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February 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Climate and Sustainability

This online consultation aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on supporting long-term growth through the sustainable use of natural resources. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: climate change; climate finance; resource security; the EU and the US and the G20 agenda; and key civil society issues for the G20 around climate and sustainability. Will McGoldrick, WWF Australia, Henriette Imelda, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia, and Erinch Sahan, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion leaders.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: Will McGoldrick, WWF Australia, Henriette Imelda, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia, and Erinch Sahan, Oxfam UK   e-mail: climate@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/419342#sthash.qhbbmN...
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/419342  

April 2014

Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS

The intersessional meeting in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 21-25 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

dates: 21-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1494
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/68/proposalstatus.shtml  

Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold an interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature' to discuss economic approaches in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and nature. The dialogue will come up with recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue takes place on International Mother Earth Day, which the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has designated as 22 April each year (A/RES/63/278).  

date: 22 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Alex Standen   e-mail: standen@earthday.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/2013/ga.shtml
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/492014ID_Ha...  

Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Framework

This thematic debate is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). They are focusing on the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions, with the objective of generating concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic debate will include an opening segment, three interactive stakeholder panel discussions and a closing segment. The debate will take place over one and a half days. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 24-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

dates: 24-27 April 2014   location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/82819/en/
 http://www.cicmilano2014.com  

CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online forum aims to facilitate an exchange of views and information regarding the techniques of public participation in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including: public debates, surveys, public meetings, advisory bodies, online modern techniques and traditional techniques.  

dates: 28 April - 9 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-047-bs-en...
 http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/portal_art23/pp_forum_d...  

Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)

FOREST EUROPE is convening a workshop to identify ways and means to support green jobs through sustainable forest management (SFM). The workshop will also propose options on awareness raising and decision-making on the multiple economic, social and environmental functions of forests, and the role of the SFM in the world economy. The workshop will build on outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   venue: Palace of La Magdalena   location: Santander, Cantabria, Spain   contact: FOREST EUROPE   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-gr...
 http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-gr...  

UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

Expert Group Meeting on HLPF

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is holding an expert group meeting (EGM) on agenda-setting for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The concept note and programme are available online.  

dates: 30 April - 1 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 5 (NLB)   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, Division for Sustainable Development   phone: (212) 963 4528   fax: (917) 367 2341   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=...  

May 2014

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: 5-6 May 2014   venue: Shangri-La Hotel   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: Daniel Cooney   phone: +62 811 900 3264   e-mail: d.cooney@cgiar.org   www: http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia
 http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia?utm_source=December+2013&ut...  

Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 5-9 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3206e.html
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300  

Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This special thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 'Culture and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda', held in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will consider the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The debate is expected to address how to: maximize the contribution of culture to poverty eradication; leverage cultural heritage and cultural and creative industries to contribute to poverty eradication, education, the environment, sustainable urbanization and inclusive and peaceful societies; enhance the interrelationship between culture and the environment; safeguard cultural resources in view of sustainable urbanization; and mobilize culture in social cohesion, peace and reconciliation. The UNGA requested the UNGA President to hold a special thematic debate on this topic in its Resolution on Culture and sustainable development (A/RES/68/223). A background note describes the contributions of culture and references key milestones recognizing culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development; lists key questions the debate will address; and gives details on the intended format, outcome and participants. The President will issue a summary at the conclusion of the debate.  

date: 5 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/03072014TD%...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/events/culture_sd.shtml  

MY World Week of Global Action

To date, 1.5 million people have voted for their priorities for the future development agenda through the MY World Survey. The MY World Week of Global Action seeks to reach more people and ensure that no one is left behind, with the aim of reaching 2 million votes. MY World encourages people to take action in their communities to ensure that everyone, especially those without internet, have the opportunity to vote in the survey.  

dates: 5-12 May 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: support@myworld2015.org   www: http://myworldweekofaction.pdf
 http://www.myworld2015.org/  

2014 World Conference on Youth

The 2014 World Conference on Youth will be held from 6-10 May 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Conference will bring together youth aged 18-30 to discuss the integration of young people into the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 6-10 May 2014   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka   e-mail: wcy2014@srilankayouth.lk   www: http://www.worldyouthconference2014.org/index.html
 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574575629289852&set=...  

Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the HLPF

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific regional meeting for the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place from 7-9 May 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. It is held in preparation for the first substantive meeting of the HLPF in June-July 2014.  

dates: 7-9 May 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=wwgqt5nab...  

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...
 http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2014/03_mar/wmbd_announcem...  

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 (ICESDF) is scheduled for 12-16 May 2014.  

dates: 12-16 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, DSD   phone: 212 963 4528   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558  

Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management

The First meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management will be convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section and will provide advice on data, monitoring and assessment of forests and sustainable forest management (SFM) as well as the role of the forest sector in the green economy.  

dates: 13-15 May 2014   venue: Surmeli Efes Hotel   location: Izmir, Turkey   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35065  

Insects to Feed the World

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Wageningen UR are convening a global conference on insects as a source of food and feed in order to build a better understanding of the state of knowledge on the more than 1900 species currently used, identify obstacles to expanded use, and build awareness and partnerships for further exploitation of insects for food and feed.  

dates: 14-17 May 2014   venue: Hotel Reehorst   location: Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/show/Insects-to-feed-the-World...  

WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting

The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda. WAVES was launched at the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan.  

dates: 14-15 May 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: WAVES Secretariat   www: http://www.wavespartnership.org/fourth-partnership-meeting  

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

Established by the fifth session of the Governing Body to 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 of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) of the ITPGR, at its first meeting, will examine: factors leading to the current short-fall of income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; innovative approaches already identified; further possible innovative approaches; the concepts involved in revisiting Articles 6(7), 6(8) and 6(11) of the standard Material Transfer Agreement and their inter-relationship; and other measures that can enhance monetary benefit-sharing. The meeting will be preceded by a day of regional consultations, held on 13 May.  

dates: 14-16 May 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/node/5852/  

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...  

International Conference on Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This conference will address linkages between water, energy and food security, seeking to assess available information, identify knowledge and gaps, share lessons, facilitate networks, and contribute to consensus on priorities, in order to consider joint improvement in efficiency as a win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability. Sessions will address themes, including: tools for the sustainable implementation of the nexus approach; governance and management of the nexus; considering the environment and wellbeing; and implementing the nexus at various scales. The conference is jointly sponsored and organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP), German Development Institute (GDI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, and the CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems.  

dates: 19-20 May 2014   venue: MARITIM Hotel, Godesberger Allee   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: GWSP International Office   phone: +49 228 73 6188   e-mail: gwsp.ipo@uni-bonn.de   www: http://wef-conference.gwsp.org/  

Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

Fourth Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014

The fourth GIB Summit will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland on 21-22 May 2014, and will focus on 'Mainstreaming Sustainability in Infrastructure Finance and Investment'. The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014 will begin with an interactive, participant-centred workshop titled 'Financing Infrastructure Projects in Cities – Avoiding Traps and Achieving Sustainability'. The session will use the case study discussion method to draw out key issues, best practices and useful tools for financing sustainable infrastructure. Round table discussions, workshops, plenaries, and investment forums will provide a unique platform for interaction among global leaders, investors, project developers and practitioners to address issues including: removing the bottleneck of greenfield projects through early-stage financing; creditworthiness of cities; sustainable infrastructure as an asset class; and spurring sustainable infrastructure development with new approaches.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland   contact: Global Infrastructure Basel   phone: +41 61 205 10 80   e-mail: info@gib-foundation.org   www: http://www.gib-foundation.org/gib-summit/  

World Mountain Forum 2014

The World Mountain Forum 2014 (WMF 2014) will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experiences in mountain development, as well as identify likely opportunities and challenges for the future of sustainable mountain development. The meeting's outcomes are meant to feed into and inform, inter alia, the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda process. The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: family farming, water and food security; climate change; mountain cities; and mountain communities.  

dates: 23-24 May 2014   location: Cusco, Peru   contact: World Mountain Forum Secretariat   e-mail: wmf@mtnforum.org   www: http://www.mtnforum.org/content/world-mountain-forum-moving-...  

Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

dates: 26-28 May 2014   location: Tokyo, Japan   e-mail: kankyou@mext.go.jp  

ECOSOC Integration Segment

'Sustainable urbanization' will be the focus of the first-ever Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The primary objective of the Integration Segment is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to demonstrate how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attending the three-day event will be high-level representatives of Member States, including ministers and mayors, the UN system and civil society actors. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions, dialogues, and a town-hall style meeting. High-level roundtable breakfasts and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders will offer opportunities for ministers, mayors and other stakeholders to engage with each other on the future of cities.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/  

15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'. The meeting will include plenary sessions and discussion panels on the following areas: understanding global food security and the current role of seafood; the role of seafood in global food security in the context of sustainable development; and opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security. The meeting will result in a Co-Chairs' summary of ideas and issues raised and discussed. The Consultative Process meets annually to conduct a review and consider the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea, with an emphasis on identifying areas for enhancing intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.  

dates: 27-30 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS)   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/documents/a...  

Eleventh Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

In accordance with its work plan, the Compliance Committee will address the following issues: consistency between the information in national reports and the Biosafety Clearing-House; the methodological approach proposed for the Protocol's third assessment and review; the third national reporting format; general issues of compliance; and the Committee's report and recommendations to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) to be held in October 2014.  

dates: 28-30 May 2014   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development

This workshop is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is an associate partner. The workshop will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, job creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. The workshop will also consider the actions needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target on restoration, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy and REDD+ goals.  

dates: 29-30 May 2014   venue: U.S. National Academy of Sciences   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: http://www.ecosystems-economy-society.org/contact-us.html   www: http://www.ecosystems-economy-society.org/  

June 2014

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on LMO Risk Assessment and Risk Management

In accordance with Decision BS-VI/12 of the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP/MOP 6), this meeting will: consider the process for testing the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs); the development of a package that aligns the Guidance with a training manual on risk assessment; and the development of guidance on new topics of risk assessment and risk management, selected on the basis of Parties' needs and their experiences and knowledge concerning risk assessment.  

dates: 2-6 June 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

The European Forum on Urban Forestry 17th International Conference (EFUF 2014)

The European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) will convene its 17th international conference on the theme ‘Crossing Boundaries: urban forests - green cities'. The objectives of the conference are to create awareness of the benefits of urban forests and other green infrastructure, build capacity to integrate urban forests into planning, and draw the links between urban forests and sustainable development in cities.  

dates: 3-7 June 2014   location: Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland   phone: +41 31 381 89 45   e-mail: info@efuf2014.org   www: http://www.efuf2014.org  

UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The third dialogue will be held on 4 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for the dialogue will be 'Identifying the potential for development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies and identifying options for the way forward'.  

date: 4 June 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

World Environment Day 2014

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

date: 5 June 2014   location: worldwide   e-mail: unepnewsdesk@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

2nd World Summit of Legislators

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

dates: 6-8 June 2014   venue: Mexican Congress   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: GLOBE & World Summit of Legislators International Secretariat Office   phone: +44 (0) 20 7222 6960   fax: +44 (0) 20 7222 6959   e-mail: secretariat@globeinternational.org   www: http://www.globeinternational.org/news/item/mexico-to-host-2...  

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: 8-13 June 2014   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   www: http://www.20wcss.org/  

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is meant to raise global awareness on the benefits derived from the oceans and the current challenges facing oceans, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, habitat destruction, over-exploitation, marine pollution and ocean acidification, among others. The Day also provides an opportunity for reflection on our collective and individual duty to interact with oceans in a sustainable manner. The UN will celebrate World Oceans Day 2014 at an event on 9 June 2014 at UN Headquarters, New York, US. The winners of the Annual World Oceans Day Oceanic Photo competition will be recognized at the event. The Day also coincides with the first day of the 24th Meeting of the Meeting of Parties (MOP) to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Other celebrations for World Ocean Day 2014 will be marked globally and online.  

date: 8 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US (worldwide)   contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea   phone: (212) 963-3962   fax: (917) 367-0560   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/wod/commemoration-2014.html  

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/  

Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 9-10 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

ICESDF Regional Outreach Meeting - Asia-Pacific

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) will hold an outreach meeting with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 10-11 June 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting - 'Sustainable Development Financing: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific' - is part of a series of regional outreach meetings hosted by the Committee.  

dates: 10-11 June 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/un-regional-outreach-meeting-s...  

12th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 16-20 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3206e.html
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300  

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: arce@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...  

European Commission Conference on 'Land as a Resource'

The European Commission is hosting a conference on 'Land as a Resource,' with the objective of highlighting the importance of good land management in addressing European and global challenges, particularly in view of an increasing world population. The conference will also address the shortcomings of the current European land use model, including conflicting policy drivers. The conference is part of the European Commission's work in preparation of a 'Communication on land as a resource,' foreseen for 2015. Participation in the conference is free of charge, but limited to 400 people.  

date: 19 June 2014   venue: EC Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: Luca Marmo   e-mail: luca.marmo@ec.europa.eu   www: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/land_use/conference_en.htm  

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 scheduled for June 2014.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP   phone: +254-20-7623431   e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org   www: www.unep.org  

Second Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS

The second preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1494
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/68/proposalstatus.shtml  

2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC

The 2014 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will include a High-level Segment, as well as the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The HLPF meeting - taking place on 30 June-3 July - will include a three-day ministerial segment, and is expected to adopt a negotiated declaration. The ECOSOC High-level Segment will take place on 7-11 July, with 7-9 July devoted to the HLPF.  

dates: 23 June - 18 July 2014   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2013/L.6
 http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=212&type=13&menu...  

2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

The 2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security will bring together representatives from government, business and civil society to explore the potential of sustainable land management as a driver of peace, development and climate change mitigation. The Dialogue aims to: deepen understanding of links between land degradation and human security; share lessons learned and best practices for sustainable land restoration; examine potential for investment in land restoration and peace-building as paths to food security; present training resources available on the ground; and build the trust needed for ‘land-peace' policies, effective collaboration and partnerships. The event is a joint-effort of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace programme of the Initiatives of Change (IofC).  

dates: 30 June - 4 July 2014   venue: Caux Conference Center, CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland   www: http://www.caux.iofc.org/en/2014  

Fifth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (30 June-1 July), the second session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) (3-4 July), their joint High-level Segment (2 July) and associated preparatory meetings will take place in Maastricht. The event will provide a platform for parties and stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics, including access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. Parties are also expected to discuss global promotion of the Convention and agree on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period, including future strategic plan and work programme.  

dates: 30 June - 4 July 2014   location: Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands   contact: Manja Vidic   phone: +41 22 917 3516   e-mail: manja.vidic@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/aarhusmop5&prtrmopp2/main.html  

July 2014

13th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 14-18 July 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3206e.html
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300  

Second Global Soil Partnership Plenary

The second Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 July 2014, at the headquarters of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

dates: 22-24 July 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/gsp-events/detail/e...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/en/  

August 2014

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 (ICESDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014.  

dates: 4-8 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, DSD   phone: 212 963 4528   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558  

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

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

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

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/  

September 2014

High-level Stock Taking Event on Post-2015 Agenda

This event is intended to take stock following a series of six events that the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene. These events will consist of three high-level and three thematic debates under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and will take place between February and June 2013. The stock-taking event of the UNGA president is expected to focus on sustainable development goals and long-term financing for sustainable development.  

date: 1 September 2014 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

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

dates: 5-7 September 2014   venue: Yale University   location: New Haven, CT, US   contact: Alisa Zomer   e-mail: alisa.zomer@yale.edu   www: http://www.unitar.org/sites/default/files/2014_unitar-yale_c...  

International Solid Waste Association 2014 Solid Waste World Congress

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

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

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 Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit.  

dates: 16-29 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1  

Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)

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

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

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: bernardi@un.org   www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx
 http://wcip2014.org/  

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: kibel@unfpa.org   www: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/ga11342.doc.htm
 http://icpdbeyond2014.org/  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

October 2014

Cities Biodiversity Summit

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

dates: 12-14 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: ICLEI Biodiversity Center   e-mail: biodiversity@iclei.org   www: http://cbc.iclei.org/events-recent  

November 2014

GEO-XI

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

dates: 5-7 November 2014 [tentative]   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8505   fax: +41-22-730-8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: http://www.earthobservations.org/index.shtml  

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-...  

5th International Conference on Deserts, Drylands and Desertification

The International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD) will focus on the theme, 'Healthy Lands - Healthy People'. It will consider the interactions between drylands and the people around them. The conference will include plenary lectures and panels, parallel sessions, workshops and field trips on theoretical and practical issues related to addressing desertification and sustainable livelihoods in dryland areas. Sessions will also be held on, inter alia: the target of zero net rate of land degradation; soil and land restoration; urban planning in drylands; and water policy in drylands.  

dates: 17-20 November 2014   venue: Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Sede Boqer Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev   location: Israel   contact: Dorit Korine, Conference Coordinator   phone: +972 (8) 659 6781   fax: +972 (8) 659 6772   e-mail: desertification@bgu.ac.il   www: http://eld-initiative.org/index.php?id=51&tx_ttnews%5Btt_new...
 http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/desertification/Pages/default.aspx  

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Lara Ognibene   phone: +254-20-762-3106   e-mail: lara.ognibene@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2725&...  

January 2015

CGRFA 15 Special Information Seminar

Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.  

date: 17 January 2015 [tentative]   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: 19-24 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/  

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/  

September 2015

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

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 22 September 2016.  

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

September 2016

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  

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