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February 2015

E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are organizing an e-discussion on the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2015 theme, ‘Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What will it take'. The e-discussion aims to provide ECOSOC with concrete proposals for defining next steps in transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs. It will focus on four thematic areas: policy choices and mindset change for an integrated agenda; adaptation by institutions, structures and individuals; partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs and post-2015 agenda; and monitoring and review. Contributions will be posted on ECOSOC's website and included in a summary report prepared by DESA and UNDP, which is then expected to serve as an input into the UN Secretary-General's report on the ECOSOC theme.  

dates: 17 February - 17 March 2015   location: virtual   www: http://www.unteamworks.org/amr2015  

March 2015

South American Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

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

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

Second Meeting of the ITPGR Technical Committee on Sustainable Use of PGRFA

The Committee will provide advice to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on the coordination of the programme of work on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other relevant processes, and the development of a toolbox on the sustainable use of PGRFA.  

dates: 2-3 March 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/second-meeting-ad-hoc-tec...  

46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission

The 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) will agree on modalities for the development of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) is expected to prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework. The annotated provisional agenda (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-1-Agenda-Rev-E.pdf), provisional programme of work (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-L1-Timetable-E.pdf), and side events (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/SideEvents_2015.htm) are available.  

dates: 3-6 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/commission_46th_session.h...  

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent. Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, in order to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

date: 3 March 2015   location: worldwide   contact: Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission   e-mail: dinfo@africa-union.org   www: http://www.au.int  

Regional Dialogue on Sustainability Science Policy to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This regional workshop on Sustainability Science will focus on how sustainability science can address economy-environment interactions and contribute to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is expected to develop: a policy paper and strategy for the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology 2016-2020; and a regional framework and tools to implement sustainability science. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta office is organizing the workshop in collaboration with the Malaysia FIT Programme on the ‘Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)' and Japan FIT Programme on the ‘Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)'.  

dates: 4-6 March 2015   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: Rahmah Elfithri or Joana Vitorica Onaindia   e-mail: elfith@ukm.my   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/natural-sciences-...  

High-Level Policy Dialogue on Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action on LDCs

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Government of Cambodia, is organising this dialogue for ministers and senior officials from 12 Asia-Pacific LDCs, plus Yemen. Policy makers will discuss implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) on LDCs for the period 2011-2020. The meeting will adopt a draft outcome document to be presented to the Special Body on LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) at ESCAP's 71st session, for consideration as the basis for the regional mid-term review of the IPoA.  

dates: 4-6 March 2015   venue: Empress Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia   contact: Marin Yari   phone: +66-2-2881630   fax: +66-2-2881090   e-mail: yari.unescap@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/resources/concept-note-high-level-pol...
 http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Concept%20note%20...  

UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the post-2015 development agenda. The debate will focus on measures to advance gender equality and women's economic and political empowerment at all levels, including education. Organizational arrangements were updated in a 2 December 2014 note of the President: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021214_hl-thematic-debates.pdf  

date: 6 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/060315_hltd-gender-equality-empowermen...
 http://www.un.org/pga/calendar/  

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) will focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The Beijing+20 review will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the UN General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action. The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 9-20 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UN Women   phone: +1 646 781-4400   fax: +1 646 781-4444   www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015
 http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=278&type=13...  

UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Participants are expected to agree a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

dates: 14-18 March 2015   location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan   contact: UNISDR   phone: +41-2291-78907   fax: +41-2291-78964   e-mail: isdr@un.org   www: http://www.wcdrr.org/  

Third Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture

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

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

17th Session of the GCOS/GTOS/WCRP Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate

The 17th session of the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take place from 16-17 March 2015, in Zurich, Switzerland. The session documents will be made available on the TOPC website.  

dates: 16-17 March 2015   location: Zurich, Switzerland   contact: GCOS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8067   fax: +41-22-730-8052   e-mail: GCOSJPO@wmo.int   www: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=Calendar
 http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=TOPC  

IV Mediterranean Forest Week

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

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

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

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

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

ICAO Environmental ?Seminars in the European and North Atlantic Region

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 18-19 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 19-20 March 2015, in Warsaw, Poland, for the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing?. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

dates: 18-20 March 2015   location: Warsaw, Poland   contact: ICAO   phone: +1-514-954-8219   fax: +1-514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Pages/20...
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Document...  

20th Session of the GCOS/WCRP Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate

The 20th session of the Atmospheric Observation Panel for Climate (AOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take place from 18-20 March 2015, in Zurich, Switzerland. The session documents will be made available on the AOPC website.  

dates: 18-20 March 2015   location: Zurich, Switzerland   contact: GCOS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8067   fax: +41-22-730-8052   e-mail: GCOSJPO@wmo.int   www: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=Calendar
 http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=AOPC  

International Day of Forests

The 2015 International Day of Forests will be celebrated under the theme 'Forests / Climate / Change' in order to build greater awareness of the important role of forests and trees in sequestering and storing carbon. The theme aims to highlight how forests and climate change are linked and to rally global support for greater action and change. A video for the day is available along with key messages, posters and banners.  

date: 21 March 2015   location: worldwide   e-mail: cpf@un.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/international-day-of-forests/en/  

World Water Day 2015

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The Day will seek to encourage the exploration of how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Twitter: #WorldWaterDay, #WaterIs, #Water & #Sustainability, @UN-Water.  

date: 22 March 2015   location: worldwide   contact: UN Water   e-mail: unwater@un.org   www: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session

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

dates: 23-27 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/sdgsandtarget...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

Tenure and Fishing Rights 2015 (User Rights)

This global conference on tenure and fishing rights will focus on rights-based approaches for fisheries. It aims to share experiences and information on the application of rights-based approaches to responsible fisheries and social development, particularly in areas where tenure governance is weak. Participants will discuss concepts of tenure and users rights to support fisheries stakeholders and policymakers in designing and implementing arrangements for efficient, equitable and sustainable resource utilization and development. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is hosting the conference with the Government of Cambodia's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia   contact: Rebecca Metzner, Chief FIPI, FAO   e-mail: Rebecca.Metzner@FAO.org   www: http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40684/en  

ICAO Environmental ?Seminars in the Middle East Region

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 23-24 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 24-25 March 2015, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the Middle East Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

dates: 23-25 March 2015   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: ICAO   phone: +1-514-954-8219   fax: +1-514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Pages/20...  

World Meteorological Day 2015

Celebrated annually on 23 March in commemoration of the entry into force, in 1950, of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and in celebration of the contribution of national meteorological and hydrological services to society, the 2015 World Meteorological Day will be held under the theme 'Climate Knowledge for Climate Action'. The Twitter hashtag for the day will be #WorldMetDay.  

date: 23 March 2015   location: worldwide   contact: WMO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8111   fax: +41-22-730-8111   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: http://www.wmo.int/worldmetday/  

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  

Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa

This meeting, organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, will aim to promote a new regulatory framework for the region and is expected to result in the adoption of a declaration on the regional implementation of this framework. Topics of discussion will include: market access liberalization; air carrier ownership and control; consumer protection; air transport connectivity enhancement; taxes and charges; regulatory responses for passengers; and the cost of regulatory differences. The event will be organized in partnership with the Civil Aviation of Madagascar.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   location: Antananarivo, Madagascar   contact: ICAO   phone: +1-514-954-8219   fax: +1-514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/AirTransport-Madagascar/Pages/d...  

Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

dates: 25-31 March 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: UNECA   phone: +251 11 551 5826   e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/cfm2015  

High-Level Conference on the Data Revolution in Africa

This high level conference will take place under the theme, ‘Setting the scene for a sustainable development agenda powered by Data Revolution in Africa'. It will address topics related to: areas in Africa that lack data; the role of “African” data in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); adoption of data revolution principles and national level implementation; the balance between comparable data for monitoring development goals and data that can contribute to local level change; harmonization of national statistical data; and the role of data in contributing to Agenda 2063. The conference is expected to result in the adoption of a set of principles to power the data revolution in Africa and an African Data revolution road map with short, medium and long-term action plans. The high level conference will be preceded by a two-day technical session with working groups and breakout sessions, from 27-28 March. The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) serve as the co-organizers.  

dates: 27-29 March 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   www: http://www.uneca.org/datarevolution?utm_source=Development+I...  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2015

The 2015 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment, chaired by Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia), Vice-President of ECOSOC, will bring together Heads of States and Governments, ministers, governors, mayors, the UN system, the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization (ILO), civil society, academia and the private sector. The segment will focus on 'achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all'.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2015   location: New York City, US   www: http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=279&type=13...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/2015/index.shtml  

UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development

The third session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development will take place in March 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 30-31 March 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   fax: 41 22 917 0214   e-mail: meetings@unctad.org   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=645  

April 2015

2015 Global Forum on Development

The Global Forum on Development, which will focus on the theme ‘Post-2015 Financing for Sustainable Development,' will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss how different streams of finance work together, in advance of the third UN Financing for Development (FfD) Conference, which will take place in July 2015. Participants will discuss: how developing countries interpret the global policy agenda on the ground; how to realistically track goals and their financing; national constraints that affect development finance policy and practice; and the role of the private sector, foundations, institutional investors and other non-state actors in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

date: 1 April 2015   venue: OECD Headquarters, 2, rue André Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: OECD   e-mail: oecd.gfd@oecd.org   www: http://www.oecd.org/site/oecdgfd/  

16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 16th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 6-10 April 2015. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

dates: 6-10 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Secretary of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea   phone: +(212) 963-5915   fax: +(212) 963-5847   e-mail: doalos@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...  

FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector

As part of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), hearings with civil society and the business sector will be hosted by the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, with support from the Financing for Development Office (FFDO) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Susan Alzner   phone: 212-963-3125   e-mail: info@un-ngls.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd/prep...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd/csbs...  

DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take?

A Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 8-10 April 2015. The Symposium, organized by the Republic of Korea and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is the first high-level preparatory event for the 2016 DCF. It will engage up to 200 high-level experts from a wide range of stakeholders. It will focus on how to bring together commitments on financing and other means of implementation (MOI) from the Monterrey and Rio processes, in order to allow countries and other stakeholders to take an integrated approach to development cooperation, ensure more robust monitoring and accountability for progress and achieve better and more lasting development results.  

dates: 8-10 April 2015   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfrok.shtml  

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the French Government, with the regional Government of Martinique, will convene this meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Invited participants will discuss: renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, which will provide islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea. Energy is a critical development challenge for islands, and most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at a high cost; thus, fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a policy priority, realizing such a transition is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills and limited access to finance.  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   location: Martinique   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971 2 417 9000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

Advancing Natural Capital Accounting in Government, Business and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions

This invitation-only event will bring together representatives from the public sector, international initiatives, knowledge centers, multilateral bodies, leading companies, financial institutions and academia to discuss steps that can be taken to create an enabling environment for the adoption of natural capital accounting (NCA) by governments, businesses and the financial sector. The purpose of the event is to engage experts and practitioners in the creation of a multi-stakeholder NCA platform. Specific topics include: the business case for NCA; how the uptake of NCA can be incentivized in various global and national contexts; uptake challenges, success stories and lessons learned from around the world; and how NCA policy options fit within the design of policy instruments for broader natural capital and environmental management. The meeting is being organized by Globe International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Natural Capital Coalition, National Capital Declaration, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Bank Group.  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Ekaterina Grigoryeva   e-mail: egrigoryeva@worldbankgroup.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/04/08/advancing-natu...  

Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The second drafting session will take place on 13-17 April 2015.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: FfD Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/241...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/third-conference-ffd/index.htm  

48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 48)

CPD 48, taking place on the theme 'Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including the post-2015 development agenda,' will discuss actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). General debates will address population issues in the post-2015 agenda, as well as on the contribution of population and development issues to the theme of the annual ministerial review in 2015.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Director, Population Division, UNDESA   phone: +1-212-963-3209   fax: +1-212-963-2147   e-mail: population@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...  

Third Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils

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

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

66th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Among other things, the biennial session of the full UN Economic Commission for Europe is expected to adopt the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing negotiated under the auspices of the UNECE's Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM). The Charter is to be a UNECE contribution to the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).  

dates: 14-16 April 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: UNECE Secretariat   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35851#/  

18th Session of the GCOS/GOOS/WCRP Ocean Observations Panel for Climate

The 18th session of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will take place from 14-16 March 2015, in Sendai, Japan.  

dates: 14-16 April 2015   venue: Tohoku University, Graduate School of Science and Faculty of Science   location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan   contact: GCOS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8067   fax: +41-22-730-8052   e-mail: GCOSJPO@wmo.int   www: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=Calendar
 http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/OOPC.htm  

3rd Global Soil Week

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

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

CBD Regional Workshop on EBSAs in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas, and Training Session on EBSAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is convening this Regional Workshop to 'Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas'. The workshop will be hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is being convened in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office West Asia (ROWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Office – Abu Dhabi, among others.  

dates: 19-25 April 2015   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: CBD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2014/ntf-2014-129-ebsa-...  

14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14)

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will follow up on the outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and discuss the post-2015 development agenda. The 14th session will include discussions on youth self-harm and suicide, indigenous issues in the Pacific region, and the possibility of an optional protocol to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Other issues to be addressed include implementation of UNDRIP, and the future work of the PFII.  

dates: 20 April - 1 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   phone: +1 917 367 5100   fax: +1 917 367 5102   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Fourt...
 http://undesadspd.org/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions.aspx  

Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management

The Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management is being convened by the Montreal Protocol Secretariat, immediately prior to the 35th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group.  

dates: 20-21 April 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Dan Teng'o   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings.php  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session

The fourth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 20-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 20-24 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/moiandglobalp...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

Third Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

The Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-Sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will be preceded by a day of regional and inter-regional consultations. According to its terms of reference, the Working Group is to develop a range of measures that will increase user-based payments and contributions to the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund in a sustainable and predictable long-term manner, and enhance the functioning of the MLS by additional measures.  

dates: 20-24 April 2015 [tentative]   location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/third-meeting-ad-hoc-open...  

35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

This meeting will be proceeded by a two-day meeting on hydrofluorocarbon management.  

dates: 22-24 April 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Dan Teng'o   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-35/defau...  

2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

This Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the Council's objectives for the next two years. The 2015 Ministerial Meeting will mark the conclusion of Canada's and the beginning of the United States' chairmanship, which will last from 2015-2017. The April 2015 meeting will be preceded by an event in Ottawa, Canada, on 23 April 2015 to showcase the Council's accomplishments during Canada's chairmanship.  

dates: 24-25 April 2015   location: Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada   contact: Arctic Council Secretariat   phone: +47-77-75-01-40   e-mail: acs@arctic-council.org   www: http://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/resources/news-an...  

May 2015

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

dates: 3-15 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Secretariats   www: http://synergies.pops.int/Home/tabid/813/mctl/ViewDetails/Ev...  

Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum

The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is organised on the theme of 'Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda'. The meeting will discuss priority areas to be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda, and will provide recommendations to the High-level Regional Preparatory Meeting for Habitat III for Asia Pacific that will take place subsequently in Indonesia in May 2015. The Fifth Asia Pacific Urban Forum previously took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on the theme of 'Cities of opportunity: Partnerships for an inclusive and sustainable future'.  

dates: 6-8 May 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Donovan Storey   e-mail: storey@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/S1_ESCAP%20DStore...
 http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/E70_Res12E.pdf  

Science Fair at the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

This science fair will convene in parallel with a segment of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, which will address the theme 'From Science to action, working for a safer tomorrow'. Closely reflecting this theme, the science fair aims to: increase understanding of the scientific basis of the three conventions; clarify the scientific processes established under the conventions for their effective implementation; and increase awareness and understanding of the in-depth scientific considerations relating to decision-making under the three conventions.  

dates: 7-9 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Katarina Magulova   phone: +41-22-917-8170   fax: + 41-22-917-8098   e-mail: katarina.magulova@unep.org   www: http://synergies.pops.int/2015COPs/ScienceFair/tabid/4246/la...  

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  

68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold its 68th session from 11-15 May 2015, in London, UK.  

dates: 11-15 May 2015   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK   contact: IMO Secretariat   phone: +44-20-7735-7611   fax: +44-20-7587-3210   e-mail: info@imo.org   www: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Defaul...  

Second European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

The Second biannual European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA), organized by three European research projects, Base, Ramses and ToPDad, with European stakeholders, will take place from 12-14 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference will focus on a wide range of issues related to climate change adaptation under the theme 'Integrating Climate Adaptation Action in Science, Policy, Practice and Business'. The event will be comprised of different types of sessions aiming to combine scientific and practical knowledge, policy-making processes, and business cases, including: sessions focusing on latest research results; dialogues on costs and benefits, strategies, and implementation; and events for facilitating public-private partnerships and identifying business opportunities. The other conference organizing partners are the Confederation of Danish Industry, the European Commission, City of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Danish Ministry of the Environment.  

dates: 12-14 May 2015   venue: Bella Center   location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark   contact: Søren Simonsen   phone: +45-4492-4492   e-mail: sls@discongress.com   www: http://www.ecca2015.eu/about-ecca-2015  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this High-level Thematic Debate.  

date: 15 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021...  

Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

The second annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum will continue the momentum from the launch of the UN Decade of SE4ALL (2014-2024) at the first annual Forum, which took place in June 2014. The Forums were envisioned as annual events that will provide benchmarks for progress during the Decade. UN Member States will use the global platform as an opportunity to "take stock and push forward". The event is expected to include governments, civil society and the initiative's partner organizations, who will present their work, form partnerships and commit to further action. The Forum will also facilitate coordinating input from SE4ALL to other processes, such as climate change negotiations and the post-2015 development agenda. The SE4ALL initiative aims, by 2030, to ensure universal energy access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.  

dates: 17-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Global Facilitation Team, SE4ALL   e-mail: forum@se4all.org   www: http://www.se4all.org/
 http://www.se4all.org/se4all-forum/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session

The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 18-22 May 2015. This session is expected to focus on follow-up and review.  

dates: 18-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/followupandre...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

CCAC High-Level Assembly

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) High-Level Assembly will gather CCAC ministers and Heads of partner organizations to evaluate CCAC's progress, provide input on the direction of CCAC's future work and learn about the latest policy and scientific developments related to short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). CCAC, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a voluntary international coalition of partners focusing on addressing SLCPs in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. CCAC partners include governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  

date: 19 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CCAC Secretariat   phone: +33 1 44 37 14 50   fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74   e-mail: ccac_secretariat@unep.org   www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/  

International Symposium on Forest Biotechnology for Smallholders (FBS 2015)

This symposium builds on the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Development and Sustainable Use of Forest Genetic Resources, adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in June 2013. The Plan identifies the use of new technologies, including biotechnology, as a strategic priority in meeting the rising global demand for forest products and reducing the over-exploitation and degradation of natural forests. The event will share experiences in the use of biotechnology to improve productivity, boost sustainable forest management (SFM) and to support industrial wood production by family farmers, including outgrowers. The symposium aims to contribute to: assessment and information sharing on new applications of biotechnology in smallholder forestry; political awareness of the role of planted forests in poverty reduction, food and energy security and environmental services; and technical support for policy making in relation to family production systems. Co-organized by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), FAO and the Southern Federation of Workers on Family Farms (FETRAF SUL), the symposium will bring together forest researchers and extension workers, students, public policy experts, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.  

dates: 19-22 May 2015   venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Rua Almirante Barroso, 2006 - Foz do Iguassu, Paraná, Brazil   location: Foz Do Iguacu, Parana, Brazil   contact: Conference Secretariat   e-mail: secretaria@pjeventos.com.br   www: http://www.fbs2015.com.br/#!home/c1f3d  

Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is organizing the Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The APFSD meets annually as the regional platform that gives input to deliberations of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The First APFSD convened in Pattaya, Thailand, from 19-21 May 2014. The 2014 forum brought together ministers, government officials, private sector and civil society representatives from 30 countries, and was preceded by a civil society meeting.  

dates: 21-22 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, UNESCAP   phone: +66 2 288-1865   e-mail: escap-scas@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/second-asia-pacific-forum-sust...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...  

17th Session of the WMO Congress

The 17th session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congress will be held from 25 May to 12 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 25 May - 12 June 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WMO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-7308111   fax: +41-22-7308181   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: https://sites.google.com/a/wmo.int/cg-17/
 http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=Calendar  

Second Blue Planet Symposium

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

dates: 27-29 May 2015   venue: Hilton Cairns Hotel, 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland   location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia   e-mail: info@blueplanetsymposium.com   www: http://www.blueplanetsymposium.com/  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

The 2015 Forum on Partnership of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place on 28 May 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, US.  

date: 28 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

June 2015

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

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

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

Land Quality Conference 2015

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

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

34th International Energy Workshop

The 2015 International Energy Workshop (IEW) will take place from 3-5 June in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the workshop will focus on, inter alia: climate change mitigation and adaptation; the economics of renewable energy sources; linkages between climate, air pollution and energy security; energy and economic growth in emerging economies; and energy poverty alleviation. The workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners in developed and developing countries, and will comprise thematic sessions, during which papers presenting results of scientific or pratical experiences on the economics of energy and climate change will be discussed.  

dates: 3-5 June 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)   phone: +39-02-52036989   fax: +39-02-52036946   e-mail: info@internationalenergyworkshop.org   www: http://www.internationalenergyworkshop.org/meetings-8.html
 http://www.internationalenergyworkshop.org/docs/IEW%202015_c...  

World Environment Day 2015

This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.  

date: 5 June 2015   location: worldwide   contact: UNEP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/  

39th Session of the FAO Conference

The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.  

dates: 6-13 June 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/gsbhome/conference/en/
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/iys-2015/en/  

Third Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The third drafting session will take place on 15-19 June 2015.  

dates: 15-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/241...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/third-conference-ffd/index.htm  

67th Session of the WMO Executive Council

The 67th session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council will be held from 15-17 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 15-17 June 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WMO Secretariat   phone: +41-22-7308111   fax: +41-22-7308181   e-mail: wmo@wmo.int   www: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=Calendar
 http://www.wmo.int/pages/index_en.html  

Desertland II

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

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

ECOSOC 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment

The Humanitarian Affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will meet from 17-19 June 2015 at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 17-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

Vienna Energy Forum 2015

The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015) will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Austrian Foreign Ministry.  

dates: 18-20 June 2015   venue: Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkuppel, 1010   location: Wien, Austria   contact: UNIDO   phone: +43 (1) 26026-0   fax: +43 (1) 2692669   e-mail: vef2015@unido.org   www: www.viennaenergyforum.org
 https://www.unido.org/en/news-centre/events/vienna-energy-fo...  

Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

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

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Sixth Session

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 22-25 June 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/negotiationso...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good

Over 500 participants from Global Compact Local Networks, companies, investors, academia, civil society, labor and UN private sector representatives are expected to mark the UN Global Compact's 15th anniversary. The conference will bring business and civil society together at the UN to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, emphasizing, in particular, the UN's post-2015 sustainable development agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). On 24 June, participants will meet in small focused meetings to address such issues as human rights, anti-corruption and partnerships, to determine how their work already is and can better contribute to achieving the SDGs. On 25 June, a plenary session will convene in the UN General Assembly Hall to showcase to governments the private sector's important role in addressing the challenges the world is facing and how the Global Compact's work is “at the heart of the UN agenda”.?  

dates: 23-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: gc15@unglobalcompact.org   www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/NewsAndEvents/event_calendar...  

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  

UNGA High-level Event on Climate Change

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this high-level event, with the aim of giving momentum and adding impetus to efforts to reach a global agreement in 2015 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Organizational arrangements were updated in a 2 December 2014 note of the President: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021214_hl-thematic-debates.pdf  

date: 29 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/02/200...
 http://www.un.org/pga/calendar/  

July 2015

ISMOM 2015

The 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) will include more than 20 scientific sessions on topics such as organo-mineral interactions in soil, analytical and methodological advances in soil science, soil microbiology and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. ISMOM 2015 is co-organized by: Commission 2.5 (soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions) of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the Canadian Society of Soil Science; and Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). Convened every four years by IUSS and its partners, ISMOM brings together diverse "soil communities" under the cross-cutting theme ‘Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development'. The aim of the symposia is to create an informal forum for exchange and discussion among scientists from ‘all facets of soil science,' including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science. Previous editions have convened in Canada, France, Italy, China and Chile.  

dates: 5-10 July 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   www: http://ismom2015.conference.mcgill.ca/index0f50.html?p=home  

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Science (ICSU) and Future Earth, in collaboration with a partnership of French organizations, this science-focused conference will examine the latest research around climate change. Participants will discuss the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and any new research since the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The event will touch upon the following themes: state of knowledge on climate change; scenarios exploring our common future; responding to climate change challenges; and collective action and transformative solutions. The Chair of the conference is Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC.  

dates: 7-10 July 2015   venue: UNESCO headquarters, 7 Place de Fontenoy   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: Conference Secretariat   e-mail: science@commonfuture-paris2015.org   www: http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/  

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will be held at the highest possible political level, including Heads of State or Government, relevant ministers – ministers for finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation – and other special representatives. The conference will result both in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome and in summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the Conference, to be included in the report of the Conference.  

dates: 13-16 July 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: FfD Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/consultations/index.htm
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/279...  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions

The seventh and eighth sessions of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place back-to-back from 20-31 July 2015. The sessions are both scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-31 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/negotiationso...  

35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

This meeting will prepare for the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, scheduled to convene from 1-5 November 2015.  

dates: 20-24 July 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Dan Teng'o   e-mail: dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. Incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference, the conference aims to increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues.  

dates: 26-29 July 2015   location: Greensboro, NC, US   www: http://www.swcs.org/index.cfm?nodeID=79630&audienceID=1
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/274701/  

August 2015

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

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

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

International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security

This conference will focus on five themes: soil information for supporting sustainable uses and management; integrated soil management and conservation for food security; role of soil ecology in relation to climate change and food security; innovative techniques and tools for soil resources inventories and appropriate management; and public participation, networking and policy implementation on land management. The conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 and the Thailand Land Development Department's ‘Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program' aims to provide a platform for diverse stakeholders, including soil scientists, field-based extension workers, decision makers and land users, to share knowledge on appropriate technologies and soil management practices to enhance food security and conservation of the natural resource base.  

dates: 17-20 August 2015   location: Phetchabun, Thailand   www: http://www.ldd.go.th/WEB_ISC2015/Index.html
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/fr/c/274211/  

Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

dates: 23-27 August 2015   location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands   www: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-...
 http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/events/detail/en/c/261193/  

September 2015

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place from 2-3 September 2015. CCAC, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a voluntary international coalition of partners focusing on addressing SLCPs in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. CCAC partners include governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The CCAC is a partner-led effort and aims to reduce emissions of methane, black carbon, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. The CCAC Working Group oversees the CCAC's cooperative actions.  

dates: 2-3 September 2015   location: TBA   contact: CCAC Secretariat   phone: +33 1 44 37 14 50   fax: +33 1 44 37 14 74   e-mail: ccac_secretariat@unep.org   www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/  

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

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

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

International Forests and Water Dialogue

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

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

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

The International Day of South-South Cooperation commemorates the adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The annual day also aims to raise awareness on South-South cooperation as an important element for development that offers opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to pursue sustainable development and economic growth.  

date: 12 September 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

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  

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: 'Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?'. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of how interactions among physical, chemical and biological soil processes under different land-use systems and climate conditions will alter soil properties. One of the goals of the conference is to define "the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment," by exploring prediction model input parameters that can enable a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. Specific topics to be covered include: soil structure and pore rigidity effects as prerequisites for quantification of physico-chemical processes; effects of pore rigidity and soil resilience on physical, chemical and biological soil properties and functions; feedback mechanisms between soil structure formation and plant growth, groundwater and atmosphere; and innovative modeling approaches to predict how climate change affects sinks and sources of atmospheric carbon.  

dates: 23-26 September 2015   location: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany   www: http://www.soils.uni-kiel.de/de/sustain-2015
 www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/highlights/detail/en/c/175...  

UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.  

dates: 25-27 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UN General Assembly   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit  

October 2015

South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (SAIREC)

The Government of South Africa together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are hosting the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), to gather ministers, decision-makers, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss experiences and strategies for accelerating the global deployment of renewable energy. The event is aimed particularly at giving the African renewable energy industry opportunities to showcase its work and gain insights from other participants. This event will build upon previous "IREC" conferences held in Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).  

dates: 4-7 October 2015   location: South Africa   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://ren21.net/Portals/0/documents/activities/IRECs/IREC%2...  

29th Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

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

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

ITPGR Governing Body 6

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/sixth-session-governing-b...  

42nd Session of the IPCC

The 42nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 42) is expected to convene in October 2015.  

dates: 6-10 October 2015 [tentative]   location: Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Croatia   contact: IPCC Secretariat   phone: +41-22-730-8208/54/84   fax: +41-22-730-8025/13   e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int   www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8  

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)   phone: +49-3843-6930-165   fax: +49-3843-6930-102   e-mail: v.pelikan@fnr.de   www: http://ieabioenergy2015.org/  

November 2015

27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 27) to the Montreal Protocol will convene from 1-5 November 2015.  

dates: 1-5 November 2015   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: Dan Teng'o   e-mail: Dan.tengo@unep.org   www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/default.aspx  

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

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

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

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

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

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

76th Session of UNECE CHLM [tentative]

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

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

December 2015

World Soil Day 2015

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

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

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

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

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

January 2016

28th Session of the North American Forest Commission

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

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

February 2016

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

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

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

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), taking place in February or March 2016, is expected to agree on the indicator framework and set of indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) will prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

date: 1 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: UNSC   e-mail: statcom@un.org   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/broaderprogress/pdf/SA-2014-9-Pos...
 http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm  

May 2016

Adaptation Futures 2016: Practices and Solutions

This conference is expected to lead to major progress in climate change adaptation, and fosters an exchange of innovative and practical ideas, experiences and insights among governments, businesses, researchers and civil society from around the world. The conference will examine and discuss the latest adaptation research, as well as have an Adaptation Practice Expo and Business Fair, which will include stands, matchmaking facilities and signing ceremonies, and showcase cutting edge adaptation projects. The conference programme will address all sectors and geographic regions, with a special focus on urban and coastal areas.? ?Adaptation Futures 2016 is also expected to: strengthen ties between science and practice?; engage communities of practice and build new partnerships;? and link adaptation action to current development, investment and planning decisions.? ?The programme will include plenary and parallel sessions, roundtables, excursions, exhibitions and side events. Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands will co-host the fourth edition of this conference.  

dates: 10-13 May 2016   location: Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Jacqueline de Haan-Vellinga   e-mail: jacqueline.de.haan@minienm.nl   www: http://www.adaptationfutures2016.org  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Jiri Hlavacek   phone: (254-20) 7621234   e-mail: unepinfo@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/unea/en/
 http://www.unep.org/unea/blog_landing.asp  

September 2016

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

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

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

October 2016

Habitat III

The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: UN-HABITAT   phone: +1-917-367-4355   e-mail: Habitat3Secretariat@un.org   www: http://www.unhabitat.org/habitat-iii  

January 2017

CGRFA 16

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: CGRFA Secretariat   phone: +39 06 5705 4981   fax: +39 06 5705 5246   e-mail: cgrfa@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/en/  

June 2017

Expo 2017: Future Energy

The international Expo 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and will aim to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans to address the possibilities of future energy. The Expo, organized under the theme 'Future Energy' and the sub-theme 'Solutions for Tackling Humankind's Greatest Challenge,' will address future energy from several perspectives, including: exploration of stategies, programmes and technologies for sustainable energy development; promotion of energy security and efficiency; and the encouragement of renewable energy use. Venues for the World's Fairs and their themes are determined by taking into account political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. The history of World's Fairs extends back to “the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations,” which took place in London in 1851.  

date: 1 June 2017   location: Astana, Kazakhstan   contact: Expo 2017 Press Office   phone: +7-7172-91-94-63   e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz   www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en  

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  

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

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

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