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August 2014

Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Access Rights and the Regional Instrument of Principle 10 in LAC

The Working Group on Rights of Access and Regional Instrument will hold its sixth virtual meeting. The working group was established by the Plan of Action to 2014 for the implementation of the Declaration of Principle 10, adopted in April 2013 in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to advance towards the formulation of a regional instrument. The working group's objective is to deepen knowledge on access rights with a view to making a proposal on the nature and contents of the regional instrument.  

date: 1 August 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/rio20/principio10
 http://www.eclac.cl/rio20/noticias/paginas/5/50785/G2_-_Minu...  

Fifth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014. The provisional agenda is contained in document A/AC.282/2013/1. Only Members of the Committee of Experts, accompanied by up to two advisors, are invited to attend this closed session. Experts nominated by regional groups to serve as replacements for members may also attend as observers.  

dates: 4-8 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1 (CB)   location: New York City, US   contact: Daniel Platz   e-mail: platz@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1688  

International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries

This workshop is being organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Science's (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations' Communication and Information Committee, and Kenya's Ministry of Communication and Information. It will discuss strategies and objectives of sponsoring and participating organizations concerning open data for science and sustainability in developing countries, with special consideration for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ICSU's Future Earth research program in developing countries. The workshop will also develop and endorse a set of principles and guidelines for preservation of, and open access to, research data in developing countries.  

dates: 6-8 August 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Paul Uhlir, US National Academy of Sciences   phone: +1-202-334-1531   fax: +1-202-334-2231   e-mail: puhlir@nas.edu   www: http://www.wfeo.net/international-workshop-open-data-science...  

GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary Celebration

GRID-Arendal will celebrate its 25th anniversary under the theme, ‘Cold regions – hot topics: Inputs from Arendal to the global finding of Sustainable Development Goals'. The celebration will include presentations by GRID-Arendal staff and guests, roundtable discussions and workshops.  

dates: 14-15 August 2014   location: Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway   contact: Peter Prokosch   phone: + 47 90 254755   e-mail: Peter.Prokosch@grida.no   www: http://www.grida.no/marine/news.aspx?id=6014  

Meeting of the "Friends of the Convention on Biological Diversity"

With financial support from Switzerland, and co-sponsored by India and the Republic of Korea, this meeting will bring together, among others, members of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the incoming COP President, as well as representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous and local communities (ILCs), and the scientific community. Participants will discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including through innovative partnerships, and consider, inter alia: national-level implementation; actions that might be taken at the international level to help advance achievement of the Strategic Plan; and how to mainstream biodiversity in other international discussions, for instance, in the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.  

dates: 14-15 August 2014   venue: Kartause Ittingen, Warth, 8532 Warth-Weiningen   location: Switzerland   additional: Kartause Ittingen   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-095-frien...  

Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation on the Principle 10 Declaration in LAC

The Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation will hold its 6th virtual meeting. The working group was established by the Plan of Action to 2014 for the implementation of the Declaration of Principle 10, adopted in April 2013 in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to advance towards the formulation of a regional instrument. The working group's objective is to formulate a proposal to intensify regional and international cooperation on the basis of training and financing needs and options, for both the public sector and the public in general.  

date: 22 August 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/rio20/principio10
 http://www.cepal.org/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/rio20/agenda/8...  

65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference is titled '2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,' is being organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and will focus on the theme of 'The role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda'. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the conference will be a declaration that will be shared with the UN system, the UN Member States, the global civil society and other stakeholders.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: DPI/NGO Relations   phone: +1 212 963 7234   e-mail: undpingo@un.org   www: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/2014/04/15/65th-dpingo-c...
 http://www.unric.org/en/latest-un-buzz/29176-un-and-ngos-to-...  

Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum for Third International Conference on SIDS

The Division of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing this Forum in collaboration with an 18-member steering committee representing the nine Major Groups, and the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS (Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) regions. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) takes place from 1-4 September 2014 on the theme of 'The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships'.  

date: 28 August 2014   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   contact: Hiroko Morita-Lou   e-mail: morita-lou@un.org   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1545
 http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=14  

SIDS Pre-Conference Youth Forum

The Youth Forum takes place prior to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and aims to contribute to its dialogue. The Forum will discuss opportunities for young people from SIDS, including partnerships to generate decent work opportunities for youth, engagement of civil society and the private sector in the development process, and sustainable energy needs. The Youth Forum theme is ‘SIDS TALAVOU for Sustainable Development' (Towards a Legacy of Achievement, Versatility, Opportunity through partnership and Unity). Participants will reflect on successful approaches to young people's education, employment and entrepreneurship, and identify what support and guidance is needed to maintain existing partnerships and promote new ones. The one-day forum is preceded by a welcome ceremony and networking event from 6.30-9.30 pm on 27 August.  

date: 28 August 2014   venue: To'oa Salamasina Hall, Sogi, Apia   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1568
 http://www.sids2014.org/content/documents/326PRECONFERENCE%2...  

SIDS Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum

This pre-conference Forum will take place ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum will promote opportunities for Major Groups and other stakeholders from SIDS to develop partnerships with each other and with potential supporters, with the overall aim of promoting the sustainable development of SIDS. The Forum aims to integrate gender equality and human rights advocacy into discussions around SIDS, the Beijing+20 Review and the post-2015 development agenda. Civil society partnerships are envisaged in six priority areas: climate change and disaster risk management; oceans, seas and biodiversity; water and sanitation, food security and waste management; sustainable economic development; sustainable energy; and social development, including health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), youth and women. The Forum is also expected to assist in mobilizing resources for a proposed Civil Society Sustainability Fund. A welcome event will take place on the evening of 28 August.  

date: 29 August 2014   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   contact: UN DESA NGO Branch   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1569
 http://www.sids2014.org/content/documents/330SIDS%20MGoS%20C...  

SIDS Private Sector Forum

The Government of Samoa, the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) are convening this event prior to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The Forum aims to facilitate interaction and networking between senior business and government leaders to enhance private sector partnerships for SIDS, in six thematic areas of: agriculture; tourism; renewable energy; fisheries and marine resources; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and connectivity, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and transport. The second day of the Forum is a high-level session that is anticipated to produce an outcome document identifying the private sector's priority actions. The Forum will announce a SIDS Global Business Leaders Network. UN-OHRILLS, with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UOSSC) will host a ‘matchmaking space' at the Forum to facilitate business relationships in areas such as agriculture, clean energy and water management.  

dates: 30-31 August 2014   venue: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Conference Centre   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   contact: Damien Sass   e-mail: sass@un.org   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1571
 http://unohrlls.org/private-sector-partnerships-forum-2014-s...  

SIDS Renewable Energy Forum

The Government of New Zealand and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are organising this event ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum will highlight the benefits of renewable energy for SIDS, provide an opportunity for mutual learning about relevant policies and practices, and promote partnerships for the deployment of renewable energy in SIDS. The Forum is anticipated to highlight the importance of measurable targets in energy partnerships, and to announce the formation of new partnerships.  

date: 30 August 2014   venue: To'oa Salamasina Hall, Ministry of Women, Community, and Social Development   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   contact: Callie Stewart   phone: +64 439 8004   e-mail: callie.stewart@mfat.gov.nz   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1570
 http://www.sids2014.org/content/documents/328SIDS%20Renewabl...  

September 2014

Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

dates: 1-4 September 2014   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   www: http://www.sids2014.org/
 http://unohrlls.org/private-sector-partnerships-forum-2014-s...  

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

dates: 5-7 September 2014   venue: Yale University   location: New Haven, CT, US   contact: Alice Dauriach   e-mail: envdem@unitar.org   www: http://www.unitar.org/sites/default/files/2014_unitar-yale_c...  

International Solid Waste Association 2014 Solid Waste World Congress

This event will convene under the theme of '(Re)Discovering a New World: Sustainable Solutions for a healthy future,' and is intended to provide the opportunity for the international community to exchange ideas, integrate solutions and develop a common vision for the future of a sustainable and healthy world.  

dates: 8-11 September 2014   location: Sao Paulo, Brazil   phone: +55-11-3056-6000   e-mail: iswa2014@mci-group.com   www: http://iswa2014.org/  

2nd Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus

The 2nd Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will bring together representatives to discuss the assessment of the nexus in selected transboundary basins, as provided for in the Convention's programme of work 2013-2015, and will: provide an overview of the status of preparations so far; review the approach to assessing the nexus; discuss the finding and the experience from the basin assessments so far; review the preparations for the forthcoming basin assessments; discuss the format and elements of the basin assessments; agree on next steps; and propose possible follow-up activities for the Convention's programme of work 2016-2018.  

dates: 8-9 September 2014   venue: Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Camille Marcelo   phone: +41 22 917 1606   fax: +41 22 917 0621   e-mail: camille.marcelo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/water/tfnexus_2014.html  

UNGA High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), John Ashe, is convening a High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on 'Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report.' The provisional programme is available, as well as an updated concept note.  

dates: 11-12 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/8stockt...  

69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)

The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit (resolution A/RES/57/301 and decision 68/512).  

dates: 16 September - 1 October 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)

The Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) is an expert ad hoc body administered jointly by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which harmonizes the requirement and the risk assessment on the pesticide residues. The Committee invites submissions of information on substances that will be evaluated at future meetings as described in its requests for data. The list of substances to be evaluated is based on recommendations of the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR), previous Expert Meetings, and direct requests from governments, other interested organizations, and producers of substances that have been evaluated previously.  

dates: 16-25 September 2014   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Philippe Verger   phone: +41-22-791-4807   fax: +41-22-791-3053   e-mail: vergerp@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/jmpr/data/en/index.html  

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

dates: 18-19 September 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: John Choptiany   phone: +39 06 57053969   e-mail: john.choptiany@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/agriculture/crops/thematic-sitemap/theme/...
 http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agphome/scpi/Agroecol...  

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution (A/RES/66/296) to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of UNGA 69 and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

dates: 22-23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Nilla Bernardi   phone: +1 212-963-8379   e-mail: bernardi@un.org   www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx
 http://wcip2014.org/  

Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

An 8-hour Special Session to Follow Up on the Programme of Action from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is being organized to coincide with the high-level segment of the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has urged all Member and observer States and observers to be represented at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. Member States will have opportunity to recommit themselves to the ICPD Programme of Action. Civil society is expected to be involved in this meeting, based on equitable geographic representation.  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue between 45th & 46th St, New York   location: New York City, US   contact: Mandy Kibel   phone: +1-212-297-5293   e-mail: kibel@unfpa.org   www: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/ga11342.doc.htm
 http://icpdbeyond2014.org/  

Equator Prize Award Ceremony

The Equator Prize Initiative will present awards to the 2014 Prize winners at a high-level ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York, US, on 22 September 2014, as a kick-off to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The event will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall   location: New York City, US   contact: Joseph Corcoran   phone: +1 646 781 4022   e-mail: joseph.corcoran@undp.org   www: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressre...
 http://www.equatorinitiative.org/index.php?option=com_conten...  

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: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang   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

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...  

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  

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/  

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

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...  

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-...  

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&...  

December 2014

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...  

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

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: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: STK4SD Consortium   e-mail: 3sc.unccd@agropolis.fr   www: http://3sc.unccd.int/  

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/  

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) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 22 September 2016.  

dates: 15-28 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, 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  

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