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April 2014

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [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. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

dates: 22-25 April 2014   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Elisabeth Mealey   phone: +1 202 458 4475   e-mail: emealey@worldbank.org   www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/  

May 2014

9th Meeting of the SAICM Quick Start Programme Executive Board

This annual meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management's (SAICM's) Quick Start Programme (QSP) Board will review progress under the programme on the basis of reports from the Trust Fund Implementation Committee and programme participants, as well as other relevant information provided to them on implementation of the programme.  

date: 8 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8532   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: saicm@chemicals.unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

General Assembly of the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

The General Assembly of Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative will consider StEP's general direction and development and that of its five task forces on: policy, redesign, reuse, recycle, and capacity building.  

dates: 13-15 May 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Ruediger Kuehr   phone: +49-228-815-0213   fax: +49-228-815-0299   e-mail: kuehr@step-initiative.org   www: http://www.step-initiative.org  

9th Meeting of the Ozone Research Managers of the Vienna Convention

This meeting is expected to consider various issues including the state of the ozone layer and the interactions between ozone depletion and climate change.  

dates: 14-16 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Secretariat   phone: +254-20-762-3851   fax: +254-20-762-0335   e-mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

Meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Bureau members are expected to review progress made in implementation of the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its sixth meeting and discuss the preparation of the seventh meeting of the COP in 2015.  

dates: 14-15 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Stockholm Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: ssc@pops.int   www: http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/ConferenceoftheParties/Bur...  

Basel Convention Bureau Meeting

At this meeting, Bureau members will consider issues pertaining to the next session of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which is scheduled to convene in 2015.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8218   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: basel@unep.org   www: http://www.basel.int/Secretariat/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/2574...
 http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/ConferenceoftheParties/Bu...  

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: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date/2014-05
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/news/mexico-host-5th-assembly-glob...  

June 2014

World Environment Day 2014

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

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

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/  

Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4) Bureau Meeting

The Bureau of the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4) will meet for its first face-to-face meeting in preparation for the ICCM, which takes place in December 2014.  

dates: 17-18 June 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8532   fax: +41-22-917-3460   e-mail: saicm@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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

July 2014

34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

This meeting is expected to consider issues in advance of the Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.  

dates: 14-18 July 2014   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   phone: +254-20-762-3851   fax: +254-20-762-0335   e-mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

September 2014

International Solid Waste Association 2014 Solid Waste World Congress

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

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

69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)

The 69th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit.  

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

Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)

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

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

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9)

The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) will consider issues in advance of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), including: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the programme of work and budget.  

dates: 16-19 September 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Basel Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8218   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: basel@unep.org   www: http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/OpenendedWorkingGroup(OEW...
 http://chemicals-l.iisd.org/events/basel-cop-12-rotterdam-co...  

October 2014

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...  

Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10)

This subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention reviews chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the COP for listing these chemicals in Annex III.  

dates: 20-24 October 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Rotterdam Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8296   fax: +41-22-917-8082   e-mail: pic@pic.int   www: http://www.pic.int/  

Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10)

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, Annex B, and/or Annex C.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Stockholm Convention Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: ssc@pops.int   www: http://www.pops.int  

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  

November 2014

Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6)

As mandated in the resolution on arrangements in the interim period adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) on mercury established pursuant to Governing Council decision 25/5 will meet during the period between the date on which the Convention is opened for signature and the date of the opening of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention as may be necessary to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon its entry into force.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Sheila Logan   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: sheila.logan@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Negotiations/INC6/tabid/356...  

Third Global Chemical Leasing Award Ceremony

Organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), this award intends to further enhance the global visibility of Chemical Leasing, acknowledge best practices, and inspire companies and individuals around the globe to apply the Chemical Leasing business concept by reducing inefficient use and over-consumption of chemicals, as well as by developing strong business partnerships and innovation along the entire supply chain. Chemical Leasing is part of UNIDO's Green Industry strategy.  

dates: 11-13 November 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland   contact: Petra Schwager   e-mail: P.Schwager@unido.org   www: http://www.unido.org/news/press/third-announced.html#pp1[g1]...  

Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

MOP 26 is scheduled to consider a several issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions and other draft decisions forwarded from the OEWG.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Secretariat   phone: +254-20-762-3851   fax: +254-20-762-0335   e-mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

December 2014

Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG

The Second Meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG2) is expected to: review and prioritize proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation for the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4); consider proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; consider the outcomes of regional meetings; and identify priority issues for consideration at ICCM4.  

dates: 15-17 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8532   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: saicm@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=artic...  

May 2015

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

dates: 3-14 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Secretariats   www: http://synergies.pops.int/Home/tabid/813/mctl/ViewDetails/Ev...  

June 2015

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  

12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

The 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) will take place in Jeju, Republic of Korea, in June 2015.  

dates: 14-19 June 2015   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea   contact: Conference Secretariat   phone: +82-64-735-1036   fax: +82-64-735-1098   e-mail: icmgp2015@icmgp2015.com   www: http://mercury2015.com/  

September 2015

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

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

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

September 2016

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

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

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

September 2017

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

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

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