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April 2015

13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The 13th UN Crime Congress will convene under the theme ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.' Participants will discuss: the links between crime prevention, security, justice and sustainable development; successes and challenges in implementation of policies and strategies for preventing crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law and support sustainable development; international cooperation to prevent, combat and respond to transnational organized crime; and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. The event will also feature side events, including on wildlife and forest crime. The Congress is expected to adopt the ‘Doha Declaration,' which will contain recommendations for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in May 2015.  

dates: 12-19 April 2015   location: Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar   contact: Abdullah Dhaen Al-Kuwari   phone: +974 44330345   fax: +974 44432020   e-mail: crimecongress@moi.gov.qa   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/crimecongress2015/

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/global-soil-week/gsw-2015  

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF)

The first meeting of the MEF in 2015 is tentatively scheduled for 19-20 April 2015. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

dates: 19-20 April 2015 [tentative]   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: MEF Secretariat (US Department of State)   e-mail: mef_secretariat@state.gov   www: http://www.majoreconomiesforum.org/upcoming-meetings/

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

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

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session

The fourth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 21-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 21-24 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   e-mail: dowlatshahi@un.org   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/moiandglobalp...

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

The Third Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-Sharing of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will be preceded by a day of regional and inter-regional consultations. According to its terms of reference, the Working Group is to develop a range of measures that will increase user-based payments and contributions to the ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund in a sustainable and predictable long-term manner, and enhance the functioning of the MLS by additional measures. As of 27 March 2015, the original dates of 21-24 April are expected to change; new dates will be communicated in agreement with the host government.  

dates: 21-24 April 2015 [tentative]   location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil   contact: ITPGR Secretariat   phone: +39 06 570 53441   fax: +39 06 570 56347   e-mail: pgrfa-treaty@fao.org   www: http://www.planttreaty.org/content/third-meeting-ad-hoc-open...  

World Green Economy Summit 2015

The second edition of the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will take place from 22-23 April in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An initiative of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), WGES 2015 aims to: develop the WGES Public-Private Partnership and Green Economy Marketplace Platform initiatives; follow up on commitments made at WGES 2014 through the Dubai Declaration; position WGES as the premier international platform for the green economy and Dubai as the 'capital of the green economy'; and create strong linkages to the UN climate agreement 2015 through the Road to Paris initiative and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Taking place under the theme 'The Global Green Economy,' WGES 2015 is aimed at a multi-takeholder audience, and will feature plenary sessions, roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition. The 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), will be held in parallel with WGES 2015, from 21-23 April, at the same venue.  

dates: 22-23 April 2015   venue: Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Maktoum Hall   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: Sophie Lin Hansen, World Climate Ltd.   phone: +45-5025-3007   e-mail: sophie@wclimate.com   www: http://www.wclimate.com/wges2015/

Public Event on World Happiness Report 2015

The three co-editors of the World Happiness Report – Jeffrey Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell – will hold a public event to discuss the third World Happiness Report's findings and future directions, on 24 April 2015, in New York, US. The World Happiness Report 2015, which will be launched on 23 April 2015, analyzes what makes people happy, provides an overview of the state of happiness around the world, and offers advice for policy makers. The Report has updated global rankings of the happiest countries, and finds that the key components to a happy life are income, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption, social support, and generosity. The World Happiness Report 2015 builds on the first two reports, published in 2012 and in 2013.  

date: 24 April 2015     7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)   venue: New York Society for Ethical Culture   location: New York City, US   contact: Claire Bulger   e-mail: cbulger@ei.columbia.edu   www: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/happiness-report-2015-tickets-16...

First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East

The Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is hosting this Global Methane Initiative (GMI) workshop to disseminate technical information, present profit-generating technologies and share best practices that cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. Saudi Arabia is a member of the GMI, which is an international public-private initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane abatement and recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source in the agricultural, coal mine, municipal solid waste, oil and gas, and wastewater sectors. The event is being organized in cooperation with Saudi Aramco, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).  

dates: 27-28 April 2015   venue: Le Méridien Hotel, Prince Turkey Street/Corniche Blvd   location: Al Khobar, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia   contact: Saeed Al-Alloush, Saudi Aramco, Steering Committee   e-mail: Saeed.Alloush@Aramco.com   www: http://www.ttemiprod.com/techtran/khobar/  

Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity

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

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

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

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

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

Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development

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

dates: 29-30 April 2015   location: Jakarta, Indonesia   contact: ESCAP Secretariat   phone: (66-2) 288-1234   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/hlcffd2015

May 2015

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

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

dates: 5-7 May 2015   location: Bahrain   contact: Federica Pietracci   phone: +1 212 963 8497   e-mail: pietracci@un.org   www: http://www.escwa.un.org/information/meetingdetails.asp?refer...

CBD Technical Expert Workshop on Biodiversity-Related Investments and Impacts

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this international technical expert workshop will focus on identifying, accessing, compiling and aggregating domestic and international biodiversity-related investments and their impacts.  

dates: 5-7 May 2015   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-040-rm-en...  

Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs. The meeting will also stimulate debate on how to realize this view in practice and in research; and examine ways to institutionalize sustainable practices globally. The agenda will include technical discussions on sustainability concepts, tools and practices and plenary sessions. Specific issues the conference will address include: international and cross-border challenges and initiatives related to incorporating sustainability into transportation, including sustainability issues in air travel and marine travel; policies, programmes, projects and institutional approaches; case studies, including national, state and local sustainability strategies and policies; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.  

dates: 7-8 May 2015   venue: Keck Center of the National Academies   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Monica A. Starnes   e-mail: mstames@nas.edu   www: http://www.slocat.net/event/1283  

Employment Working Group Meeting

The second Employment Working Group meeting under Turkey's Group of 20 (G20) Presidency will take place on 7-9 May 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. The issue of employment falls under the first pillar of the Turkish Presidency, 'Strengthening the Global Recovery and Lifting the Potential'. Turkey has chosen to focus on understanding the factors behind the "jobless growth phenomenon," discussing labor income as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) and creating better quality jobs. The Presidency is also guided by the "three I's": Inclusiveness, Implementation and Investment for growth. Under inclusiveness, Turkey wants to ensure that the benefits of growth and prosperity are shared by all segments of the society, focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), gender equality and youth unemployment. Further, according to Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davuto?lu, implementation will focus on the Brisbane Action Plan and the 1,000 commitments that, if fully implemented, will generate millions of additional jobs by 2018.  

dates: 7-9 May 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/turkey-2015/2015-event-schedule/

Energy Efficiency Global Forum 2015

This meeting will bring together energy efficiency executives and policymakers from across sectors, disciplines and borders to: discuss the latest technology and information and develop ‘best practices' policies and strategies for implementing energy efficiency strategies; and integrate effective policies and business practices into actionable plans for the next generation of energy efficiency. This is the second Energy Efficiency Global Forum; the first one was convened in 2007. Energy Efficiency Global is hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, a coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders, which was founded in 1977 to promote energy efficiency in order to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security.  

dates: 12-13 May 2015   venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Becca Rohrer   phone: +001.202.530.2206   e-mail: brohrer@ase.org   www: http://eeglobalforum.org  

Second European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

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

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

Twelfth Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting will review the status of compliance of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, address cases of non-compliance and provide advice and assistance to improve compliance.  

dates: 13-15 May 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   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/  

FCPF 19th Participants Committee Meeting (PC19)

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 19th Participants Committee Meeting in order to consider updates and reviews to FCPF processes and funding requests.  

dates: 17-19 May 2015   venue: Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: FCPF Secretariat   e-mail: fcpfsecratariat@worldbank.org   www: https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/PC19  

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  

Second Gathering of the Road to Paris Partners

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

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

Business and Climate Summit

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

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

Climate Finance Day 2015

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Caisse des Dépôts are organizing this event to give private financial operators an opportunity to reflect on "how to shift the trillions" of dollars needed toward the goal of limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C. The banking and financial sector will share solutions for reducing financing for a high carbon economy, engage in debates on green investment, highlight successful policies that lower risks and open up opportunities, and showcase its commitment to combating climate change.  

date: 22 May 2015   venue: UNESCO headquarters, 7 place Fontenoy / 1 rue Miollis, 75352   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: EIB & Caisse des Dépôts   www: http://www.eib.org/infocentre/events/all/climate-finance-day...

AfDB Annual Meetings 2015

During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire   contact: Secretariat of the Annual Meetings   phone: +225 20 262 805   fax: +225 20 263 626   e-mail: annualmeetings@afdb.org   www: http://www.afdb.org/en/annual-meetings-2015/

Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting

The second meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Turkish Presidency will take place 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. In relation to energy sustainability during its 2015 Presidency, Turkey is focusing on: access to reliable energy; energy investments; the reasons behind the high costs of renewable energy investment; deploying public and private resources for energy investment; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan and monitoring its implementation; improving the Joint Organisations Data Initiative; and the implementation of price reporting agencies principles to improve energy market transparency.  

dates: 25-26 May 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/turkey-2015/2015-event-schedule/

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: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10937  

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  

34th International Energy Workshop

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

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

18th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council

The 18th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council will be held on 4 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, in parallel with the 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, taking place from 2-4 June, at the same location.  

date: 4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10943  

G7 Summit

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

dates: 7-8 June 2015   venue: Schloss Elmau   location: Germany   additional: Garmisch-Partenkirchen   contact: G7 Presidency   www: http://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Issues/G8/_node.h...

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

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

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

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...

Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015

The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF), organized since 2006, seeks to provide a space for sharing best practices in policy, technology and finance to support climate and energy security in the region. The event comprises pre-forum events, plenary sessions, keynote presentations, panel discussions and 'Deep Dive Workshops' on specific topics. The 2015 ACEF is being organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Energy Council (WEC) and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO). Pre-forum events of the 2015 ACEF include the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and the Quantum Leap in Wind Workshop.  

dates: 16-20 June 2015   venue: ADB headquarters   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: ADB   phone: +63-2-632-4444   fax: +63-2-636-2444   www: http://asialeds.org/events/asia-clean-energy-forum-2015  

Towards a Sustainable and Legal Wildlife Trade Symposium

Organized by the International Trade Centre (a joint UN/World Trade Organization agency) and Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, this symposium aims to enhance understanding on how to support trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives of the two-day symposium are to: foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines; provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy; and establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.  

dates: 18-19 June 2015   venue: University of Kent   location: Canterbury, England, UK   contact: Professor Douglas MacMillan   e-mail: dcm@kent.ac.uk   www: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sac/events/ITC_DICE/symposium.html  

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables

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

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

Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good

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

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

Third High-level Political Forum

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

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

July 2015

Climate Summit of the Americas

The Government of Ontario is hosting a Climate Summit of the Americas to: develop and deliver a common statement on commitments by subnational governments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; develop a vision agreed by government, business and environmental leaders for climate action through GHG reductions and low-carbon market mechanisms, including broader adoption of carbon pricing; identify opportunities for collaboration that will result in reduced emissions; and facilitate continued dialogue and strengthen cooperation among subnational pan-American governments leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. Representatives from pan-American jurisdictions, environmental groups and industry are expected to attend the Summit.  

dates: 7-9 July 2015   venue: Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West   location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada   contact: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change   phone: +1-800-565-4923   fax: +1-416-314-6713   e-mail: https://www.ontario.ca/contact-us   www: https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/climate-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/

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

Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy 2015

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

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

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

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

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

August 2015


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

September 2015

Wildlife Forum

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

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

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

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

date: 12 September 2015   location: worldwide   www: http://www.un.org/en/events/southcooperationday/

October 2015

South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (SAIREC)

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

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

ITPGR Governing Body 6

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

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

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 (IMF) 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.  

dates: 9-11 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...  


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: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10941  

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

19th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council

The 19th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council will be held on 22 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, in parallel with the 49th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Meeting, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10944  

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/  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

dates: 26-30 October 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   e-mail: IGF.Secretariat@international.gc.ca   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=682  

4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference

This conference will bring together a range of industry players and financial service providers. The latest Market Trends Report will be presented and participants will share market lessons and build partnerships related to off-grid lighting. More specifically, the event will: showcase the latest developments in the off-grid and lighting industry; enable networking and information exchange among participants; provide business-to-business (B2B) linkages among manufacturers, suppliers and financial service providers; facilitate increased investment; highlight recent trends and developments in business and financing models; and address policy issues and facilitate dialogue between policymakers and the off-grid lighting industry. More than 600 participants and 100 exhibitors are expected to attend the four-day conference. The first international off-grid lighting conference and trade fair took place in 2007.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   contact: Congress Secretariat: Congress Solutions International   phone: +971 4 303 4748   fax: +9714 303 4030   e-mail: gogla2015@emirates.com   www: http://conference2015.gogla.org/  

November 2015

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and Sixth Ministerial Meeting

The sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) will provide policy and technical direction to the organization. The Ministerial is the highest decision-making body of the Forum, which is an international climate change initiative focused on developing cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) for its transport and long-term safe storage. The initiative focuses on breaking down technical, economic and environmental barriers to improving CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. It further promotes awareness and champions legal, regulatory, financial and institutional environments conducive to such technologies.  

dates: 1-5 November 2015   location: Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia   contact: CSLF Secretariat - US Department of Energy   e-mail: CSLFSecretariat@hq.doe.gov   www: http://www.cslforum.org/

Solar World Congress 2015

The 2015 International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress (SWC) will take place in Daegu, the Republic of Korea, from 8-12 November. Hosted by the Korean Solar Energy Society, the SWC 2015 will include keynote addresses by global experts, technical presentations on recent renewable energy developments, workshops, discussion forums and a number of networking and social events. Themes of the 2015 Congress include: solar buildings and architecture; renewable energy technologies; solar heating and cooling; grid integration; off-grid and rural energy access; and clean transportation technologies and strategies. The ISES Annual General Meeting will also take place during the Congress, on 10 November.  

dates: 8-12 November 2015   venue: EXCO   location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea   contact: Jung June (Jason)   phone: +82-53-746-9967   fax: +82-53-742-9007   e-mail: info@swc2015.org   www: http://www.swc2015.org/

G20 2015 Leaders' Summit

The Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will host G20 leaders in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2015. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.  

dates: 15-16 November 2015   location: Antalya, Turkey   www: https://g20.org/

December 2015

Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference [tentative]

The Ministerial Conference is the top-most decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 15-18 December 2015   location: Nairobi, Kenya   www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc10_e/mc10_e....  

January 2016


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