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Water, Oceans and Wetlands

February 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Climate and Sustainability

This online consultation aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on supporting long-term growth through the sustainable use of natural resources. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: climate change; climate finance; resource security; the EU and the US and the G20 agenda; and key civil society issues for the G20 around climate and sustainability. Will McGoldrick, WWF Australia, Henriette Imelda, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia, and Erinch Sahan, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion leaders.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: Will McGoldrick, WWF Australia, Henriette Imelda, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia, and Erinch Sahan, Oxfam UK   e-mail: climate@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/419342#sthash.qhbbmN...

April 2014

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: 22-25 April 2014   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Elisabeth Mealey   phone: +1 202 458 4475   e-mail: emealey@worldbank.org   www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/  

Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue

The Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue will take place under the theme ‘Making sanitation a sustainable business' and will focus on packaging sanitation and wastewater management projects as viable business opportunities. The conference aims to: raise awareness and capacity on sustainable sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s developing member countries (DMCs) through discussions on enabling policy environments and technologies and financing mechanisms that contribute to successful projects; enhance DMCs ability to conceive, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects; introduce options for holistic, integrated planning on wastewater, stormwater, flood management, reuse and recovery of resources from waste and green development, among others; and provide an opportunity for sharing on good practices and innovative solutions.  

dates: 27-29 April 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-asian-sanitation-dialogue...  

First African Water Integrity Learning Summit

The First African Water Integrity Learning Summit will take place under the theme 'Accelerating Towards a Water Secure World'. The event welcomes all interested stakeholders to share practical insights on addressing corruption and building relationships in Africa's water sector. The summit marks the conclusion of a three-year regional integrity training program in Sub-Saharan Africa and will provide opportunities to: engage with colleagues; participate in panel discussions; gain career enhancing knowledge; and advance integrity practices. The event is hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility, the Water Integrity Network, UNDP/Cap-Net, WaterNet and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   location: Lusaka, Zambia   contact: Helene LeDeunff   phone: +46 8 121 360 96   e-mail: Helene.LeDeunff@siwi.org   www: http://www.watergovernance.org/integrity/summit  

May 2014

Third Meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention

The Implementation Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will meet for the third time to continue its role as a mechanism to facilitate, promote and safeguard implementation and application and compliance of the Water Convention.  

dates: 15-16 May 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Katri Veldre   phone: +41 22 917 19 11   fax: +41 22 917 06 21   e-mail: katri.veldre@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/3rd_implementation_committee_...  

International Conference on Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This conference will address linkages between water, energy and food security, seeking to assess available information, identify knowledge and gaps, share lessons, facilitate networks, and contribute to consensus on priorities, in order to consider joint improvement in efficiency as a win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability. Sessions will address themes, including: tools for the sustainable implementation of the nexus approach; governance and management of the nexus; considering the environment and wellbeing; and implementing the nexus at various scales. The conference is jointly sponsored and organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP), German Development Institute (GDI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, and the CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems.  

dates: 19-20 May 2014   venue: MARITIM Hotel, Godesberger Allee   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: GWSP International Office   phone: +49 228 73 6188   e-mail: gwsp.ipo@uni-bonn.de   www: http://wef-conference.gwsp.org/  

Hidroenergia 2014: International Congress and Trade Fair on Small Hydropower

Organized by the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), the Congress will focus on promoting interaction on small hydropower (SHP) amongst delegates, speakers, and decision-makers through match-making, round-table sessions and panel discussions on the following topics: economic opportunities and challenges; financing tools and models; policy developments in Turkey, the European Union (EU) and around the world; trends in engineering, including bioengineering and prefabrication; technological development, including on penstocks, turbines and auxiliary mechanical equipment; SHP and the environment; SHP pumped storage and multipurpose plants; and hydropower resources and assessment methodologies.  

dates: 21-23 May 2014   venue: Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC)   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Congress Secretariat   phone: +32 2 722 8230   e-mail: he2014.reg@aimgroup.eu   www: http://2014.hidroenergia.eu

UNECE Water Convention Workshop on benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation

This workshop, organized under the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), will convene under the theme 'Counting Our Gains: Sharing Experiences on Identifying, Assessing and Communicating the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation'. The meeting will provide an opportunity to: discuss with a variety of stakeholders the benefits of cooperation and how assessment of benefits supports cooperation processes; share experiences, good practices, challenges faced and lessons learned on the identification, assessment, and communication of the wide range of transboundary water cooperation benefits; and support further development of a draft Policy Guidance Note on identifying, assessing and communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation.  

dates: 22-23 May 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Sadaf Shamsie   phone: +41 22 917 26 50   fax: +41 22 917 06 21   e-mail: sadaf.shamsie@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/workshop_benefits_cooperation...  

World Mountain Forum 2014

The World Mountain Forum 2014 (WMF 2014) will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experiences in mountain development, as well as identify likely opportunities and challenges for the future of sustainable mountain development. The meeting's outcomes are meant to feed into and inform, inter alia, the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda process. The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: family farming, water and food security; climate change; mountain cities; and mountain communities.  

dates: 23-24 May 2014   location: Cusco, Peru   contact: World Mountain Forum Secretariat   e-mail: wmf@mtnforum.org   www: http://www.mtnforum.org/content/world-mountain-forum-moving-...  

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: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date/2014-05

Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

dates: 26-28 May 2014   location: Tokyo, Japan   e-mail: kankyou@mext.go.jp  

Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015

The event titled 'Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015' will promote a comprehensive approach to sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its developing member countries (DMCs). The dialogue aims to raise awareness and capacity of DMCs on sustainable sanitation through discussion of elements of successful projects, such as an enabling policy environment, technology and financing options and planning and project preparation tools. It also aims to enhance DMCs' preparedness to conceptualize, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects that increase access to sanitation and promote effective wastewater management. Discussion topics will include: adoption of appropriate technology options; promoting innovative contracts and incentives; addressing policy gaps; dealing with financing, viability and affordability issues; and demonstrating health, socioeconomic and environmental benefits. The event is part of ADB and DMC efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the number of people without access to improved sanitation.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: ADB   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia, ADB   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-adb-dmc-and-partners-sani...  

15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'. The meeting will include plenary sessions and discussion panels on the following areas: understanding global food security and the current role of seafood; the role of seafood in global food security in the context of sustainable development; and opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security. The meeting will result in a Co-Chairs' summary of ideas and issues raised and discussed. The Consultative Process meets annually to conduct a review and consider the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea, with an emphasis on identifying areas for enhancing intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.  

dates: 27-30 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS)   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...

June 2014

World Environment Day 2014

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

date: 5 June 2014   location: worldwide   e-mail: unepnewsdesk@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others. The Day also provides an opportunity for reflection on our collective and individual duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner. The UN will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 at an event on 9 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York, US. The winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo competition will be recognized at the event. The Day also coincides with the first day of the 24th Meeting of the Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Other celebrations for World Ocean Day 2014 will be marked globally and online.  

date: 8 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US (worldwide)   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: (212) 963-3962   fax: (917) 367-0560   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/wod/commemoration-2014.html  

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/  

21st Session of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO IHP

The 21st session of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) Intergovernmental Council of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will: guide and supervise from the scientific and from the organizational point of view on the implementation of the programme; study proposals concerning development and modification of the programme and plans for implementation; recommend scientific projects of interest to member States and assess priorities among such projects; coordinate international cooperation of the member Sates in the framework of the Programme; make necessary proposals for coordinating the Programme with those conducted by international organizations concerned; assist in the development of regional and national projects related to the programme; and take any practical or scientific measures that may be required for the successful implementation of the programme.  

dates: 18-20 June 2014   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, 7, place de Fontenoy   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Blanca Elena Jiménez-Cisneros   e-mail: ihp@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/all-events/?tx_br...  


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: 23-28 June 2014 [tentative]   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative]   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   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 scheduled for June 2014.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP   phone: +254-20-7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: www.unep.org  

Ninth Meeting of the UNECE Water Convention Working Group on IWRM

The ninth meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will provide a forum to discuss governing, coordinating and fostering implementation of the Convention, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences with IWRM.  

dates: 25-26 June 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Katri Veldre   phone: +41 22 917 19 11   fax: +41 22 917 06 21   e-mail: katri.veldre@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/9th_wgiwrm_2014.html  

September 2014

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: secretariat@iwcoffice.org   www: http://iwcoffice.org/

37th WEDC International Conference

The 37th Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference will take place under the theme, ‘Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services for All in a Fast Changing World'. The conference will provide a platform for debate, exchange and reflection on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The conference will include three days of presentations and discussions on peer-reviewed papers, followed by two days of capacity development, which will include field visits. Side events throughout the week will showcase best practices. WEDC welcomes papers on any aspect of WASH relevant to low and middle income countries, particularly papers related to: delivery of sustainable WASH services at scale, urban sanitation investment; mainstreaming equity and inclusion within institutions; disaster risk management; and the impact of climate change on WASH systems and services.  

dates: 15-19 September 2014   venue: National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), Central Hanoi   location: Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam   contact: Martine Morton   phone: +44 (0)1509 222885   fax: +44 (0)1509 211079   e-mail: wedc.conf@lboro.ac.uk   www: http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/  

October 2014

XXIV IUFRO World Congress - Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People

The 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be convened under the theme, 'Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research'. Topics to be considered during the Congress include: forests for people; biodiversity and ecosystem services; climate change; forests and water; biomass and bioenergy; forest health; and forests in a green future.  

dates: 5-10 October 2014   venue: The Salt Palace Convention Center   location: Salt Lake City, UT, US   www: http://iufro2014.com/  

67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   venue: IMO Headquarters, 4 Albert Embankment   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/

47th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107  

November 2014


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. The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee will take place 2-3 November and regional coordination meetings 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 4-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...  


The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

dates: 5-7 November 2014 [tentative]   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8505   fax: +41-22-730-8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: http://www.earthobservations.org/index.shtml  

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: trevor.sandwith@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...  

5th International Conference on Deserts, Drylands and Desertification

The International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) will focus on the theme, 'Healthy Lands - Healthy People'. It will consider the interactions between drylands and the people around them. The conference will include plenary lectures and panels, parallel sessions, workshops and field trips on theoretical and practical issues related to addressing desertification and sustainable livelihoods in dryland areas. Sessions will also be held on, inter alia: the target of zero net rate of land degradation; soil and land restoration; urban planning in drylands; and water policy in drylands.  

dates: 17-20 November 2014   venue: Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Sede Boqer Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   location: Israel   contact: Dorit Korine, Conference Coordinator   phone: +972 (8) 659 6781   fax: +972 (8) 659 6772   e-mail: desertification@bgu.ac.il   www: http://eld-initiative.org/index.php?id=51&tx_ttnews%5Btt_new...

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: lara.ognibene@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&...  

December 2014

Arctic Biodiversity Congress

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Congress Secretariat   e-mail: caff@caff.is   www: http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/congress?utm_sour...  

January 2015

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: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.sprep.org/biodiversity-ecosystems-management/urug...  

June 2015

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10108