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Sustainable Development

January 2015

Consultation on the ITPGR Global Information System

This International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Consultation will be organized back-to-back with the XXIII International Plant and Animal Genome Conference and will be followed, on 9 January 2015, by a series of meetings and presentations under the umbrella of the DivSeek Initiative. Its objectives are, among others, to conduct a review of on-going relevant initiatives, identify gaps in the existing information systems and recognize best practices and methodologies for managing information on a global scale.  

dates: 7-8 January 2015   location: San Diego, CA, US   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/cogis1  

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   www: http://www.acwua.org/events/aww2015

Informal Interactive Hearings with Civil Society for Third Conference on FfD

This informal interactive hearing with civil society and the business sector is part of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).  

dates: 15-16 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/241...

Transforming Transportation 2015: Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity

Transforming Transportation 2015 will convene under the theme of Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity. Participants will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities and discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will impact urban transport, with an emphasis on data and technology, governance, and international financial flows. Transforming Transportation is an annual conference co-organized by the World Resources Institute's EMBARQ Initiative and the World Bank.  

dates: 15-16 January 2015   venue: World Bank headquarters, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: EMBARQ   e-mail: embarq@wri.org   www: http://www.embarq.org/events/transforming-transportation-201...  

Stakeholder Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Development Agenda

This preparatory forum will bring together Major Groups and stakeholders to share their positions and priorities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which tentatively are expected to begin immediately after the Forum. Participants also will learn how they can effectively engage in the negotiation process going forward. The forum is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). A draft provisional agenda is available online.  

date: 16 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: NGLS   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5498T...

Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Current International Discussions and Challenges for Implementation

This Environment Research and Technology Development Fund S-11?Beyond MDGs Japan Symposium aims to report on ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, to consider the possible goals and targets towards 2030, and to look into indicators to assess the progress of implementation. The symposium will also address the challenges of both international and national implementation, which will lead to the discussion of ways of sustainable collaboration among the science community, local governments and the private sector in its realization. Panel discussions will address: Implications for a Post-2015 Development Agenda – Perspectives from Science and Policy; and What needs to be done for implementation in Japan? Registration can be completed via the S-11 (POST2015) website.  

date: 16 January 2015     1-6 pm   venue: U Thant International Conference Hall, UN University, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku 150-8925   location: Tokyo, Japan   contact: S-11 (POST2015) Secretariat, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology   phone: +81-3-5734-2906   fax: +81-3-5734-2906   e-mail: info@post2015.jp   www: http://www.post2015.jp/en/sympo-2015  

CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture'

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/cgrfa-comm/fiftee...

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session [tentative]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The first session, per the 17 November 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 19-21 January 2015.  

dates: 19-21 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/11/141...  

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...  

Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, Freshwater, Fish and the Future

This global conference will focus on ‘Freshwater Fish and the Future: Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Sustain Livelihoods, Food Security and Aquatic Resources'. The conference aims to raise the profile of inland fisheries to better reflect their role in blue growth and their incorporation in agricultural, industrial, recreational and urban land use and water resource planning. The conference will address four themes: biological assessment; economic and social assessment; drivers and synergies; and policy and governance. The meeting is expected to result in recommendations for inland fisheries policy statements.  

dates: 26-28 January 2015   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Devin Bartley, FAO   e-mail: devin.bartley@fao.org   www: http://inlandfisheries.org/

Third Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The conference, organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the Ca' Foscari University of Venice and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), will address the theme of "Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge - Creating Impact". The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is a global partnership of around 35 organisations, established by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, to research and further strengthen the theory and practice of green growth, including the application of fiscal instruments such as environmental taxes, pollution charges, subsidies for green technologies, green budgeting, and tax incentives.  

dates: 29-30 January 2015   venue: Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Calle Larga Foscari, 3246, Dorsoduro   location: Venice, Veneto, Italy   contact: Green Growth Knowledge Platform Secretariat   e-mail: conference@ggkp.org.   www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/conference2015

February 2015

INTERLAKEN+10: Governing Forest Landscapes

The Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine will convene the Country Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). The theme for this CLI, which will focus on forest governance, is ‘lessons learnt from ten years of experience and the way forward post-2015'. The meeting is meant to generate recommendations on how to integrate forest governance into the UNFF and the post-2015 development agenda. This event will be the last meeting before the eleventh session of the UNFF, where the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), the governance framework of the global forest policy dialogue, will be reviewed.  

dates: 3-6 February 2015   venue: Congress Centre Kursaal   location: Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland   contact: Christoph Duerr   e-mail: christoph.duerr@bafu.admin.ch   www: http://unff-interlaken10.org  

53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development

The 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development will convene under the priority theme for the 2015-2016 review and policy cycle, ‘Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world'. The Commission is expected to address, inter alia: the follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development; relevant UN plans and programmes of action on the situation of social groups, including disabled persons, youth and families; and its proposed programme of work for the biennium 2015-2016.  

dates: 4-13 February 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://undesadspd.org/CommissionforSocialDevelopment/Session...  

15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2015)

The 15th edition of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2015) will focus on ‘Sustainable Development Goals and Dealing with Climate Change'. The DSDS, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), is an international platform to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on all sustainable development-related issues. The event regularly brings together Heads of State and Government, thought leaders, policy makers and representatives of industry and academia. The DSDS has been held annually since 2001, and over the past 14 years, the Summit has hosted 37 current and former Heads of State, as well as ministers from over 50 countries. The Summit will be preceded by a high-level corporate dialogue on 4 February 2015.  

dates: 5-7 February 2015   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Darbari Seth Block   phone: +91 11 24682100   fax: +91 11 24682144   e-mail: dsds@teri.res.in   www: http://dsds.teriin.org/2015/index.php  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The second session, per the 3 December 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 17-20 February 2015.  

dates: 17-20 February 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/member-states-debate-working-methods...  

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...

Regional Dialogue on Sustainability Science Policy to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This regional workshop on Sustainability Science will focus on how sustainability science can address economy-environment interactions and contribute to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is expected to develop: a policy paper and strategy for the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology 2016-2020; and a regional framework and tools to implement sustainability science. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta office is organizing the workshop in collaboration with the Malaysia FIT Programme on the ‘Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)' and Japan FIT Programme on the ‘Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)'.  

dates: 4-6 March 2015   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: Rahmah Elfithri or Joana Vitorica Onaindia   e-mail: elfith@ukm.my   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/natural-sciences-...  

UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the post-2015 development agenda. The debate will focus on measures to advance gender equality and women's economic and political empowerment at all levels, including education. Organizational arrangements were updated in a 2 December 2014 note of the President: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021214_hl-thematic-debates.pdf  

date: 6 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/statements/opening-69th-session/

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/

IV Mediterranean Forest Week

The IV Mediterranean Forest Week is being convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Government of Spain, FOREST EUROPE and other partners in order to explore the role of Mediterranean forests in the green economy. The Week will bring together stakeholders to explore policy considerations from the Tlemcen Declaration and Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests (SFMF), promote resilient forests, consider the integration of other sectors within national forest programmes and develop an overall vision for the future of Mediterranean forests and woodlands.  

dates: 17-20 March 2015   venue: Hospital de la Santa Creu   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: David Solano   e-mail: david.solano@ctfc.es   www: http://med.forestweek.org/  

Africa Future Energy Forum

Meeting under the theme ‘Unlocking Africa's Energy Potential,' this forum will bring together relevant stakeholders to discuss the policy, technology and financing aspects of unlocking Africa's energy potential. More specifically, it will address: how to meet the energy demand of Africa's economies and close the energy access gap; the ideal energy mix for Africa's energy future; whether the gap between existing infrastructure and investment required to increase energy accessibility can be bridged; and whether African governments are ready to provide the necessary leadership and governance to bring about an energy revolution in Africa. The forum also aims to demonstrate the growing significance and viability of business and investment in the African energy sector. It will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, keynotes addresses and business networking programmes on: energy security in the changing African energy landscape; building capacity for power sector growth; the global fossil fuel industry and oil and gas development in Africa; ensuring clean, safe and affordable energy for all; renewable energy potential and trends; sharing of best practices, technology and alignment of energy policies; financing energy systems of Africa; fostering corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships; and promoting the role of youth and women in Africa's energy future. The forum will offer a platform for discourse across sectors and groups without focusing on an "ideological debate on public versus private investment or fossil fuel versus renewable energy". Ultimately, the forum aims to catalyze a new energy paradigm to serve as a basis for sustainable growth of Africa. The meeting is being co-hosted by Global Energy Initiative and MCI-Middle East.  

dates: 18-19 March 2015   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Rudinov Vincent   phone: +97143116300   e-mail: rudinov.vincent@mci-group.com   www: www.africafutureenergyforum.org  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The third session, per the 3 December 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 23-27 March 2015.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/member-states-debate-working-methods...  

16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2015 conference will take place under the theme, ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity,' in recognition of the role of land tenure in affecting asset distribution, land use patterns and other socio-economic outcomes at landscape, community and household levels. The conference is expected to bring together over 1,000 participants from around the world, including representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society and academia to discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance. Sessions will address ten themes on land tenure and prosperity through keynote lectures, policy roundtables and paper and poster presentations. An innovation fair will showcase the role of open data and technological innovations in improving land governance. A pre-conference workshop, ‘Monitoring land governance,' will take place in advance of the opening session on March 23 and a post-conference learning day will convene on March 27.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   venue: World Bank headquarters, 1818 H Street   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: World Bank   e-mail: landconference@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2014/08/06/landconference...  

Tenure and Fishing Rights 2015 (User Rights)

This global conference on tenure and fishing rights will focus on rights-based approaches for fisheries. It aims to share experiences and information on the application of rights-based approaches to responsible fisheries and social development, particularly in areas where tenure governance is weak. Participants will discuss concepts of tenure and users rights to support fisheries stakeholders and policymakers in designing and implementing arrangements for efficient, equitable and sustainable resource utilization and development. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is hosting the conference with the Government of Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia   contact: Rebecca Metzner, Chief FIPI, FAO   e-mail: Rebecca.Metzner@FAO.org   www: http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40684/en  

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

Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

dates: 9-11 April 2015   venue: University of Bath   location: Bath, England, UK   e-mail: sustainability-forum@bath.ac.uk   www: http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/events/news_0003.html  

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/  

14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14)

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will follow up on the outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and discuss the post-2015 development agenda. The 14th session will include discussions on youth self-harm and suicide, indigenous issues in the Pacific region, and the possibility of an optional protocol to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Other issues to be addressed include implementation of UNDRIP, and the future work of the PFII.  

dates: 20 April - 1 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   phone: +1 917 367 5100   fax: +1 917 367 5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Fourt...

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/  

Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs. The meeting will also stimulate debate on how to realize this view in practice and in research; and examine ways to institutionalize sustainable practices globally. The agenda will include technical discussions on sustainability concepts, tools and practices and plenary sessions. Specific issues the conference will address include: international and cross-border challenges and initiatives related to incorporating sustainability into transportation, including sustainability issues in air travel and marine travel; policies, programmes, projects and institutional approaches; case studies, including national, state and local sustainability strategies and policies; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.  

dates: 7-8 May 2015   venue: Keck Center of the National Academies   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Monica A. Starnes   e-mail: mstames@nas.edu   www: http://www.slocat.net/event/1283  

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  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this High-level Thematic Debate.  

date: 15 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021...  

Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

The second annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum will continue the momentum from the launch of the UN Decade of SE4ALL (2014-2024) at the first annual Forum, which took place in June 2014. The Forums were envisioned as annual events that will provide benchmarks for progress during the Decade. UN Member States will use the global platform as an opportunity to "take stock and push forward". The event is expected to include governments, civil society and the initiative's partner organizations, who will present their work, form partnerships and commit to further action. The Forum will also facilitate coordinating input from SE4ALL to other processes, such as climate change negotiations and the post-2015 development agenda. The SE4ALL initiative aims, by 2030, to ensure universal energy access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.  

dates: 18-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Global Facilitation Team, SE4ALL   e-mail: forum@se4all.org   www: http://www.se4all.org/

Second Blue Planet Symposium

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

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

June 2015

Resilient Cities 2015: 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

This forum will bring together experts and practitioners in urban adaptation and resilience. Presentations, panels, workshops and trainings will address: urban risk and vulnerability and disaster risk management; resilience data and indicators; adaptation planning, policy and integrated approaches; communicating resilience and applying ICT solutions; ecosystem-based adaptation and resource security; creating resilient public health systems; community-based, bottom-up approaches; resilient building, design and infrastructure; capacity building, governance and collaboration; and financing resilience planning and development. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn are hosting the event.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Laura Kavanaugh   phone: +49–(0)228 / 976 299-28   fax: +49-(0)228 / 976 299-01   e-mail: resilient.cities@iclei.org   www: http://resilientcities2015.iclei.org

Desertland II

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

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

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

July 2015

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will be held at the highest possible political level, including Heads of State or Government, relevant ministers – ministers for finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation – and other special representatives. The conference will result both in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome and in summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the Conference, to be included in the report of the Conference.  

dates: 13-16 July 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: FfD Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/consultations/index.htm

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). Consultations among Member States during the 68th and 69th General Assembly sessions have resulted in informal agreement to hold the Summit on 25-27 September 2015, at the level of Heads of State or Government, as of 15 December 2014.  

dates: 25-27 September 2015   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

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)   phone: +49-3843-6930-165   fax: +49-3843-6930-102   e-mail: v.pelikan@fnr.de   www: http://ieabioenergy2015.org/  

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  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM [tentative]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will hold its 76th session to review its work and discuss issues involving housing, land management and urban development, including standards for energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, and implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE Region for the Period 2014-2020.  

dates: 3-4 November 2015   venue: Palais des Nations [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland [tentative]   contact: Gulnara Roll, Head, Housing and Land Management Unit, UNECE Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-2257   e-mail: gulnara.roll@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/housing-and-land-management/meetings-an...  

Asian Irrigation Forum 2

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

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

December 2015

World Soil Day 2015

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

date: 5 December 2015   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/world-soil-day/en/

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...

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/

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


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