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December 2014

Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biosafety

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the goal of this workshop is to enhance the capacity of Parties in the Caribbean subregion to advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress through effective integration of biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans in line with the Strategic Plan for the Protocol and the relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It also aims to increase the capacity of Parties to identify and mobilize sufficient and predictable resources for the implementation of the Protocol and facilitate public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs).  

dates: 1-5 December 2014   location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/meetings/documents.shtml?eventid...  

WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

dates: 3-5 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: WIPO Secretariat   fax: +41-22-338-8120   e-mail: grtkf@wipo.int   www: http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/indigenous/workshop.html  

GeoPower Global Congress 2014

Organized for the sixth time, the GeoPower Global Congress 2014 will provide a venue for sharing experiences and best practices for optimizing the delivery of geothermal power and heat projects across the world. The scope of the Congress will cover strategies and technologies utilized across the development life cycle, including start-up, exploration, resource development, plant design and construction, and operations and maintenance. In addition to presentations, the Congress will include an exhibition and a 'Turkey Focus Session' on 3 December. The GeoPower Global Congress is supported by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), and targets project developers and operators, investors, government representatives and technical consultancies, among other industry players.  

dates: 3-4 December 2014   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Samantha Coleman, Green Power Conferences   phone: +44-20-7099-0600   e-mail: samantha.coleman@greenpowerconferences.com   www: http://www.greenpowerconferences.com/EF/?sSubSystem=Prospect...  

Workshop on Supporting Small- and Large-Scale Deployment of Renewables through Electricity Storage

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this workshop will focus on the role of electricity storage in strengthening renewables-based mini-grids for rural electrification, and integrating utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power parks into the grid. The workshop will also explore best practices and lessons to be highlighted in IRENA's forthcoming technology roadmap for electricity storage publication. The workshop will convene a maximum of 30 participants, who will also be granted complimentary access to the '2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Energy Storage and Microgrids in India,' taking place from 4-5 December in New Delhi, India. The event is the third in a series of workshops on electricity storage, with previous workshops, focusing on policy and regulation, and self-consumption, taking place on 27 March in Düsseldorf, Germany, and 7 November in Tokyo, Japan, respectively.  

date: 3 December 2014   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: IRENA   phone: +971-2-4179000   www: http://www.irena.org/Menu/Index.aspx?mnu=Cat&PriMenuID=3...
 http://www.showsbee.com/fairs/Energy-Storage-India.html  

BINGO Day at COP 20

The Business and Industry (BINGO) Day, taking place during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 20), will be organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The event will serve to present the activities and messages of business and industry organizations concerned about the potential impacts and opportunities presented by the negotiations.  

date: 5 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Andrea Bacher   phone: +33-1-4953-2828   fax: +33-1-4953-2859   e-mail: andrea.bacher@iccwbo.org   www: http://www.iccwbo.org/Advocacy-Codes-and-Rules/Areas-of-work...  

12th Development and Climate Days

The 12th Development and Climate Days will be held on the sidelines of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The slogan of the event, 'Zero poverty. Zero emissions. Within a generation' draws attention to the need for climate change mitigation, adaptation and increased resilience in order to eradicate poverty. The programme for the conference includes a series of sessions directed toward integrating climate and poverty reduction targets. Representatives from the intergovernmental, public, private, non-profit and media sectors will elaborate on the 'zero-zero' vision, pitch ideas for achieving these goals, discuss potential financing pathways, consider radical adaptation measures, and lead games on trade-offs and spurring political change. This annual event is jointly organized by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).  

dates: 6-7 December 2014   venue: Hotel Country Club Lima, Calle Los Eucaliptos 590   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre   phone: +31 70 44 55 886   fax: +31 70 44 55 712   e-mail: climatecentre@climatecentre.org   www: http://www.climatecentre.org/site/development-and-climate-da...
 http://cdkn.org/2014/09/event-development-and-climate-days-2...  

Transport Day 2014

The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) are organizing Transport Day 2014 during the 20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The event is organized around the theme 'Transport Tackles Climate Change @ Transport Day 2014' and will feature a series break-out and plenary sessions aiming to raise the profile of the transport sector's climate change mitigation potential. Transport Day will aim to encourage the integration of transport into mitigation and adaptation policy making under the UNFCCC, ensure such and tools and resources as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, and technology transfer are appropriate for the transport sector.  

date: 7 December 2014   venue: Sheraton Hotel, Paseo de la Republica 170   location: Lima, Peru   contact: Talya Enriquez Romano   e-mail: talya.enriquezromano@slocatpartnership.org   www: http://www.slocat.net/transportday2014
 http://www.slocat.net/event/1184  

South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum

The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum is co-sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), WWF-China, UNEP-Tongji-IESD, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Forum, which will take place in the interval of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, aims to contribute to a successful post-2015 climate agreement by promoting South-South Cooperation as an integral part of global action against climate change. It provides an opportunity for participants to engage in the ongoing climate talks and provide recommendations on a number innovative actions, policy setting, financing and institutional development to enable rapid scaling-up of South-South Cooperation initiatives. The Forum will bring together ten ministers from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean, representatives from UN agencies, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), development agencies, and international organizations, leaders of science and business communities, and practitioners from around the world.  

date: 8 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru   contact: UNEP - International Ecosystem Management Partnership   phone: +86 10 64889031   fax: +86 10 64889031   e-mail: ssccc-conference@unep-iemp.org   www: http://www.unep-iemp.org/node/14
 http://www.unep-iemp.org/sites/default/files/SSCCC%20Confere...  

Latin America Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biosafety

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the goal of this workshop is to enhance the capacity of Parties in the Latin American sub-region to advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and its Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress through effective integration of biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans in line with the Strategic Plan for the Protocol and the relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It also aims to increase the capacity of Parties to identify and mobilize sufficient and predictable resources for the implementation of the Protocol and facilitate public awareness, education and participation concerning the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs).  

dates: 8-12 December 2014   location: Montevideo, Uruguay   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.org   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=BSRWMB-LAC-01  

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

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing will continue considering measures to increase user-based payments and contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund, and additional measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS. The meeting will be preceded by regional and inter-regional consultations, to be held on 8 December 2014.  

dates: 9-11 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/second-meeting-ad-hoc-ope...  

Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014

The Regional Aquaculture Conference 2014 will take place on the theme, ‘Blue Growth in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: developing sustainable aquaculture for food security'. The conference aims to promote socioeconomic growth and food security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from a blue growth perspective. Expert panels will convene on: enabling good governance in aquaculture; a healthy environment, a stronger aquaculture industry; boosting markets for aquaculture; and advancing aquaculture innovations. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges, explore synergies and possibilities for joint action and mobilize political commitment towards a common aquaculture strategy for the region based on a blue growth approach. The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) is organizing the conference with the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in cooperation with the European Commission (EC).  

dates: 9-11 December 2014   location: Bari, Puglia, Italy   e-mail: aquaculture2014@gfcmonline.org   www: http://www.aquaculture2014.org/
 https://gfcmsitestorage.blob.core.windows.net/documents/CAQ/...  

Substantive Informal Session for Third FfD Conference

This substantive informal session of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will address 'Enabling environment, systemic issues, follow-up process and learning from partnerships'. UN Member States will discuss: the enabling and conducive policy environment; trade, technology and capacity building and other non-financial means of implementation; governance; learning from partnerships; and the follow-up process. Background notes with further details of the sessions will be provided ahead of the session.  

dates: 9-12 December 2014   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  

Design, Implementation and Best Practice Workshop on Renewable Cost Data to Support Policymaking

This invitation-only joint workshop on renewable energy cost data to support policy-making will be organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Italian energy services operator Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE), a founding member of IRENA's Renewable Costing Alliance. Topics covered during the one-day workshop include: the importance of systematic cost and performance data for renewables; recent cost and performance data for renewables, and related challenges for policy-makers; regulatory models for ongoing data collection; and data needs of different technologies and markets for policy-making, including efficient data collection.  

date: 12 December 2014   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971-2-4179000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/Index.aspx?mnu=Cat&PriMenuID=3...  

Global Atlas Training Session: MENA Region

This training module, provided by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and financed by the Governments of Germany and Flanders, Belgium, is offered by invitation to experts from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who are involved in national-level planning for renewable energy deployment. The training, organized in several regions in 2014 and 2015, aims to enable policy-makers to better understand the added value of geospatial analysis, including its use in the development of support policies for wind and solar energy deployment.  

date: 17 December 2014   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971-2-4179000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

January 2015

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

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

dates: 12-17 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: IPBES Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ipbes.net   www: http://www.ipbes.net/news/564-invitation-to-ipbes-third-plen...
 http://www.ipbes.net/images/documents/plenary/third/Letter_o...  

Informal Interactive Hearings with Civil Society for Third Conference on FfD

This informal interactive hearing with civil society and the business sector is part of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).  

dates: 15-16 January 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  

World Future Energy Summit 2015

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015 is dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. It will offer a number of renewable energy-related events, including a conference, exhibition, Project and Finance Village, and Young Future Energy Leaders program. Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, the event will be attended by international policy makers, industry experts, investors and media, who will discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.  

dates: 19-22 January 2015   venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Sheila Baranda   phone: +971 2 409 0302   e-mail: sheila.baranda@reedexpo.ae   www: http://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/  

Second Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section team of specialists will consider the forest sector outlook for the period 2014-2017, based on suggestions from surveys, input from members, and outcomes from the first meeting of the Team of Specialists. This meeting will also consider guidance from the Integrated Programme of Work for 2014-2017 adopted at Metsä2013, which calls for greater coherence among regional outlook studies.  

dates: 22-23 January 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   phone: 41 22 917 1379   e-mail: info.ece-faoforests@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=37420#/  

First 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 first drafting session will take place on 27-29 January 2015.  

dates: 27-29 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: FfD Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/241...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/third-conference-ffd/index.htm  

February 2015

High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate, which will focus on how to mobilize resources to turn aspirations for the post-2015 development agenda into realities. It is expected to discuss financing, technology development and transfer and capacity building. The debate will also consider investments in climate financing, rural development, infrastructure, protection of the global commons and social sectors. The event will take place in February 2015, per Kutesa's address to the opening of UNGA 69.  

date: 2 February 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US (virtual)   contact: Office of the President of the UNGA   www: http://www.un.org/pga/statements/opening-69th-session/
 http://www.un.org/pga/calendar/  

Global Atlas Training Session: Latin America

This training module, provided by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and financed by the Governments of Germany and Flanders, Belgium, is offered by invitation to experts from Latin America who are involved in national-level planning for renewable energy deployment. The training, organized in several regions in 2014 and 2015, aims to enable policy-makers to better understand the added value of geospatial analysis, including its use in the development of support policies for wind and solar energy deployment.  

date: 2 February 2015   location: Lima, Peru   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971-2-4179000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forestry Sector

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening an online conference to discuss the costs and benefits of various options for climate change mitigation in the forestry sector including REDD+, green building, and the promotion of bioenergy. The conference will be organized under two themes: ‘climate change mitigation through forest management interventions', and ‘climate change mitigation through improved wood utilization'. The online discussion will take place from 6-27 February 2015.  

dates: 6-27 February 2015   location: virtual   contact: Illias Animon   e-mail: illias.animon@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/cc-mitigation-economics/en/  

First India Renewable Energy Global Investment Promotion Meet and Expo

The First Renewable Energy Global Investment Promotion Meet and Expo (RE-INVEST) in New Delhi, India, will provide a platform for the global investment community to connect with stakeholders in India. The event, organized by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), jointly with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), is expected to take place from 15-17 February 2015. The meeting will focus on the further growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country. A plenary session is planned for 15 February, with participation by high-level speakers, and the event is expected to attract over 200 attendants from various countries, international financial institutions, banks and non-banking financial companies, and energy sector actors. An exhibition of manufacturers, promoters and developers is also planned for showcasing India's manufacturing capabilities and latest technologies.  

dates: 15-17 February 2015   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Girish Kuma, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India   fax: +91-11-24361298   e-mail: gkumar.mnre@nic.in   www: http://www.re-invest.in/  

Beyond Enforcement: Communities, Governance, Incentives and Sustainable Use in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry for the Environment, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and TRAFFIC are holding a symposium to explore the roles of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating illegal wildlife trade. This symposium seeks to evaluate whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife (both plants and animals), and provide examples, lessons learnt and guidance in order to support governments, institutions and organizations in meeting relevant international commitments. Outputs of the meeting will be presented at the inter-governmental Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kasane, Botswana, in March 2015.  

dates: 27 February - 1 March 2015   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa   www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/suli-enen.html  

March 2015

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The 2015 South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 11-13 March 2015. The event will promote the latest energy developments in relation to renewable energy and energy efficiency, and related services, encourage their large-scale implementation in South-East Europe, and aim to boost foreign investment in the regional economy. The exhibition will feature industry exhibitors, and provide networking opportunities for international and local industry players. The event will target participants from relevant economic sectors and industries, government, the financial sector, media, academia and civil society. In parallel, the same venue will host the annual 'Waste Management and Recycling Exhibition and Conference' and 'Smart Cities Exhibition and Conference for South-East Europe'.  

dates: 11-13 March 2015   venue: Inter Expo Center   location: Sofia, Sofiya, Bulgaria   contact: Zdravka Kazanlieva, Via Expo   phone: +359-32-960011   e-mail: office@viaexpo.com   www: http://viaexpo.com/en/pages/ee-re-exhibition
 http://viaexpo.com/htdocs/images/fm/EE%20&%20RE,%20Smart...  

IV Mediterranean Forest Week

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

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

April 2015

Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

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

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

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

The 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. The IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee will meet to discuss progress on the IMF's and the WBG's work. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets will also be held.  

dates: 17-19 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/index.htm  

3rd Global Soil Week

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

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

May 2015

World Hydropower Congress 2015

Hosted by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the 2015 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Beijing, China. The congress will focus on discussing and debating strategies for the hydropower sector over the next 35 years, and examining how sustainably developed hydropower can address climate change, and energy and water security. The congress is expected to attract 1,000 participants, including representatives of key organizations around the world involved in hydropower operation and development, as well as specialists from other areas, including politics, finance, the environment and technology.  

dates: 19-21 May 2015   location: Beijing, China   contact: IHA Central Office   phone: +44-20-8652-5290   fax: +44-20-8643-5600   www: http://www.hydropower.org/congress  

June 2015

23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2015)

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) will provide an opportunity for professionals working along the entire biomass value chain to network, conduct business, and present and discuss the latest developments in the industry. Topics covered at the conference will include biomass resources (feedstock, residues, by-products, algae production, and municipal and industrial wastes, among others); biomass conversion technologies for heating, cooling and electricity (including combustion, gasification, and anaerobic digestion); biomass conversion technologies for liquid and gaseous fuels, chemicals and materials; biomass policies, markets and sustainability; and bioenergy in integrated energy systems.  

dates: 1-4 June 2015   venue: Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Messeplatz 1 1021 Wien   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: ETA-Florence Renewable Energies   phone: +39 055 5002280 ext. 221   e-mail: biomass.conference@etaflorence.it   www: http://www.eubce.com/  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10108  

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  

Third High-level Political Forum

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

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

July 2015

VII BRICS Summit

The Seventh Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) will be held from 9-10 July 2015, in Ufa, the Russian Federation. The host country has signaled it will: ensure the continuity of the group's operation; take into account priorities put forward during the Brazilian presidency of the BRICS; and seek to enrich the group's work with new ideas, and strengthen its role in international affairs and regional issues.  

dates: 9-10 July 2015   location: Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation   contact: Ufa-2015 SCO BRICS Office Group   phone: +7-347-246-69-00   fax: +7-347-246-69-01   e-mail: info@ufa2015.ru   www: http://ufa2015.com/media/news/957/
 http://www.ufacity.info/eng/press/news/169945.html  

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...  

August 2015

CITES AC28

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

dates: 30 August - 3 September 2015   location: Tel Aviv, Israel   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://cites.org/eng/com/ac/index.php
 http://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

October 2015

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

date: 1 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru   contact: David Theis, World Bank   phone: +1 202-458-8626   e-mail: dtheis@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/2012/09/14/world-bank-group...  

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...  

CITES PC22

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

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/  

December 2015

10th WTO Ministerial Conference [tentative]

The 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference is expected to meet in December 2015. The Ministerial Conference is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 1-4 December 2015 [tentative]   location: TBA   www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/minist_e.htm  

January 2016

CITES SC66

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 11-15 January 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   e-mail: jvasquez@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 http://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php