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September 2014

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

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

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

October 2014

Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is a global partnership that aims to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets on marine and coastal biodiversity. Among its objectives, the SOI works to develop partnerships among different stakeholders and sectors at global, regional and local scales. Its Global Partnership Meeting will take place from 3-4 October 2014.  

dates: 3-4 October 2014   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea   contact: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=SOIOM-2014-01
 http://www.cbd.int/marine/doc/soi-brochure-2012-en.pdf  

XXIV IUFRO World Congress - Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People

The 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be convened under the theme, 'Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research'. Topics to be considered during the Congress include: forests for people; biodiversity and ecosystem services; climate change; forests and water; biomass and bioenergy; forest health; and forests in a green future.  

dates: 5-10 October 2014   venue: The Salt Palace Convention Center   location: Salt Lake City, UT, US   www: http://iufro2014.com/  

CBD COP 12

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

dates: 6-17 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop

This meeting will convene representatives and partners from the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in order to discuss issues related to REDD+ in the region, the revised convergence plan of Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), ways and means to address drivers of deforestation, and the loss of forest biodiversity.  

dates: 8-9 October 2014   location: Brazzaville, Congo   contact: Dany Dogmo Pokem   e-mail: dany.pokem@pfbc-cbfp.org   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/events_en/events/cbfp-14-meeting.html  

IPBES Side Event at CBD COP 12

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), with the support of the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) will hold a side event during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) to brief participants on the progress made to date in implementing the IPBES work programme, and on what can be expected in the coming months and years. Opportunity will be provided for participants to discuss further, how the work of IPBES can most effectively contribute to implementation of the CBD at all levels.  

date: 8 October 2014   venue: Hall F, Room 1 - Business Meeting Room   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/news/604-ipbes-side-event-at-the-uncbd-...  

Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean

DIVERSITAS, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Council for Science's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ICSU ROLAC) will hold a side event at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, on the topic 'Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean: A science-policy dialogue for academic research'. This side event will introduce the relevance of article 8.a of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) for facilitated access for academic research, and highlight the importance of a science-policy dialogue to implement ABS and the benefits derived from research.  

date: 10 October 2014   venue: Hall G, Room 2 - Youth Meeting Room   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: DIVERSITAS Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@diversitas-international.org   www: http://www.diversitas-international.org/diversitas-and-partn...  

Cities Biodiversity Summit

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

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

CBD Capacity-Building Workshop on the ABS Clearing-House

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) back-to-back with the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS), this workshop aims to launch the operational phase of the ABS Clearing-House and improve understanding of the role of the ABS Clearing-House for supporting implementation of the Protocol. It will also include a hands-on training on registering and retrieving information through the ABS Clearing-House for publishing authorities and national authorized users.  

date: 12 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-110-absch...  

67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 67th session in London, UK, from 13-17 October 2014.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   venue: IMO Headquarters, 4 Albert Embankment   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44 (0)20 7735 7611   fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/
 http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Defaul...  

Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) will be held during the second week of CBD COP-12. It will address, among other issues, the ABS clearing-house, compliance, capacity building and awareness-raising, and the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=NP-MOP-01  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Europe

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Europe region will take place from 20-24 October 2014.  

dates: 20-24 October 2014   location: Austria   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF)

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are organizing the 1st African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF), under the theme 'Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The three-day forum will aim to: support understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region; identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues; promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa; and share lessons learned and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.  

dates: 22-24 October 2014   location: Arusha, Tanzania   contact: Sam Kanyamibwa, Executive Director, Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)   phone: +250 785 751 900   e-mail: skanyamibwa@arcosnetwork.org   www: http://events.arcosnetwork.org/arcos/index.php
 http://www.mountainpartnership.org/events/event-detail/en/c/...  

47th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place on 27 October 2014.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Americas region will take place from 27-31 October.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Colombia   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015

This workshop is being convened as a contribution to the work of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in order to consider options for a future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). The country-led initiative workshop will build on the work of the first Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG1), which considered views from Parties on the matter as well as the report of the Independent Assessment. The results of the workshop will be submitted to the second AHEG as well as to the eleventh session of the UNFF.  

dates: 29-31 October 2014   location: Beijing, China   contact: Jiang Yingwen   phone: +86 10 84238718   fax: +86 10 84238784   e-mail: cli2014china@outlook.com   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/pdf/cli/China_CLI_Oct2014_anno...
 http://cli2014china.forestry.gov.cn/  

November 2014

42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene prior to the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by the COP.  

dates: 2-3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/meeting/42nd-standing-committee-meetin...  

CMS COP 11

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 3-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/cop11  

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

The annual meeting of the ITTC will consider progress in the implementation of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) projects and activities in support of the sustainable management of tropical forests and the promotion of trade in sustainably produced tropical timber.  

dates: 3-8 November 2014   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan   contact: ITTO Secretariat   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/news_releases/id=3795
 http://www.itto.int/council_committees/  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Asia

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Asia region will take place from 3-7 November.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel

This Ministerial Panel will be held at the venue of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11). Ministers and other dignitaries will debate how to reconcile the concepts of “Rights of Nature” and the “Green Economy” in the context of the depletion of natural resources, including wildlife.  

date: 3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/node/5807  

43rd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

The 43rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will meet at the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and to undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by  

date: 9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/meeting/43rd-standing-committee-meetin...  

2015 International Year of Soils Launch in Latin America and the Caribbean

The 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). A regional launch of the IYS in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place during the XX Latin American Congress of Soil Science, which will be held from 9-15 November 2014, in Cusco, Peru. The IYS will be formally launched on 5 December 2014, during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, US.  

dates: 9-15 November 2014   location: Cusco, Peru   contact: Organizing Committee, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina   phone: +51-61-47-800 (annex 219)   e-mail: clacs2014@xxcongresolatinoamericanodesuelosperu.org   www: http://www.xxcongresolatinoamericanodesuelosperu.org/index_e...  

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.  

dates: 12-19 November 2014   location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia   contact: Trevor Sandwith   e-mail: trevor.sandwith@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...  

32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 32nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) on 12 November 2014, in Libreville, Gabon. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

date: 12 November 2014   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon   contact: GEO Secretariat   phone: +41 22 730 8505   fax: +41 22 730 8520   e-mail: secretariat@geosec.org   www: https://www.earthobservations.org/meet_excom.shtml
 https://www.earthobservations.org/ag_excom.shtml  

Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC)

The Second International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) will bring together the global scientific community to plan for the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology. IORC will also focus on improving ocean governance. The event includes 16 thematic sessions that will focus on: building scientific knowledge; applying knowledge for societal benefit: achieving ecosystem management and sustainability; and improving governance and building capacity. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization\'s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) (UNESCO-IOC) and The Oceanographic Society are organizing the conference.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   venue: Barcelona International Conference Center (CCIB), Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14 08019   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: Technical Secretariat   phone: +34 932374988   e-mail: secretariatiorcbcn@fnob.org   www: http://www.fnob.org/en/international-ocean-research-conferen...
 http://www.calameo.com/read/000476034ce51383bbf7c  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Africa

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Africa region will take place from 17-21 November.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies

The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are jointly organizing a workshop on synergies for the design, development and implementation of CBD National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and UNCCD National Action Programmes (NAPs). Participants will be selected to attend through a nomination process and will include those directly responsible for the development, updating and/or implementation of the CBD NBSAPs and the UNCCD NAPs. Nominations should be submitted no later than 10 October 2014. This meeting will convene immediately after the North Africa Regional Workshop of the UN-Water Initiative, titled ‘Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies,' which is taking place from 17-20 November 2014.  

dates: 21-22 November 2014   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt   contact: Secretariat   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-118-droug...  

Eighth Session of the ITWG on AnGR of the CGRFA

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

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

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

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

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

December 2014

Arctic Biodiversity Congress

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway   contact: Congress Secretariat   e-mail: caff@caff.is   www: http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/congress?utm_sour...  

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the support from the European Commission. It will bring together nominated experts to discuss the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Baltimore, MD, US   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-059-marin...  

Global Soil Biodiversity Conference

The first Global Soil Biodiversity Conference will be organized by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS, from 2-5 December in Dijon, France. Held under the theme 'Assessing Soil Biodiversity and Its Role for Ecosystem Services,' this first GSBI conference will summarize the current state of knowledge and recent achievements in the science of soil biodiversity. The goals of the conference will be to promote scientific research on the role of soil biodiversity for ecosystem functions and services, and integrate such understanding into environmental agendas, sustainable policies and land management decisions globally. Topics to be addressed include: discovery and observation; tracking and monitoring; assessing pressures and threats; strategies for management and conversation; soil ecology education; and global harmonization of methods for structural and functional diversity of soil organisms.  

dates: 2-5 December 2014   venue: Palais des Congrès   location: Dijon, Bourgogne, France   contact: French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)   e-mail: gsbi1@dijon.inra.fr   www: http://www.gsbiconference.elsevier.com/index.html  

WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

dates: 3-5 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WIPO Secretariat   fax: +41-22-338-8120   e-mail: grtkf@wipo.int   www: http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/indigenous/workshop.html  

2015 International Year of Soils Launch

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

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

Global Landscapes Forum

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will consider the landscape approach within the framework of climate change and development. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development.  

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

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

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

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

January 2015

Stakeholder Day Prior to IPBES-3

A stakeholder day will be held prior to the beginning of the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3).  

date: 11 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/news/607-stakeholder-day-prior-to-ipbes...  

Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary

The third session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014 – 2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. In addition, the third session of the IPBES plenary will select the members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) based on the nominations received from governments. The event will be preceded by consultations and a stakeholder day on 10-11 January.  

dates: 12-17 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/news/564-invitation-to-ipbes-third-plen...
 http://www.ipbes.net/images/documents/plenary/third/Letter_o...  

Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2)

The Ad Hoc Expert Group to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) will hold its second meeting (AHEG2) in order to review the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). Expected outputs from AHEG2 include recommendations on an IAF beyond 2015 based on inputs from stakeholders and an independent review of the IAF multi-year programme of work. In order to facilitate its work, AHEG2 will consider input on the future of IAF provided by member States and other stakeholders, as long as such inputs are received before 5 December 2014.  

dates: 12-16 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   phone: 1 212 963 3401   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/adhoc.html  

CGRFA 15 Special Information Seminar

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

date: 17 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 49811   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/  

15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

dates: 19-23 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/  

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

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

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

48th Meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee

The 48th meeting of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Standing Committee will take place from 26-30 January.  

dates: 26-30 January 2015   location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41 22 999 0170   fax: +41 22 999 0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-news-meetings/main/ramsa...  

February 2015

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 1-5 February 2015   location: Tanzania   contact: Foday Bojang   e-mail: foday.bojang@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/en/  

International Meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Community of Practice

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) and the facilitator of REGATTA's Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Community of Practice, Practical Action Latin America, are co-organizing this meeting of members of the EbA Community of Practice to strengthen the network, discuss regional experiences in EbA and identify opportunities for collaboration.  

dates: 26-27 February 2015   location: Lima, Peru   e-mail: info@solucionespracticas.org.pe   www: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=77865e2d8ac8b3a11af7f6a5...  

March 2015

Dresden Nexus Conference 2015

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

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

April 2015

2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

This Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the Council's objectives for the next two years. The 2015 Ministerial Meeting will mark the conclusion of Canada's and the beginning of the United States' chairmanship, which will last from 2015-2017. The April 2015 meeting will be preceded by an event in Ottawa, Canada, on 23 April 2015 to showcase the Council's accomplishments during Canada's chairmanship.  

dates: 24-25 April 2015   location: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada   contact: Arctic Council Secretariat   phone: +47-77-75-01-40   e-mail: acs@arctic-council.org   www: http://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/resources/news-an...  

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/  

UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11)

The eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) will consider the future of the international arrangement on forests, based on challenges and its effectiveness. The meeting will also review progress in the implementation of the global objectives on forests and the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests. Thematic issues under consideration will include sustainable forest management (SFM) and forest law enforcement as was as cooperation and coordination.  

dates: 4-15 May 2015   location: New York City, US   contact: UNFF Secretariat   phone: +1 212 963 3401   e-mail: unff@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html  

June 2015

Ramsar COP 12

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in June 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.  

dates: 1-9 June 2015   venue: Conrad Resort and Casino   location: Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay   contact: Ramsar Secretariat   phone: +41-22-999-0170   fax: +41-22-999-0169   e-mail: ramsar@ramsar.org   www: http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-documents-cops-cop12/mai...  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10108  

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2015.  

dates: 3-14 June 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

September 2015

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

The 2015 World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa, will come together under the theme, ‘Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future'. The Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the government of South Africa, will consider how forests can be mainstreamed into global discussions on sustainable development and will facilitate the development of partnerships to address global forestry issues.  

dates: 7-11 September 2015 [tentative]   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries   e-mail: WFC-XIV-Info@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wfc/en/  

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  

October 2015

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

date: 1 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru   contact: David Theis, World Bank   phone: +1 202-458-8626   e-mail: dtheis@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/09/14/world-bank-group...  

FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference [tentative]

The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and the 7th Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE will be held back to back to consider the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe. Preparations for the meetings will include roundtables and expert meetings to identify priority topics for discussion.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Madrid, Spain   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/news/dates-forest-europe-extraor...  

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  

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  

May 2016

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

dates: 18-29 May 2016   location: Bonn, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

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  

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