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September 2014

Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three, simultaneous regional consultations, followed by one global consultation. The global consultation aims to enable e-Agriculture community members and others to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations. The regional and global consultations will also inform the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which is taking place in October 2014.  

dates: 22 September - 6 October 2014   location: virtual   contact: FAO and AMARC Secretariats   e-mail: comdev@fao.org; secretariat@si.amarc.org   www: http://www.e-agriculture.org/news/towards-concerted-action-c...  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

October 2014

Integrating Migration into Development: Diaspora as a Development Enabler

An international workshop on ‘Integrating Migration into Development: Diaspora as a Development Enabler' will focus on the interrelationships between migration and the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental), and will include the contributions of migrants to development. The event is being co-organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The workshop will focus on the positive impacts of migrants and migration on development. It will feature some environmental panels that will discuss migration as an adaptation strategy.  

dates: 2-3 October 2014   venue: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Premises   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: IOM   phone: + 39 06 44 186 210   fax: +39 06 440 25 33   e-mail: M&D-RomeEvent@iom.int   www: http://www.iom.int/cms/home  

Symposium on Integrating Sustainability into the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This half-day symposium features keynote speeches by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a panel discussion by sustainability experts from the UN University (UNU), Japan's Ministry of Environment, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The panelists will discuss ways to integrate sustainability into the post-2015 development framework. Japanese-English interpretation will be provided. The event is organised by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Millennium Promise Japan, supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  

date: 2 October 2014   venue: U Thant International Conference Hall, UNU Headquarters 3F, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925   location: Tokyo, Japan   contact: Yuka Hayakawa   phone: +81 3 5467 1212   fax: +81 3 3499 2828   e-mail: haya@valdes.titech.ac.jp   www: http://ias.unu.edu/en/events/upcoming/integrating-sustainabi...
 http://unu-mc.org/civicrm/event/register?id=192&reset=1  

Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership

This meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Soil Partnership of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will finalize an Implementation Plan for the region. The meeting follows the endorsement of four Plans of Action at the Second Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly, which took place from 22-24 July 2014.  

dates: 7-10 October 2014   location: Managua, Nicaragua   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV)

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 8-10 October 2014   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNECA   phone: +251 11 5515826   fax: +251 11 5510365   e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/media-centre/stories/morocco-host-fourt...  

75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will review the current and past activities of the Committee and its Working Parties. The range of topics to be discussed includes the Country Profiles on housing and land management, sustainable housing and real estate markets, energy efficiency in the housing sector, sustainable urban development, and land management. The 75th CHLM will be preceded on 7 October 2014 by a day of informal negotiations on the draft Charter on Sustainable Housing.  

dates: 8-9 October 2014   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Gulnara Roll, CHLM Secretary   phone: +41 22 917 22 57   e-mail: Gulnara.Roll@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/housing-and-land-management/meetings-an...  

2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF

The 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial system will be held. About 13,000 people are expected to attend this year's meetings. The Annual Meetings will open with a plenary on 10 October followed by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and of the Development Committee on 11 October. At the conclusion of each of these meetings, communiqués will be released providing guidance to the Executive Boards of the two institutions. A Civil Society Policy Forum will also be held, which will comprise a series of policy dialogue sessions and bring together Bank and Fund staff, civil society representatives, government officials and others.  

dates: 10-12 October 2014   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   www: http://www.imf.org/external/am/2014/index.htm#sthash.niOtlKc...  

Cities Biodiversity Summit

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

dates: 12-14 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: ICLEI Biodiversity Center   e-mail: biodiversity@iclei.org   www: http://cbc.iclei.org/events-recent  

GSP Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa Representatives

Organized with the support of the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has established a Capacity Development Programme on digital mapping in Africa, to be implemented in October 2014 and January 2015. This training workshop will be held from 13-17 October in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous workshops, one of which launched the African Soil Partnership in 2013, have identified capacity development as a regional priority and a key area for improving the availability of updated soil data and information.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014)

The fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014) is being held on the theme 'Changing Production and Consumption Patterns through Transformative Action'. The Forum will bring together green growth leaders and decision makers to examine global trends and “big picture” issues, and to consider the new directions of the green growth agenda and what this entails for public and private actors. Participation is by personal invitation by the Prime Minister of Denmark.  

dates: 20-21 October 2014   location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark   contact: 3GF Secretariat   phone: +45 3392 00 00   e-mail: 3gf@um.dk   www: http://3gf.dk/en/2014/introduction-to-3gf-2014/  

First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF)

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are organizing the 1st African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF), under the theme 'Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The three-day forum will aim to: support understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region; identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues; promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa; and share lessons learned and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.  

dates: 22-24 October 2014   location: Arusha, Tanzania   contact: Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)   phone: +250 785 751 900   e-mail: skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org   www: http://events.arcosnetwork.org/arcos/index.php
 http://www.mountainpartnership.org/events/event-detail/en/c/...  

Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming

As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO will convene an international Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) to showcase the role of Communication for Development (ComDev) methods and tools as a driver for innovation and family farmers' participation in rural development strategies. The FCCM main objectives are to: showcase the contribution of ComDev, particularly community media, to family farming, providing evidence of innovative programmes and farmer-led experiences; raise awareness about the potential of communication in agriculture and rural development, giving voice to farmers and civil society organizations, rural institutions, private sector and community media; and identify opportunities, policy options and strategic initiatives to promote ComDev policies and services in support of family farming and rural development. The Forum's recommendations are expected to contribute to the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held in Rome from 27-28 October 2014.  

dates: 23-24 October 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Mario Acunzo   phone: +39-06-570-52448   e-mail: Mario.Acunzo@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/iyff/docs/FCCM_Rome...  

Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014

The first Africa Conference on Land Grabs will explore the theme 'Governance, Beneficiation and Sustainability: Beyond Rhetoric' through interactive, peer-reviewed parallel sessions. The conference will provide a platform for government officials, writers, academics, businesses, funders and other stakeholders to exchange views in five tracks: Understanding Land Grabs: What implications for Africa?; Community Involvement, Accountability and Beneficiation; Water Access, Food Security and the Future of Commons; Private Sector, Foreign Ownership and Sustainable Development; and Strengthening Land Governance (local, national and continental) and Cadastral Capacity. Scholarships are available for participants, with priority for individuals who will bring knowledge and skills gained at the conference to work in their communities.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   venue: Pan-African Parliament, Gallagher Estate, Private Bag X16   location: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa   phone: +27 11 056 8079   e-mail: info@africalandgrabs.co.za   www: http://www.africalandgrabs.co.za/  

Global Dialogue on Family Farming

The Global Dialogue on Family Farming is part of a series of events focusing on family farming as part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). It will bring together high-level government representatives, family farmers, CSOs, development agencies, academia and the private sector to take stock of the momentum created during the IYFF and discuss next steps for a pro-family farming agenda for action after the official conclusion of the IYFF. The event will consider recommendations from a series of regional consultations on family farming held throughout the Year. It will also consider outcomes from the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which will take place immediately before the Global Dialogue.  

dates: 27-28 October 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Mario Acunzo   phone: +39-06-570-52448   e-mail: Mario.Acunzo@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/events/coming-events/...  

First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport

This conference is part of the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, a high-level platform for discussion and policy decision making. The Forum aims to integrate sustainable transport into Africa's development and planning processes and increase funding to sustainable transport programmes in Africa, with the broader aim of improving access to transport, reducing air pollution and climate emissions, and improving road safety and health. The Forum also aims to share experiences from demonstration and pilot projects and foster South-South exchanges. The Forum intends to hold Ministerial conferences bi-annually, with Sub-Regional conferences in the interim years. The Forum is a partnership among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the World Bank. UNEP hosts the Forum Secretariat.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   venue: UNEP headquarters   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNEP, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Energy Branch   phone: +254 (0) 20 7623377   www: http://www.unep.org/transport/ASTF/index.asp  

November 2014

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: 3-7 November 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: kruger@kruger-associates.com   www: http://global-water-conference1.com/  

CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel

This Ministerial Panel will be held at the venue of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11). Ministers and other dignitaries will debate how to reconcile the concepts of “Rights of Nature” and the “Green Economy” in the context of the depletion of natural resources, including wildlife.  

date: 3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/node/5807  

5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development

The Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) was established in 2006 to promote sustainable housing and urban development for human settlements in the Asia-Pacific Region. The theme of the 5th APMCHUD is 'Equal Opportunity for Sustainable Development'. Sub-themes will include: inclusive urban planning; upgrading informal settlements; inclusive technology for the delivery of basic services; financing sustainable housing; and urban development for equal opportunity responding to natural and climate change-related disasters.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   venue: Hotel Shilla   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea   contact: 5th APMCHUD Organizing Committee   phone: +82-31-738-3807   e-mail: programs@apmchud-seoul.com   www: http://www.apmchud-seoul.com/  

Second UNIDO Forum on Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID)

This event builds on discussions held at a UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) global forum on 23-24 June 2014, among governments, development agencies and industry actors from developed and developing countries, on strategies for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The Second Forum on ISID is expected to showcase UNIDO's ISID Programme for Country Partnerships, through two pilot countries, and define the collaboration modalities of innovative business models to forge partnerships to scale up ISID investment and impact in assisted member countries. Participants will also agree a way forward for the sustainable development of UNIDO Partnerships for ISID investment in 2015 and beyond.  

dates: 4-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Sayaphol Sackda   phone: +43-1-2602-63974   fax: +43-1-2134-63974   e-mail: s.sackda@unido.org   www: http://www.unido.org/en/news-centre/events/strategies-and-in...  

Fourth Meeting of Signatory Countries of Principle 10 Declaration in LAC

The Fourth Meeting of the Focal Points designated by the Governments of the Signatory Countries of the Principle 10 Declaration in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to define the nature and content of the regional instrument. The public is encouraged to participate in the process through a Public Regional Mechanism.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   venue: ECLAC Headquarters, Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   phone: (56-2) 22102310   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/rio20/principio10  

Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will emphasize accomplishing the three Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) objectives through a regional agenda and sharing of experiences, namely universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030 globally. The Forum is organized by the Government of Tunisia and the UN Economic Commissions for Europe, Western Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. A high-level dialogue on 'International Cooperation towards Sustainable Energy for All' is expected to adopt a declaration reaffirming the roles of key stakeholders and calling for joining efforts to achieve the SE4All objectives. The forum will also include a workshop on energy efficiency investments and the launch of a new UN Development Account project on promoting renewable energy investments.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia   contact: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe   fax: +41-22-917-00-38   e-mail: feei@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35706  

Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making. Themes of the summit will include: creating a shared definition of natural capital, applying and demonstrating the concept, ensuring scientific rigor, and communicating recommendations across sectors.  

dates: 6-7 November 2014   venue: British Library   location: London, England, UK   e-mail: secretariat@naturalcapitalinitiative.org.uk   www: http://www.naturalcapitalinitiative.org.uk/events/valuing-ou...  

2015 International Year of Soils Launch in Latin America and the Caribbean

The 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). A regional launch of the IYS in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place during the XX Latin American Congress of Soil Science, which will be held from 9-15 November 2014, in Cusco, Peru. The IYS will be formally launched on 5 December 2014, during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, US.  

dates: 9-15 November 2014   location: Cusco, Peru   contact: Organizing Committee, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina   phone: +51-61-47-800 (annex 219)   e-mail: clacs2014@xxcongresolatinoamericanodesuelosperu.org   www: http://www.xxcongresolatinoamericanodesuelosperu.org/index_e...  

World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

The 2014 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) World Conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Japan, advised by an International Steering Group of 12 ESD experts from around the world. Based on a recommendation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided to dedicate a UN Decade to ESD (2005-2014) in December 2002. It designated UNESCO to coordinate global efforts to make education relevant for addressing present and future sustainable development challenges. The 2014 ESD World Conference will mark the end of the ESD Decade, as well as constitute an important milestone for pointing the way ahead. It will highlight the role of ESD for the transition to green economies and societies and as a catalyst for cross-sector planning and implementation of programmes in areas such as climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction. The World Conference also will address how ESD can help move sustainable development policy and action forward to meet different global, regional, national, and local needs. The conference will be preceded by stakeholder meetings from 4-8 November.  

dates: 10-12 November 2014   venue: Nagoya Congress Centre   location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-...  

Conference on Land Policy in Africa

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

dates: 11-14 November 2014   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Joan C. Kagwanja (Chief, LPI)   fax: F+251-11-551-4416   e-mail: africalandconference@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa  

32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 32nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) on 12 November 2014, in Libreville, Gabon. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

date: 12 November 2014   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41 22 730 8505   fax: +41 22 730 8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: https://www.earthobservations.org/meet_excom.shtml
 https://www.earthobservations.org/ag_excom.shtml  

GEO-XI

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: 13-14 November 2014   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  

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2014

The 2014 Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum is organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) under the theme ‘Addressing the social implications of green growth'. The 2014 Forum will focus on distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, income and skills. It will explore how governments can design policy frameworks to address distributional consequences, as an essential step in the transition to green growth, and the potential impacts of green growth policies on labor markets, households and income. The Forum will also consider: relevant indicators for measuring progress; energy sector reforms; skills for green growth; and social protection and redistribution policies for green growth. The Forum aims to enable OECD Committee delegates, experts, businesses and civil society to exchange experiences, identify knowledge gaps and identify policy tools and best practices.  

dates: 13-14 November 2014   venue: OECD Headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: OECD   e-mail: greengrowth@oecd.org   www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2014.htm
 http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/18%2007%2014_GGSD%20Forum_Pr...  

5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts 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...
 http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/desertification/Pages/default.aspx  

72nd Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will consider the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' which consists of five pillars: sustainable production and consumption of forest products, a low carbon forest sector, decent green jobs in the forest sector, long term provision of forest ecosystem services, and policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy. The workshop will also address forest resources assessment and reporting issues and develop guidance on implementation of the UNECE/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Integrated Programme of Work.  

dates: 18-21 November 2014   location: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation   contact: Paola Deda   e-mail: Paola.deda@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests/kazan2014.html  

Second International Conference on Nutrition

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are jointly organising this intergovernmental conference with the participation of Heads of State and Government and other UN agencies. The conference will identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels to address under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. The conference aims to improve coordination among the food, health and agriculture sectors, and is expected to result in a political commitment for action and resource mobilization towards the goal of improved nutrition, contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and the Zero Hunger Challenge. The First International Conference on Nutrition took place in 1992, resulting in a World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition.  

dates: 19-21 November 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: (+39) 06 57051   fax: (+39) 06 570 53152   e-mail: FAO-HQ@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/icn2/en/
 http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/icn2/background/en/  

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&...  

Eighth Session of the ITWG on AnGR of the CGRFA

At its eighth session, the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (AnGR) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) will address, among other issues, the preparation of the second report on the state of the world's animal genetic resources for food and agriculture, and the implementation and update of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Animal Genetic Resources Branch   phone: +39 06 570 52796   fax: +39 06 570 53057   e-mail: ITWG-ANGR8@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/programmes/en/genetics/angrven...  

Second Session of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on ABS (TTLE ABS-2) of the CGRFA

At its second session, the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) will continue work on draft elements to facilitate the domestic implementation of ABS for different sub-sectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 27-29 November 2014   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

December 2014

2015 International Year of Soils Launch

The 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). The IYS will be formally launched in an event organized during the 69th session of the UNGA, on 5 December 2014, in New York, US. Concurrent launch events will be held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, as well as in Bangkok, Thailand, and elsewhere in the world. The launch date coincides with the World Soil Day (WSD). The IYS 2015 will promote awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.  

date: 5 December 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: Rome, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand(multiple cities)   contact: GSP Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/iys-2015/detail/en/...
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/  

Global Landscapes Forum

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will consider the landscape approach within the framework of climate change and development. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development.  

dates: 6-7 December 2014   venue: The Westin Hotel and Convention Center   location: Lima, Peru   www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-2014/about/?utm_source=July+20...  

Second Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing will continue considering measures to increase user-based payments and contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund, and additional measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS. The meeting will be preceded by regional and inter-regional consultations, to be held on 8 December 2014.  

dates: 9-11 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/second-meeting-ad-hoc-ope...  

International Mountain Day 2014

Organized under the theme 'Mountain Farming,' the 2014 International Mountain Day will focus on highlighting the rapid transformation of family farming in mountain regions driven by population growth and economic globalization, among other factors. The Day is meant to provide opportunities to: raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands, globally. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Day will also constitute one of the concluding events of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and link to relevant FAO publications and programmes.  

date: 11 December 2014   location: worldwide   contact: Thomas Hofer   e-mail: thomas.hofer@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/  

January 2015

Arab Water Week 2015

Arab Water Week 2015 will convene under the theme 'innovations and sustainable solutions for the water sector in the Arab region'. The meeting will address a variety of sub-themes, including, inter alia: the energy efficiency dilemma in water and wastewater utilities; social responsibility and water for marginalized people; water utilities adaptation to climate change, current status and future perspectives; integrated water resources management (IWRM) and good water governance in the Arab region; the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)+ initiative towards sustainable water resources management within the sustainable development goals (SDGs); benchmarking as a tool for optimizing water and wastewater operations; and water public action and awareness in a fast, changing world.  

dates: 11-15 January 2015   location: Dead Sea {greater region}, Jordan   contact: Mustafa Nasereddin   phone: +962 6 516 1700   fax: +962 6 516 1800   e-mail: Mustafa_Nasereddin@acwua.org  

CGRFA 15 Special Information Seminar

Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.  

date: 17 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 49811   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/  

15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

dates: 19-23 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/  

Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the third of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened. The meetings aim to make recommendations to the UNGA on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These three meetings are expected to result in a summary of discussions that will be submitted to the President of the UNGA, and are anticipated to contribute to a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the UNGA on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

dates: 20-23 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/biodiversityworkinggroup/biodive...  

March 2015

46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission

The 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) will agree on modalities for the development of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) is expected to prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

dates: 3-6 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/broaderprogress/pdf/SA-2014-9-Pos...
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm  

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

dates: 9-12 March 2015   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: STK4SD Consortium   e-mail: 3sc.unccd@agropolis.fr   www: http://3sc.unccd.int/  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2015

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) 2015 will convene under the theme 'Global Change, Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach,' and include participants from UN organizations, UN University (UNU) institutes, governments, international organizations, as well as individual researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Focusing on the contributions of a nexus approach to the management of water, soil and waste, the DNC 2015 will address the following issues: maintaining and enhancing environmental resources under global change; facilitating efficient and sustainable use of limited natural resources; engaging international development partners in the promotion of the nexus approach; and facilitating a transition to a green economy, especially with regard to agriculture. The DNC 2015 is organized by the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) as a follow-up to its workshop 'Advancing a Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Management of Water, Soil and Waste,' held from 11-12 November 2013 in Dresden, Germany.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   venue: Hörsaalzentrum, Technische Universität Dresden, Bergstraße 64   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany   contact: UNU-FLORES   phone: +49-351-892-193-70   e-mail: DNC2015@unu.edu   www: http://www.dresden-nexus-conference.org/home.html  

April 2015

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

The 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. The IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee will meet to discuss progress on the IMF's and the WBG's work. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets will also be held.  

dates: 17-19 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/index.htm  

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: 19-23 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: IASS Potsdam   phone: +49-331-28822-374   e-mail: globalsoilweek@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org/  

May 2015

Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

From 1 May-31 October 2015, Expo 2015 will be held on the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It is organized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is the body responsible for overseeing and regulating issues relating to the organization of World and International Expos. Recognizing the role of food and nutrition in achieving sustainable development, the event will focus on a variety of related themes, including improving food quality and security, ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for humans, and promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices.  

date: 1 May 2015   venue: Expo - Milano 2015   location: Milan, Italy   contact: Expo 2015 Planning Office   phone: +39 02 89459400/499   www: http://en.expo2015.org/  

2015 Global Land Forum

The 2015 Global Land Forum will take place under the theme 'Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action'. The event will bring together practitioners, land users, activists, policy makers and researchers from around the world. Participants will debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance, with the aim of contributing to broader goals of poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including within the context of the post-2015 development framework. The first day of the Forum will be dedicated to ‘Africa Day,' with a spotlight on land governance in Senegal and the Africa region. The second and third days will discuss issues from a global perspective. The fourth day includes a field trip, which will be followed by an Assembly on the fifth day. The event will include plenary sessions, workshops and a Marketplace of Ideas. The International Land Coalition (ILC) is organizing the event together with the Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development (CICODEV Africa) in partnership with Cadre de Recherche et d'Action sur le Foncier au Sénégal (CRAFS) and others.  

dates: 11-17 May 2015   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal   contact: ILC Secretariat   phone: +39-06-5459-2445   e-mail: dakar2015@landcoalition.org   www: http://www.landcoalition.org/en/node/2490  

June 2015

Third High-level Political Forum

The Third High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 3), which will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015'. The HLPF is mandated to meet every year under the auspices of ECOSOC and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). HLPF 3 will convene on 26 June-2 July and 6-8 July 2015.  

dates: 26 June - 8 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (DESA)   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1838
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1556  

September 2015

70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.  

dates: 15-28 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 21-23 September 2015.  

dates: 21-23 September 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/6242014Info...  

October 2015

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
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

November 2015

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

The 72nd joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission as well as the third European Forest Week (Silva2015) will discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and the role of sustainable forest industries in the regional economy.  

dates: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland   additional: Engelberg   contact: Paolo Cravero   e-mail: paolo.cravero@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests.html  

February 2016

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), taking place in February or March 2016, is expected to agree on the indicator framework and set of indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) will prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

date: 1 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/broaderprogress/pdf/SA-2014-9-Pos...
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm  

May 2016

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jiri Hlavacek   phone: (254-20) 7621234   e-mail: unepinfo@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/unea/en/
 http://www.unep.org/unea/blog_landing.asp  

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members\' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   venue: Hawaii Convention Center   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: Ewa Magiera, IUCN Media Relations   phone: +41 76 505 33 78   e-mail: ewa.magiera@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucnworldconservationcongress.org/news___press/?1...  

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

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

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

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 30 November-11 December 2016, at a venue to be determined.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2016   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...  

September 2017

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

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

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