Water, Oceans and Wetlands
11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention
The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.
dates: 17-21 March 2014 venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long Street location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa contact: Abou Bamba phone: +225 027 18781 fax: +225 22415567 e-mail: Abidjan.Convention@unep.org www: http://cop11.abidjanconvention.org/index.php?option=com_cont...
IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas
Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.
dates: 18-21 March 2014 venue: Hotel Wyndham Herradura location: San Jose, Costa Rica contact: Mariliz Arnold, SINAC e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official World Water Day Celebration: The Water-Energy Nexus
UN-Water will host an event co-organized by UN University (UNU) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on 'The Water-Energy Nexus' serving as the official UN celebration of World Water Day, which is celebrated on 22 March. The meeting will include a journalists workshop, an Asia Pacific Regional Symposium, remarks by high-level officials, presentation of the Water for Life Awards, launch of the World Water Development Report (WWDR) on the theme water and energy, a high-level policy panel on addressing the water-energy nexus within the context of the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an expert dialogue between research and industry, and the announcement of the Stockholm Water Prize by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
dates: 20-21 March 2014 venue: UNU headquarters, 5-53-70 Jingumae location: Tokyo, Japan contact: Daniella Bostrom Couffe e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/events/main-event/en/
World Water Day
World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.
date: 22 March 2014 location: worldwide contact: Daniella Bostrom Couffe e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/
66th 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 66th session in London, UK, from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments; and identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.
dates: 31 March - 4 April 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: email@example.com www: http://www.imo.org
Third International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Government of Morocco and the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water are jointly co-organizing this conference, with the European Space Agency and the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology as co-sponsors. The Conference will discuss how space technology can contribute in better managing water resources, including combating desertification, ensuring access to safe drinking water, and managing water-related emergencies in developing countries.
dates: 1-4 April 2014 location: Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco contact: Sergei Chernikov, UNOOSA phone: +43-1-26060-4948 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/SAP/act2014/Morocco/ind...
UNECE Water Convention Joint Bodies Workshop
This workshop held under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention for the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will address joint bodies, which under the Convention is any bilateral or multilateral mechanism for cooperation between riparian State parties.
dates: 9-10 April 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: email@example.com www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/joint_bodies_workshop_2014.ht...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/workshop_benefits_cooperation...
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-adb-dmc-and-partners-sani...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/all-events/?tx_br...
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/9th_wgiwrm_2014.html
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/
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: email@example.com 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
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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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: 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&...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/congress?utm_sour...
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: email@example.com www: http://www.sprep.org/biodiversity-ecosystems-management/urug...
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