbanisation
The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in collaboration with the Municipal Government of Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, is organizing this symposium as a follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), which recognized the importance of sustainable cities. The three-day symposium will discuss: global challenges; slum upgrading; challenges of providing drinking water, sanitation and waste management; green infrastructure, including transport; the role of science, education, technology, history and culture in driving dynamic cities; and urban-rural dynamics in building seamless rural and urban economies. The meeting report will feed into the work of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
dates: 16-18 December 2013 location: Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China fax: + 1 212 963 4260 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=...
2014 UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference
The 2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference will be organized around the theme ‘Preparing for World Water Day 2014,' and aims to contribute to two World Water Day objectives: demonstrating the economic and social impacts of integrated approaches to water and energy; and identifying and engaging water-energy stakeholders in developing water-energy linkages. The conference will analyze and evaluate existing UN agency partnerships and discuss the way forward for achieving water and energy security through partnerships. The conference includes: a keynote address on partnership implementation; sector-specific sessions with case studies, including ones on the World Bank, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Water Mandate, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and UN University (UNU). The conference is expected to develop a series of case studies, information briefs and other material for World Water Day 2014 and identify lessons learned and the way forward, among other outcomes.
dates: 13-16 January 2014 location: Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/1st_announcement_za...
High Level Event on the Blue Economy
The Governments of the Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are organizing this High-level Event on the Blue Economy to raise awareness on the importance of the blue economy and sustainable ocean development and promote action on the issues. The event is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2014.
date: 21 January 2014 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: http://www.abudhabisustainabilityweek.com/
World Wetlands Day 2014
The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.
date: 2 February 2014 location: worldwide contact: Ramsar Secretariat phone: +41 22 999 0170 fax: +41 22 999 0169 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-activities-wwds-wwd2014i...
Eighth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 8)
The eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US. OWG 8 is expected to discuss: Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment (1.5 days); and Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).
dates: 3-7 February 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Secretariat e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1549
14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit: Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All
Organized annually by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 2001, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) serves as a platform exchange global knowledge on sustainable development. In 2014 the conference theme will be "Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All" and will hold thematic tracks on these specific areas of energy, water and food security. These topics were chosen due to their centrality and interrelation in alleviating poverty and to creating a climate resilient and robust green economy, and the current threat to water and food security stemming from the current and growing overconsumption of water and other natural resources. DSDS 2014 will also award the Sustainable Development Leadership Award.
dates: 5-8 February 2014 venue: Taj Palace location: New Delhi, Delhi, India contact: DSDS Secretariat phone: +91 11 24682100, 4150 4900 fax: +91 11 24682144, 2468 2145 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://dsds.teriin.org/2014/index.php
Gender, Water and Development Conference 2014
This conference will consider how to address gender, poverty and water challenges across Africa under the theme of 'Gender, Water and Development: The Untapped Connection'. The conference is hosted by the Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Women for Water Partnership. AMCOW developed the Policy and Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in the Water Sector in Africa, which identifies seven strategic objectives for member States and water authorities. These sub-themes are: formulating and implementing gender in water policy; mobilizing human and financial resources; implementing projects through economic empowerment and gendered approaches; conducting, sharing and implementing research and operational knowledge; mainstreaming gender in human and institutional capacity development; promoting cooperation and coordination to mainstream gender in the water sector; and supporting gender equality in the water sector through monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
dates: 19-21 February 2014 venue: International Convention Centre location: East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa contact: Glaudin Kruger phone: 028 316 2905 fax: 072 320 7015 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://global-water-conference.com/
7th Global FRIEND-Water Conference
The Flow Regime from International Experimental and Network Data (FRIEND)-Water Conference 2014 will focus on the theme “Hydrology in a Changing World: Environmental and Human Dimensions.” FRIEND-Water aims to facilitate understanding about how climate, human and river basin factors influence the spatial and temporal distribution of water. The 2014 conference will share knowledge on changes in hydrological processes and their impacts, including ecological flows, erosion and sedimentation, and will discuss how to develop adaptable water management and water policies to account for these impacts. The conference will focus on six topics: hydrological databases; trends in hydrological regimes and extremes; changes in ecological flows and coastal ecohydrology; erosion and sediment transport processes and trends; regional observational-hydrological modeling frameworks; and water resources and prospective scenarios. The conference is co-organized by, inter alia: the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP); the German IHP Hydrological Committee; the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific; and the UNESCO Office Hanoi.
dates: 24-28 February 2014 location: Hanoi, Viet Nam contact: UNESCO Secretariat e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/FRI...
Global Ocean Action Summit [rescheduled]
The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013.
dates: 28 April - 2 May 2014 location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands contact: Elisabeth Mealey phone: +1 202 458 4475 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/
46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.
dates: 25-30 May 2014 location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico contact: GEF Secretariat phone: +(202) 473-0508 fax: +(202) 522-3240/3245 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date/2014-05
31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31)
This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.
dates: 9-13 June 2014 venue: FAO headquarters location: Rome, Italy contact: FAO Fisheries e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/
CBD SBSTTA 18
At its eighteenth meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change, and the relationship with IPBES.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative] contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/
UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP
The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP phone: +254-20-7623431 e-mail: email@example.com www: www.unep.org
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission
The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.
dates: 11-18 September 2014 location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz contact: IWC Secretariat phone: +44 (0) 1223 233 971 fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://iwcoffice.org/
CMS COP 11
Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany.
date: 1 November 2014 [tentative] location: Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador contact: Veronika Lenarz e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...
IUCN World Parks Congress 2014
The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.
dates: 12-19 November 2014 location: Sydney, Australia contact: Trevor Sandwith e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...
First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations
The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins.
dates: 26-28 November 2014 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Lara Ognibene phone: +254-20-762-3106 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&...
Ramsar COP 12
The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in the first half of 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
date: 1 January 2015 [tentative] venue: Conrad Resort and Casino location: Uruguay additional: Punta del Este contact: Ramsar Secretariat phone: +41-22-999-0170 fax: +41-22-999-0169 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.sprep.org/biodiversity-ecosystems-management/urug...