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February 2015

INTERLAKEN+10: Governing Forest Landscapes

The Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine will convene the Country Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). The theme for this CLI, which will focus on forest governance, is ‘lessons learnt from ten years of experience and the way forward post-2015'. The meeting is meant to generate recommendations on how to integrate forest governance into the UNFF and the post-2015 development agenda. This event will be the last meeting before the eleventh session of the UNFF, where the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), the governance framework of the global forest policy dialogue, will be reviewed.  

dates: 3-6 February 2015   venue: Congress Centre Kursaal   location: Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland   contact: Christoph Duerr   e-mail: christoph.duerr@bafu.admin.ch   www: http://unff-interlaken10.org  

The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forestry Sector

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an online conference to discuss the costs and benefits of various options for climate change mitigation in the forestry sector including REDD+, green building, and the promotion of bioenergy. The conference will be organized under two themes: ‘climate change mitigation through forest management interventions', and ‘climate change mitigation through improved wood utilization'. The online discussion will take place from 6-27 February 2015.  

dates: 6-27 February 2015   location: virtual   contact: Illias Animon   e-mail: illias.animon@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/cc-mitigation-economics/en/  

Third International Conference on Natural Resource Management for Food and Rural Livelihoods

Organized by the Soil Conservation Society of India in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, this conference will address ways to boost agricultural productivity for food security and economic development, while conserving and restoring the natural resource base. Topics to be covered include: assessment, development and management of natural and human resources for livelihood and food security; integrated management of water and land resources to prevent land degradation and salinity related desertification; conservation agriculture systems for drylands, rainfed and irrigated areas; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies including carbon sequestration in soils for different land use systems; and policy frameworks for capacity building to mitigate emerging problems in natural resource management. This is a 2015 International Year of Soils event.  

dates: 10-13 February 2015   venue: National Agricultural Science Centre (NASC) Complex, DPS Marg (Pusa), New Delhi – 110012   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Shri Jagatveer Singh   phone: +911125848244   e-mail: soilcsi@gmail.com   www: http://www.icscsi2015.in/docs/First%20Circular.pdf
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/263707/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The second session will take place on 17-20 February 2015, and focus on the Declaration.  

dates: 17-20 February 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/member-states-debate-working-methods...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

FAO and UNECE Workshop: More Heat with Less Wood

This workshop will address the challenges of fostering sustainable firewood use for heating and cooking in households of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. It will provide a platform for exchanging experiences throughout the region on how to improve wood energy applications, and participants will be invited to develop guidance for providing an enabling policy framework to optimize the use of wood as a clean and healthy source of energy for households. The workshop will result in two outcomes: a collection of best practices; and a roadmap for policy makers. Participants will review and discuss the draft documents, which will be provided prior to the workshop. Participants from development agencies, academia, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations addressing heating and cooking are expected to attend the workshop. A parallel exhibition will be held from 13-27 February 2015, in order to raise awareness regarding the complexity of, and potential improvement in, firewood use in households, including regarding health and resource efficiency. It will showcase the different aspects of efficient firewood use in households, encouraging people to learn about wood, where its energy is stored, how it is transformed to heat and how to preserve this heat for household use.  

dates: 18-19 February 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, Room VII   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Florian Steierer   e-mail: florian.steierer@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=37423
 http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/timber/meetings/20150218/...  

Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

dates: 23-27 February 2015 [tentative]   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

Sustainable Land Management Week

Events held during Sustainable Land Management Week (SLM) will incorporate the needs and priorities of land administration in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in support of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A workshop on ‘Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements through Designing and Managing Public Spaces' will take place on Tuesday, 24 February, in order to discuss how sound urban public areas promote democracy, inclusiveness and openness, and enhance social cohesion. A workshop organized by the Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) will convene on Wednesday, 25 February, and will address challenges posed by illegal and unplanned urban growth in the region and tools available to governments to improve livelihoods. On Thursday and Friday, 26-27 February, the ninth session of the WPLA on ‘Land and SDGs' will meet, providing an international platform for a high-level exchange on issues related to land administration and management. Representatives of UNECE member States will review the WPLA's work in 2014 and 2015 and discuss how the UNECE can continue to work to improve land management and land administration practices in the UNECE region. The Second Meeting of International Organizations/Agencies will meet on Friday, 27 February to provide an opportunity to discuss how to work together to improve land management and administration in Europe and the UNECE region.  

dates: 24-27 February 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Amie Figueiredo, WPLA Secretariat   phone: +41 (0)22 9172625   e-mail: Amie.Figueiredo@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/hlm/slmw2015#/  

Beyond Enforcement: Communities, Governance, Incentives and Sustainable Use in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC are holding a symposium to explore the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals), and provide examples, lessons learnt and guidance in order to support governments, institutions and organizations in meeting relevant international commitments. Outputs of the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana, in March 2015.  

dates: 26-28 February 2015   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/suli-enen.html  

March 2015

Major Groups-led Initiative in Support of UNFF

The Major Groups participating in the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) are convening a workshop on sustainable forest management (SFM) under the theme, ‘Designing the vehicles for securing the means of implementation'. Expected outputs from the meeting are recommendations to be submitted to the eleventh meeting of the UNFF (UNFF11). The workshop is being supported by the Governments of Nepal and Germany in collaboration with the Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF), the UNFF Secretariat and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

dates: 2-6 March 2015   location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal   contact: Lambert Okrah   e-mail: info@mgp-forests.org   www: http://www.mgp-forests.org/  

South American Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

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

dates: 2-6 March 2015   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/highlights/detail/e...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

dates: 9-12 March 2015   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: STK4SD Consortium   e-mail: 3sc.unccd@agropolis.fr   www: http://3sc.unccd.int/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/the-bodies/The-...  

Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture

The Third Global Scientific Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is the result of a Netherlands-led initiative aimed at simultaneously addressing the themes of agriculture, food security and climate change. The Conference will continue the work of the first and second conferences, held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in 2011, and Davis, California, US, in 2013. The initiative has structured its work around two parallel processes: one to address the science of CSA and the other to focus on policy. The conference, which will focus on vulnerable countries and populations, filling research gaps and closing the science-policy divide, will be an opportunity for researchers to update knowledge of CSA and make recommendations to policymakers. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the CGIAR Consortium are among the conference organizers.  

dates: 16-18 March 2015   venue: Le Corum, Esplanade Charles De Gaulle, 34000   location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France   contact: Agropolis International   phone: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 75   fax: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 99   e-mail: csa2015.montpellier@agropolis.fr   www: http://csa2015.cirad.fr/index.php/csa2015
 http://www.cifor.org/event/climate-smart-agriculture-2015/  

IV Mediterranean Forest Week

The IV Mediterranean Forest Week is being convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Government of Spain, FOREST EUROPE and other partners in order to explore the role of Mediterranean forests in the green economy. The Week will bring together stakeholders to explore policy considerations from the Tlemcen Declaration and Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests (SFMF), promote resilient forests, consider the integration of other sectors within national forest programmes and develop an overall vision for the future of Mediterranean forests and woodlands.  

dates: 17-20 March 2015   venue: Hospital de la Santa Creu   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   contact: David Solano   e-mail: david.solano@ctfc.es   www: http://med.forestweek.org/  

37th Session Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section working party will consider guidance and issues related to work areas covered by the Working Party including: forest data, monitoring and assessment, policy dialogue and advice, and outreach and communications. The meeting will also include a celebration of the International Day of Forests 2015.  

dates: 18-20 March 2015   venue: Palais des Nations (Room V)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Florian Steierer   e-mail: florian.steierer@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests/wpfsem2015.html#/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The third session will take place on 23-27 March 2015, and focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/member-states-debate-working-methods...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2015 conference will take place under the theme, ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity,' in recognition of the role of land tenure in affecting asset distribution, land use patterns and other socio-economic outcomes at landscape, community and household levels. The conference is expected to bring together over 1,000 participants from around the world, including representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society and academia to discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance. Sessions will address ten themes on land tenure and prosperity through keynote lectures, policy roundtables and paper and poster presentations. An innovation fair will showcase the role of open data and technological innovations in improving land governance. A pre-conference workshop, ‘Monitoring land governance,' will take place in advance of the opening session on March 23 and a post-conference learning day will convene on March 27.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   venue: World Bank headquarters, 1818 H Street   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: World Bank   e-mail: landconference@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2014/08/06/landconference...  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2015

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

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

UNCCD CRIC 13

The thirteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place two weeks after the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference and fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4). CRIC 13 will be preceded by Consultations of affected country Parties of the Convention's Regional Implementation Annexes on 23 and 24 March 2015. Delegates will also discuss how to integrate ongoing processes to align national action programmes with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to sustainable land management.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   phone: +49 228 815 2800   fax: +49 228 815 2898/99   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/the-bodies/The-...
 http://www.unccd.int/Lists/SiteDocumentLibrary/CRIC/CRIC%201...  

April 2015

Third Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the GSP primarily, and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   location: Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/intergovernmental-t...  

3rd Global Soil Week

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

dates: 18-24 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: IASS Potsdam   phone: +49-331-28822-374   e-mail: globalsoilweek@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org/  

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  

2015 Global Land Forum

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

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

June 2015

48th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10937  

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  

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

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

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

Land Quality Conference 2015

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

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

Desertland II

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

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

2015 World Day to Combat Desertification

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

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

Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

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

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

August 2015

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The UN organizes International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples annually. The theme of the 2015 event is, 'Indigenous Peoples as Custodians of the Land and its Ecosystems'.  

date: 9 August 2015   location: US (worldwide)   contact: Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/InternationalDay/201...
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

September 2015

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

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

dates: 7-11 September 2015   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/  

International Forests and Water Dialogue

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

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

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

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

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

October 2015

29th Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

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

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: TBA   contact: Hivy Ortizchour   e-mail: hivy.ortizchour@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31106/en/  

UNCCD COP 12

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

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

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

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

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

CITES PC22

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10941  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

November 2015

CBD 19th Meeting of SBSTTA and 9th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention

The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19) and the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back.  

dates: 1-7 November 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-003-cop13...  

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

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

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

Joint Session of the 38th European Forestry Commission and 72nd UNECE Committee on Forest and Forest Industry

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

dates: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland   contact: Dominique Reeb   e-mail: dominique.reeb@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/en/  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM [tentative]

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

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

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  

December 2015

World Soil Day 2015

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

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

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

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

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

International Mountain Day

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

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

January 2016

28th Session of the North American Forest Commission

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

dates: 11-16 January 2016   location: Campeche, Mexico   e-mail: lvpaqueo@fs.fed.us   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31117/en/  

CITES SC66

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 11-15 January 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 http://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php  

February 2016

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

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

dates: 1-6 February 2016   location: Tanzania   contact: Foday Bojang   e-mail: foday.bojang@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/en/  

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

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

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

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

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

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

November 2016

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 30 November-11 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: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...  

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  

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: GRASP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...  

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]   location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil   contact: Gerda Wolfrum   e-mail: wolfrum@iufro.org   www: http://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/events/iwc19-press-r...