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February 2015

G20 Development Working Group Meeting

The Group of 20 (G20) Development Working Group (DWG) will hold its first meeting in 2015 in support of the Turkish Presidency's priority of "buttressing sustainability". The Turkish Presidency of the G20 is placing development at the center of its 2015 agenda for the G20. The DWG was established in 2010 under the Korean Presidency of the G20 and is responsible for implementing the G20 Development Agenda and reporting progress to the Sherpas. Under its pillar of buttressing sustainability, the Turkish Presidency is also focusing on climate change finance and energy.  

dates: 2-3 February 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/2015-event-schedule/
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Eighth Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations

The EU and US will continue talks on agreeing to a trade and investment deal known as the 'Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)'. TTIP is expected to have implications for the manufacturing (including energy), agriculture, and services, investment and public procurement sectors. The Partnership is also being designed to add and update rules, including those affecting sustainable development.  

dates: 2-6 February 2015   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: Information, Communication and Civil Society Unit - Trade   e-mail: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/trade-policy-and-you/contacts/onli...   www: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/documents-and...
 http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/events/index.cfm?id=1239  

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  

SDSN and Investec Asset Management Financing for Sustainable Development Conference

Co-organized by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Investec Asset Management, this event will bring together high-level financial executives to discuss climate finance, infrastructure finance and global partnerships, among other issues. The conference is one in a series organized by SDSN in the lead-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development Conference (FfD 3), which will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to SDSN, the Government of Ethiopia has asked SDSN to to serve as an official advisor to the process leading to the FfD Conference.  

date: 3 February 2015   location: London, England, UK   contact: Aniket Shah   e-mail: aniket.shah@unsdsn.org   www: http://unsdsn.org/get-involved/events/  

First Working Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring

At the first working session of the ad hoc committee on sovereign debt restructuring processes, the committee will elect its Chair and the other members of the Bureau, adopt the provisional agenda (A/AC.284/2015/1) and approve the organization of work.  

dates: 3-5 February 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Jiaming Miao   phone: 1 (212) 963-3766   e-mail: miaoj@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/journal...  

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  

Asia Regional Capacity-building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Asian Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to implement the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress by effectively integrating biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans. The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation and identify opportunities and means to foster regional cooperation.  

dates: 9-13 February 2015   location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=BSMBWS-2015-01  

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

The first meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors under the Turkish Presidency will be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 9-10 February 2015. The finance ministers are expected to convene four times throughout the year. Turkey has chosen to focus on 'inclusive and robust growth through collective action' under its leadership in 2015. The three pillars that will guide the G20's work this year are: strengthening the global recovery and lifting the potential; enhancing resilience; and buttressing sustainability.  

dates: 9-10 February 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/2015-event-schedule/
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Third International Conference on Natural Resource Management for Food and Rural Livelihoods

Organized by the Soil Conservation Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, this conference will address ways to boost agricultural productivity for food security and economic development, while conserving and restoring the natural resource base. Topics to be covered include: assessment, development and management of natural and human resources for livelihood and food security; integrated management of water and land resources to prevent land degradation and salinity related desertification; conservation agriculture systems for drylands, rainfed and irrigated areas; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies including carbon sequestration in soils for different land use systems; and policy frameworks for capacity building to mitigate emerging problems in natural resource management. This is a 2015 International Year of Soils event.  

dates: 10-13 February 2015   venue: National Agricultural Science Centre (NASC) Complex, DPS Marg (Pusa), New Delhi – 110012   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Shri Jagatveer Singh   phone: +911125848244   e-mail: soilcsi@gmail.com   www: http://www.icscsi2015.in/docs/First%20Circular.pdf
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/263707/  

European Council Meeting

The European Council meeting, or 'EU Summit,' will be held in Brussels, Belgium. It will be the second meeting chaired by President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who took office on 1 December 2014.  

date: 12 February 2015   venue: Justus Lipsius Building, Rue de la Loi 175   location: Brussels, Belgium   www: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/calendar/?ent[]=6...  

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 will take place on 17-20 February 2015, and focus on the Declaration.  

dates: 17-20 February 2015   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...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

dates: 23-27 February 2015 [tentative]   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

High-level Thematic Debate on Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and the Post-2015 Agenda

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is organizing a high-level thematic debate on ‘Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. The debate aims to discuss the linkages between crime prevention, criminal justice and sustainable development within the context of the post-2015 agenda. The debate will consider how to address social and economic challenges and promote sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice systems, norms and standards while also addressing threats that undermine them, such as corruption, illicit trafficking and corruption. The debate will include an opening session and two panel discussions, and will result in a President's summary.  

date: 24 February 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/240215_hl-debate-integrating-crime-pre...  

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group, which oversees the activities of CCAC, will meet in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 24-25 February 2015. The CCAC is a voluntary international framework that was launched in February 2012 to address short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) as an urgent and collective challenge. The CCAC is a partner-led effort and aims to reduce emissions of methane, black carbon, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change.  

dates: 24-25 February 2015   location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal   contact: CCAC Secretariat   phone: +33 1 44 37 14 50   fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74   e-mail: ccac_secretariat@unep.org   www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/  

Sustainable Land Management Week

Events held during Sustainable Land Management Week (SLM) will incorporate the needs and priorities of land administration in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in support of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A workshop on ‘Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements through Designing and Managing Public Spaces' will take place on Tuesday, 24 February, in order to discuss how sound urban public areas promote democracy, inclusiveness and openness, and enhance social cohesion. A workshop organized by the Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) will convene on Wednesday, 25 February, and will address challenges posed by illegal and unplanned urban growth in the region and tools available to governments to improve livelihoods. On Thursday and Friday, 26-27 February, the ninth session of the WPLA on ‘Land and SDGs' will meet, providing an international platform for a high-level exchange on issues related to land administration and management. Representatives of UNECE member States will review the WPLA's work in 2014 and 2015 and discuss how the UNECE can continue to work to improve land management and land administration practices in the UNECE region. The Second Meeting of International Organizations/Agencies will meet on Friday, 27 February to provide an opportunity to discuss how to work together to improve land management and administration in Europe and the UNECE region.  

dates: 24-27 February 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Amie Figueiredo, WPLA Secretariat   phone: +41 (0)22 9172625   e-mail: Amie.Figueiredo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/hlm/slmw2015#/  

Expert Group Meeting on the Indicator Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Statistics Division is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, to be held back-to-back with the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 46), which takes place on 3-6 March 2015. The Expert Group Meeting, with participation of representatives from national statistical systems and international and regional organizations, is expected to discuss the development of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The objective is to reach a common understanding of how this work will be conducted within the available time frame. Statistical experts from civil society, academia and private sectors will also participate. The outcome of the meeting will be presented to UNSC 46 under agenda item 3, Data in support of the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 25-26 February 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Luis González Morales   phone: +1 212 963 0692   e-mail: gonzalezmorales@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/newsletter/globalstat_unsd_calend...  

March 2015

South American Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing the regional implementation plans.  

dates: 2-6 March 2015   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/highlights/detail/e...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

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. The annotated provisional agenda (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-1-Agenda-Rev-E.pdf), provisional programme of work (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-L1-Timetable-E.pdf), and side events (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/SideEvents_2015.htm) are available.  

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/statcom/commission_46th_session.h...  

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, in order to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

date: 3 March 2015   location: worldwide   contact: Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission   e-mail: dinfo@africa-union.org   www: http://www.au.int  

Second Meeting of the ITPGR Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA

The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on the coordination of the programme of work on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other relevant processes, and the development of a toolbox on the sustainable use of PGRFA.  

dates: 3-4 March 2015 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/second-meeting-ad-hoc-tec...  

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/
 http://www.un.org/pga/calendar/  

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/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/the-bodies/The-...  

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) will focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The Beijing+20 review will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the UN General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action. The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 9-20 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Women   phone: +1 646 781-4400   fax: +1 646 781-4444   www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015
 http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=278&type=13...  

Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture

The Third Global Scientific Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is the result of a Netherlands-led initiative aimed at simultaneously addressing the themes of agriculture, food security and climate change. The Conference will continue the work of the first and second conferences, held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in 2011, and Davis, California, US, in 2013. The initiative has structured its work around two parallel processes: one to address the science of CSA and the other to focus on policy. The conference, which will focus on vulnerable countries and populations, filling research gaps and closing the science-policy divide, will be an opportunity for researchers to update knowledge of CSA and make recommendations to policymakers. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium are among the conference organizers.  

dates: 16-18 March 2015   venue: Le Corum, Esplanade Charles De Gaulle, 34000   location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France   contact: Agropolis International   phone: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 75   fax: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 99   e-mail: csa2015.montpellier@agropolis.fr   www: http://csa2015.cirad.fr/index.php/csa2015
 http://www.cifor.org/event/climate-smart-agriculture-2015/  

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 will take place on 23-27 March 2015, and focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   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...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

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  

Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa

This meeting, organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, will aim to promote a new regulatory framework for the region and is expected to result in the adoption of a declaration on the regional implementation of this framework. Topics of discussion will include: market access liberalization; air carrier ownership and control; consumer protection; air transport connectivity enhancement; taxes and charges; regulatory responses for passengers; and the cost of regulatory differences. The event will be organized in partnership with the Civil Aviation of Madagascar.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   location: Antananarivo, Madagascar   contact: ICAO   phone: +1-514-954-8219   fax: +1-514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/AirTransport-Madagascar/Pages/d...  

Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

dates: 25-31 March 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: UNECA   phone: +251 11 551 5826   e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/cfm2015  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2015

The 2015 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment, chaired by Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia), Vice-President of ECOSOC, will bring together Heads of States and Governments, ministers, governors, mayors, the UN system, the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization (ILO), civil society, academia and the private sector. The segment will focus on 'achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all'.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2015   location: New York City, US   www: http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=279&type=13...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/2015/index.shtml  

UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development

The third session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development will take place in March 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 30-31 March 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   fax: 41 22 917 0214   e-mail: meetings@unctad.org   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=645  

April 2015

ICLEI World Congress 2015

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

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

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  

48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 48)

CPD 48, taking place on the theme 'Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including the post-2015 development agenda,' will discuss actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). General debates will address population issues in the post-2015 agenda, as well as on the contribution of population and development issues to the theme of the annual ministerial review in 2015.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Director, Population Division, UNDESA   phone: +1-212-963-3209   fax: +1-212-963-2147   e-mail: population@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...  

Third Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the GSP primarily, and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   location: Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/intergovernmental-t...  

66th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Among other things, the biennial session of the full UN Economic Commission for Europe is expected to adopt the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing negotiated under the auspices of the UNECE's Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM). The Charter is to be a UNECE contribution to the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).  

dates: 14-16 April 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE Secretariat   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35851#/  

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

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...
 http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions.aspx  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session

The fourth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 20-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 20-24 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

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

The Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-Sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will be preceded by a day of regional and inter-regional consultations. According to its terms of reference, the Working Group is to develop a range of measures that will increase user-based payments and contributions to the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund in a sustainable and predictable long-term manner, and enhance the functioning of the MLS by additional measures.  

dates: 20-24 April 2015 [tentative]   location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/third-meeting-ad-hoc-open...  

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/  

Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum

The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is organised on the theme of 'Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda'. The meeting will discuss priority areas to be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda, and will provide recommendations to the High-level Regional Preparatory Meeting for Habitat III for Asia Pacific that will take place subsequently in Indonesia in May 2015. The Fifth Asia Pacific Urban Forum previously took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on the theme of 'Cities of opportunity: Partnerships for an inclusive and sustainable future'.  

dates: 6-8 May 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Donovan Storey   e-mail: storey@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/S1_ESCAP%20DStore...
 http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/E70_Res12E.pdf  

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: 17-22 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/
 http://www.se4all.org/se4all-forum/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session

The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 18-22 May 2015. This session is expected to focus on follow-up and review.  

dates: 18-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is organizing the Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The APFSD meets annually as the regional platform that gives input to deliberations of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The First APFSD convened in Pattaya, Thailand, from 19-21 May 2014. The 2014 forum brought together ministers, government officials, private sector and civil society representatives from 30 countries, and was preceded by a civil society meeting.  

dates: 21-22 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand [tentative]   contact: Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, UNESCAP   phone: +66 2 288-1865   e-mail: escap-scas@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/second-asia-pacific-forum-sust...
 http://sd.iisd.org/news/asia-pacific-forum-on-sustainable-de...  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for the 2015 Day will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' to reflect the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN post-2015 development agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration at the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

date: 22 May 2015   location: worldwide   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=005427
 http://www.cbd.int/idb/  

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/  

Third International Open Data Conference

The Third International Open Data Conference 2015 will convene under the theme, ‘Enabling the Data Revolution'. The event aims to broaden the dialogue on the open data movement to include experts in sectors that want to use open data and scale up innovative approaches with the overall aim of ensuring that all citizens around the world benefit from the data revolution. The event will take stock of the evolution of the global open data community and discuss how to chart its future agenda. The Government of Canada, Canada's International Development Research Center and the World Bank are organizing the conference. The hash tag for the event is #IODC15.  

dates: 28-29 May 2015   venue: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive Ottawa   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada   www: http://opendatacon.org/  

June 2015

Central America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing the regional implementation plans. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

dates: 2-5 June 2015   location: Havana, Ciudad De La Habana, Cuba   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/261190/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

Land Quality Conference 2015

This conference, organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015, aims to facilitate the exchange of information and views among scientists and stakeholders involved in land resources research, land management and land-use policy planning. It also aims to provide a platform to review progress in the development of land information, land registries, land-use planning and related services based on land quality at different levels, from farm to global. Events being organized during the conference include the 'Sino-EU Panel on Land and Soil' and the scientific meeting of the Danube Land and Soil Nexus of the European Union.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Keszthely, Zala, Hungary   www: http://lq2015.georgikon.hu/
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/en/  

World Environment Day 2015

This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.  

date: 5 June 2015   location: worldwide   contact: UNEP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

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
 http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/resilient-cities-hub-site/...  

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  

2015 World Day to Combat Desertification

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.  

date: 17 June 2015   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...
 http://www.unccd.int/Lists/SiteDocumentLibrary/WDCD/WDCD%202...  

Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The third Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 June 2015, in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

dates: 22-24 June 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Ronald Job Vargas Rojas   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/en/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/en/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Sixth Session

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 22-25 June 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

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  

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
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/279...  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh Session

The seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 20-24 July 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-24 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

September 2015

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place from 2-3 September 2015. CCAC, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a voluntary international coalition of partners focusing on addressing SLCPs in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. CCAC partners include governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The CCAC is a partner-led effort and aims to reduce emissions of methane, black carbon, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. The CCAC Working Group oversees the CCAC's cooperative actions.  

dates: 2-3 September 2015   location: TBA   contact: CCAC Secretariat   phone: +33 1 44 37 14 50   fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74   e-mail: ccac_secretariat@unep.org   www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/  

International Forests and Water Dialogue

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

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Thomas Hofer   e-mail: thomas.hofer@fao.org   www: http://msgfocus.com/files/amf_fao/project_59/December_2014/F...  

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

The International Day of South-South Cooperation commemorates the adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The annual day also aims to raise awareness on South-South cooperation as an important element for development that offers opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to pursue sustainable development and economic growth.  

date: 12 September 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

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...
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/301...  

October 2015

Third GRF One Health Summit 2015

Held under the theme 'Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Global Public and Animal Health,' the third GRF One Health Summit, organized by the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, will include oral and poster presentations focusing on the topics of: global health; diseases and disease control; environment and health impacts; food and agriculture; and global health and sustainable development. The Summit will seek to develop an international research and education strategy for One Health, and further develop and strengthen the One Health paradigm. One Health is an integrative health risk management perspective aiming to reverse the worst of current problems at the human-animal-environment and development interface.  

dates: 4-7 October 2015   venue: Davos Congress Center, Talstrasse 49a 7270 Davos Platz   location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland   contact: Global Risk Forum GRF Davos   phone: +41-81-414-16-00   fax: +41-81-414-16-01   e-mail: info@grforum.org   www: http://onehealth.grforum.org/home/
 http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/37152  

UNCCD COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey. As the Convention's primary decision-making body, the COP will meet to discuss and make decisions regarding the Convention's implementation.  

dates: 12-23 October 2015   venue: Congresium Ankara - Ato International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sö?ütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya   location: Ankara, Turkey   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   phone: +49 228 815 2800   fax: +49 228 815 2898/99   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/Pages/default.aspx
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/MediaNews/Pages/highlig...  

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  

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/  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

dates: 26-30 October 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: IGF.Secretariat@international.gc.ca   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=682  

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
 http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2012  

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/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

dates: 5-6 December 2015   venue: Palais des Congrès   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Ann-Kathrin Neureuther, Global Landscapes Forum   e-mail: a.neureuther@cgiar.org   www: http://www.landscapes.org/setting-stage-2015-global-landscap...
 http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=68cb62552ce24ab3c280248d...  

International Mountain Day

The Day is meant to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands globally.  

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

February 2016

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

May 2016

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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

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

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

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

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

October 2016

Habitat III

The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: UN-HABITAT   phone: +1-917-367-4355   e-mail: Habitat3Secretariat@un.org   www: http://www.unhabitat.org/habitat-iii  

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...  

December 2016

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-003-cop13...  

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  

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...