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Water, Oceans and Wetlands

April 2015

16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 16th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 6-10 April 2015. 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: 6-10 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Secretary of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea   phone: +(212) 963-5915   fax: +(212) 963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...  

ICLEI World Congress 2015

The 2015 ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress will be held under the theme of 'Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future' in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The week-long triennial event will include: the ICLEI Council Meeting; plenaries on trends and targets, financing, accelerating local action and the SDGs; and sessions on 'Urban China,' water and innovative city leaders. Alongside the Congress, parallel events are planned, including an Urban Nature Forum, Researchers' Symposium and technical site visits in the city of Seoul. An expected outcome of the Congress is the collation of local governments' proposals into coherent themes and agendas so that they may contribute to the international debate.  

dates: 8-12 April 2015   venue: Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea   contact: ICLEI World Secretariat   phone: +49-228 / 97 62 99-93   fax: +49-228 / 97 62 99-01   e-mail: world.congress@iclei.org   www: http://worldcongress2015.iclei.org/home/  

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the French Government, with the regional Government of Martinique, will convene this meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Invited participants will discuss: renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, which will provide islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea. Energy is a critical development challenge for islands, and most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at a high cost; thus, fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a policy priority, realizing such a transition is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills and limited access to finance.  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   location: Martinique   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971 2 417 9000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

Seventh World Water Forum

The Seventh World Water Forum will take place under the theme, ‘Water for Our Future;' it is expected to raise awareness on the importance of tackling water challenges within the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum will include: an opening ceremony; issue and thematic sessions; ministerial process sessions; local and regional authorities process sessions; parliamentarian process sessions; a science and technology process session; a citizen's forum; and an expo and fair. The World Water Forum is an international conference that is held every three years to provide a forum for global water issues in cooperation with the public and private sectors, academia and industries.  

dates: 12-17 April 2015   venue: Daegu EXCO, Gyeongju HICO, No. 90, Yutongdanji-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-712   location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea   contact: World Water Forum Secretariat   phone: +82-2-6009-9465   fax: +82-2-6009-9499   e-mail: secretariat@worldwaterforum7.org   www: http://eng.worldwaterforum7.org/main/  

18th Session of the GCOS/GOOS/WCRP Ocean Observations Panel for Climate

The 18th session of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take place from 14-16 March 2015, in Sendai, Japan.  

dates: 14-16 April 2015   venue: Tohoku University, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science   location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan   contact: GCOS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8067   fax: +41-22-730-8052   e-mail: GCOSJPO@wmo.int   www: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=Calendar

3rd Global Soil Week

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

dates: 18-24 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: IASS Potsdam   phone: +49-331-28822-374   e-mail: globalsoilweek@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org/  

CBD Regional Workshop on EBSAs in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, and Training Session on EBSAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening this Regional Workshop to 'Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas'. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being convened in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office West Asia (ROWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office – Abu Dhabi, among others.  

dates: 19-25 April 2015   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-129-ebsa-...  

World Green Economy Summit 2015

The second edition of the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will take place from 22-23 April in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An initiative of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), WGES 2015 aims to: develop the WGES Public-Private Partnership and Green Economy Marketplace Platform initiatives; follow up on commitments made at WGES 2014 through the Dubai Declaration; position WGES as the premier international platform for the green economy and Dubai as the 'capital of the green economy'; and create strong linkages to the UN climate agreement 2015 through the Road to Paris initiative and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Taking place under the theme 'The Global Green Economy,' WGES 2015 is aimed at a multi-takeholder audience, and will feature plenary sessions, roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition. The 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), will be held in parallel with WGES 2015, from 21-23 April, at the same venue.  

dates: 22-23 April 2015   venue: Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Maktoum Hall   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: Sophie Lin Hansen, World Climate Ltd.   phone: +45-5025-3007   e-mail: sophie@wclimate.com   www: http://www.wclimate.com/wges2015/

2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

This Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the Council's objectives for the next two years. The 2015 Ministerial Meeting will mark the conclusion of Canada's and the beginning of the United States' chairmanship, which will last from 2015-2017. The April 2015 meeting will be preceded by an event in Ottawa, Canada, on 23 April 2015 to showcase the Council's accomplishments during Canada's chairmanship.  

dates: 24-25 April 2015   location: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada   contact: Arctic Council Secretariat   phone: +47-77-75-01-40   e-mail: acs@arctic-council.org   www: http://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/resources/news-an...  

May 2015

68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold its 68th session from 11-15 May 2015, in London, UK.  

dates: 11-15 May 2015   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44-20-7735-7611   fax: +44-20-7587-3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Defaul...  

World Hydropower Congress 2015

Hosted by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the 2015 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Beijing, China. The congress will focus on discussing and debating strategies for the hydropower sector over the next 35 years, and examining how sustainably developed hydropower can address climate change, and energy and water security. The congress is expected to attract 1,000 participants, including representatives of key organizations around the world involved in hydropower operation and development, as well as specialists from other areas, including politics, finance, the environment and technology.  

dates: 19-21 May 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: IHA Central Office   phone: +44-20-8652-5290   fax: +44-20-8643-5600   www: http://www.hydropower.org/congress  

IWRA XVth World Water Congress

The IWRA XVth World Water Congress will take place from 25-29 May 2015, in Scotland. The XVth World Water Congress will provide a platform for open discussions and debates among scientists, practitioners and policy makers from developed and developing countries and from different disciplines and sectors. In collaboration with Scotland ?s Water, the IWRA Congress will promote in-depth discussions on the complexity of water policies, management, development and governance practices at the local, national, regional and global levels in a rapidly changing world as the fast evolving global landscape is driving decisions in the sectors ? policies, performance and prospects. Twitter: @WaterCongressXV .  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK   contact: IWRA Secretariat   fax: +33 (0)4 67522829   e-mail: office@iwra.org   www: http://worldwatercongress.com/  

Second Blue Planet Symposium

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

dates: 27-29 May 2015   venue: Hilton Cairns Hotel, 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland   location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia   e-mail: info@blueplanetsymposium.com   www: http://www.blueplanetsymposium.com/  

June 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 June 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The theme of the conference is 'Wetlands for our Future.'  

dates: 1-9 June 2015   venue: Conrad Resort and Casino   location: Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41-22-999-0170   fax: +41-22-999-0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/about/cop12-punta-del-este-uruguay-1-9...  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10937  

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  

World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

date: 8 June 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/  

Desertland II

Desertland, the Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, will bring together academics, civil society, governments, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss challenges related to desertification and land degradation and develop appropriate solutions. The conference will consider management strategies for areas affected by drought and land degradation. Participants will focus on seven topics: land management and land degradation; water harvesting and water saving techniques in drylands; acidity and drought; soil hydrology; sediment transport and overland flow; GIS applications in wetlands and drylands; and soil and water management. Day one will address ‘Water Security: Responses to local, regional and global challenges.' The second day, which takes place on the World Day to Combat Desertification, will focus on the theme ‘Preventing and Combatting Land Degradation in Drylands'. The University of Ghent and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

dates: 16-17 June 2015   venue: NH Hotel Gent Belfort, Hoogpoort 63. 9000 Ghent   location: Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium   contact: University of Ghent   e-mail: info@desertland.eu   www: http://www.desertland.eu/index.asp  

Vienna Energy Forum 2015

The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015) will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Austrian Foreign Ministry.  

dates: 18-20 June 2015   venue: Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkuppel, 1010   location: Wien, Austria   contact: UNIDO   phone: +43 (1) 26026-0   fax: +43 (1) 2692669   e-mail: vef2015@unido.org   www: www.viennaenergyforum.org

July 2015

70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. Incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference, the conference aims to increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues.  

dates: 26-29 July 2015   location: Greensboro, NC, US   www: http://www.swcs.org/index.cfm?nodeID=79630&audienceID=1

August 2015

Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

dates: 23-27 August 2015   location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-...

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase. All the events will bring together stakeholders from the business, government and technology sectors to focus on resilience. Participants will explore solutions across the "global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security" for the vanguard communities in the onset of climate change. Energy topics will include everything from microgrids, storage, grid security and defense, to bioenergy, waste and water innovations, transportation, carbon utilization and renewables. In addition to covering related energy topics, the Agriculture Summit will consider, inter alia, precision agriculture, crop and yield innovations, and aquaculture innovations. On islands, the programme will include an examination of islands' resilience needs, including disaster and resource management.  

dates: 24-26 August 2015   venue: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue 96815   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: Sarah Wenning, Vice President, Operations   phone: +1 (512) 697-8849   e-mail: wenning@techconnect.org   www: http://resiliencesummit.com/  

September 2015

International Forests and Water Dialogue

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Thomas Hofer   e-mail: thomas.hofer@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...

October 2015

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

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

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

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

November 2015

Asian Irrigation Forum 2

This event, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 'Water For All' program, aims to improve the productivity and efficiency of irrigation and drainage services to farmers in Asia, following up on the first Asian Irrigation Forum held in 2012. The ADB's Water Financing Program has invested in several hundred irrigation projects in the region.  

dates: 16-20 November 2015   venue: Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: ADB Water for All Program   phone: +63 2 632 4444   fax: +63 2 636 2444   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2