Sixth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 6)
The sixth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 9-13 December 2013, in New York, US. OWG 6 is expected to discuss: Means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building), Global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries (2 days); and Human rights, the right to development, global governance (1 day).
dates: 9-13 December 2013 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Secretariat e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1549
Consultative Workshop on Measuring Progress in Post-2015 Development Framework
This meeting, titled 'Consultative Workshop on Measuring Progress in Post-2015 Development Framework: Environmental Performance Indicators and Environmental Welfare Indicators' is organized by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) as the first step in the 'Study on Measuring Sustainability in 3 Dimensions: Society, Economy and Environment (SEE)'. The consultation will bring together around 30 policy makers, in particular government officials from developing countries whose work relates to sustainable development, to discuss how a diagnostic system and indicators may be developed to measure urban sustainability. Panel discussions will take place on the first day, led by UNOSD, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). On the second day, the City of Incheon will host a discussion and field visit on sustainable cities and the "smart city" as a solution for urban development.
dates: 10-11 December 2013 venue: Yonsei University International Campus location: Incheon, Republic of Korea contact: Jong-soo Yoon phone: +82-32-822-9088 fax: +82-32-822-9089 e-mail: UNOSD@un.org www: http://www.unosd.org/content/documents/216Agenda_consultativ...
Food Security and Environmental Sustainability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
This seminar will bring together panelists with diverse experience in research, policy, and implementation to discuss what is needed for the international community, in partnership with national actors, to arrive at a coherent post-2015 framework, including ambitious, pragmatic, and time-bound Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that gives adequate attention to food and nutrition security goals. The International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
date: 10 December 2013 venue: International Food Policy Research Institute location: Washington D.C., US contact: Simone Hill-Lee phone: +1-202-862-8107 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.ifpri.org/event/post-2015-development-agenda
International Mountain Day 2013
International Mountain Day (IMD) is meant raise awareness about the importance of mountains, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme for the event in 2013 is 'Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future'. The celebration will focus on mountains' contribution towards sustainable economic growth and draw attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Organizers will also use the occasion to address the post-2015 development agenda and recall the need to include mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
date: 11 December 2013 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/
EGM for Global Sustainable Development Report: Engaging National Assessments
The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) for the Global Sustainable Development Report: Engaging National Assessments is one of a series of EGMs designed to support the preparation and review of the Global Sustainable Development Report. This EGM will discuss a prototype of the Global Sustainable Development Report, including recommendations for strengthening the science-policy interface. The EGM also will discuss processes for future Global Sustainable Development Reports, including scope, methodology and frameworks for involving national processes in report preparation. The EGM is expected to provide inputs to the UN Secretary-General's report on options for future reports, including recommendations on a national reporting framework and specific institutional suggestions, such as a board for the Global Sustainable Development Report, a global network of national institutions or special advisory group. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and China's Ministry of Science and Technology are organizing the EGM.
dates: 12-13 December 2013 location: Beijing, China contact: Wei Liu e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=...
Near East and North Africa Land and Water Days
This meeting, sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will focus on land and water management, particularly technologies, approaches and modalities to secure sustained improvements on the ground that improve resilience. The meeting will target policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers to share and learn together about effective ways to enhance land and water management practices in the region.
dates: 15-18 December 2013 venue: Hotel Le Meridien location: Amman, Jordan www: http://neareast.fao.org/Pages/nelwd/About.aspx?id=112&lang=E...
Central and Eastern Europe Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Measures
Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will seek to identify strategies and actions to mainstream biosafety into national measures and strengthen the capacities of Parties in the Central and Eastern European Region to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The workshop will: take stock of the status of implementation of the Protocol in the region and share experiences and lessons learned in the mainstreaming of national measures; identify mechanisms to improve Parties' legal and administrative measures to implement obligations under the Protocol; and promote awareness of the objective and core requirements of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and review the challenges and opportunities with regard to its ratification and implementation.
dates: 16-20 December 2013 location: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 222 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2013/ntf-2013-086-bs-en...
Seventh Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 7)
The seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 6-10 January 2014, in New York, US. OWG 7 is expected to discuss: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).
dates: 6-10 January 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Secretariat e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1549
GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Ministerial Summit
The GEO-X Plenary Session will preceed the 2014 GEO Geneva Ministerial Summit on 13 January. Membership in GEO is open to all member States of the United Nations and to the European Commission. Membership in GEO is contingent upon formal endorsement of the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan, and all members belong to a regional caucus.
dates: 14-17 January 2014 venue: Geneva International Conference Centre location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: GEO Secretariat e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.earthobservations.org/meet_sum.shtml
High Level Event on the Blue Economy
The Governments of the Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are organizing this High-level Event on the Blue Economy to raise awareness on the importance of the blue economy and sustainable ocean development and promote action on the issues. The event is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2014.
date: 21 January 2014 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: http://www.abudhabisustainabilityweek.com/
Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for 3rd International Conference on SIDS [tentative]
In early 2014, an intergovernmental preparatory committee will convene to prepare for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The decision on the preparatory process for the Conference was taken in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 21 December 2012, following consultations in the Second Committee, which approved Resolution A/C.2/67/L.40. The PrepCom process likely will culminate with a final meeting ahead of the Conference itself, in Apia, Samoa, in 2014.
date: 1 February 2014 location: New York City, US [tentative] www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/67/proposalstatus.shtml
First Annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum
The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) will host the first annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDIF), formerly called the Sustainable Development Implementation Forum (SDIF) on 9-11 April 2014, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. According to UNOSD, the SDTF aims to serve as a global platform for sharing best practices in formulating and implementing sustainable development programmes, reviewing evidence of impact, and charting out new and improved pathways for sustainable development implementation. The programme of the annual Forum also will include topics related to: scaling up implementation; finding effective solutions to address implementation constraints and challenges; examining emerging issues in the context of planning and implementation; promoting the science-policy-practice interface to ensure the transition towards sustainability; and promoting and facilitating partnerships, as well as building communities of practice. The SDTF will include high-level policy dialogues, training sessions, seminars, side events, and expert panel discussions covering key cross-cutting sustainable development and green economy issues and good practices in strategy-making and policy implementation. The event was originally scheduled for 28-31 October 2013 but was postponed.
dates: 1-4 February 2014 [tentative] location: Incheon, Republic of Korea contact: SDIF Secretariat, UNOSD, Yonsei University International Campus phone: 82-32-822-9088 fax: 82-32-822-9089 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unosd.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=16&menu=...
World Wetlands Day 2014
The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.
date: 2 February 2014 location: worldwide contact: Ramsar Secretariat phone: +41 22 999 0170 fax: +41 22 999 0169 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-activities-wwds-wwd2014i...
Eighth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 8)
The eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US. OWG 8 is expected to discuss: Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment (1.5 days); and Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).
dates: 3-7 February 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Secretariat e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1549
World Congress on Agroforestry
The World Congress on Agroforestry is organized under the theme 'Trees for Life – Accelerating the Impacts of Agroforestry'. This Congress is intended to raise awareness and share knowledge and information on agroforestry and associated research. The Congress is also intended to increase support for agroforestry on all fronts, including through collaboration with the private sector. The event will be organized by the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Indian Society of Agroforestry and Global Initiatives.
dates: 10-14 February 2014 venue: Vigyan Bhavan & Kempinski Hotel location: Delhi, India contact: Global Initiatives
phone: +254 20 722 4000
e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.wca2014.org/index.html
Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting on Socio-economic Considerations
Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting is part of the intersessional process on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, as addressed by Article 26 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The meeting will examine the outcomes of a series of online forums and regional online conferences and a compilation and review of information on socio-economic considerations. It aims to develop conceptual clarity on socio-economic considerations. The meeting report will be submitted for consideration by the seventh meeting of the Protocol's Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP 7).
dates: 17-21 February 2014 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2013/ntf-2013-099-bs-en...
Gender, Water and Development Conference 2014
This conference will consider how to address gender, poverty and water challenges across Africa under the theme of 'Gender, Water and Development: The Untapped Connection'. The conference is hosted by the Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Women for Water Partnership. AMCOW developed the Policy and Strategy for Mainstreaming Gender in the Water Sector in Africa, which identifies seven strategic objectives for member States and water authorities. These sub-themes are: formulating and implementing gender in water policy; mobilizing human and financial resources; implementing projects through economic empowerment and gendered approaches; conducting, sharing and implementing research and operational knowledge; mainstreaming gender in human and institutional capacity development; promoting cooperation and coordination to mainstream gender in the water sector; and supporting gender equality in the water sector through monitoring and evaluation (M&E).
dates: 19-21 February 2014 venue: International Convention Centre location: East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa contact: Glaudin Kruger phone: 028 316 2905 fax: 072 320 7015 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://global-water-conference.com/
Third Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]
The third session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICSDF) is scheduled for 3-7 March 2014.
dates: 3-7 March 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Nathalie Risse e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558
First Global Conference on UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy
The inaugural PAGE conference will convene under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai. This first global conference on the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will provide an opportunity to review the progress on implementing the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication following the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), as well as a chance to consider how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda and new global architecture for sustainability. The conference also aims to explore the context of the social benefits of transitioning to inclusive, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient green economies.
dates: 4-5 March 2014 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: Leigh Ann Hurt e-mail: Leigh-Ann.Hurt@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2755&...
Third High-level Symposium for 2014 DCF
The Third Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium will take place in Germany in the first quarter of 2014, with a focus on 'Accountable and effective development cooperation in a post‐2015 era'. Participants will consider the strengthening of accountability frameworks to ensure fulfillment of global commitments. The Symposium will feed into the fourth Development Cooperation Forum, which will take place in July 2014, in New York, US, and will seek to advance the global dialogue on the future of development cooperation in the post-2015 era. A one-pager on the event is available here: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/pdf13/dcf_one_pager_germany.pdf
dates: 20-21 March 2014 location: Berlin, Germany contact: DCF Secretariat e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfgermany.shtml
Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN
This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.
dates: 20-21 March 2014 venue: Shangri-La Hotel location: Jakarta, Indonesia contact: Daniel Cooney phone: +62 811 900 3264 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia
2014 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty
This 15th annual Conference on Land and Poverty will address the theme, 'Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact,' and echo other global conferences that have featured discussions about making land tenure and property rights a central theme of a global post-2015 development agenda. The Conference will consider the thematic areas of: securing and protecting land rights from a gender perspective; managing urban landscapes; attracting responsible land-based investment for local benefits and common resource management; maximizing benefits from spatial data; strengthening country level institutions; fostering transparency in land ownership, use and administration; and research on key aspects of land governance. The conference is sponsored and supported by USAID.
dates: 31 March - 3 April 2014 venue: World Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US www: http://usaidlandtenure.net/commentary/2013/09/annual-world-b...
World Migratory Bird Day 2014
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their conservation worldwide. WMBD 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014 and is being organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and other partners. The theme for 2014 will be linked to the topic of tourism and migratory birds, focusing on the global bird and wildlife watching industry and sustainable tourism as a vehicle to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD plans to work closely with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in promoting the 'Destination Flyways' project, which focuses on the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world's major flyways.
dates: 10-11 May 2014 Global location: TBA www: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2013/index.php?option=c...
Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]
The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICSDF) is scheduled for 12-16 May 2014.
dates: 12-16 May 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Nathalie Risse e-mail: email@example.com www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558
Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Conference, which will convene from 15-17 May 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will bring together policymakers, practitioners and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security. The conference will: articulate an intellectual framework for resilience; identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened; assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world; identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks; set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity. Participation in the conference is by invitation only.
dates: 15-17 May 2014 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.ifpri.org/event/building-resilience-food-and-nutr...
20th World Congress of Soil Science
The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS). The meeting will take advantage of the fact that the field of soil science is expanding because of the growing interest in food security and safety as well as environmental quality. In addition, many state-of-the-art emerging technologies being developed in other fields are available to adapt to soil science, creating an explosion of information and knowledge in the many fields of soil science. The 20th WCSS will provide an opportunity to examine the changes in soil science and to envision new perspectives for basic and applied soil research. The local Organizing Committee is planning to set up the various programs to encourage the participation of soil scientists from across the world.
dates: 8-14 June 2014 location: Jeju, Republic of Korea www: http://www.20wcss.org/
31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31)
This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.
dates: 9-13 June 2014 venue: FAO headquarters location: Rome, Italy contact: FAO Fisheries e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/
2014 World Day to Combat Desertification
The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has selected a focus of ecosystem-based adaptation and a slogan of 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' for the 2014 events to mark the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification.
date: 17 June 2014 location: worldwide contact: UNCCD Secretariat e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...
22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry
The Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has approved the dates of the next Committee on Forestry (COFO), set for 23–27 June 2014. The biennial session will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, and will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Participants will also include representatives from other international organizations and non-governmental groups. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Italy contact: Peter Csoka e-mail: peter.csoka @fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/57758/en/
UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP
The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP phone: +254-20-7623431 e-mail: email@example.com www: www.unep.org
2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) traditionally has convened for an annual four-week substantive session in July. The 2014 substantive session will include the ECOSOC High-level Segment, as well as the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The HLPF meeting, which is expected to adopt a negotiated declaration, will include a three-day ministerial segment.
dates: 23 June - 18 July 2014 location: New York City, US contact: ECOSOC Secretariat e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2013/L.6
Fifth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]
The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICSDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014.
dates: 4-8 August 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Nathalie Risse e-mail: email@example.com www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States
The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia".
dates: 28 August - 4 September 2014 location: Samoa additional: Apia www: http://www.sids2014.org/
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)
The 69th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 23 September 2014.
dates: 16-29 September 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 (the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014) to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
dates: 22-23 September 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Nilla Bernardi phone: +1 212-963-8379 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx
Special Session to Follow Up Programme of Action from ICPD
An 8-hour Special Session to Follow Up on the Programme of Action from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is being organized to coincide with the high-level segment of the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has urged all Member and observer States and observers to be represented at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. Member States will have opportunity to recommit themselves to the ICPD Programme of Action. Civil society is expected to be involved in this meeting, based on equitable geographic representation.
date: 22 September 2014 venue: UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue between 45th & 46th St, New York location: New York City, US contact: Mandy Kibel phone: +1-212-297-5293 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/ga11342.doc.htm
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7
The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.
dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014 location: Republic of Korea additional: PyeongChang contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036
World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
The 2014 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) World Conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Japan, advised by an International Steering Group of 12 ESD experts from around the world. Based on a recommendation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided to dedicate a UN Decade to ESD (2005-2014) in December 2002. It designated UNESCO to coordinate global efforts to make education relevant for addressing present and future sustainable development challenges. The 2014 ESD World Conference will mark the end of the ESD Decade, as well as constitute an important milestone for pointing the way ahead. It will highlight the role of ESD for the transition to green economies and societies and as a catalyst for cross-sector planning and implementation of programmes in areas such as climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction. The World Conference also will address how ESD can help move sustainable development policy and action forward to meet different global, regional, national, and local needs. The conference will be preceded by stakeholder meetings from 4-8 November.
dates: 10-12 November 2014 venue: Nagoya Congress Centre location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-...
First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations
The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins.
dates: 26-28 November 2014 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Lara Ognibene phone: +254-20-762-3106 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/
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/
70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)
The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 22 September 2016.
dates: 15-28 September 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
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
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