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October 2014

47th 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. A CSO Consultation will take place on 27 October 2014.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107  

Tenth Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The tenth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will address issues related to the next update of the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries, including various issues related to the application of treaty rules to hybrid entities (Article 4), the concept of “permanent establishment,” the meaning of “connected projects” and physical presence issues (Article 5), the meaning of “auxiliary activities” under Article 8 (Transportation), the Commentary to Article 9 (Associated Enterprises), Article 12 on Royalties, Exchange of Information (Article 26), and methods for elimination: conflicts of qualification, and conflicts of interpretation (Article 23). The Committee will also discuss cross-cutting issues under the UN Model, such as taxation of services. Other issues on the agenda of the session include work towards the next update of the UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries, the draft Manual for the Negotiation of Bilateral Tax Treaties between Developed and Developing Countries, taxation of extractive industries, Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting (BEPS) and its consequences for developing countries, cooperative compliance and corporate governance in tax matters, as well as capacity development.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   venue: UN Office in Geneva   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Michael Lennard   phone: 1 (917) 367-5734   e-mail: lennard@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/tax/tenthsession/index.htm  

Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5)

The 5th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) is being organized to promote the development, exploration, use and financing of geothermal energy projects. ARGeo - C5, themed 'Geothermal: Solution to Africa Energy Needs,' will serve as an information-sharing platform and will facilitate regional cooperation. The main conference, which will take place 29-31 October, will feature a range of sessions geared toward exploring: risk mitigation; how to attract private developers; fast-tracking projects; stimulating the growth of the industry through investment; and the development, construction and operation of geothermal plants. Participants also have the option of participating in short courses, such as 'Improving Success in Drilling' and 'Financing Geothermal Projects' on 27-28 October. After the conference, an optional field trip on 1-2 November is offered. The African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Project is organizing the conference in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Tanzania. The UNEP-ARGeo Programme is a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that encourages the development of geothermal energy sources in East Africa to realize their untapped potential and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was officially launched in 2010 at ARGeo - C3.  

dates: 27 October - 2 November 2014   venue: Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Afrika Mashariki Road, AICC Complex, Ngorongoro Building   location: Arusha, Tanzania   contact: UNEP-ARGeo Programme   phone: +254 20 762 5634   e-mail: info@theargeo.org   www: http://c5.theargeo.org/
 http://c5.theargeo.org/about.html  

ICAO Environmental ?Seminars in the APAC Region

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 28-29 October 2014, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 29-30 October 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the Asia and Pacific (APAC) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing?. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: ICAO   phone: +1 514-954-8219   fax: +1 514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Pages/20...
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Document...  

First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport

This conference is part of the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, a high-level platform for discussion and policy decision making. The Forum aims to integrate sustainable transport into Africa's development and planning processes and increase funding to sustainable transport programmes in Africa, with the broader aim of improving access to transport, reducing air pollution and climate emissions, and improving road safety and health. The Forum also aims to share experiences from demonstration and pilot projects and foster South-South exchanges. The Forum intends to hold Ministerial conferences bi-annually, with Sub-Regional conferences in the interim years. The Forum is a partnership among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the World Bank. UNEP hosts the Forum Secretariat.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   venue: UNEP headquarters   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: UNEP, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Energy Branch   phone: +254 (0) 20 7623377   www: http://www.unep.org/transport/ASTF/index.asp  

Consultation Workshop on Draft Technical Guidelines for Sound Management of Spent Lead-acid Batteries

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will hold a workshop of officials and invited experts from Canada, Mexico and the US to examine a draft of technical guidelines for the sound management of spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) prepared by a consultant that seek to identify operating best practices and technologies that foster environmentally sound management of SLAB collection, storage and recycling. The workshop will be followed on 30 October 2014 by a closed meeting of the CEC's Experts Group on the Sound Management of Batteries, which will also consider the draft guidelines.  

dates: 28-29 October 2014   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: Paula Urra, Program Manager, CEC   phone: +514-350-4336   e-mail: purra@cec.org   www: http://www.cec.org/Page.asp?PageID=1209&ContentID=25809  

Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition

This expert group meeting on fuel price reform and renewable energy energy transitions, taking place from 29-31 October 2014, is organized by the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshop will specifically focus on fuel pricing reform as a measure necessary for the transition to renewable energy, and complements a UNOSD workshop series on 'Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Transitions'. The workshop also builds on work by the organizing partners to build a network of fuel price regulators, and will benefit policymakers from approximately 20 African and Asian countries. Themes covered are: technical issues associated to energy policy; energy transition and political economy of reforms; and reform lessons and work plan building.  

dates: 29-31 October 2014   venue: UN Offices at Nairobi (UNON)   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: United Nations Office for Sustainable Development   phone: +82-32-822-9088   fax: +82-32-822-9089   e-mail: unosd@un.org   www: http://www.unosd.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=...  

First Bangladesh SE4ALL Investor Forum

The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and US Department of State have partnered with the Government of Bangladesh to organize the first Bangladesh SE4ALL Investor Forum. The Forum will cover the global status of SE4ALL activities, opportunities for SE4ALL investment in Bangladesh and the current investment climate in the country. Participants will hear remarks from Mohinder Gulati, SE4ALL Chief Operating Officer; Tapos Kumar Roy, Additional Secretary in Bangladesh's Ministry of Power, Energy, and Mineral Resources; US Ambassador Dan Mozena; and high-level World Bank, ADB and German Government officials. The second day of the Forum (by invitation only), will feature presentations by project proponents.  

dates: 29-30 October 2014   venue: Dhaka Westin Hotel, Plot-01, Road 45, Gulshan-2, Dhaka 1212   location: Dhaka, Bangladesh   contact: Pat DeLaquil   e-mail: pdelaquil@comcast.net   www: http://www.energyforall.info/events/1st-bangladesh-se4all-in...
 http://www.se4all.org/event/first-bangladesh-se4all-investor...  

5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM 2014) will meet under the theme ‘Building Disaster Resilient Communities'. The conference aims to bridge gaps and promote science-based solutions to empower local communities to advance disaster reduction, adapt to climate change and promote sustainable development. It also intends to: address opportunities for action through contributions from the areas of disaster science, technology, policy and practice; and stimulate a “next generation of ideas and actions” for disaster reduction. Conference themes will address cross-cutting issues, such as: disaster risk management, sustainable development, resilience building, vulnerability reduction, risk assessment and governance, risk financing, living with uncertainty, transformative processes, cultural recognition and change, poverty reduction, wellbeing, climate change adaptation, crisis communication and communities of practice. Conference participants will reflect on how theory, method and implementation presented by these processes can help to build disaster resilient communities. More specifically, the conference will address: building disaster resilient societies; integrating climate change and development goals; resilient cities, including case studies and best practices; creating an enabling environment to achieve resilience; emerging tools for integrated disaster management; risks and critical infrastructure protection; risk governance frameworks for resilient communities; and strategies for long-term, post-disaster mitigation measures.  

dates: 30 October - 1 November 2014   venue: Western University   location: London, Ontario, Canada   e-mail: twaddington@iclr.org   www: http://www.has.uwo.ca/cs/idrim/  

November 2014

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

The annual meeting of the ITTC will consider progress in the implementation of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) projects and activities in support of the sustainable management of tropical forests and the promotion of trade in sustainably produced tropical timber.  

dates: 3-8 November 2014   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan   contact: ITTO Secretariat   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=3838
 http://www.itto.int/council_committees/  

Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

The 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, titled ‘Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2014,' will aim to: undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action; identify international, regional, subregional and national international trade and transit transport cooperation policies and review transit transport systems within the context of new and emerging challenges, partnerships and opportunities; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special development needs of and the challenges faced by LLDCs; and mobilize international support and action by and for LLDCs, including the formulation and adoption of a renewed development partnership framework for the next decade. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Conference held its first meeting on 12-13 June 2014. The second meeting will take place on 2-3 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, preceded by informal consultations on the zero draft text of the outcome document.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: UN-OHRLLS   www: http://www.lldc2conference.org/
 http://unohrlls.org/about-lldcs/comprehensive-ten-year-revie...  

CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel

This Ministerial Panel will be held at the venue of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11). Ministers and other dignitaries will debate how to reconcile the concepts of “Rights of Nature” and the “Green Economy” in the context of the depletion of natural resources, including wildlife.  

date: 3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/node/5807  

39th Meeting of COTED

The 39th meeting of the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Ministerial Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will consider, inter alia, approval of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)/SIDS Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK) proposal for creating a Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), and deciding which CARICOM member country will host it.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   venue: CARICOM headquarters   location: Guyana   additional: Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown   contact: CARICOM Energy Programme   phone: +592-222-0001, ext. 3522)   fax: +592-222-0224   e-mail: energy@caricom.org   www: http://www.caricom.org/jsp/community_organs/coted.jsp?menu=c...  

2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

dates: 5-11 November 2014   location: Beijing, China   contact: APEC China 2014 Organizing Committee   e-mail: Apec2014mediacenter@mfa.gov.cn   www: http://www.apec-china.org.cn/en/index.htm
 http://www.apec-china.org.cn/41/2014/09/29/3@2207.htm  

International Conference on Solar Energy Technology in Development Cooperation

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

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

Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making. Themes of the summit will include: creating a shared definition of natural capital, applying and demonstrating the concept, ensuring scientific rigor, and communicating recommendations across sectors.  

dates: 6-7 November 2014   venue: British Library   location: London, England, UK   e-mail: secretariat@naturalcapitalinitiative.org.uk   www: http://www.naturalcapitalinitiative.org.uk/events/valuing-ou...  

Sustainable Energy in Central Asia: Business Opportunities and Technology Transfer

This one-day event, organized by the European Commission, takes place in the context of growing awareness among Central Asia Governments of the potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The event seeks to promote sustainable energy developments and related business opportunities in the region. Three sessions will feature panelists representing Central Asian ministries responsible for energy, the European Commission, European development banks and agencies, and international energy specialist organizations, such as the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), among others, and will focus on: promoting sustainable energy in Central Asia; financing sustainable energy in Central Asia; and deploying sustainable energy projects. The event will be held in English and Russian, with simultaneous interpretation.  

date: 6 November 2014   venue: Charlemagne Building, Room Mansholt   location: Brussels, Belgium   contact: European Commission   www: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/events/doc/20141106_sustainable_e...
 http://ec.europa.eu/energy/contact/index_en.htm  

REN21 Renewables Academy 2014

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) Academy 2014, organized from 10-12 November in Bonn, Germany, will take stock of renewable energy developments over the past decade and explore ways to further advance the global energy transition with renewables. The event will convene over plenary, lunch and coffee networking, and parallel thematic sessions. Topics on the agenda include: renewable energy policy frameworks; power sector transformation; fossil fuel subsidy reform; renewables heating and cooling; distributed renewable energy; working with media; data for decision-making; and pathways towards 100% renewable energy and the role of the consumer.  

dates: 10-12 November 2014   venue: World Conference Center Bonn, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: REN21 Secretariat c/o UNEP   phone: +33-1-44-37-14-50-90   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://www.ren21.net/REN21Activities/REN21RenewablesAcademy2...  

India Clean Cookstoves Forum 2014

The India Clean Cookstoves Forum (ICCF) 2014, which aims to tackle barriers to the large-scale adoption of improved cookstoves (ICS) in India, will feature a practitioner workshop, conference and business model workshop. The practitioner workshop will take place on the first day and feature in-depth technical discussions on marketing, distribution networks, financing, gender and product design. Emphasis will be placed on increasing demand for and supply of ICS. The conference, to be held the second day, will focus on market transformation and ways to make ICS available in all Indian households. Representatives from Indian industry, business, banks, the government and the cookstove sector will offer their ideas for the best path to widespread adoption, through everything from marketing to government policies. On the third day, the business model workshop will serve to encourage, analyze and improve the business models of new entrepreneurs in this sector, to make them more attractive to investors. Expected participants at the Forum are practitioners, project developers, investors, banks, researchers, social enterprises, government, donor agencies, foundations and NGOs. The German International Cooperation (GIZ), Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Tata Trusts and the Shell Foundation are partnering to organize the Forum.  

dates: 10-12 November 2014   venue: Le Méridien, Windsor Place New Delhi 110001   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India   contact: Christian Liedtke, GIZ   e-mail: Christian.Liedtke@giz.de   www: http://www.cleancookstoves.org/media-and-events/events/india...
 http://www.energyforall.info/events/2nd-india-clean-cookstov...  

Third Global Chemical Leasing Award Ceremony

Organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), this award intends to further enhance the global visibility of Chemical Leasing, acknowledge best practices, and inspire companies and individuals around the globe to apply the Chemical Leasing business concept by reducing inefficient use and over-consumption of chemicals, as well as by developing strong business partnerships and innovation along the entire supply chain. Chemical Leasing is part of UNIDO's Green Industry strategy.  

dates: 11-13 November 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland   contact: Petra Schwager   e-mail: P.Schwager@unido.org   www: http://www.unido.org/news/press/third-announced.html#pp1[g1]...  

IEA World Energy Outlook 2014 Launch

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) 'World Energy Outlook 2014' (WEO 2014) report will be launched on 12 November. The 2014 edition will comprise an analysis of medium- and longer-term energy trends, including latest data and developments of relevance for energy security, the economy and the environment. The report will cover: oil, natural gas and renewables; energy efficiency; energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions; fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies; and universal access to modern energy services. WEO 2014 will also provide in-depth analyses on energy sector investment, Africa and nuclear power. The WEO Special Reports 'World Energy Investment Outlook' and 'Africa Energy Outlook' were released on 3 June and 13 October 2014, respectively.  

date: 12 November 2014   location: worldwide   contact: IEA   phone: +33-1-4057-6500   fax: +33-1-4057-6509   e-mail: info@iea.org   www: http://www.iea.org/newsroomandevents/events/event/name-47409...
 http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/  

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2014

The 2014 Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum is organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) under the theme ‘Addressing the social implications of green growth'. The 2014 Forum will focus on distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, income and skills. It will explore how governments can design policy frameworks to address distributional consequences, as an essential step in the transition to green growth, and the potential impacts of green growth policies on labor markets, households and income. The Forum will also consider: relevant indicators for measuring progress; energy sector reforms; skills for green growth; and social protection and redistribution policies for green growth. The Forum aims to enable OECD Committee delegates, experts, businesses and civil society to exchange experiences, identify knowledge gaps and identify policy tools and best practices.  

dates: 13-14 November 2014   venue: OECD Headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: OECD   e-mail: greengrowth@oecd.org   www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2014.htm
 http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/18%2007%2014_GGSD%20Forum_Pr...  

G20 Leaders' Summit 2014

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum that assembles 19 members plus the EU, representing the world's major economies. General themes include global economy, financial regulation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The next G20 Summit will take place in Australia, which will work as a troika in defining the next work programme in cooperation with the past (Russian Federation) and future (Turkey) hosts. The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US, as well as the EU.  

dates: 15-16 November 2014   venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)   location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   www: http://www.g20.org
 http://www.dpmc.gov.au/g20/host_year.cfm  

Second Preparatory Committee meeting for Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

A second session of the Preparatory Committee for the Third International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is expected to develop the draft post-2015 DRR framework. In addition to negotiations on this document, technical workshops will convene to address: indicators, monitoring and review process for the post-2015 framework; and integration of disaster risks in financial regulation. The Chair is also expected to hold two dialogue sessions with major groups. The Third International Conference on DRR will be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.  

dates: 17-18 November 2014   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: wcdrr2015-un@un.org   www: http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/prepcom2  

72nd Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will consider the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' which consists of five pillars: sustainable production and consumption of forest products, a low carbon forest sector, decent green jobs in the forest sector, long term provision of forest ecosystem services, and policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy. The workshop will also address forest resources assessment and reporting issues and develop guidance on implementation of the UNECE/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Integrated Programme of Work.  

dates: 18-21 November 2014   location: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation   contact: Paola Deda   e-mail: Paola.deda@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/forests/kazan2014.html  

IFPRI Workshop on Biofuels and Food Security Interactions

This workshop, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will explore present and future interactions between biofuels and food security, and draw lessons from analysis and field experience relevant for project developers, researchers and policymakers. The event will be organized around six discussion topics: economic security and development; energy security; environmental security; biofuels and food price volatility; institutional aspects, innovation and consequences of inaction; and integration and cross-cutting issues. Aimed at participants from the academia, international organizations active in the field, governmental organizations, the private sector and other interested parties, the workshop will seek to identify areas of consensus regarding barriers, gaps and opportunities related to: the assessment of biofuel-food security interactions; and recommendations for future research and implementation.  

dates: 19-20 November 2014   venue: International Food Policy Research Institute   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: IFPRI   phone: +1-202-862-5600   fax: +1-202-467-4439   e-mail: ifpri@cgiar.org   www: http://www.ifpri.org/event/workshop-biofuels-and-food-securi...  

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit will convene participants from 19-21 November, in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and will focus on the theme of “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship". The event program includes high-level speakers, networking events, and sector-specific workshops. The Summit is hosted jointly by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States.  

dates: 19-21 November 2014   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   www: http://gesmarrakech2014.org/en/home#  

Renewable Energy Latin America and Caribbean Conference and Exhibition (RELACCx)

Organized by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (Lac-Core), RELACCx will focus on renewable energy finance and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. This industry-to-industry event will explore political and financial landscapes, prominent and emerging markets, and existing energy infrastructure, with an eye on providing tools for accelerating renewable energy development in these regions. Scheduled sessions cover: finance, markets and policy; banking perspectives; business models for small-scale renewables; financing utility renewables; project development; financial models; and technologies and markets.  

dates: 20-21 November 2014   venue: El Conquistador A Waldorf Astoria Resort   location: Fajardo, Puerto Rico   contact: American Council On Renewable Energy   phone: 1-202-393-0001   e-mail: events@acore.org   www: http://www.relaccx.com/  

AfricaSolar 2014

Organized by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Burkina Faso, in partnership with the Universities of Ougadougou and Perpignan, the second International Conference on Solar Energy in Africa will convene in Ouagadougou under the theme 'Solar Market in Africa, Strengths and Weaknesses'. The event is expected to bring together around 300 scientists, experts and investors to: assess different solar technologies and related opportunities; and examine the strengths and weaknesses of the solar market in Africa. Topics addressed at the conference are: solar technologies; access to energy in rural areas; energy storage; energy efficiency; and the role of politics, investors and private companies. The conference will seek to bring out concrete recommendations for decision makers and stakeholders on promoting the development of the region's solar market.  

dates: 20-22 November 2014   venue: Conference Room Ouaga 2000   location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso   contact: International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering   phone: +226-78-14-79-96   e-mail: africasolar2014@2ie-edu.org   www: http://www.ecreee.org/event/africasolar-2014-2nd-edition-int...
 http://www.2ie-edu.org/en/africasolar-2014-2nd-edition-of-th...  

INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Meetings

INTERPOL will host the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee, together with the Wildlife Crime, Fisheries Crime and Pollution Crime Working Groups. These meetings will bring together inter-governmental organizations, law enforcement and government officials nominated by the National Central Bureaus from across INTERPOL's 190 member countries. The Green Customs Initiative, comprised of the Secretariats of the major multilateral environmental agreements and inter-governmental organizations, will also take this opportunity to hold their annual meeting, marking the partnership's 10th anniversary. The meetings will be dedicated to developing practical law enforcement responses and to coordinating projects focused on such areas as capacity building and intelligence gathering across the environmental crime spectrum.  

dates: 24-28 November 2014   location: Lyon, Rhone-Alpes, France   contact: INTERPOL Secretariat - Environmental Crime Unit   e-mail: environmentalcrime@interpol.int   www: http://www.interpol.int/Crime-areas/Environmental-crime/Envi...  

Second International Conference on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries (REDEC 2014)

The Second International Conference on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries (REDEC 2014) will explore solutions for energy saving and production in developing countries, including in the areas of: renewable energy resources; renewable energy conversion; energy storage; energy management, saving and efficiency; renewable energy-relevant policies and regulation in developing countries; technologies for rural energy service provision; and regional and international support programs for renewable energy in developing countries. A joint event on 'Appropriate Technologies and Mechanisms for Energy Services in Arab Rural Areas' will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on 25 November.  

dates: 26-27 November 2014   venue: Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut   location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon   contact: REDEC 2014 C/O Melle Hoda Halabi   e-mail: redecsecretary@redeconf.org   www: http://www.redeconf.org/Home  

December 2014

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...  

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  

International Conference on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change

The International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) is organizing a conference in recognition of the growing role of South-South cooperation as a complement to North-South partnership on climate change. The International Conference on South-South Cooperation aims to raise awareness about this growing role, identify opportunities and challenges, agree on enabling conditions for promoting South-South cooperation, and create consensus for solidifying South-South cooperation's part in the expected 2015 agreement on climate change. Apart from an opening address and ministerial forum, the conference will hold six high-level panels in plenary on: science and knowledge for climate policy; adaptation and livelihood; capacity building for decision makers and practitioners; technology transfer for clean energy; ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation; and enabling conditions. IEMP is a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UNFCCC Secretariat, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) are also sponsoring the conference.  

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...  

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...  

January 2015

Preparatory Session I for Third Conference on Financing for Development

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. Informal consultations and drafting sessions on the outcome document will take place in January 2015 for three days, in April 2015 for five days, and in June 2015 for five days.  

dates: 5-7 January 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   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...  

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...  

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/  

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/  

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: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India   fax: +91-11-24361298   e-mail: http://mnre.gov.in/   www: http://mnre.gov.in/file-manager/UserFiles/First-Announcement...
 http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=110150  

March 2015

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

Preparatory Session II for Third Conference on Financing for Development

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. Informal consultations and drafting sessions on the outcome document will take place in January 2015 for three days, in April 2015 for five days, and in June 2015 for five days.  

dates: 6-10 April 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   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...  

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

Preparatory Session III for Third Conference on Financing for Development

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. Informal consultations and drafting sessions on the outcome document will take place in January 2015 for three days, in April 2015 for five days, and in June 2015 for five days.  

dates: 1-5 June 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/consultations/index.htm
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/279...  

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 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...  

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...  

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