Go to IISD's website

IISD Reporting Services - Linkages
bringing you the latest news, information and analysis from
international environment and sustainable development negotiations


Upcoming Meetings

Sustainable Development


April 2015

13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The 13th UN Crime Congress will convene under the theme ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.' Participants will discuss: the links between crime prevention, security, justice and sustainable development; successes and challenges in implementation of policies and strategies for preventing crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law and support sustainable development; international cooperation to prevent, combat and respond to transnational organized crime; and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. The event will also feature side events, including on wildlife and forest crime. The Congress is expected to adopt the ‘Doha Declaration,' which will contain recommendations for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in May 2015.  

dates: 12-19 April 2015   location: Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar   contact: Abdullah Dhaen Al-Kuwari   phone: +974 44330345   fax: +974 44432020   e-mail: crimecongress@moi.gov.qa   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/crimecongress2015/
 http://www.moi.gov.qa/UNCCPCJDoha/English/index.html  

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

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

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

3rd Global Soil Week

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

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

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

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

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

Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD

A special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will take place pursuant to ECOSOC resolution 2014/11, with the overall theme of 'Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda'. The meeting will provide UN Member States and major institutional stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss key deliverables for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) and the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-21 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/ecosoc-spring-2015.html
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ECOSOC-...  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session

The fourth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 21-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 21-24 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/moiandglobalp...
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/04/100...  

Third Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [rescheduled]

The Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-Sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will be preceded by a day of regional and inter-regional consultations. According to its terms of reference, the Working Group is to develop a range of measures that will increase user-based payments and contributions to the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund in a sustainable and predictable long-term manner, and enhance the functioning of the MLS by additional measures. As of 27 March 2015, the original dates of 21-24 April are expected to change; new dates will be communicated in agreement with the host government.  

dates: 21-24 April 2015 [tentative]   location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/third-meeting-ad-hoc-open...  

World Green Economy Summit 2015

The second edition of the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will take place from 22-23 April in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An initiative of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), WGES 2015 aims to: develop the WGES Public-Private Partnership and Green Economy Marketplace Platform initiatives; follow up on commitments made at WGES 2014 through the Dubai Declaration; position WGES as the premier international platform for the green economy and Dubai as the 'capital of the green economy'; and create strong linkages to the UN climate agreement 2015 through the Road to Paris initiative and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Taking place under the theme 'The Global Green Economy,' WGES 2015 is aimed at a multi-takeholder audience, and will feature plenary sessions, roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition. The 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), will be held in parallel with WGES 2015, from 21-23 April, at the same venue.  

dates: 22-23 April 2015   venue: Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Maktoum Hall   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: Sophie Lin Hansen, World Climate Ltd.   phone: +45-5025-3007   e-mail: sophie@wclimate.com   www: http://www.wclimate.com/wges2015/
 http://www.wetex.ae/  

Public Event on World Happiness Report 2015

The three co-editors of the World Happiness Report – Jeffrey Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell – will hold a public event to discuss the third World Happiness Report's findings and future directions, on 24 April 2015, in New York, US. The World Happiness Report 2015, which will be launched on 23 April 2015, analyzes what makes people happy, provides an overview of the state of happiness around the world, and offers advice for policy makers. The Report has updated global rankings of the happiest countries, and finds that the key components to a happy life are income, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption, social support, and generosity. The World Happiness Report 2015 builds on the first two reports, published in 2012 and in 2013.  

date: 24 April 2015     7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)   venue: New York Society for Ethical Culture   location: New York City, US   contact: Claire Bulger   e-mail: cbulger@ei.columbia.edu   www: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/happiness-report-2015-tickets-16...
 http://unsdsn.org/happiness/  

First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East

The Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is hosting this Global Methane Initiative (GMI) workshop to disseminate technical information, present profit-generating technologies and share best practices that cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. Saudi Arabia is a member of the GMI, which is an international public-private initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane abatement and recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source in the agricultural, coal mine, municipal solid waste, oil and gas, and wastewater sectors. The event is being organized in cooperation with Saudi Aramco, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).  

dates: 27-28 April 2015   venue: Le Méridien Hotel, Prince Turkey Street/Corniche Blvd   location: Al Khobar, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia   contact: Saeed Al-Alloush, Saudi Aramco, Steering Committee   e-mail: Saeed.Alloush@Aramco.com   www: http://www.ttemiprod.com/techtran/khobar/  

Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity

The Tropical Landscapes Summit aims to affirm and promote existing commitments that exist across various sectors and to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that exist in enhancing green investment in Indonesia beyond a critical threshold. The Summit will aim to enable and generate space for key business sector leaders to explore and engage in opportunities presented by the "Indonesian Green Economy Transition," and is expected to offer real and tangible inputs to policy makers. Plenaries will focus on, inter alia, biodiversity, forests, renewable energy, climate change, sustainable cities, food security, youth, financing for development, as well as public-private partnerships. The summit is co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia and UN System.  

dates: 27-28 April 2015   venue: Shangri La Hotel - Jakarta, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No.Kav 1, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, 10220   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   www: http://summit2015.org/
 http://unorcid.org/index.php/events-menu/upcoming-meetings  

Civil Society Hearing on the Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), pursuant to its resolution 2014/14, will convene a civil society hearing on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. A Steering Committee will be established to arrange participation of stakeholders in the hearing, with applications to the Steering Committee accepted 11-20 March 2015.  

date: 28 April 2015     3-6 pm   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 3   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/civilsocietyhearing.sht...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf  

Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, this consultation will provide an opportunity for members and associate members of ESCAP and other stakeholders (private sector, academia and civil society organizations) to both reevaluate the role of traditional sources of finance and explore innovative instruments and tools to fund investments in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Topics to be discussed include: financing in a changing development landscape; domestic resource mobilization for social sector financing; finance for sustainable cities, technology and small entrepreneurs; infrastructure financing; climate finance; financing development gaps in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and regional financial cooperation. The outcome document of the consultation, the Jakarta Consensus, will contain discussions and recommendations related to the mobilization and effective use of financial resources in Asia and the Pacific. It will constitute the Asia-Pacific region's input to preparations and outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) in Addis Ababa in July 2015. It will also contribute to the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015, as well as the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) in December 2015.  

dates: 29-30 April 2015   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: ESCAP Secretariat   phone: (66-2) 288-1234   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/hlcffd2015
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd/rc.h...  

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/  

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

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this High-level Thematic Debate on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations. Organizational arrangements were updated in a 2 December 2014 note of the President: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021214_hl-thematic-debates.pdf. The concept note is available at: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/HLTD-on-Strengthening-Cooperation-between-the-UN-and-regional-and-sub-regional-Org.-24-February-2015.pdf  

date: 4 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021...  

ESCWA Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD)

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS), this meeting seeks to support Arab regional preparations for the third session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held in New York in June-July 2015. It also aims to contribute to the elaboration of the regional input to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), which will be held in Addis Ababa in July 2015. The Forum will take stock of, exchange views and harmonize regional positions on the progress of negotiations relating to the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will discuss developments in the drafting of the outcome document of the FfD 3. In particular, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for: exchanging perspectives regarding the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs; reviewing status and trends of sustainable development in the Arab Region over the past two decades; developing a comprehensive regional approach to the mobilization of financial resources to achieve sustainable development in the region; gathering inputs on means of building effective institutions for sustainable development at the national and regional levels, and developing strategic development planning systems that mainstream sustainable development; and identifying means for advancing implementation of the SDGs in the region and building national capacities in monitoring and evaluation.  

dates: 5-7 May 2015   location: Bahrain   contact: Federica Pietracci   phone: +1 212 963 8497   e-mail: pietracci@un.org   www: http://www.escwa.un.org/information/meetingdetails.asp?refer...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...  

Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum

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

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

Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference

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

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

2015 Global Land Forum

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

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

UN Economic Commission for Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development is expected to take place in mid-May 2015.  

date: 12 May 2015 [tentative]   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: Federica Pietracci   phone: +1 212 963 8497   e-mail: pietracci@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regprepsd.pdf  

Twelfth Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will review the status of compliance of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, address cases of non-compliance and provide advice and assistance to improve compliance.  

dates: 13-15 May 2015   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/meetings/  

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations, this Forum will serve as a preparatory meeting for key regional events organized in relation to the post-2015 development agenda, such as the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development taking place on 21-22 May 2015, also in Bangkok. The Civil Society Forum seeks to: inform and build the capacity of civil society participants to engage in sustainable development processes at global and regional levels; influence decision-making processes by preparing strategies for engaging in upcoming regional events; agree on joint actions and follow-up to civil society positions adopted; strengthen the outreach and effectiveness of Asia-Pacific civil society organization (CSO) engagement mechanisms; and elect two alternate UNEP Asia-Pacific CSO representatives. Online consultations to inform background materials for the Forum are taking place on topics such as: translating general development goals to practical policies at home; development justice; and civil society's views on the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). These online consultations are available at: https://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/470371.  

dates: 16-18 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Napidchaya Pichedtanavanich, Image Mojado or Pichayapuk Leangsombut   e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apcsfsd2
 http://meetings.unescap.org  

Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

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

dates: 17-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Global Facilitation Team, SE4ALL   e-mail: forum@se4all.org   www: http://www.se4all.org/
 http://www.se4all.org/se4all-forum/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session

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

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

International Symposium on Forest Biotechnology for Smallholders (FBS 2015)

This symposium builds on the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Development and Sustainable Use of Forest Genetic Resources, adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in June 2013. The Plan identifies the use of new technologies, including biotechnology, as a strategic priority in meeting the rising global demand for forest products and reducing the over-exploitation and degradation of natural forests. The event will share experiences in the use of biotechnology to improve productivity, boost sustainable forest management (SFM) and to support industrial wood production by family farmers, including outgrowers. The symposium aims to contribute to: assessment and information sharing on new applications of biotechnology in smallholder forestry; political awareness of the role of planted forests in poverty reduction, food and energy security and environmental services; and technical support for policy making in relation to family production systems. Co-organized by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), FAO and the Southern Federation of Workers on Family Farms (FETRAF SUL), the symposium will bring together forest researchers and extension workers, students, public policy experts, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.  

dates: 19-22 May 2015   venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Rua Almirante Barroso, 2006 - Foz do Iguassu, Paraná, Brazil   location: Foz Do Iguacu, Parana, Brazil   contact: Conference Secretariat   e-mail: secretaria@pjeventos.com.br   www: http://www.fbs2015.com.br/#!home/c1f3d  

First Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific

This Ministerial Forum will provide a platform for Ministers to discuss issues of strategic importance for Asia and the Pacific, including the post-2015 development agenda and environmental components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the region's environment outlook and emerging priorities, and pressing health and environment challenges. The Forum will also guide the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on regional implementation of the resolutions and decisions of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 1), and help identify the region's inputs to the next UNEA and UNEP's medium-term strategy for 2018-2021. Environment Ministers, Environment Authorities, key intergovernmental organizations, UN organizations and UNEP's strategic partners, and major group stakeholders are expected to attend the event. The Forum will convene back-to-back with the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 21-22 May 2015.  

dates: 19-20 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://www.unep.org/roap/InformationMaterials/Events/tabid/6...  

Second Gathering of the Road to Paris Partners

As part of Climate Week Paris 2015, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) will gather for their second meeting as partners of the Road to Paris initiative. A high-level session will take place the following morning, on 20 May 2015. In support of a transition to a low-carbon economy, the Road to Paris initiative aims to create business-oriented technology roadmaps, analyze barriers, identify financial and political solutions, as well as public-private partnership (PPP) opportunities, and strengthen business and government dialogue to create enabling frameworks for investment in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference and beyond.  

date: 19 May 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: WBCSD   phone: +41 (22) 839 3100   fax: +41 (22) 839 3131   e-mail: info@wbcsd.org   www: http://www.wbcsd.org/roadtoparis.aspx
 http://www.climateweekparis.org/  

World Education Forum

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'. WEF aims to: assess achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals during the period 2000-2015; agree on a joint position for the education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on a comprehensive Framework for Action to guide and support the implementation of the future education agenda. It will address five key themes: right to education; equity; inclusion; quality education; and lifelong learning. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening the Forum in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Bank.  

dates: 19-22 May 2015   venue: Songdo Convensia, 123 Central-Ro, Yeonsu-Gu, 406-840, Incheon, Republic of Korea   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea   contact: UNESCO Secretariat   e-mail: WEF2015@unesco.org   www: http://en.unesco.org/world-education-forum-2015/  

Business and Climate Summit

The Business and Climate Summit will provide a platform to highlight business solutions towards a low-carbon economy and discuss the frameworks and policies needed to deploy low-carbon solutions. It will convene both international business leaders and policymakers to encourage dialogue between public and private actors and to build momentum towards a climate agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. In response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for the private sector to take a more active role in addressing climate change, the summit offers business leaders and policymakers an opportunity to discuss how to scale up low-carbon solutions. This Summit is the main event of Climate Week Paris (19-22 May) and is being organized by the Global Compact Network France and Enterprises pour l'Environnement, with support from Caring for Climate and other partners.  

dates: 20-21 May 2015   venue: UNESCO headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   e-mail: contact@businessclimatesummit.com   www: http://www.businessclimatesummit.com  

Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs

Three international organisations are jointly convening this conference: the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The conference will bring together representatives from the private and public sector, civil society and academia to discuss the role of business in the Asia-Pacific region in achieving sustainable development. Participants will discuss ways to align business sustainability strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcase examples of sustainable business practice from the region. The outcome of discussions will feed into ESCAP's Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), to be held in Bangkok from 21-22 May 2015, and the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) in July 2015.  

date: 20 May 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: UNESCAP Trade and Investment Division   phone: +662-288-1234   fax: +662-288-1000   e-mail: aptff@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/regional-conference-aligning-c...
 http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Aligning%20corpor...  

Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2015), which also serves as the regional forum for sustainable development (RFSD). The meeting will solicit Asia-Pacific regional input to the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) session to be held in June and July 2015 in New York. The theme of APFSD 2015 will be in line with the theme of HLPF 2015 on “strengthening integration, implementation and review – HLPF after 2015”. Participants of APFSD 2015 will include representatives from governments, Major Groups, and international organizations.  

dates: 21-22 May 2015   venue: Bangkok UN Conference Centre   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, UNESCAP   phone: +66 2 288-1865   e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd2
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regprepsd.pdf  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015

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

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

AfDB Annual Meetings 2015

During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire   contact: Secretariat of the Annual Meetings   phone: +225 20 262 805   fax: +225 20 263 626   e-mail: annualmeetings@afdb.org   www: http://www.afdb.org/en/annual-meetings-2015/
 http://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Generic...  

Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting

The second meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Turkish Presidency will take place 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. In relation to energy sustainability during its 2015 Presidency, Turkey is focusing on: access to reliable energy; energy investments; the reasons behind the high costs of renewable energy investment; deploying public and private resources for energy investment; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan and monitoring its implementation; improving the Joint Organisations Data Initiative; and the implementation of price reporting agencies principles to improve energy market transparency.  

dates: 25-26 May 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/turkey-2015/2015-event-schedule/
 https://g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-TURKEY-G-20-...  

Informal Hearings with NGOs, Civil Society, Major Groups and the Private Sector on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As part of the preparatory process for the September 2015 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, two days of stakeholder hearings will be hosted by UNGA President Sam Kutesa and the Co-Facilitators of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) invites feedback from stakeholders on themes for the four round-table discussions that will be conducted as part of these hearings, and feedback should be submitted by 31 March 2015. The hearings are mandated to take place before June 2015, and are noted in the calendar of "other related meetings" on the DESA sustainable development website.  

dates: 26-27 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
 http://bit.ly/p2015-hearings-feedback-submit  

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council 2015 Summit

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council's (SPLC) annual summit will bring together professionals from the private, public and non-profit sectors to share best practices and knowledge, build relationships and influence the development of SPLC programs for guiding and benchmarking leadership in sustainable purchasing.  

dates: 26-28 May 2015   location: Seattle, WA, US   phone: 503.226.2377   e-mail: kaylee.wolf@sustainablepurchasing.org   www: https://www.sustainablepurchasing.org/summit15/  

Second Blue Planet Symposium

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

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

Third International Open Data Conference

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

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

ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

The 2015 Forum on Partnership of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place on 28 May 2015 at UN Headquarters, in New York, US.  

date: 28 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

June 2015

UNGA High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment

Convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, this high-level event will focus on investments required to reap the demographic dividend, including through employment opportunities and decent work for young people.  

date: 1 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/calendar/
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/120...  

First Meeting of IAEG-SDG

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will convene its first meeting in June 2015. It is supposed to commence its work on developing a proposal for a global indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. It should also discuss and decide how it will conduct its work based on the requirements of the post-2015 intergovernmental process, the guidance received by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), and the work that has been conducted already.  

dates: 1-2 June 2015   location: New York City, US   contact: Fabia Yazaki   e-mail: yazaki@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/un-statistical-commission-assesses-s...  

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

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

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

Land Quality Conference 2015

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

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

World Environment Day 2015

The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media. Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity. The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network. WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.  

date: 5 June 2015   location: worldwide   contact: Iabelle Valentiny, Information Officer for UNEP in Europe   phone: +41 79 251 82 36   e-mail: isabelle.valentiny@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/
 http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=26802...  

39th Session of the FAO Conference

The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.  

dates: 6-13 June 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/conference/en/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/iys-2015/en/  

G7 Summit

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

dates: 7-8 June 2015   venue: Schloss Elmau   location: Germany   additional: Garmisch-Partenkirchen   contact: G7 Presidency   www: http://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Issues/G8/_node.h...
 http://www.g7germany.de/Webs/G7/EN/Home_en/home_node.html  

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

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

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

World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

date: 8 June 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - June 2015 Session

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meetings (CMMs) have three main functions: reviewing reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies; system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with a view to promoting a more integrated response to specific areas; and considering special country situation or regional issues on the Council's agenda. This CMM session will include a review of progress and a discussion on the way forward related to the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development System. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) aims to support African LDCs to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category as well to support the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including goals and targets under the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). Participants will explore actions for the structural socio-economic transformation of African LDCs and acceleration of progress towards graduation criteria. The meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life,' and will discuss agriculture, food security and access to energy as critical factors in Africa's development. The meeting will also discuss how the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) can reflect African LDCs' needs and integrate the priorities, goals and targets of the IPoA.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy   contact: The Government of Italy and UN-OHRLLS   www: http://unohrlls.org/milan-ministerial-meeting/
 http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2015/04/concept-n...  

High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life'

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

dates: 9-11 June 2015   venue: Dushanbe State Complex (Kohi Somon)   location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan   phone: (+992 37) 227-68-43   fax: (+992 37) 227-68-44   e-mail: secretariat@waterforlifeconf2015.org or info@waterforlifecon...   www: http://waterforlifeconf2015.org/  

Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!'

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

dates: 10-13 June 2015   location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France   contact: CARI   phone: +33 (0)4 67 55 61 18   e-mail: contact@cariassociation.org   www: http://www.desertif-actions.fr/en  

Desertland II

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

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

2015 World Day to Combat Desertification

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

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

ECOSOC 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment

The Humanitarian Affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will meet from 17-19 June 2015 at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 17-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

15th Meeting of Partners (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)

Convening under the theme, ‘Congo Basin Ecosystems: a source of natural capital, producer of economic value and driver of green growth for the well being of its people,' this meeting of partners will consider priority actions for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), develop roadmaps for implementation, and discuss partner engagement. Main issues for discussion will include: ecosystem services, wildlife and bushmeat, law enforcement and governance, REDD+, green growth, and sustainable financing.  

dates: 17-19 June 2015   location: Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon   contact: Andre Toham   e-mail: andre.toham@pfbc-cbfp.org   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/Mop-15-invitation.html  

Vienna Energy Forum 2015

The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015) will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Austrian Foreign Ministry.  

dates: 18-20 June 2015   venue: Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkuppel, 1010   location: Wien, Austria   contact: UNIDO   phone: +43 (1) 26026-0   fax: +43 (1) 2692669   e-mail: vef2015@unido.org   www: www.viennaenergyforum.org
 https://www.unido.org/en/news-centre/events/vienna-energy-fo...  

Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

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

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Sixth Session

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

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

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the French Government, with the regional Government of Martinique, will convene this meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Invited participants will discuss: renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, which will provide islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea. Energy is a critical development challenge for islands, and most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at a high cost; thus, fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a policy priority, realizing such a transition is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills and limited access to finance.  

dates: 22-25 June 2015   location: Martinique   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971 2 417 9000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good

Over 500 participants from Global Compact Local Networks, companies, investors, academia, civil society, labor and UN private sector representatives are expected to mark the UN Global Compact's 15th anniversary. The conference will bring business and civil society together at the UN to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, emphasizing, in particular, the UN's post-2015 sustainable development agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). On 24 June, participants will meet in small focused meetings to address such issues as human rights, anti-corruption and partnerships, to determine how their work already is and can better contribute to achieving the SDGs. On 25 June, a plenary session will convene in the UN General Assembly Hall to showcase to governments the private sector's important role in addressing the challenges the world is facing and how the Global Compact's work is “at the heart of the UN agenda”.?  

dates: 23-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: gc15@unglobalcompact.org   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/NewsAndEvents/event_calendar...  

Third High-level Political Forum

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

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

Celebrating Soils

Organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, this conference aims to raise public awareness of the central importance of soils, both in the maintenance of healthy food production for future generations and as the world's largest carbon bank and a potential regulator of climate change. The conference is co-organized by a consortium of organizations, including the Save Our Soils Initiative, International Foundation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and WWF.  

date: 26 June 2015   venue: Peace Palace   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/266578/  

July 2015

ISMOM 2015

The 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) will include more than 20 scientific sessions on topics such as organo-mineral interactions in soil, analytical and methodological advances in soil science, soil microbiology and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. ISMOM 2015 is co-organized by: Commission 2.5 (soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions) of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the Canadian Society of Soil Science; and Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). Convened every four years by IUSS and its partners, ISMOM brings together diverse "soil communities" under the cross-cutting theme ‘Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development'. The aim of the symposia is to create an informal forum for exchange and discussion among scientists from ‘all facets of soil science,' including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science. Previous editions have convened in Canada, France, Italy, China and Chile.  

dates: 5-10 July 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   www: http://ismom2015.conference.mcgill.ca/index0f50.html?p=home  

Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

This conference is part of the annual programme of conferences convened by the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation since 1946, with a view to explore 'the vital link between personal change and global change'. Launched in 2013, in collaboration with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security aims to explore innovative approaches to complex land issues by focusing on solutions that exist "outside the normal focus of governments and development agencies". The conference brings together a range of stakeholders from grassroots activists, policy makers, business leaders, scientists and land restoration practitioners.  

dates: 10-14 July 2015   venue: Caux Conference Centre, Rue du Panorama 2 CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland   contact: CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation   phone: +41 21 962 9111   fax: +41 21 962 9355   e-mail: info@caux.ch   www: http://caux.iofc.org/en/Caux-Conferences-2015  

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

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

dates: 13-16 July 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: FfD Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/consultations/index.htm
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/279...  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions

The seventh and eighth sessions of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place back-to-back from 20-31 July 2015. The sessions are both scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-31 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/negotiationso...  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - July 2015

The July 2015 Coordination and Management meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US.  

dates: 20-22 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

Organizational Session on ECOSOC Programme of Work for July 2015-July 2016

This organizational session will consider the programme of work of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the period July 2015 to July 2016.  

dates: 23-24 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. Incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference, the conference aims to increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues.  

dates: 26-29 July 2015   location: Greensboro, NC, US   www: http://www.swcs.org/index.cfm?nodeID=79630&audienceID=1
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/274701/  

2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2)

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Complex   location: Nairobi, Kenya   e-mail: afsac2015@aaknet.org   www: http://www.afsac2.aaknet.org/  

August 2015

International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security

This conference will focus on five themes: soil information for supporting sustainable uses and management; integrated soil management and conservation for food security; role of soil ecology in relation to climate change and food security; innovative techniques and tools for soil resources inventories and appropriate management; and public participation, networking and policy implementation on land management. The conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 and the Thailand Land Development Department's ‘Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program' aims to provide a platform for diverse stakeholders, including soil scientists, field-based extension workers, decision makers and land users, to share knowledge on appropriate technologies and soil management practices to enhance food security and conservation of the natural resource base.  

dates: 17-20 August 2015   location: Phetchabun, Thailand   www: http://www.ldd.go.th/WEB_ISC2015/Index.html
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/fr/c/274211/  

Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

dates: 23-27 August 2015   location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-...
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/261193/  

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase. All the events will bring together stakeholders from the business, government and technology sectors to focus on resilience. Participants will explore solutions across the "global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security" for the vanguard communities in the onset of climate change. Energy topics will include everything from microgrids, storage, grid security and defense, to bioenergy, waste and water innovations, transportation, carbon utilization and renewables. In addition to covering related energy topics, the Agriculture Summit will consider, inter alia, precision agriculture, crop and yield innovations, and aquaculture innovations. On islands, the programme will include an examination of islands' resilience needs, including disaster and resource management.  

dates: 24-26 August 2015   venue: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue 96815   location: Honolulu, HI, US   contact: Sarah Wenning, Vice President, Operations   phone: +1 (512) 697-8849   e-mail: wenning@techconnect.org   www: http://resiliencesummit.com/  

September 2015

International Forests and Water Dialogue

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

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

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

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

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: CCAC Secretariat   phone: +33 1 44 37 14 50   fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74   e-mail: ccac_secretariat@unep.org   www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/  

Wildlife Forum

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

date: 9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management   e-mail: wild-life@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...
 http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/en/  

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

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

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

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

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

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

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: 'Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?'. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of how interactions among physical, chemical and biological soil processes under different land-use systems and climate conditions will alter soil properties. One of the goals of the conference is to define "the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment," by exploring prediction model input parameters that can enable a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. Specific topics to be covered include: soil structure and pore rigidity effects as prerequisites for quantification of physico-chemical processes; effects of pore rigidity and soil resilience on physical, chemical and biological soil properties and functions; feedback mechanisms between soil structure formation and plant growth, groundwater and atmosphere; and innovative modeling approaches to predict how climate change affects sinks and sources of atmospheric carbon.  

dates: 23-26 September 2015   location: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany   www: http://www.soils.uni-kiel.de/de/sustain-2015
 www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/highlights/detail/en/c/175...  

UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit from 9 am to 11 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.  

dates: 25-27 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/Pos...  

Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly

His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 25 September 2015     9 am   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: t.dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/Pos...  

October 2015

Third GRF One Health Summit 2015

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

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

ITPGR Governing Body 6

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/sixth-session-governing-b...  

UNCCD COP 12

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

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

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

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

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

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development

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

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

4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference

This conference will bring together a range of industry players and financial service providers. The latest Market Trends Report will be presented and participants will share market lessons and build partnerships related to off-grid lighting. More specifically, the event will: showcase the latest developments in the off-grid and lighting industry; enable networking and information exchange among participants; provide business-to-business (B2B) linkages among manufacturers, suppliers and financial service providers; facilitate increased investment; highlight recent trends and developments in business and financing models; and address policy issues and facilitate dialogue between policymakers and the off-grid lighting industry. More than 600 participants and 100 exhibitors are expected to attend the four-day conference. The first international off-grid lighting conference and trade fair took place in 2007.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Congress Secretariat: Congress Solutions International   phone: +971 4 303 4748   fax: +9714 303 4030   e-mail: gogla2015@emirates.com   www: http://conference2015.gogla.org/  

Ninth UNESCO Youth Forum

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its Ninth Youth Forum, under the theme of 'Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet,' with a special focus on climate change and sustainable development. The Forum, which takes place every two years, will be held as an integral part of the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference.  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, 7 place Fontenoy, 75352 / 1 rue Miollis, 75732   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNESCO Youth Programme   phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00   e-mail: youth@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...  

November 2015

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

The 72nd joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission as well as the third European Forest Week (Silva2015) will discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and the role of sustainable forest industries in the regional economy.  

dates: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland   additional: Engelberg   contact: Paolo Cravero   e-mail: paolo.cravero@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests.html  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM [tentative]

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

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

G20 2015 Leaders' Summit

The Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will host G20 leaders in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2015. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.  

dates: 15-16 November 2015   location: Antalya, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/
 https://g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-TURKEY-G-20-...  

Asian Irrigation Forum 2

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

dates: 16-20 November 2015   venue: Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: ADB Water for All Program   phone: +63 2 632 4444   fax: +63 2 636 2444   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2
 http://www.adb.org/news/events/asian-irrigation-forum-2012  

December 2015

World Soil Day 2015

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

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

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

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

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

International Mountain Day

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

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

January 2016

Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly

The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly will convene from 16-17 January 2016. The event will consider, among other things, the Agency's work programme for 2016/2017 and review its medium-term strategy.  

dates: 16-17 January 2016   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971-2-417-9000   e-mail: info@irena.org   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

February 2016

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment will include a discussion on emerging policy issues, within the context of the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development System. Based on ECOSOC Resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-23 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

May 2016

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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

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

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

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

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

October 2016

Habitat III

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

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

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...  

December 2016

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

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

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

January 2017

CGRFA 16

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

September 2017

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

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

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

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

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

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