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Forests, Deserts, Land


April 2014

2014 Forest Communicators Network Meeting

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening a meeting of the team of specialists on forest communication to discuss the Forest Communicators Network (FCN) mandate. The meeting will also consider opportunities and challenges with regard to communication on forests, including forests in the green economy, learning from best practices, and global and regional trends and connections.  

dates: 23-25 April 2014   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Nina Peeva   e-mail: nina.peeva@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35021  

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: yuan.liu@cites.org   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...
 http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-gr...  

May 2014

Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

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

Adaptation Futures 2014: Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

This meeting is co-hosted and convened by the Earth System Science Center of the National Institute for Space Studies (CCST-INPE) (Brazil), and by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP's) Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The meeting is expected to bring together scientists, decision makers and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share research approaches, methods and results. The Adaptation Futures 2014 conference consists of two back-to-back events: the Third International Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2014 between 12-15 May; and the International Workshop on High Level Drought Policies on Arid and Semiarid Lands on May 15.  

dates: 12-16 May 2014   location: Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil   contact: Jose Marengo   e-mail: jose.marengo@inpe.br   www: http://adaptationfutures2014.ccst.inpe.br  

Seventh Executive Forest Policy Course: People, Land Use and Forestry in the Pacific – Policy Challenges in the 21st Century

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), is organizing this course to: provide information on the impacts of global change and processes on forestry in the Pacific region; share experiences of integrated land use as it impacts sustainable land management (SLM); and facilitate the development of tools for policy analysis adapted to the Pacific.  

dates: 12-23 May 2014   location: Nadi, Western, Fiji   contact: Patrick Durst   phone: +6626974000   e-mail: Patrick.Durst@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/rap/home/meetings/list/en/?ye...  

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

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

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

Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Conference, which will convene from 15-17 May 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will bring together policymakers, practitioners and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security. The conference will: articulate an intellectual framework for resilience; identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened; assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world; identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks; set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity. Participation in the conference is by invitation only.  

dates: 15-17 May 2014   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   www: http://www.ifpri.org/event/building-resilience-food-and-nutr...  

World Mountain Forum 2014

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

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

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...  

Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

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

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

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

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

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

June 2014

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

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

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

World Environment Day 2014

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

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

2nd World Summit of Legislators

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

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

20th World Congress of Soil Science

The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS). The meeting will take advantage of the fact that the field of soil science is expanding because of the growing interest in food security and safety as well as environmental quality. In addition, many state-of-the-art emerging technologies being developed in other fields are available to adapt to soil science, creating an explosion of information and knowledge in the many fields of soil science. The 20th WCSS will provide an opportunity to examine the changes in soil science and to envision new perspectives for basic and applied soil research. The local Organizing Committee is planning to set up the various programs to encourage the participation of soil scientists from across the world.  

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

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: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/  

First Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook

This meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will provide advice on developments in the forest sector and consider the long-term outlook for forest products.  

date: 16 June 2014   venue: Palais des Nations (Room S1)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35231
 http://www.unece.org/forests/outlook/methodsandprocesses/for...  

2014 World Day to Combat Desertification

The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has selected a focus of ecosystem-based adaptation and a slogan of 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' for the 2014 events to mark the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification.  

date: 17 June 2014   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: arce@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/programmes/Event-and-campaigns/WDCD/...  

European Commission Conference on 'Land as a Resource'

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

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

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: 23-28 June 2014 [tentative]   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative]   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/  

22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry

The Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has approved the dates of the next Committee on Forestry (COFO), set for 23–27 June 2014. The biennial session will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, and will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Participants will also include representatives from other international organizations and non-governmental groups. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Italy   contact: Peter Csoka   e-mail: peter.csoka @fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/57758/en/  

UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP

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

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

2014 CIF Partnership Forum

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are jointly convening the 2014 CIF Partnership Forum, hosting more than 400 participants from civil society, the private sector, governments, indigenous peoples and academia. A special pre-conference event on 22 June, 'Stakeholder Day,' will be dedicated to discussing progress and challenges in engaging key stakeholders in the CIF's activities. During the conference, panels will address a variety of topics including managing climate change programs and unlocking private finance from mini-grids to REDD+. The CIF is the world's largest group of funds for climate action, channeling $8 billion to low carbon and climate resilient development.  

dates: 23-24 June 2014     Stakeholder Day on 22 June 2014   venue: Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall Main Road (A1)   location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica   www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/content/get-ready...
 https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/event-partnership...  

2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

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

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

July 2014

Second Global Soil Partnership Plenary

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

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

September 2014

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

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

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

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

October 2014

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: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

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

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: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/news_releases/id=3795
 http://www.itto.int/council_committees/  

Second UN Conference on LLDCs

The 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, titled ‘Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2014,' has four key aims. It aims to: undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action; identify international, regional, subregional and national international trade and transit transport cooperation policies and review transit transport systems within the context of new and emerging challenges, partnerships and opportunities; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special development needs of and the challenges faced by LLDCs; and mobilize international support and action by and for LLDCs, including the formulation and adoption of a renewed development partnership framework for the next decade. In advance of the conference, the Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Conference is expected to hold two sessions at UN Headquarters in New York, the US: the first from 12-13 June; and the second from 11-12 September.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: UN-OHRLLS   www: http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2014/01/A.68.708E...
 http://unohrlls.org/about-lldcs/comprehensive-ten-year-revie...  

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: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...  

ForestSAT 2014: A Bridge between Forest Sciences, Remote Sensing and Geo-Spatial Applications

Organized by several Italian institutions in coordination with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA), and European Environment Agency (EEA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the ForestSAT 2014 conference will promote the integration of Earth observation with other geo‐spatial applications and traditional forest sciences. The conference covers all possible scientifically-based developments and applications of remote-sensing and geographic information system (GIS) tools for monitoring, mapping or modeling forest systems, and aims to facilitate a better understanding of their function and to support their inventory and sustainable management.  

dates: 4-7 November 2014   location: Italy   additional: Riva del Garda, Trento   e-mail: info@forestsat2014.com   www: http://forestsat2014.com/  

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: trevor.sandwith@iucn.org   www: http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/gpap_home/?11730/I...  

5th International Conference on Deserts, Drylands and Desertification

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

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

December 2014

UNFCCC COP 20

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2014 in Peru. Venezuela has offered to host a pre-COP ministerial meeting,  

dates: 1-12 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

May 2015

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

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  

September 2015

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

The 14th World Forestry Congress, hosted by the Republic of South Africa, and convened by the the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them. The Congress is intended to raise awareness and provide a forum for discussions on forestry-related technical, scientific and policy 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) 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  

November 2015

UNFCCC COP 21

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228 815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://www.unfccc.int  

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