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August 2014

Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Access Rights and the Regional Instrument of Principle 10 in LAC

The Working Group on Rights of Access and Regional Instrument will hold its sixth virtual meeting. The working group was established by the Plan of Action to 2014 for the implementation of the Declaration of Principle 10, adopted in April 2013 in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to advance towards the formulation of a regional instrument. The working group's objective is to deepen knowledge on access rights with a view to making a proposal on the nature and contents of the regional instrument.  

date: 1 August 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/rio20/principio10
 http://www.eclac.cl/rio20/noticias/paginas/5/50785/G2_-_Minu...  

WaterLinks Forum 2014

WaterLinks Forum 2014 will focus on urban water insecurity and wastewater efficiency in Asia and the Pacific through the lenses of climate change, disaster preparedness and water scarcity. Technical presentations will take place on water loss reduction, wastewater management and reuse, water quality monitoring and management, and climate change resilience. The Forum will also include a partnership matchmaking and networking session, and an innovation and knowledge fair. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supports WaterLinks through the Water Operators Partnerships (WOPs) Program. WaterLinks is organizing the Forum with support from ADB, the International Water Association (IWA), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance.  

dates: 11-13 August 2014   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Anna Romelyn Almario   phone: +632 632 4444   fax: +632 636 2198   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/waterlinks-forum-2014?ref=sec...  

Meeting of the "Friends of the Convention on Biological Diversity"

With financial support from Switzerland, and co-sponsored by India and the Republic of Korea, this meeting will bring together, among others, members of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the incoming COP President, as well as representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous and local communities (ILCs), and the scientific community. Participants will discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including through innovative partnerships, and consider, inter alia: national-level implementation; actions that might be taken at the international level to help advance achievement of the Strategic Plan; and how to mainstream biodiversity in other international discussions, for instance, in the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.  

dates: 14-15 August 2014   venue: Kartause Ittingen, Warth, 8532 Warth-Weiningen   location: Switzerland   additional: Kartause Ittingen   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-095-frien...  

Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation on the Principle 10 Declaration in LAC

The Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation will hold its 6th virtual meeting. The working group was established by the Plan of Action to 2014 for the implementation of the Declaration of Principle 10, adopted in April 2013 in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to advance towards the formulation of a regional instrument. The working group's objective is to formulate a proposal to intensify regional and international cooperation on the basis of training and financing needs and options, for both the public sector and the public in general.  

date: 22 August 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/rio20/principio10
 http://www.cepal.org/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/rio20/agenda/8...  

Interactive Meeting with Civil Society on Post-2015 Stocktaking Event

The Interactive Meeting with Civil Society for the High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda will provide civil society, including NGOs, the media, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders with the opportunity to reflect upon the various post-2015 development-related processes that have occurred during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, and to identify possible inputs to the forthcoming Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General; the work of the 69th UNGA; and the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 26 August 2014     1:15-2:30pm   venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of the UNGA President   phone: 917-367-4718   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/events/  

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/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-h...  

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/2014/04/15/65th-dpingo-c...
 http://www.unric.org/en/latest-un-buzz/29176-un-and-ngos-to-...  

September 2014

Asia Pacific Conference on Development Justice

The Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) is holding its biennial Asia Pacific Conference on Development Justice on the theme of 'Building a People's Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda'. The conference will bring together civil society organisations including research NGOs, grassroots leaders, and activists from the region to discuss the global process of creating the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from the perspective of promoting development justice. As indicated on the registration page, the conference will be preceded by a one-day Pre-Conference Capacity Workshop for CSO Engagement of the Post-2015 Process. Following the Asia Pacific Conference on Development Justice (APRN Biennial Conference), a one-day, members-only General Council Meeting will take place.  

dates: 1-2 September 2014   location: Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China   contact: APRN Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@aprnet.org   www: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rdBOE8sCdi8JpmCugqFZaG9kEAh...
 http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/445929  

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: Alice Dauriach   e-mail: envdem@unitar.org   www: http://www.unitar.org/sites/default/files/2014_unitar-yale_c...  

UNGA High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), John Ashe, is convening a High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on 'Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report.' The provisional programme is available, as well as an updated concept note.  

dates: 11-12 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/8stockt...  

6th International Conference on Flood Management

The 6th International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM6) will bring together participants to exchange ideas and experiences around the theme 'floods in a change environment'. Sub-themes to be addressed include: urban floods; floods in a changing climate; flood risk management in mega cities; impact of climate change on flood risk; land use and floods, landslides and erosion; flood forecasting and early warning systems; and flood resilient societies through community preparedness.  

dates: 16-18 September 2014   location: Sao Paulo, Brazil   contact: Brazilian Water Resource Association   phone: +51 3308 6652   fax: +51 3493 2233   e-mail: abrh@abrh.org.br   www: http://www.abrh.org.br/icfm6/  

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition

The International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition will provide participants with the opportunity to engage on a variety of thematic tracks, including: cities, utilities and industries leading change; re-charting the course of water resources; enabling progress with good governance, sustainable finance and information and communication technologies (ICT); water quality, safety and human health; and water and wastewater processes and treatments.  

dates: 21-26 September 2014   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: IWA   phone: +31 70 315 0792   fax: +31 70 347 7005   e-mail: 2014lisbon@iwahq.org   www: http://www.iwa2014lisbon.org/  

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution (A/RES/66/296) to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 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 UNGA 69 and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the UN 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 of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the 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/  

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...  

October 2014

Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV)

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 8-10 October 2014   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: UNECA   phone: +251 11 5515826   fax: +251 11 5510365   e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/media-centre/stories/morocco-host-fourt...  

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...  

Fourth Meeting of Signatory Countries of Principle 10 Declaration in LAC

The Fourth Meeting of the Focal Points designated by the Governments of the Signatory Countries of the Principle 10 Declaration in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to define the nature and content of the regional instrument. The public is encouraged to participate in the process through a Public Regional Mechanism.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   venue: ECLAC Headquarters, Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   phone: (56-2) 22102310   e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org   www: http://www.cepal.org/rio20/principio10  

Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will emphasize accomplishing the three Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) objectives through a regional agenda and sharing of experiences, namely universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030 globally. The Forum is organized by the Government of Tunisia and the UN Economic Commissions for Europe, Western Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. A high-level dialogue on 'International Cooperation towards Sustainable Energy for All' is expected to adopt a declaration reaffirming the roles of key stakeholders and calling for joining efforts to achieve the SE4All objectives. The forum will also include a workshop on energy efficiency investments and the launch of a new UN Development Account project on promoting renewable energy investments.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia   contact: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe   fax: +41-22-917-00-38   e-mail: feei@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35706  

International Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation

The Austrian Development Agency in cooperation with AEE-INTEC, BSW Solar and GIZ sponsors a two-day conference to explore issues related to providing sustainable energy to the two billion people in developing countries that do not have access to modern energy supplies, while curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meeting growing energy demand. In particular, participants will share knowledge and experiences on projects, financing, and social, economic and political barriers associated with the diffusion of solar technologies. Through lectures, workshops and poster shows, the conference will cover: needs and market development for solar energy; financing for solar energy in developing countries; photovoltaics (PV) in development cooperation - moving from off-grid rural applications to large-scale deployment; solar thermal applications such as drying, air heating, process heat, heating and cooling, and domestic hot water; solar energy for decentralized water treatment systems; and capacity building. The organizers are expecting participants from a broad spectrum of professions, including manufacturers, suppliers, installers, energy consultants, elected officials, programme planners, financiers, scientists, engineers and students.  

dates: 6-7 November 2014   venue: Mainhaus Stadthotel Frankfurt, Lange Str. 26 60311   location: Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany   contact: Organization Committee - Gabriele Struthoff-Müller   phone: +49 941 29688-29   fax: +49 941 29688-54   e-mail: gabriele.struthoff-mueller@otti.de   www: http://www.ecreee.org/event/international-conference-solar-e...
 http://www.ecreee.org/sites/default/files/event-att/programm...  

January 2015

Arab Water Week 2015

Arab Water Week 2015 will convene under the theme 'innovations and sustainable solutions for the water sector in the Arab region'. The meeting will address a variety of sub-themes, including, inter alia: the energy efficiency dilemma in water and wastewater utilities; social responsibility and water for marginalized people; water utilities adaptation to climate change, current status and future perspectives; integrated water resources management (IWRM) and good water governance in the Arab region; the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)+ initiative towards sustainable water resources management within the sustainable development goals (SDGs); benchmarking as a tool for optimizing water and wastewater operations; and water public action and awareness in a fast, changing world.  

dates: 11-15 January 2015   location: Dead Sea {greater region}, Jordan   contact: Mustafa Nasereddin   phone: +962 6 516 1700   fax: +962 6 516 1800   e-mail: Mustafa_Nasereddin@acwua.org  

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: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: STK4SD Consortium   e-mail: 3sc.unccd@agropolis.fr   www: http://3sc.unccd.int/  

June 2015

Third High-level Political Forum

The Third High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 3), which will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015'. The HLPF is mandated to meet every year under the auspices of ECOSOC and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). HLPF 3 will convene on 26 June-2 July and 6-8 July 2015.  

dates: 26 June - 8 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (DESA)   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1838
 http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1556  

September 2015

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 21-23 September 2015.  

dates: 21-23 September 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/6242014Info...  

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...