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September 2014

Bioenergy from Forest Conference

The Bioenergy from Forest Conference will address the future of bioenergy, including the creation of and access to markets worldwide, the use of national forest resources in international business, and the incorporation of forest energy resources into national strategies. Technological issues to be discussed include combustion, boiler technologies, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), and conversion technologies. The conference is scheduled to address, inter alia: sustainability; the COOL Project; the future of bioenergy in Finland; fuel production; biomass combustion and power; and gasification. The final day will give participants an opportunity to take technical tours on fuel production technologies, transport and logistics. The International Bioenergy from Forest Conference in organized by Benet Ltd.  

dates: 15-18 September 2014   venue: Marina Congress Center, Katajanokanlaituri 6, 00160   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   contact: Benet Ltd.   e-mail: bioenergy@benet.fi   www: http://www.bioenergyevents.fi/Home  

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

The 69th 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 (resolution A/RES/57/301 and decision 68/512).  

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

International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is organizing this symposium to highlight existing practices in agroecology and exchange information on the latest research and science in the field. The symposium is expected to result in an action plan for a follow-up process for Africa and Asia; contributions to an international framework for research on agroecology, including relevant economic, social, environmental and climatic aspects; and informational material such as video interviews and agroecological practices for online sharing. The two-day preliminary agenda will include inter alia: a keynote on the landscape of agroecology; plenaries covering ecosystem services, social processes and virtuous cycles in agroecology; and a high-level segment. The symposium supports Strategic Objective 2 (“Increase and improve provision of Goods and Services from Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in a sustainable manner”) of the FAO Strategic Framework.  

dates: 18-19 September 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: John Choptiany   phone: +39 06 57053969   e-mail: john.choptiany@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/agriculture/crops/thematic-sitemap/theme/...
 http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/templates/agphome/scpi/Agroecol...  

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Per A/RES/66/296 the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be held as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th UN General Assembly, and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The aims of the Conference are 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 (UNDRIP).  

dates: 22-23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   phone: +1 212-963-8379   e-mail: http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/indigenous/contact.asp   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/69/meetings/indigenous/#&panel1-...
 http://wcip2014.org/  

Equator Prize Award Ceremony

The Equator Prize Initiative will present awards to the 2014 Prize winners at a high-level ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York, US, on 22 September 2014, as a kick-off to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The event will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall   location: New York City, US   contact: Joseph Corcoran   phone: +1 646 781 4022   e-mail: joseph.corcoran@undp.org   www: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/pressre...
 http://www.equatorinitiative.org/index.php?option=com_conten...  

9th China FLUX Training Course, Arbonaut User Days 2014

This course will be convened on the theme, ‘Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Forests Carbon Management - Application of Sustainable Methodologies'. The course will cover LiDAR-based technologies, REDD+ and sustainable forest management (SFM) best practices.  

dates: 22-25 September 2014   venue: Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences   location: Beijing, China   phone: +46 90 786 83 78   e-mail: ljusk.ola.eriksson@slu.se   www: http://www.integral-project.eu/news.html  

Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three, simultaneous regional consultations, followed by one global consultation. The global consultation aims to enable e-Agriculture community members and others to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations. The regional and global consultations will also inform the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which is taking place in October 2014.  

dates: 22 September - 6 October 2014   location: virtual   contact: FAO and AMARC Secretariats   e-mail: comdev@fao.org; secretariat@si.amarc.org   www: http://www.e-agriculture.org/news/towards-concerted-action-c...  

Towards a Deforestation-free Future: The Demand-side Challenge

To be held at the margins of Climate Week, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), in collaboration with other partners, are facilitating a discussion on reducing deforestation while promoting economic growth, drawing on examples from Indonesia. Registration for the event is required prior to 15 September 2014.  

date: 22 September 2014     13:15-14:30   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1, Ground Floor   location: New York City, US   contact: Frances Davis   e-mail: events@unorcid.org  

Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP 4)

The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 4) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) will meet from 23-26 September in Mikulov, Czech Republic, to decide on the strategic policy direction of the Convention for the next three years. COP 4 also serves as the Meeting of the Parties to its Protocols on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, Sustainable Forest Management, and Sustainable Tourism. Participants will include environment ministers and high-level representatives of the seven Parties to the Convention. Parties are expected to, inter alia, review and decide upon a number of implementing documents, issue declarations and statements, and ratify the Protocol on Sustainable Transport to the Convention.  

dates: 23-26 September 2014   venue: Hotel Galant   location: Czech Republic   additional: Mikulov   contact: UNEP Vienna, Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention   phone: +43-1-260-60-5338   fax: 43-1-260-60-75338   e-mail: info@carpathianconvention.org   www: http://www.carpathianconvention.org/eventdetailcop/events/co...  

Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES)

Convened by FOREST EUROPE and hosted by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the workshop will consider how to progress the Programme of Work on the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES). The workshop will allow for the exchange of experiences on VFES and identify priorities to strengthen the consideration of VFES in national policies and market-based mechanisms.  

dates: 24-25 September 2014   location: Belgrade, Serbia   phone: +34 914458410   fax: +34 913226170   e-mail: liaison.unit.madrid@foresteurope.org   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-va...  

Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Earth Institute of Columbia University are convening this meeting to promote discussion on future priorities for research in forest and landscape governance and on the valuation of ecosystem services. Topics to be discussed include: energy supply for sustainable landscapes; challenges from climate variability and change to creating sustainable landscapes; agriculture-forestry nexus; green economy for rural prosperity; governance reform for land stewardship; and environmental and social integrity through multiple objective management of landscapes.  

date: 24 September 2014   venue: Columbia University   location: New York City, US   contact: Alex Varga   e-mail: avarga@ei.columbia.edu   www: http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/events/view/73260
 http://www.cifor.org/colloquium-on-forests-and-climate/  

CGIAR Development Dialogues

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is holding its inaugural 'Development Dialogues' to discuss forestry, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in the context of climate change and sustainable development. The event will explore integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses in support of efforts to develop sustainable food systems in the midst of climate change, population growth, increasing poverty and the feminization of agriculture. Panelists will include: Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister for Environment of Peru and President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20), and Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director of CGIAR's Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. Panel discussions will aim to move beyond the “land sparing” versus “land sharing” debates by exploring the geographic, ecological, social and political contexts that influence land use policy. The Development Dialogues will take place during Climate Week NYC alongside the UN General Assembly and the UN Climate Summit. Participants will engage in debates on the following themes: prosperous, food-secure and resilient livelihoods; healthier, innovative, capable and inclusive communities; new partnerships for development impact; and climate change-resilient agro-ecosystems.  

date: 25 September 2014   venue: Columbia University Faculty House   location: New York City, US   contact: Kamaluddin Prawiranegara   e-mail: k.prawiranegara@cgiar.org   www: http://www.cifor.org/event/cgiar-development-dialogues-2014  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

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

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: 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  

B4E Climate Summit 2014

The 2014 Business For the Environment (B4E) Climate Summit will be held under the theme 'Moving towards a Restorative Economy'. The day-long event will feature cross-sector working groups on energy, water and forestry, which will help delegates form recommendations for policymakers on supporting restorative and net positive business growth that is good for society, encourages innovation and addresses climate change. The agenda also includes sessions on: crowd-sourcing big ideas on restoration and climate change; financing a restorative future: the long-term global impacts of restoring the world's forests; and restorative and net positive innovation in small businesses. The event is expected to attract business leaders, decision makers and civil society representatives from around the world. This is the fourth Climate Summit organized by B4E.  

date: 29 September 2014   venue: Chartered Accountants' Hall, 1 Moorgate Pl, EC2R 6EA   location: London, England, UK   contact: Global Initiatives   phone: +65 6411 6610   e-mail: info@globalinitiatives.com   www: http://b4esummit.com/b4e-climate-summit-2014/  

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  

Eleventh Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF11)

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will organize the 11th Meeting of its Carbon Fund (CF11) in Washington, DC, US. This meeting is open to Carbon Fund Participants only and registration is required prior to 15 September 2014.  

dates: 6-8 October 2014   venue: Embassy Suites, 1250 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037   location: Washington D.C., US   www: https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/1448  

Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership

This meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Soil Partnership of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will finalize an Implementation Plan for the region. The meeting follows the endorsement of four Plans of Action at the Second Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly, which took place from 22-24 July 2014.  

dates: 7-10 October 2014   location: Managua, Nicaragua   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop

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

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

75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will review the current and past activities of the Committee and its Working Parties. The range of topics to be discussed includes the Country Profiles on housing and land management, sustainable housing and real estate markets, energy efficiency in the housing sector, sustainable urban development, and land management. The 75th CHLM will be preceded on 7 October 2014 by a day of informal negotiations on the draft Charter on Sustainable Housing.  

dates: 8-9 October 2014   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Gulnara Roll, CHLM Secretary   phone: +41 22 917 22 57   e-mail: Gulnara.Roll@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/housing-and-land-management/meetings-an...  

GSP Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa Representatives

Organized with the support of the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has established a Capacity Development Programme on digital mapping in Africa, to be implemented in October 2014 and January 2015. This training workshop will be held from 13-17 October in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous workshops, one of which launched the African Soil Partnership in 2013, have identified capacity development as a regional priority and a key area for improving the availability of updated soil data and information.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...  

Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming

As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO will convene an international Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) to showcase the role of Communication for Development (ComDev) methods and tools as a driver for innovation and family farmers' participation in rural development strategies. The FCCM main objectives are to: showcase the contribution of ComDev, particularly community media, to family farming, providing evidence of innovative programmes and farmer-led experiences; raise awareness about the potential of communication in agriculture and rural development, giving voice to farmers and civil society organizations, rural institutions, private sector and community media; and identify opportunities, policy options and strategic initiatives to promote ComDev policies and services in support of family farming and rural development. The Forum's recommendations are expected to contribute to the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held in Rome from 27-28 October 2014.  

dates: 23-24 October 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Mario Acunzo   phone: +39-06-570-52448   e-mail: Mario.Acunzo@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/iyff/docs/FCCM_Rome...  

47th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014

The first Africa Conference on Land Grabs will explore the theme 'Governance, Beneficiation and Sustainability: Beyond Rhetoric' through interactive, peer-reviewed parallel sessions. The conference will provide a platform for government officials, writers, academics, businesses, funders and other stakeholders to exchange views in five tracks: Understanding Land Grabs: What implications for Africa?; Community Involvement, Accountability and Beneficiation; Water Access, Food Security and the Future of Commons; Private Sector, Foreign Ownership and Sustainable Development; and Strengthening Land Governance (local, national and continental) and Cadastral Capacity. Scholarships are available for participants, with priority for individuals who will bring knowledge and skills gained at the conference to work in their communities.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   venue: Pan-African Parliament, Gallagher Estate, Private Bag X16   location: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa   phone: +27 11 056 8079   e-mail: info@africalandgrabs.co.za   www: http://www.africalandgrabs.co.za/  

Global Dialogue on Family Farming

The Global Dialogue on Family Farming is part of a series of events focusing on family farming as part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). It will bring together high-level government representatives, family farmers, CSOs, development agencies, academia and the private sector to take stock of the momentum created during the IYFF and discuss next steps for a pro-family farming agenda for action after the official conclusion of the IYFF. The event will consider recommendations from a series of regional consultations on family farming held throughout the Year. It will also consider outcomes from the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which will take place immediately before the Global Dialogue.  

dates: 27-28 October 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Mario Acunzo   phone: +39-06-570-52448   e-mail: Mario.Acunzo@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/events/coming-events/...  

Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015

This workshop is being convened as a contribution to the work of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in order to consider options for a future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). The country-led initiative workshop will build on the work of the first Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG1), which considered views from Parties on the matter as well as the report of the Independent Assessment. The results of the workshop will be submitted to the second AHEG as well as to the eleventh session of the UNFF. This link will be functional as of 15 June: http://cli2014china.forestry.gov.cn/.  

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

Sixteenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will convene the sixteenth 'Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change' in order to consider progress and challenges in forest-based climate change mitigation.  

date: 30 October 2014   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Claire Biason-Lohier   phone: +1-202-470-3888   fax: +1-202-944-3315   e-mail: cbiason@rightsandresources.org   www: http://www.rightsandresources.org/news-events/rri-dialogue-s...  

November 2014

CMS COP 11

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

dates: 3-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/news/PRESS/nwPR2013/12_dec/nw_021213_ecua...  

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

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

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

Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (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,' will aim 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. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Conference held its first meeting on 12-13 June 2014. The second meeting will take place on 2-3 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, preceded by informal consultations on the zero draft text of the outcome document.  

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...  

FOREST EUROPE Round Table on updating the Sustainable Forest Management Tools

During this round table, proposals to consolidate pan-European policies and tools in Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) will be explored. Discussions will be based, among others, on the results of the FOREST EUROPE Expert Group to Propose Improvements in Tools for Sustainable Forest Management, whose work is now focused on a proposal of an updated set of pan-European indicators.  

date: 3 November 2014   location: Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain   phone: 34 914458410   fax: 34 913226170   e-mail: liaison.unit.madrid@foresteurope.org   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/news/save-these-dates-announceme...  

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/  

FOREST EUROPE Round Table on Topics for the next Ministerial Conference

Participants in this meeting will discuss possible topics for the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, to be held in Madrid, Spain, in October 2015.  

dates: 4-5 November 2014   location: Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain   phone: 34 914458410   fax: 34 913226170   e-mail: liaison.unit.madrid@foresteurope.org   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/news/save-these-dates-announceme...  

FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting for the Preparations of the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference

According to the Oslo Ministerial Mandate, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe shall present its work to a FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference (EMC) for its consideration and possible adoption. The EMC will be held in October 2015, back-to-back with the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference. The preparations for the EMC will start with this expert Level meeting.  

dates: 6-7 November 2014   location: Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain   phone: 34 914458410   fax: 34 913226170   e-mail: liaison.unit.madrid@foresteurope.org   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/news/save-these-dates-announceme...  

Conference on Land Policy in Africa

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

dates: 11-14 November 2014   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Joan C. Kagwanja (Chief, LPI)   fax: F+251-11-551-4416   e-mail: africalandconference@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa  

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

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

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

5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts 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  

72nd Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will consider the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' which consists of five pillars: sustainable production and consumption of forest products, a low carbon forest sector, decent green jobs in the forest sector, long term provision of forest ecosystem services, and policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy. The workshop will also address forest resources assessment and reporting issues and develop guidance on implementation of the UNECE/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Integrated Programme of Work.  

dates: 18-21 November 2014   location: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation   contact: Paola Deda   e-mail: Paola.deda@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests/kazan2014.html  

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  

Global Landscapes Forum

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

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

International Mountain Day 2014

Organized under the theme 'Mountain Farming,' the 2014 International Mountain Day will focus on highlighting the rapid transformation of family farming in mountain regions driven by population growth and economic globalization, among other factors. 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. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Day will also constitute one of the concluding events of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and link to relevant FAO publications and programmes.  

date: 11 December 2014   location: worldwide   contact: Thomas Hofer   e-mail: thomas.hofer@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/internationalmountainday/en/  

January 2015

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

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

dates: 12-17 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/news/564-invitation-to-ipbes-third-plen...
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Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2)

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

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

February 2015

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

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

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

March 2015

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/  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2015

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

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

April 2015

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: 19-23 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

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

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

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

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

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

October 2015

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

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

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

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

November 2015

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

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

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

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

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