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August 2014

SIDS Private Sector Forum

The Government of Samoa, the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) are convening this event prior to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The Forum aims to facilitate interaction and networking between senior business and government leaders to enhance private sector partnerships for SIDS, in six thematic areas of: agriculture; tourism; renewable energy; fisheries and marine resources; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and connectivity, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and transport. The second day of the Forum is a high-level session that is anticipated to produce an outcome document identifying the private sector's priority actions. The Forum will announce a SIDS Global Business Leaders Network. UN-OHRILLS, with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UOSSC) will host a ‘matchmaking space' at the Forum to facilitate business relationships in areas such as agriculture, clean energy and water management.  

dates: 30-31 August 2014   venue: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Conference Centre   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa   contact: Damien Sass   e-mail: sass@un.org   www: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1571

September 2014

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF)

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will take place from 3-5 September 2014, in Bogotá, Colombia. The Forum will: inform attendees of developments in carbon markets; provide a venue for connecting carbon project developers and investors; showcase lessons from completed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Latin America and the Caribbean; feature presentations on public and private sector strategies for promoting CDM benefits in the region; offer the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), Low Carbon Development Strategies (LEDS), market mechanisms, and green investment in the region; and encourage networking and discussions among technical experts, project developers and carbon buyers. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  

dates: 3-5 September 2014   location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia   contact: Fatima-Zahra Taibi (UNFCCC)   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: ftaibi@unfccc.int   www: http://www.latincarbon.com/2014/english/index.htm

Environment Seminar: Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will host this environment seminar under the theme 'Fuelling Aviation with Green Technology,' to review and disseminate information on the latest and most innovative emissions-reducing aviation technologies. Participants will learn about next generation aircraft, research programmes, airplane recycling, green operations, eco-airports, clean energy for aviation and financing. Also under consideration will be the main environment-related outcomes of the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly. The seminar's outcomes will provide the core of ICAO's contribution to the 2014 UN Climate Change Conference.  

dates: 9-10 September 2014   venue: ICAO headquarters, 999 University Street, H3C 5H7   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: ICAO   phone: +1 514-954-8219   fax: +1 514-954-6077   e-mail: GreenTech@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Pages/Gr...

Adaptation Fund: Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #3

The Adaptation Fund Climate Finance Readiness Seminars focus on convening experts and thought leaders in climate finance readiness, sharing experiences and charting paths forward. This seminar will be co-hosted with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and will seek to identify approaches to increase the capacity of applicant and accredited implementing entities.  

dates: 10-12 September 2014 [tentative]   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   www: https://adaptation-fund.org/node/3944  

37th WEDC International Conference

The 37th Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference will take place under the theme, ‘Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services for All in a Fast Changing World'. The conference will provide a platform for debate, exchange and reflection on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The conference will include three days of presentations and discussions on peer-reviewed papers, followed by two days of capacity development, which will include field visits. Side events throughout the week will showcase best practices. WEDC welcomes papers on any aspect of WASH relevant to low and middle income countries, particularly papers related to: delivery of sustainable WASH services at scale, urban sanitation investment; mainstreaming equity and inclusion within institutions; disaster risk management; and the impact of climate change on WASH systems and services.  

dates: 15-19 September 2014   venue: National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE), Central Hanoi   location: Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam   contact: Martine Morton   phone: +44 (0)1509 222885   fax: +44 (0)1509 211079   e-mail: wedc.conf@lboro.ac.uk   www: http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/  

CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

dates: 21-23 September 2014   location: Harare, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe   contact: Veronika Lenarz   e-mail: vlenarz@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/pre-cop11-afr  

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition

The International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition will provide participants with the opportunity to engage on a variety of thematic tracks, including: cities, utilities and industries leading change; re-charting the course of water resources; enabling progress with good governance, sustainable finance and information and communication technologies (ICT); water quality, safety and human health; and water and wastewater processes and treatments.  

dates: 21-26 September 2014   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: IWA   phone: +31 70 315 0792   fax: +31 70 347 7005   e-mail: 2014lisbon@iwahq.org   www: http://www.iwa2014lisbon.org/  

European PV Solar Energy Conference 2014

The European PV Solar Energy Conference (EU PVSEC 2014) will address the latest global scientific, technological and market-related trends of solar PV. In addition to technical presentations, the conference will discuss PV applications in buildings and the smart grid, as well as policy and business applications for PV as a major electricity source. The event will preceede and overlap with the EU PVSEC Exhibition, being held from 23-25 September 2014.  

dates: 22-26 September 2014   venue: RAI Convention and Exhibition Center   location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands   phone: +49 89 720 12 735   fax: +49 89 720 12 791   e-mail: pv.conference@wip-munich.de   www: http://www.photovoltaic-conference.com/  

CMS Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia

The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is convening a 'Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia'. The meeting will develop a programme of work to be submitted for adoption at the 11th Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP 11) in November 2014. The Secretariat is also looking into the possibility of convening a COP11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for National Focal Points of central Asian Parties immediately afterwards, from the 26-28 September 2014.  

dates: 23-25 September 2014   location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   contact: Christiane Roettger   e-mail: croettger@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/node/5332  

UN Private Sector Forum

The 2014 edition of the UN Private Sector Forum will be held on the sidelines of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, and will focus on carbon pricing, specifically actions that the public and private sectors can take to achieve an equitable and fair valuation of carbon through long-term strategies, investments and policies. Thus, the Forum aims to: enable business and investors to identify the contribution they can make towards pricing the cost of carbon emissions; and inspire public policy measures, commitments to action and public-private partnerships to achieve a carbon price. The Forum, convened by the UN Global Compact in cooperation with the World Bank Group, and with the support of UN partners, will be comprised of: a High-Level Luncheon, co-chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim; and a Business and Civil Society Special Session, featuring leadership actions that businesses can take in cooperation with governments to address climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been convening the UN Private Sector Forum since 2008 during the opening session of the UN General Assembly in order to bring private sector's voice to intergovernmental debates on key topics.  

date: 23 September 2014     11:30-15:15   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   e-mail: unpsf@unglobalcompact.org   www: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/Business_Partnerships/...  

Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES)

Convened by FOREST EUROPE and hosted by the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, the workshop will consider how to progress the Programme of Work on the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services (VFES). The workshop will allow for the exchange of experiences on VFES and identify priorities to strengthen the consideration of VFES in national policies and market-based mechanisms.  

dates: 24-25 September 2014   location: Belgrade, Serbia   phone: +34 914458410   fax: +34 913226170   e-mail: liaison.unit.madrid@foresteurope.org   www: http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-va...  

CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Central Asia

This preparatory meeting to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will be held back-to-back with the Stakeholder Meeting on the Conservation of Large Mammals in Central Asia.  

dates: 26-28 September 2014   location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   contact: Christiane Roettger   e-mail: croettger@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/en/central-asian-mammals-stakeholder-meet...  

Biosafety Clearing-house Training and Validation Workshop

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the 'Project for the Continued Enhancement of Building Capacity for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-house,' (UN Environment Programme-Global Environment Facility III), this workshop is being offered to CBD National Focal Points.  

dates: 26-27 September 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea   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/2014/ntf-2014-102-bch-e...  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/e-doc/?notification=2036  

The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

date: 29 September 2014   venue: Maison Internationale de l'Environnement II, 7-9 Chemin de Balexert, 1219 Chatelaine /Geneva   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Yvonne Theemann   e-mail: ytheemannn@fes-geneva.org   www: http://www.fes-globalization.org/geneva/documents/2014/2014_...  

B4E Climate Summit 2014

The 2014 Business For the Environment (B4E) Climate Summit will be held under the theme 'Moving towards a Restorative Economy'. The day-long event will feature cross-sector working groups on energy, water and forestry, which will help delegates form recommendations for policymakers on supporting restorative and net positive business growth that is good for society, encourages innovation and addresses climate change. The agenda also includes sessions on: crowd-sourcing big ideas on restoration and climate change; financing a restorative future: the long-term global impacts of restoring the world's forests; and restorative and net positive innovation in small businesses. The event is expected to attract business leaders, decision makers and civil society representatives from around the world. This is the fourth Climate Summit organized by B4E.  

date: 29 September 2014   venue: Chartered Accountants' Hall, 1 Moorgate Pl, EC2R 6EA   location: London, England, UK   contact: Global Initiatives   phone: +65 6411 6610   e-mail: info@globalinitiatives.com   www: http://b4esummit.com/b4e-climate-summit-2014/  

Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change. The Summit, hosted annually since 2009 by TERI North America and Yale University, brings together senior political representatives, leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from the two countries. The 2014 Summit will coincide with the Indian leadership's visit to the US.  

dates: 30 September - 1 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Ranjana Khanna   phone: +91-8447208963 (SS Jeevan)   e-mail: ranjana.khanna@terina.org   www: http://www.terina.org/usindiasummit/  

October 2014

African Regional Workshop on NAMAs

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing an African Regional Wokshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to: facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt in preparation and implementation of NAMAs by providing a platform to showcase NAMAs and innovative financing options; collaborate with international partners to conduct the workshops and ensure synergy, coherence, cost effectiveness and avoid duplication; provide a platform for networking by bringing experts of developing countries and international organizations/donors together; provide partners from international organizations with an opportunity to better understand capacity building needs of countries in the region so that they can target their technical support to meet specific needs of developing countries; and explore how and by what means the experiences gained in implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) standards could be linked with NAMAs.  

dates: 1-3 October 2014   location: Windhoek, Namibia   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: +49-228-815-1000   fax: +49-228-815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: https://unfccc.int/focus/mitigation/items/7429.php

Fostering Transatlantic Growth of Marine Renewables: United States - Portugal

The Annual Seminar and International Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings of WavEC - Offshore Renewables will be organized from 9-10 October 2014, in collaboration with the US Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce in Portugal, and under the patronage of the President of Portugal. The seminar, on 9 October, will include panel sessions on: challenges and solutions to harnessing marine energy; logistical requirements for marine energy development; partnering with the private sector and co‐financing; and US-Portugal technical cooperation. The B2B meetings, on 10 October, are expected to bring together around 200 companies, clusters, research institutions and funding stakeholders from Europe and the US. Topics of the networking event will include offshore wind power, tidal and wave energy, marine biomass, ocean thermal energy conversion, logistics and funding.  

dates: 9-10 October 2014   venue: Gulbenkian Foundation and Luso-American Foundation   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: Janete Gonçalves, WavEC Portugal   phone: +351-218-482-655   e-mail: janete.goncalves@wavec.org   www: http://www.wavec.org/en/events/wavec_seminar_2014#.U-05I2PbE...  

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.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Secretariat   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10107  

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...

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  

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/news_releases/id=3795

Second UN Conference on 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,' has four key aims. It aims 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. In advance of the conference, the Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Conference is expected to hold two sessions at UN Headquarters in New York, the US: the first from 12-13 June; and the second from 11-12 September.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: UN-OHRLLS   www: http://unohrlls.org/custom-content/uploads/2014/01/A.68.708E...

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  

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-Müller   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...

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...  

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]...  

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

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

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  

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/  

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  

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

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: 10-17 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...

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/  

April 2015

3rd Global Soil Week

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

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

June 2015

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

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

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