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April 2015

3rd Global Soil Week

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

dates: 19-23 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: IASS Potsdam   phone: +49-331-28822-374   e-mail: globalsoilweek@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org/global-soil-week/gsw-2015  

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  

Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD

A special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will take place pursuant to ECOSOC resolution 2014/11, with the overall theme of 'Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda'. The meeting will provide UN Member States and major institutional stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss key deliverables for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) and the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-21 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/ecosoc-spring-2015.html
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ECOSOC-...  

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 21-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 21-24 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...
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/04/100...  

Third Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [rescheduled]

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. As of 27 March 2015, the original dates of 21-24 April are expected to change; new dates will be communicated in agreement with the host government.  

dates: 21-24 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...  

Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity

The Tropical Landscapes Summit aims to affirm and promote existing commitments that exist across various sectors and to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that exist in enhancing green investment in Indonesia beyond a critical threshold. The Summit will aim to enable and generate space for key business sector leaders to explore and engage in opportunities presented by the "Indonesian Green Economy Transition," and is expected to offer real and tangible inputs to policy makers. Plenaries will focus on, inter alia, biodiversity, forests, renewable energy, climate change, sustainable cities, food security, youth, financing for development, as well as public-private partnerships. The summit is co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia and UN System.  

dates: 27-28 April 2015   venue: Shangri La Hotel - Jakarta, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No.Kav 1, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, 10220   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   www: http://summit2015.org/
 http://unorcid.org/index.php/events-menu/upcoming-meetings  

International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Trade in Wildlife and Forest Products of Africa

This conference will bring together governments, bilateral and multilateral partners, non-governmental organizations and regional cooperation agencies to discuss international and regional cooperation to combat illegal wildlife trade and crime affecting the region.  

date: 27 April 2015   venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs   location: Brazzaville, Congo   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/cbfp-mobilisation.html?fi...  

Civil Society Hearing on the Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), pursuant to its resolution 2014/14, will convene a civil society hearing on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. A Steering Committee will be established to arrange participation of stakeholders in the hearing, with applications to the Steering Committee accepted 11-20 March 2015.  

date: 28 April 2015     3-6 pm   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 3   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/civilsocietyhearing.sht...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf  

WIPO-ESCAP Regional Meeting on Partnership for Innovation and Technological Capacity-building in LDCs

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) are jointly organizing this forum on the theme, 'Towards Sustainable Development: Partnerships for Innovation and Technological Capacity Building in the Least Developed Countries of Asia and the Pacific Region'. Participants from government, business and industry, academia, and research and development institutions will discuss ways to develop the capacity of LDCs in the area of science, innovation and technology, and the applications for national sustainable development. The agenda includes discussion of national experiences and consideration of a proposed multi-year cooperation framework for partnership.  

dates: 28-29 April 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre, United Nations Building Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, UNESCAP   phone: +66 2 288 1865   fax: +66 2 288 1052   e-mail: escap-scas@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/wipoescap-regional-forum-towar...
 http://www.unescap.org/events/wipoescap-regional-forum-towar...  

Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, this consultation will provide an opportunity for members and associate members of ESCAP and other stakeholders (private sector, academia and civil society organizations) to both reevaluate the role of traditional sources of finance and explore innovative instruments and tools to fund investments in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Topics to be discussed include: financing in a changing development landscape; domestic resource mobilization for social sector financing; finance for sustainable cities, technology and small entrepreneurs; infrastructure financing; climate finance; financing development gaps in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and regional financial cooperation. The outcome document of the consultation, the Jakarta Consensus, will contain discussions and recommendations related to the mobilization and effective use of financial resources in Asia and the Pacific. It will constitute the Asia-Pacific region's input to preparations and outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) in Addis Ababa in July 2015. It will also contribute to the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015, as well as the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) in December 2015.  

dates: 29-30 April 2015   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: ESCAP Secretariat   phone: (66-2) 288-1234   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/hlcffd2015
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd/rc.h...  

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: 4-15 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Secretariats   www: http://synergies.pops.int/Home/tabid/813/mctl/ViewDetails/Ev...  

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 on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations. 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. The concept note is available at: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/HLTD-on-Strengthening-Cooperation-between-the-UN-and-regional-and-sub-regional-Org.-24-February-2015.pdf  

date: 4 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...  

ESCWA Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD)

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS), this meeting seeks to support Arab regional preparations for the third session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held in New York in June-July 2015. It also aims to contribute to the elaboration of the regional input to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), which will be held in Addis Ababa in July 2015. The Forum will take stock of, exchange views and harmonize regional positions on the progress of negotiations relating to the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will discuss developments in the drafting of the outcome document of the FfD 3. In particular, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for: exchanging perspectives regarding the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs; reviewing status and trends of sustainable development in the Arab Region over the past two decades; developing a comprehensive regional approach to the mobilization of financial resources to achieve sustainable development in the region; gathering inputs on means of building effective institutions for sustainable development at the national and regional levels, and developing strategic development planning systems that mainstream sustainable development; and identifying means for advancing implementation of the SDGs in the region and building national capacities in monitoring and evaluation.  

dates: 5-7 May 2015   location: Bahrain   contact: Federica Pietracci   phone: +1 212 963 8497   e-mail: pietracci@un.org   www: http://www.escwa.un.org/information/meetingdetails.asp?refer...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...  

ELD Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 2015

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is convening its second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement'. Building on the first course in 2014, which focused on performing cost-benefit analyses to promote sustainable land management (SLM), the 2015 ELD MOOC will address the importance of working with relevant stakeholders to implement SLM choices effectively and sustainably. The MOOC is hosted by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Global Campus 21®.The course will take place from 5 May to 29 June 2015.  

date: 5 May 2015   location: virtual   www: https://gc21.giz.de/ibt/var/app/wp385P/2389/wp-content/uploa...
 https://gc21.giz.de/ibt/var/app/wp385P/2389/wp-content/uploa...  

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  

Asian Soil Partnership Consultation Workshop (IYS 2015) [tentative]

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 regional implementation plans.  

dates: 12-14 May 2015 [tentative]   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/highlights/detail/e...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

UN Economic Commission for Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development is expected to take place in mid-May 2015.  

date: 12 May 2015 [tentative]   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: Federica Pietracci   phone: +1 212 963 8497   e-mail: pietracci@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regprepsd.pdf  

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations, this Forum will serve as a preparatory meeting for key regional events organized in relation to the post-2015 development agenda, such as the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development taking place on 21-22 May 2015, also in Bangkok. The Civil Society Forum seeks to: inform and build the capacity of civil society participants to engage in sustainable development processes at global and regional levels; influence decision-making processes by preparing strategies for engaging in upcoming regional events; agree on joint actions and follow-up to civil society positions adopted; strengthen the outreach and effectiveness of Asia-Pacific civil society organization (CSO) engagement mechanisms; and elect two alternate UNEP Asia-Pacific CSO representatives. Online consultations to inform background materials for the Forum are taking place on topics such as: translating general development goals to practical policies at home; development justice; and civil society's views on the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). These online consultations are available at: https://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/470371.  

dates: 16-18 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Napidchaya Pichedtanavanich, Image Mojado or Pichayapuk Leangsombut   e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apcsfsd2
 http://meetings.unescap.org  

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  

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  

Near East and North Africa (NENA) Soil Partnership Consultation 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 regional implementation plans.  

dates: 19-21 May 2015   location: Amman, Jordan   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

First Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific

This Ministerial Forum will provide a platform for Ministers to discuss issues of strategic importance for Asia and the Pacific, including the post-2015 development agenda and environmental components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the region's environment outlook and emerging priorities, and pressing health and environment challenges. The Forum will also guide the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on regional implementation of the resolutions and decisions of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 1), and help identify the region's inputs to the next UNEA and UNEP's medium-term strategy for 2018-2021. Environment Ministers, Environment Authorities, key intergovernmental organizations, UN organizations and UNEP's strategic partners, and major group stakeholders are expected to attend the event. The Forum will convene back-to-back with the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 21-22 May 2015.  

dates: 19-20 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://www.unep.org/roap/InformationMaterials/Events/tabid/6...  

Second Gathering of the Road to Paris Partners

As part of Climate Week Paris 2015, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) will gather for their second meeting as partners of the Road to Paris initiative. A high-level session will take place the following morning, on 20 May 2015. In support of a transition to a low-carbon economy, the Road to Paris initiative aims to create business-oriented technology roadmaps, analyze barriers, identify financial and political solutions, as well as public-private partnership (PPP) opportunities, and strengthen business and government dialogue to create enabling frameworks for investment in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference and beyond.  

date: 19 May 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: WBCSD   phone: +41 (22) 839 3100   fax: +41 (22) 839 3131   e-mail: info@wbcsd.org   www: http://www.wbcsd.org/roadtoparis.aspx
 http://www.climateweekparis.org/  

World Education Forum

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'. WEF aims to: assess achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals during the period 2000-2015; agree on a joint position for the education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on a comprehensive Framework for Action to guide and support the implementation of the future education agenda. It will address five key themes: right to education; equity; inclusion; quality education; and lifelong learning. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening the Forum in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Bank.  

dates: 19-22 May 2015   venue: Songdo Convensia, 123 Central-Ro, Yeonsu-Gu, 406-840, Incheon, Republic of Korea   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea   contact: UNESCO Secretariat   e-mail: WEF2015@unesco.org   www: http://en.unesco.org/world-education-forum-2015/  

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: 20 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/  

Business and Climate Summit

The Business and Climate Summit will provide a platform to highlight business solutions towards a low-carbon economy and discuss the frameworks and policies needed to deploy low-carbon solutions. It will convene both international business leaders and policymakers to encourage dialogue between public and private actors and to build momentum towards a climate agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. In response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for the private sector to take a more active role in addressing climate change, the summit offers business leaders and policymakers an opportunity to discuss how to scale up low-carbon solutions. This Summit is the main event of Climate Week Paris (19-22 May) and is being organized by the Global Compact Network France and Enterprises pour l'Environnement, with support from Caring for Climate and other partners.  

dates: 20-21 May 2015   venue: UNESCO headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   e-mail: contact@businessclimatesummit.com   www: http://www.businessclimatesummit.com  

Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs

Three international organisations are jointly convening this conference: the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The conference will bring together representatives from the private and public sector, civil society and academia to discuss the role of business in the Asia-Pacific region in achieving sustainable development. Participants will discuss ways to align business sustainability strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcase examples of sustainable business practice from the region. The outcome of discussions will feed into ESCAP's Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), to be held in Bangkok from 21-22 May 2015, and the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) in July 2015.  

date: 20 May 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: UNESCAP Trade and Investment Division   phone: +662-288-1234   fax: +662-288-1000   e-mail: aptff@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/regional-conference-aligning-c...
 http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Aligning%20corpor...  

Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2015), which also serves as the regional forum for sustainable development (RFSD). The meeting will solicit Asia-Pacific regional input to the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) session to be held in June and July 2015 in New York. The theme of APFSD 2015 will be in line with the theme of HLPF 2015 on “strengthening integration, implementation and review – HLPF after 2015”. Participants of APFSD 2015 will include representatives from governments, Major Groups, and international organizations.  

dates: 21-22 May 2015   venue: Bangkok UN Conference Centre   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, UNESCAP   phone: +66 2 288-1865   e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd2
 http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regprepsd.pdf  

Seventh Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7)

The Seventh Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) will take place on the theme, 'We are Islanders: Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki, Fukushima: Building Prosperous Future Together'. The meeting will seek to establish new partnerships, by tackling common challenges in the region including natural disasters and climate change. Preparations for PALM 7 were discussed on 4 March 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, during a pre-PALM Senior Officials' Meeting where senior officials from all member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum and its Secretariat met with counterparts from the Government of Japan. Pacific representatives emphasized key concerns for the region, as well as the important reforms to regional decision-making introduced by the Framework for Pacific Regionalism, which aims to drive regional cooperation and integration, and which they said should constitute an important reference point for the Pacific's engagement with development partners, such as Japan. PALM was initiated by Japan in 1997 and held every three years since then. The last PALM meeting took place in May 2012 in Okinawa.  

dates: 22-23 May 2015   venue: Spa Resort Hawaiians   location: Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan   contact: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan   phone: +81-(0)3-3580-3311   www: http://www.mofa.go.jp/a_o/ocn/page3e_000281.html
 http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/newsroom/press-statements/...  

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  

Informal Hearings with NGOs, Civil Society, Major Groups and the Private Sector on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As part of the preparatory process for the September 2015 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, two days of stakeholder hearings will be hosted by UNGA President Sam Kutesa and the Co-Facilitators of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) invites feedback from stakeholders on themes for the four round-table discussions that will be conducted as part of these hearings, and feedback should be submitted by 31 March 2015. The hearings are mandated to take place before June 2015, and are noted in the calendar of "other related meetings" on the DESA sustainable development website.  

dates: 26-27 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
 http://bit.ly/p2015-hearings-feedback-submit  

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/  

Open-Ended Consultations on UNECE Work on Sustainable Energy

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold Open-Ended Consultations on its sustainable energy work in preparation for the 24th session of its Committee on Sustainable Energy. Member States will gather to review implementation progress of the 2014-2015 programme of work. Topics to be discussed will address a range of issues facing energy, such as: cross-sectoral integration; cost-effective development of integrated electricity systems; smart integration of variable renewable resources into the energy mix; deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate the rise in coal use; guidelines for methane management; and implementation of the Hammamet Declaration. The Consultations' two-day agenda includes progress reports, keynote addresses on innovative thinking in energy and energy policy realities in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and discussions on, inter alia, a strategic framework, the Paris Climate Change Conference, and a vision for the future and next steps. The Geneva Energy Conversations workshop on 'Scenarios for Sustainable Energy' will be held on 26 May 2015 and will inform the Open-Ended Consultations.  

dates: 27-28 May 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, Salle XXVI, Avenue de la Paix   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Stefanie Held, UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy   phone: +44 22 917 2462   fax: +44 22 917 0038   e-mail: stefanie.held@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=38541#/
 http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/energy/se/pdfs/comm24_Ope...  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

The 2015 Forum on Partnership of the UN 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

UNGA High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment

Convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, this high-level event will focus on investments required to reap the demographic dividend, including through employment opportunities and decent work for young people.  

date: 1 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/calendar/
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/120...  

First Meeting of IAEG-SDG

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will convene its first meeting in June 2015. It is supposed to commence its work on developing a proposal for a global indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. It should also discuss and decide how it will conduct its work based on the requirements of the post-2015 intergovernmental process, the guidance received by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), and the work that has been conducted already.  

dates: 1-2 June 2015   location: New York City, US   contact: Fabia Yazaki   e-mail: yazaki@un.org   www: http://sd.iisd.org/news/un-statistical-commission-assesses-s...  

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

The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media. Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity. The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network. WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.  

date: 5 June 2015   location: worldwide   contact: Iabelle Valentiny, Information Officer for UNEP in Europe   phone: +41 79 251 82 36   e-mail: isabelle.valentiny@unep.org   www: http://www.unep.org/wed/
 http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=26802...  

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/  

World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

date: 8 June 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - June 2015 Session

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meetings (CMMs) have three main functions: reviewing reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies; system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with a view to promoting a more integrated response to specific areas; and considering special country situation or regional issues on the Council's agenda. This CMM session will include a review of progress and a discussion on the way forward related to the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development System. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...  

Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) aims to support African LDCs to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category as well to support the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including goals and targets under the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). Participants will explore actions for the structural socio-economic transformation of African LDCs and acceleration of progress towards graduation criteria. The meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life,' and will discuss agriculture, food security and access to energy as critical factors in Africa's development. The meeting will also discuss how the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) can reflect African LDCs' needs and integrate the priorities, goals and targets of the IPoA.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy   contact: The Government of Italy and UN-OHRLLS   www: http://unohrlls.org/milan-ministerial-meeting/
 http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2015/04/concept-n...  

High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life'

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

dates: 9-11 June 2015   venue: Dushanbe State Complex (Kohi Somon)   location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan   phone: (+992 37) 227-68-43   fax: (+992 37) 227-68-44   e-mail: secretariat@waterforlifeconf2015.org or info@waterforlifecon...   www: http://waterforlifeconf2015.org/  

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  

Eurasian Regional 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 regional implementation plans.  

dates: 15-17 June 2015   location: Izmir, Turkey   www: http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/news-events-archive...
 http://www.fao.org/globalsoilpartnership/regional-partnershi...  

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  

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: 22-25 June 2015   location: Martinique   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971 2 417 9000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

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 meet from 26 June - 8 July 2015. The ministerial segment will be from 6-8 July.  

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...  

Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy 2015

Taking place for the sixth time, the 2015 Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance (CSEF) Summer Academy is organized by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management within the framework of the Frankfurt School (FS) - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. The 2015 Summer Academy will seek to provide participants with extensive knowledge on public and private sector climate finance on theoretical classroom learning, enhanced by practical sessions in financial modeling and case studies. The CSEF Summer Academy is part of UNEP-FS Centre's Development Finance Summer Academy series and will also include a panel discussion, two social programmes and a field trip.  

dates: 19-24 July 2015   venue: FS – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance   location: Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany   contact: FS-UNEP Centre Summer Academy Team   phone: +49-69-154008-880   fax: +49-69-154008-4692   e-mail: summeracademy@fs.de   www: http://fs-unep-centre.org/events/climate-sustainable-energy-...
 http://fs-unep-centre.org/persons/summer-academy-team  

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  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - July 2015

The July 2015 Coordination and Management meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US.  

dates: 20-22 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

Organizational Session on ECOSOC Programme of Work for July 2015-July 2016

This organizational session will consider the programme of work of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the period July 2015 to July 2016.  

dates: 23-24 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=viewContent&...
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

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/  

2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2)

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Complex   location: Nairobi, Kenya   e-mail: afsac2015@aaknet.org   www: http://www.afsac2.aaknet.org/  

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

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://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...
 http://msgfocus.com/files/amf_fao/project_59/December_2014/F...  

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: 8-9 September 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   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/  

Wildlife Forum

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

date: 9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa   contact: Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management   e-mail: wild-life@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/pr...
 http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/en/  

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 for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit from 9 am to 11 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.  

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
 http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/Pos...  

Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly

His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 25 September 2015     9 am   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: t.dowlatshahi@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/Pos...  

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/  

Ninth UNESCO Youth Forum

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its Ninth Youth Forum, under the theme of 'Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet,' with a special focus on climate change and sustainable development. The Forum, which takes place every two years, will be held as an integral part of the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference.  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, 7 place Fontenoy, 75352 / 1 rue Miollis, 75732   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: UNESCO Youth Programme   phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00   e-mail: youth@unesco.org   www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...
 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/theme...  

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/  

Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly

The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly will convene from 16-17 January 2016. The event will consider, among other things, the Agency's work programme for 2016/2017 and review its medium-term strategy.  

dates: 16-17 January 2016   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971-2-417-9000   e-mail: info@irena.org   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

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  

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment will include a discussion on emerging policy issues, within the context of the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development System. Based on ECOSOC Resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-23 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination   phone: +1 (212) 963-8415   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/qcpr/pdf/dialogue_roadmap.pdf
 http://esango.un.org/irene/ecosoc.html?page=calendarList  

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&...