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February 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK   e-mail: inclusion@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/c20conv_grow
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/421160  

April 2014

Africa Clean Energy Summit

The 2014 African Clean Energy Summit (ACES) will bring together decision makers, policymakers, industry leaders, investors, experts and media under the theme of Sustainable Energy for All. Participants from around the world are invited to explore the challenges and opportunities for renewable energy through an international exhibition, technical sessions, business forums and other concurrent activities. The event will also inaugurate the Africa Women Roundtable on Clean Energy and Energy Poverty and the Africa Children and Youth Roundtable on Clean Energy and Green Lifestyle. The African Union Commission (AUC) and Government of Nigeria are organizing the Summit, with support from various other partners.  

dates: 22-24 April 2014   location: Abuja, Nigeria   contact: Wale Akinwumi   phone: +234–803–316-4567   e-mail: olawaleakinwumi@gmail.com   www: http://africacleanenergysummit.com/  

Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014

In the near term, over US$40 billion of investment is needed per annum for sub-Saharan Africa to address the energy gap hindering its economic growth. This event will bring together key policymakers, investors, financiers, independent power producers and technology providers to explore sub-Saharan Africa's solar energy infrastructure development for rural electrification and energy intensive industrial applications.  

dates: 23-24 April 2014   venue: Golden Tulip Hotel   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Reema Raj   e-mail: r.raj@magenta-global.com.sg   www: http://magenta-global.com.sg/subsaharanafricasolar2014/  

Sixth International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (IPCI)

This conference aims to promote dialogue among parliamentarians from all regions of the world on the implementation of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action, with a view to further collective action to mobilize resources and create an enabling policy environment. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the ICPD. It is expected to produce a declaration and action plan that will serve as a launching pad for a new phase of commitments. The Government of Sweden, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the EU and the Government of Germany, through GIZ, are supporting the conference.  

dates: 23-25 April 2014   venue: Stockholm City Conference Centre, Drottninggatan 71B 111 36 Stockholm   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: European Parliamentary Forum   phone: +32 (0)2 500 86 50   fax: +32 (0)2 511 67 62   e-mail: secretariat@epfweb.org   www: http://www.ipci2014.org/en
 https://www.unfpa.org/public/home/parliamentarians/pid/15701  

Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Framework

This thematic debate is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). They are focusing on the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions, with the objective of generating concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic debate will include an opening segment, three interactive stakeholder panel discussions and a closing segment. The debate will take place over one and a half days. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 24-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

Expert Meeting on Global Justice, Poverty Eradication and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The meeting is organized jointly by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC). It aims at producing high-level input to two processes: the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; and the preparation of the Third World Social Science Forum, to be held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2015, along with the next edition of the World Social Science Report, to be published in 2016.  

dates: 28-29 April 2014   venue: UNESCO headquarters, 7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNESCO   phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...  

Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation

This high-level, multi-stakeholder conference is a follow-up to the UN-led Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It aims to discuss the linkages between conversations on Africa's development, the post-2015 development agenda and an African agenda on inequalities. It further aims to build a common understanding of economic, social and political inequalities and how to address them through a structural transformation agenda. The conference is expected to result in a statement on ‘The Africa We Want' as a contribution to global discussions on ‘The World We Want'. The conference will include an opening by the President of Ghana, high-level panels, presentations, plenaries and parallel group discussions. A two-day meeting with civil society participants after the conference will map out a strategic action plan.  

dates: 28-30 April 2014   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   e-mail: africaninequalities-info@gmail.com   www: http://africainequalities.org/conference/
 http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/430516  

May 2014

Interactive Dialogue on Monitoring and Accountability for Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) will convene an interactive dialogue on 1 May 2014, to address 'Elements for a monitoring and accountability framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. The outcome will provide an input into the report of the UN Secretary-General synthesizing all inputs available by the end of 2014. The dialogue is meant to respond to the "growing interest among Member States" to discuss the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 1 May 2014   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/4102014Inte...  

Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This special thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 'Culture and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda', held in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will consider the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The debate is expected to address how to: maximize the contribution of culture to poverty eradication; leverage cultural heritage and cultural and creative industries to contribute to poverty eradication, education, the environment, sustainable urbanization and inclusive and peaceful societies; enhance the interrelationship between culture and the environment; safeguard cultural resources in view of sustainable urbanization; and mobilize culture in social cohesion, peace and reconciliation. The UNGA requested the UNGA President to hold a special thematic debate on this topic in its Resolution on Culture and sustainable development (A/RES/68/223). A background note describes the contributions of culture and references key milestones recognizing culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development; lists key questions the debate will address; and gives details on the intended format, outcome and participants. The President will issue a summary at the conclusion of the debate.  

date: 5 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/03072014TD%...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/events/culture_sd.shtml  

MY World Week of Global Action

To date, 1.5 million people have voted for their priorities for the future development agenda through the MY World Survey. The MY World Week of Global Action seeks to reach more people and ensure that no one is left behind, with the aim of reaching 2 million votes. MY World encourages people to take action in their communities to ensure that everyone, especially those without internet, have the opportunity to vote in the survey.  

dates: 5-12 May 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: support@myworld2015.org   www: http://myworldweekofaction.pdf
 http://www.myworld2015.org/  

2014 World Conference on Youth

The 2014 World Conference on Youth will be held from 6-10 May 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Conference will bring together youth aged 18-30 to discuss the integration of young people into the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 6-10 May 2014   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka   e-mail: wcy2014@srilankayouth.lk   www: http://www.worldyouthconference2014.org/index.html
 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574575629289852&set=...  

13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13)

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will hold its 13th session in May 2014. The PFII was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000 to advise the UN system on indigenous people's issues. The PFII session will address the theme of "Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)."  

dates: 12-23 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 42nd-48th St and 1st Avenue, New York   location: New York City, US   contact: Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII)   phone: 917 367 5100   fax: +1 (917) 367-5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx  

Clean Energy Ministerial 5 (CEM5)

The Republic of Korea is hosting the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), which will gather energy ministers and other high-level delegates from over 20 of the world's largest economies to identify avenues to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM5 will focus specifically on identifying smart policies, programmes, and strategies to improve energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and energy access expansion. It is also anticipated that governments will announce specific new commitments to advance these goals at the meeting. Participants include the 23 CEM government ministers and delegates, official observer organisations and other invited stakeholders.  

dates: 12-13 May 2014   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea   contact: CEM Secretariat   e-mail: CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM5  

Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF), the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will bring together African Governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society representatives, members of academic institutions, local governments, private sector organizations, the media, and youth at the Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting is expected to result in an African position on a Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).  

dates: 13-16 May 2014   venue: ECOWAS Main Conference Hall   location: Abuja, Nigeria   e-mail: isdr.afrp@unisdr.unon.org   www: http://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/35308
 http://www.preventionweb.net/english/hyogo/regional/platform...  

Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

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

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

Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

Fourth Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014

The fourth GIB Summit will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland on 21-22 May 2014, and will focus on 'Mainstreaming Sustainability in Infrastructure Finance and Investment'. The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014 will begin with an interactive, participant-centred workshop titled 'Financing Infrastructure Projects in Cities – Avoiding Traps and Achieving Sustainability'. The session will use the case study discussion method to draw out key issues, best practices and useful tools for financing sustainable infrastructure. Round table discussions, workshops, plenaries, and investment forums will provide a unique platform for interaction among global leaders, investors, project developers and practitioners to address issues including: removing the bottleneck of greenfield projects through early-stage financing; creditworthiness of cities; sustainable infrastructure as an asset class; and spurring sustainable infrastructure development with new approaches.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland   contact: Global Infrastructure Basel   phone: +41 61 205 10 80   e-mail: info@gib-foundation.org   www: http://www.gib-foundation.org/gib-summit/  

World Mountain Forum 2014

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

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

46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.  

dates: 25-30 May 2014   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +(202) 473-0508   fax: +(202) 522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/calendar-date/2014-05
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/news/mexico-host-5th-assembly-glob...  

ECOSOC Integration Segment

'Sustainable urbanization' will be the focus of the first-ever Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The primary objective of the Integration Segment is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to demonstrate how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attending the three-day event will be high-level representatives of Member States, including ministers and mayors, the UN system and civil society actors. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions, dialogues, and a town-hall style meeting. High-level roundtable breakfasts and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders will offer opportunities for ministers, mayors and other stakeholders to engage with each other on the future of cities.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/  

Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015

The event titled 'Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015' will promote a comprehensive approach to sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its developing member countries (DMCs). The dialogue aims to raise awareness and capacity of DMCs on sustainable sanitation through discussion of elements of successful projects, such as an enabling policy environment, technology and financing options and planning and project preparation tools. It also aims to enhance DMCs' preparedness to conceptualize, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects that increase access to sanitation and promote effective wastewater management. Discussion topics will include: adoption of appropriate technology options; promoting innovative contracts and incentives; addressing policy gaps; dealing with financing, viability and affordability issues; and demonstrating health, socioeconomic and environmental benefits. The event is part of ADB and DMC efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the number of people without access to improved sanitation.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: ADB   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia, ADB   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-adb-dmc-and-partners-sani...  

Resilient Cities 2014: Fifth Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

Also known as 'Resilient Cities 2014,' this Forum is organized by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and co-sponsored by UN-HABITAT, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The event will focus on: risk data and analysis; adaptation planning and policy; comprehensive adaptation approaches; collaborative and community-based adaptation; resilient infrastructure and city-region support systems; and governance and capacity building.  

dates: 29-31 May 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Alice Balbo, ICLEI World Secretariat   phone: +49 (0)228-976-299-28   fax: +49 (0)228-976-299-0   e-mail: resilient.cities@iclei.org   www: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/bonn2013/about/  

June 2014

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

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

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

UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The third dialogue will be held on 4 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for the dialogue will be 'Identifying the potential for development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies and identifying options for the way forward'.  

date: 4 June 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

First Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

This high-level event will serve as the formal global launch of the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All, and as the first of regular yearly global platforms for launching new initiatives and projects in support of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and reporting on the progress of the initiative. The first day will be dedicated to SE4ALL multi-stakeholder partnerships, and consist of parallel sessions of highlighting progress made and lessons learned by SE4ALL partners on: universalizing energy access; doubling the amount of renewables in the energy mix; and doubling the rate of progress on energy efficiency. The second day will include an SE4ALL Advisory Board Meeting and High-level Global Leaders Dialogue, while the third day High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on "Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".  

dates: 4-6 June 2014   location: New York City, US   e-mail: forum@se4all.org  

2nd World Summit of Legislators

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

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

Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 9-10 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

2nd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) are organizing this conference to convene off-grid renewable energy stakeholders to: gain insights into the current status of electricity access in Asia and gather stakeholder perspectives on improving access to modern energy services; discuss barriers faced in scaling up off-grid renewable energy deployment; identify solutions for overcoming barriers; and sharing best practices and lessons about design and implementation of policies and financing solutions. The meeting will take place as a component of the ADB's Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), taking place from 16-20 June 2014 at the same location.  

dates: 16-17 June 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   e-mail: offgridconference@irena.org   www: http://www.iorec.org  

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2014

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Energy Council (WEC), and will gather stakeholders from academia, industry, civil society, government and multilateral institutions to discuss clean energy in the Asia. The meeting aims to be more demand-driven than in previous years, and will focus on offering opportunities for practical discussions. The 2nd International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) will take place on 16-17 June 2014, as part of the ACEF.  

dates: 16-20 June 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Aiming Zhou   phone: +632 632 5602   fax: +63 2 636 2444   e-mail: azhou@adb.org   www: http://www.asiacleanenergyforum.org  

European Commission Conference on 'Land as a Resource'

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

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

2014 CIF Partnership Forum

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

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

2014 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

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

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

July 2014

UNGA Dialogue 4 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

Through General Assembly Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The fourth dialogue will be held on 23 July 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The theme for the dialogue will be 'Possible arrangements to enhance technology facilitation'.  

date: 23 July 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

August 2014

WHO Conference on Health and Climate

This three-day conference, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring together leading experts in the fields of health and climate change, to discuss: strengthening health system resilience to climate risks; and promoting health while mitigating climate change. Within each of these themes the conference will make recommendations on policy options to maximize health benefits, and the specific contribution of the health sector to the objectives.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: WHO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Marina Maiero   phone: +41 22 791 2402   e-mail: maierom@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/en/  

65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference is titled '2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,' is being organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and will focus on the theme of 'The role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda'. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the conference will be a declaration that will be shared with the UN system, the UN Member States, the global civil society and other stakeholders.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: DPI/NGO Relations   phone: +1 212 963 7234   e-mail: undpingo@un.org   www: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference/
 http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2014/04/65th-UN-DP...  

September 2014

High-level Stock Taking Event on Post-2015 Agenda

This event is intended to take stock following a series of six events that the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene. These events will consist of three high-level and three thematic debates under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and will take place between February and June 2013. The stock-taking event of the UNGA president is expected to focus on sustainable development goals and long-term financing for sustainable development.  

date: 1 September 2014 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the President of the UNGA   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Pos...
 http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/  

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

dates: 5-7 September 2014   venue: Yale University   location: New Haven, CT, US   contact: Alisa Zomer   e-mail: alisa.zomer@yale.edu   www: http://www.unitar.org/sites/default/files/2014_unitar-yale_c...  

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 (the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014) to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

dates: 22-23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Nilla Bernardi   phone: +1 212-963-8379   e-mail: bernardi@un.org   www: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples.aspx
 http://wcip2014.org/  

Special Session to Follow Up Programme of Action from ICPD

An 8-hour Special Session to Follow Up on the Programme of Action from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is being organized to coincide with the high-level segment of the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has urged all Member and observer States and observers to be represented at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. Member States will have opportunity to recommit themselves to the ICPD Programme of Action. Civil society is expected to be involved in this meeting, based on equitable geographic representation.  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue between 45th & 46th St, New York   location: New York City, US   contact: Mandy Kibel   phone: +1-212-297-5293   e-mail: kibel@unfpa.org   www: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/ga11342.doc.htm
 http://icpdbeyond2014.org/  

November 2014

Second UN Conference on LLDCs

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

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