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November 2014

UNESCO Conference on ICTs and Persons with Disabilities

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is organizing a conference, titled ‘From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Persons with Disabilities'. The conference aims to promote the human rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities and to encourage concrete measures for empowering disabled persons through the use of ICTs. The conference will also: provide assistance to UNESCO Member States in implementing their commitments on the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities and ICTs; share good practices and encourage dialogue among those working in the disability field; promote the application of affordable and accessible ICTs for people with disabilities; and propose an action plan and recommendations to improve the status quo of people with disabilities on the role of ICTs in increasing access to education, job opportunities, public information and social services. The event will include plenary and breakout parallel sessions as well as a film festival and exhibition.  

dates: 24-26 November 2014   venue: Vigyan Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, Man Singh Road Area   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: UNESCO   www: http://www.unesco-ci.org/ict-pwd/international-conference
 http://www.unesco-ci.org/ict-pwd/  

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins. Themes to be discussed include: Ecosystem Resilience and Water Security; The Role of Basin Organizations in the Post 2015 Development Agenda; Environmental Laws and Regulations; and Institutional Challenges. This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Bangkok, Thailand, but the location has been changed to Nairobi, Kenya.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Lara Ognibene   phone: +254-20-762-3106   e-mail: lara.ognibene@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/delc/forumbasinorganizations/tabid/10214...  

Eighth Session of the ITWG on AnGR of the CGRFA

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

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

Launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network

The formal launch of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE²W) Network will be held from 15:00 - 15:40 in Paris, France, with remarks delivered by George Mina, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO, and Blanca Jiménez Cisneros, UNESCO. From 15:40 - 16:10 a media session and networking will take place, followed by technical sessions on the main tenets of the Network: 'Understand Risks,' 'Engage Decision-Makers' and 'Enable Action'. Speakers for the technical sessions include Jim Hall, University of Oxford; Dustin Garrick, McMaster University; Quentin Grafton, Australian National University; Karen Hussey, Australian National University; Pamela Katic, International Water Management Institute (IWMI); Nathanial Matthews, Water, Land and Ecosystems; and Stuart Orr, WWF International. FE²W is a network of individuals from academia, the private and public sectors, and civil society, who wish to effectively respond to the challenges, risks and opportunities of achieving food, water and energy security while sustaining the environment and enhancing livelihoods, today and into the future.  

date: 26 November 2014   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Room XIV, 1 rue Miollis, 75015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@fe2wnetwork.org   www: http://fe2wnetwork.org/  

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

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

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

OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This Forum will provide a platform for senior policy experts, private sector leaders and government officials from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and partner countries to explore how countries can align policy goals to address water, energy and food reforms in a coherent way. Discussion will focus on promoting integrated policy making and understanding the long-term impacts of the nexus on growth; improving coherence between national, regional and local planning and priorities; promoting private sector investment in the nexus; and mainstreaming the nexus into the broader development agenda, particularly in the context of discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum will open with a high-level meeting of the Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth.  

dates: 27-28 November 2014   venue: OECD Headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Kate Eklin   phone: +33 1 45 24 98 62   e-mail: nexus@oecd.org   www: http://www.oecd.org/env/resources/nexus.htm  

December 2014

Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biosafety

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the goal of this workshop is to enhance the capacity of Parties in the Caribbean subregion to advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress through effective integration of biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans in line with the Strategic Plan for the Protocol and the relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It also aims to increase the capacity of Parties to identify and mobilize sufficient and predictable resources for the implementation of the Protocol and facilitate public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs).  

dates: 1-5 December 2014   location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/meetings/documents.shtml?eventid...  

UNGA Meeting on Post-2015 Development Agenda Negotiations

The co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will hold a consultation with UN Member States on 3 December 2014, to discuss the negotiations' scope, working methods, and dates.  

date: 3 December 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/11/141...  

2015 International Year of Soils Launch

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

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

Global Landscapes Forum

The second Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will be convened at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the CIGAR Consortium's Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will focus on integrating the landscape approach into the post-2015 climate and development agendas. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development. The programme will include a wide variety of sessions covering topics such as REDD+, climate-smart agriculture, fiscal and trade policy instruments, land restoration and forest economics. The event will also feature a debate on the future of food security in a changing climate.  

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

12th Development and Climate Days

The 12th Development and Climate Days will be held on the sidelines of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The slogan of the event, 'Zero poverty. Zero emissions. Within a generation' draws attention to the need for climate change mitigation, adaptation and increased resilience in order to eradicate poverty. The programme for the conference includes a series of sessions directed toward integrating climate and poverty reduction targets. Representatives from the intergovernmental, public, private, non-profit and media sectors will elaborate on the 'zero-zero' vision, pitch ideas for achieving these goals, discuss potential financing pathways, consider radical adaptation measures, and lead games on trade-offs and spurring political change. This annual event is jointly organized by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).  

dates: 6-7 December 2014   venue: Hotel Country Club Lima, Calle Los Eucaliptos 590   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre   phone: +31 70 44 55 886   fax: +31 70 44 55 712   e-mail: climatecentre@climatecentre.org   www: http://www.climatecentre.org/site/development-and-climate-da...
 http://cdkn.org/2014/09/event-development-and-climate-days-2...  

South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum

The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum is co-sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), WWF-China, UNEP-Tongji-IESD, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Forum, which will take place in the interval of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, aims to contribute to a successful post-2015 climate agreement by promoting South-South Cooperation as an integral part of global action against climate change. It provides an opportunity for participants to engage in the ongoing climate talks and provide recommendations on a number innovative actions, policy setting, financing and institutional development to enable rapid scaling-up of South-South Cooperation initiatives. The Forum will bring together ten ministers from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean, representatives from UN agencies, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), development agencies, and international organizations, leaders of science and business communities, and practitioners from around the world.  

date: 8 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru   contact: UNEP - International Ecosystem Management Partnership   phone: +86 10 64889031   fax: +86 10 64889031   e-mail: ssccc-conference@unep-iemp.org   www: http://www.unep-iemp.org/node/14
 http://www.unep-iemp.org/sites/default/files/SSCCC%20Confere...  

Latin America Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biosafety

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the goal of this workshop is to enhance the capacity of Parties in the Latin American sub-region to advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress through effective integration of biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans in line with the Strategic Plan for the Protocol and the relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It also aims to increase the capacity of Parties to identify and mobilize sufficient and predictable resources for the implementation of the Protocol and facilitate public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs).  

dates: 8-12 December 2014   location: Montevideo, Uruguay   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.org   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=BSRWMB-LAC-01  

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

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

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

Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014

The Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 will take place on the theme, ‘Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security'. The conference aims to promote socioeconomic growth and food security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from a blue growth perspective. Expert panels will convene on: enabling good governance in aquaculture; a healthy environment, a stronger aquaculture industry; boosting markets for aquaculture; and advancing aquaculture innovations. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges, explore synergies and possibilities for joint action and mobilize political commitment towards a common aquaculture strategy for the region based on a blue growth approach. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) is organizing the conference with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC).  

dates: 9-11 December 2014   location: Bari, Puglia, Italy   e-mail: aquaculture2014@gfcmonline.org   www: http://www.aquaculture2014.org/
 https://gfcmsitestorage.blob.core.windows.net/documents/CAQ/...  

Substantive Informal Session for Third FfD Conference

This substantive informal session of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will address 'Enabling environment, systemic issues, follow-up process and learning from partnerships'. UN Member States will discuss: the enabling and conducive policy environment; trade, technology and capacity building and other non-financial means of implementation; governance; learning from partnerships; and the follow-up process. Background notes with further details of the sessions will be provided ahead of the session.  

dates: 9-12 December 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/241...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/third-conference-ffd/index.htm  

International Mountain Day 2014

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

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

January 2015

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  

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...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/third-conference-ffd/index.htm  

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/en/  

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

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

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

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  

March 2015

High-Level Thematic Debate on Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment in Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate on Advancing Gender Equality and the 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. It is to be held in March 2015, according to Kutesa's address to the opening of UNGA 69.  

date: 2 March 2015 [tentative]   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/  

46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission

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

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

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

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

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

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/  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2015

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

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

April 2015

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

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

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

3rd Global Soil Week

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

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

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  

May 2015

Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

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

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

2015 Global Land Forum

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

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

June 2015

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/...  

Third High-level Political Forum

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

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

September 2015

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

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

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

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 28-30 September 2015, per a revised draft resolution circulated by UNGA President Sam Kutesa on 30 October 2014.  

dates: 28-30 September 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/6242014Info...
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/301...  

October 2015

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: (202) 473-0508   fax: (202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

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

February 2016

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

May 2016

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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

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

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

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

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

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

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

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

September 2017

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

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

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