Biodiversity and Wildlife
IPBES Third Full MEP and Bureau Meeting
The third full Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Bureau meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be held with support from Germany. The objective of this meeting is to implement Decisions IPBES-2/1 to IPBES-2/9, as requested by the IPBES Plenary at its second session.
dates: 10-14 March 2014 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: IPBES e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.ipbes.net/events-feed/439-3rd-full-mep-and-bureau...
11th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention
The 11th Conference of Contracting Parties to the Abidjan Convention (COP 11) is being convened under the theme ‘Promoting Blue Growth in Africa: Toward Sustainable Management of Marine Resources,' and will provide an opportunity for African coastal countries to lay the foundation for regional oceans governance in Africa. COP 11 will review activity during the period 2012-2013, and the 2014-2015 budget, and discuss how parties can take up “Blue Growth” as a way of sustainably managing marine and coastal resources. A seminar on blue growth with international marine experts will take place on the first day of the conference. This conference will be divided into two segments: the experts segment (17-19 March); and the ministerial segment (20-21 March). Decisions likely to be taken at the conference relate to: headquarter location for the Regional Emergency Coordination Centre for Marine Pollution; adoption of the revised text of the Abidjan Convention; and conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. COP 11 will be preceded on 16 March by the first meeting of the Abidjan Convention's Ad Hoc Committee on Science and Technology, a body established by COP 9 to provide scientific, technical and technological advice relating to implementation of the Convention. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs. The Abidjan Convention covers 22 coastal countries in West, Central and Southern Africa. COPs are held every two years.
dates: 17-21 March 2014 venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long Street location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa contact: Abou Bamba phone: +225 027 18781 fax: +225 22415567 e-mail: Abidjan.Convention@unep.org www: http://cop11.abidjanconvention.org/index.php?option=com_cont...
IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas
Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.
dates: 18-21 March 2014 venue: Hotel Wyndham Herradura location: San Jose, Costa Rica contact: Mariliz Arnold, SINAC e-mail: email@example.com
66th 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 66th session in London, UK, from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments; and identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.
dates: 31 March - 4 April 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.imo.org
WIPO IGC 27
At its twenty-seventh meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is expected to hold a 10-day text-based negotiating session focusing on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. It is expected to be held in April 2014, exact dates to be confirmed.
date: 1 April 2014 [tentative] location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: WIPO Secretariat phone: +41 22 338 9111 fax: +41 22 733 5428 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/tk/en/igc/pdf/igc_manda...
International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests
This forum, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the National Forest Financing Fund of Costa Rica, will highlight the benefits from payments for ecosystem services (PES) as well as build capacity for the development and implementation of PES in tropical countries, with a view to supporting sustainable forest management (SFM).
dates: 7-10 April 2014 location: San Jose, Costa Rica contact: Rao Matta e-mail: Rao.Matta@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/84884/en/
CBD Second Dialogue Seminar on Scaling up Finance for Biodiversity
Convened jointly by the Governments of Ecuador, India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, Uganda and the European Commission, the second dialogue seminar aims to enhance mutual understanding of the different views and perspectives on financing for biodiversity. It will focus on the implementation of Aichi targets 2, 3 and 20 in the context of Decision XI/4 on resource mobilization and its three sections on target-setting, review of implementation of the strategy for resource mobilization and the roadmap. Particular attention will be given to the different ways of assessing the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the mechanisms to integrate these values into decision-making.
dates: 9-12 April 2014 location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=DS-FB-02
Towards a CMS Programme of Work on Climate Change
This workshop will be convened by the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) appointed Councilor for Climate Change, Colin Galbraith, in collaboration with the CMS Secretariat and Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), and with the support of Germany and Monaco. The goal of the workshop, pursuant to CMS COP Resolution 10.19, is to prepare a CMS Programme of Work on climate change and migratory species, through opportunities to share experiences and best practices, with regards to the impact of climate change on migratory species. The workshop will also assist Parties in developing national guidelines on measures to assist migratory species to adapt to climate change. The results of the workshop will be delivered to the Scientific Council and the eleventh meeting of the CMS COP (CMS COP11), as well as to the relevant bodies of other institutions including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). National Focal Points (NFPs) are invited to nominate an expert on climate change to participate in this workshop, by 1 March 2014.
dates: 9-11 April 2014 location: Costa Rica contact: UNEP/CMS Secretariat phone: (+49 228) 815 2426 fax: (+49 228) 815 2449 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.cms.int/notifications/2014/004_ClimateChange_Work...
Global Ocean Action Summit [rescheduled]
The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013.
dates: 22-25 April 2014 location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands contact: Elisabeth Mealey phone: +1 202 458 4475 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/
27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.
dates: 28 April - 8 May 2014 location: Veracruz, Mexico contact: Yuan Liu phone: +41-22-917-8139 fax: +41-22-797-3417 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)
FOREST EUROPE is convening a workshop to identify ways and means to support green jobs through sustainable forest management (SFM). The workshop will also propose options on awareness raising and decision-making on the multiple economic, social and environmental functions of forests, and the role of the SFM in the world economy. The workshop will build on outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.
dates: 29-30 April 2014 venue: Palace of La Magdalena location: Santander, Cantabria, Spain contact: FOREST EUROPE www: http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-gr...
Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN
This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.
dates: 5-6 May 2014 venue: Shangri-La Hotel location: Jakarta, Indonesia contact: Daniel Cooney phone: +62 811 900 3264 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cifor.org/forestsasia
World Migratory Bird Day 2014
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their conservation worldwide. WMBD 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014 and is being organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and other partners. The theme for 2014 will be linked to the topic of tourism and migratory birds, focusing on the global bird and wildlife watching industry and sustainable tourism as a vehicle to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD plans to work closely with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in promoting the 'Destination Flyways' project, which focuses on the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world's major flyways.
dates: 10-11 May 2014 Global location: TBA www: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2013/index.php?option=c...
Insects to Feed the World
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Wageningen UR are convening a global conference on insects as a source of food and feed in order to build a better understanding of the state of knowledge on the more than 1900 species currently used, identify obstacles to expanded use, and build awareness and partnerships for further exploitation of insects for food and feed.
dates: 14-17 May 2014 venue: Hotel Reehorst location: Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/show/Insects-to-feed-the-World...
WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting
The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda.
dates: 14-15 May 2014 location: Washington D.C., US contact: WAVES Secretariat www: http://www.wavespartnership.org/fourth-partnership-meeting
2014 International Day for Biological Diversity
To coincide with the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 will be 'Island Biodiversity'.
date: 22 May 2014 location: worldwide contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2013/ntf-2013-094-idb-e...
46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.
dates: 25-30 May 2014 location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico contact: GEF Secretariat phone: +(202) 473-0508 fax: +(202) 522-3240/3245 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date/2014-05
Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium
Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.
dates: 26-28 May 2014 location: Tokyo, Japan e-mail: email@example.com
Eleventh Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
In accordance with its work plan, the Compliance Committee will address the following issues: consistency between the information in national reports and the Biosafety Clearing-House; the methodological approach proposed for the Protocol's third assessment and review; the third national reporting format; general issues of compliance; and the Committee's report and recommendations to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) to be held in October 2014.
dates: 28-30 May 2014 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2
Ecosystems, Economy and Society: How Large-scale Restoration Can Stimulate Sustainable Development
This workshop is jointly organized by the Veolia Environment Institute, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the US National Research Council (NRC) Water Science and Technology Board. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is an associate partner. The workshop will provide an international platform for scientists, practitioners, NGOs, business leaders and policymakers to discuss remarkable case studies, best practices and share better insights on the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration for the improvement of people's livelihoods, job creation and socio-economic development, together with the recovery of ecosystems functionalities, continuity and biodiversity. The workshop will also consider the actions needed to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Target on restoration, the European Union Biodiversity Strategy and REDD+ goals.
dates: 29-30 May 2014 venue: U.S. National Academy of Sciences location: Washington D.C., US e-mail: http://www.ecosystems-economy-society.org/contact-us.html www: http://www.ecosystems-economy-society.org/
Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on LMO Risk Assessment and Risk Management
In accordance with Decision BS-VI/12 of the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP/MOP 6), this meeting will: consider the process for testing the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs); the development of a package that aligns the Guidance with a training manual on risk assessment; and the development of guidance on new topics of risk assessment and risk management, selected on the basis of Parties' needs and their experiences and knowledge concerning risk assessment.
dates: 2-6 June 2014 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2
UNFCCC 40th Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies
The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2014.
dates: 4-15 June 2014 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: +49-228 815-1000 fax: +49-228-815-1999 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unfccc.int
2nd World Summit of Legislators
The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.
dates: 6-8 June 2014 venue: Mexican Congress location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico contact: GLOBE & World Summit of Legislators International Secretariat Office phone: +44 (0) 20 7222 6960 fax: +44 (0) 20 7222 6959 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.globeinternational.org/news/item/mexico-to-host-2...
20th World Congress of Soil Science
The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS). The meeting will take advantage of the fact that the field of soil science is expanding because of the growing interest in food security and safety as well as environmental quality. In addition, many state-of-the-art emerging technologies being developed in other fields are available to adapt to soil science, creating an explosion of information and knowledge in the many fields of soil science. The 20th WCSS will provide an opportunity to examine the changes in soil science and to envision new perspectives for basic and applied soil research. The local Organizing Committee is planning to set up the various programs to encourage the participation of soil scientists from across the world.
dates: 8-13 June 2014 location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea www: http://www.20wcss.org/
31st Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31)
This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.
dates: 9-13 June 2014 venue: FAO headquarters location: Rome, Italy contact: FAO Fisheries e-mail: FAO-COFI@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/committee-fi/en/
55th Session Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries
Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the advisory committee on sustainable forest-based industries (ACSFI) annual meeting brings together senior executives from private sector forest industries. The meeting will consider country reports, review past and ongoing activities of the ACSFI, consider related activities by FAO and review actions under the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).
dates: 10-11 June 2014 location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation contact: Jukka Tissari phone: +39 0657054179 e-mail: Jukka.Tissari@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/industries/9530/en/
CBD WGRI 5
At its fifth meeting, the Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among other issues, implementation of the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention and its protocols, and biodiversity and development.
dates: 16-20 June 2014 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/
2014 World Day to Combat Desertification
The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has selected a focus of ecosystem-based adaptation and a slogan of 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' for the 2014 events to mark the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification.
date: 17 June 2014 location: worldwide contact: UNCCD Secretariat e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...
CBD SBSTTA 18
At its eighteenth meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change, and the relationship with IPBES.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative] contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/
UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP
The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP phone: +254-20-7623431 e-mail: email@example.com www: www.unep.org
18th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council
The 18th Meeting of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council (ScC18) will take place from 1-3 July 2014.
dates: 1-3 July 2014 venue: UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: Marco Barbieri e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cms.int/notifications/2014/005_ScC18DatesVenue_e....
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission
The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.
dates: 11-18 September 2014 location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz contact: IWC Secretariat phone: +44 (0) 1223 233 971 fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 876 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://iwcoffice.org/
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)
The 69th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit.
dates: 16-29 September 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 (the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014) to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
dates: 22-23 September 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Nilla Bernardi phone: +1 212-963-8379 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7
The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.
dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014 location: Republic of Korea additional: PyeongChang contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036
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: Republic of Korea additional: PyeongChang contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1 514 288 2220 fax: +1 514 288 6588 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036
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: email@example.com www: http://cbc.iclei.org/events-recent
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.imo.org/
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.
dates: 28-30 October 2014 location: Washington D.C., US contact: Secretariat www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107
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 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.itto.int/news_releases/id=3795
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 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee will take place 2-3 November and regional coordination meetings 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.
dates: 4-9 November 2014 location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador contact: Veronika Lenarz e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...
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, Australia contact: Trevor Sandwith e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.arcticbiodiversity.is/index.php/congress?utm_sour...
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 the first half of 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
date: 1 January 2015 [tentative] venue: Conrad Resort and Casino location: Uruguay additional: Punta del Este contact: Ramsar Secretariat phone: +41-22-999-0170 fax: +41-22-999-0169 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.sprep.org/biodiversity-ecosystems-management/urug...
CGRFA 15 Special Information Seminar
Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.
date: 17 January 2015 [tentative] location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: FAO Secretariat phone: +39 06 5705 49811 fax: +39 06 5705 5246 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/
15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.
dates: 19-24 January 2015 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: FAO Secretariat phone: +39 06 5705 4981 fax: +39 06 5705 5246 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-meetings/en/
Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life
From 1 May-31 October 2015, Expo 2015 will be held on the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It is organized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is the body responsible for overseeing and regulating issues relating to the organization of World and International Expos. Recognizing the role of food and nutrition in achieving sustainable development, the event will focus on a variety of related themes, including improving food quality and security, ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for humans, and promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices.
date: 1 May 2015 venue: Expo - Milano 2015 location: Milan, Italy contact: Expo 2015 Planning Office phone: +39 02 89459400/499 www: http://en.expo2015.org/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/session.html
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
40th 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, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: +49-228 815-1000 fax: +49-228-815-1999 e-mail: email@example.com www: http://www.unfccc.int
Fourteenth World Forestry Congress
The 14th World Forestry Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is intended to raise awareness and provide a forum for discussions on forestry-related technical, scientific and policy issues.
date: 1 September 2015 [tentative] location: Durban, South Africa contact: South Africa Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries www: http://www.affcomnet.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=a...
70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)
The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 22 September 2016.
dates: 15-28 September 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/09/14/world-bank-group...
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: email@example.com www: http://www.unfccc.int
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
UNFCCC COP 22
The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in November-December 2016, at a venue to be determined.
dates: 30 November - 11 December 2016 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: +49-228 815-1000 fax: +49-228-815-1999 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www: http://www.unfccc.int
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