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February 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   contact: Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK   e-mail: inclusion@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/c20conv_grow
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/421160  

April 2014

C20 Online Consultation on Governance

The C20 Governance Working Group will develop recommendations for the G20 on supporting economic growth and resilience through effective and transparent institutions. The online consultation will focus its discussion on: open government; tax transparency; anti-corruption; civil society, government and the C20; and key civil society issues for the G20 around governance. Maggie Murphy, Transparency International, Mark Zirnsak, Tax Justice Network Australia, Claire Spoors, Oxfam Australia, and Alan Hudson, ONE, serve as the discussion leaders. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations. The C20 Conversations launched on 3 February 2014.  

dates: 17 April - 16 May 2014   location: virtual   e-mail: governance@c20.org.au   www: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/c20conv_govern
 http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/421159  

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [rescheduled]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

dates: 22-25 April 2014   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands   contact: Elisabeth Mealey   phone: +1 202 458 4475   e-mail: emealey@worldbank.org   www: http://www.globaloceansactionsummit.com/  

Sub-Saharan Africa Solar Conference 2014

In the near term, over US$40 billion of investment is needed per annum for sub-Saharan Africa to address the energy gap hindering its economic growth. This event will bring together key policymakers, investors, financiers, independent power producers and technology providers to explore sub-Saharan Africa's solar energy infrastructure development for rural electrification and energy intensive industrial applications.  

dates: 23-24 April 2014   venue: Golden Tulip Hotel   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Reema Raj   e-mail: r.raj@magenta-global.com.sg   www: http://magenta-global.com.sg/subsaharanafricasolar2014/  

UNESCAP and UNECE Inter-regional Workshop on Energy Efficiency Investment Projects Pipeline

This event, co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), will consider avenues for increasing investment in energy efficiency in the European, Asia and Pacific regions. The event will hold sessions on, among others: regulatory and policy requirements for attracting and carrying out efficiency investments and projects; national presentations and dialogue on efficiency investment project proposals; and the experience of financial institutions in financing efficiency projects.  

dates: 23-24 April 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: Gianluca Sambucini   phone: +41 22 917 11 75   fax: +41 22 917 00 38   e-mail: gianluca.sambucini@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/energy/se/pdfs/gee21/Inte...  

Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management Meeting

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) will meet on the sidelines of the 61st International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) General Assembly. CPW was established in March 2013, to help generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and their linkages to human-wildlife-conflict, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance.  

dates: 24-27 April 2014   location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/wildlife-partnership/82819/en/
 http://www.cicmilano2014.com  

Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue

The Third Asian Sanitation Dialogue will take place under the theme ‘Making sanitation a sustainable business' and will focus on packaging sanitation and wastewater management projects as viable business opportunities. The conference aims to: raise awareness and capacity on sustainable sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s developing member countries (DMCs) through discussions on enabling policy environments and technologies and financing mechanisms that contribute to successful projects; enhance DMCs ability to conceive, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects; introduce options for holistic, integrated planning on wastewater, stormwater, flood management, reuse and recovery of resources from waste and green development, among others; and provide an opportunity for sharing on good practices and innovative solutions.  

dates: 27-29 April 2014   venue: Asian Development Bank   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-asian-sanitation-dialogue...  

27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.  

dates: 28 April - 8 May 2014   location: Veracruz, Mexico   contact: Yuan Liu   phone: +41-22-917-8139   fax: +41-22-797-3417   e-mail: yuan.liu@cites.org   www: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php  

Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation

This high-level, multi-stakeholder conference is a follow-up to the UN-led Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It aims to discuss the linkages between conversations on Africa's development, the post-2015 development agenda and an African agenda on inequalities. It further aims to build a common understanding of economic, social and political inequalities and how to address them through a structural transformation agenda. The conference is expected to result in a statement on ‘The Africa We Want' as a contribution to global discussions on ‘The World We Want'. The conference will include an opening by the President of Ghana, high-level panels, presentations, plenaries and parallel group discussions. A two-day meeting with civil society participants after the conference will map out a strategic action plan.  

dates: 28-30 April 2014   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   e-mail: africaninequalities-info@gmail.com   www: http://africainequalities.org/conference/
 http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/430516  

CBD Online Forum on Public Participation Concerning Living Modified Organisms

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this online forum aims to facilitate an exchange of views and information regarding the techniques of public participation in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including: public debates, surveys, public meetings, advisory bodies, online modern techniques and traditional techniques.  

dates: 28 April - 9 May 2014   location: virtual   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-2014-047-bs-en...
 http://bch.cbd.int/onlineconferences/portal_art23/pp_forum_d...  

UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

May 2014

CBD Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on Resource Mobilization

This workshop is one of a series of regional workshops to support parties in the establishment of robust baselines and reporting frameworks, and the preparation of national financial plans for biodiversity. Its emphasis will be on exchange of national experiences and active learning, and the step-by-step development of individualized and prioritized action plans towards the development of national finance plans. It is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).  

dates: 6-8 May 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1-514-288-2220   fax: +1-514-288-6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=RMWS-2014-03  

Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 12-16 May 2014.  

dates: 12-16 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, DSD   phone: 212 963 4528   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558  

Clean Energy Ministerial 5 (CEM5)

The Republic of Korea is hosting the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), which will gather energy ministers and other high-level delegates from over 20 of the world's largest economies to identify avenues to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM5 will focus specifically on identifying smart policies, programmes, and strategies to improve energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and energy access expansion. It is also anticipated that governments will announce specific new commitments to advance these goals at the meeting. Participants include the 23 CEM government ministers and delegates, official observer organisations and other invited stakeholders.  

dates: 12-13 May 2014   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea   contact: CEM Secretariat   e-mail: CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Events/CEM5  

Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management

The First meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management will be convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section and will provide advice on data, monitoring and assessment of forests and sustainable forest management (SFM) as well as the role of the forest sector in the green economy.  

dates: 13-15 May 2014   venue: Surmeli Efes Hotel   location: Izmir, Turkey   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35065  

WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting

The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda. WAVES was launched at the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan.  

dates: 14-15 May 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: WAVES Secretariat   www: http://www.wavespartnership.org/fourth-partnership-meeting  

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

Established by the fifth session of the Governing Body to 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 of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) of the ITPGR, at its first meeting, will examine: factors leading to the current short-fall of income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; innovative approaches already identified; further possible innovative approaches; the concepts involved in revisiting Articles 6(7), 6(8) and 6(11) of the standard Material Transfer Agreement and their inter-relationship; and other measures that can enhance monetary benefit-sharing. The meeting will be preceded by a day of regional consultations, held on 13 May.  

dates: 14-16 May 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/node/5852/  

Basel Convention Bureau Meeting

At this meeting, Bureau members will consider issues pertaining to the next session of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which is scheduled to convene in 2015.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8218   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: basel@unep.org   www: http://www.basel.int/Secretariat/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/2574...
 http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/ConferenceoftheParties/Bu...  

Hidroenergia 2014: International Congress and Trade Fair on Small Hydropower

Organized by the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), the Congress will focus on promoting interaction on small hydropower (SHP) amongst delegates, speakers, and decision-makers through match-making, round-table sessions and panel discussions on the following topics: economic opportunities and challenges; financing tools and models; policy developments in Turkey, the European Union (EU) and around the world; trends in engineering, including bioengineering and prefabrication; technological development, including on penstocks, turbines and auxiliary mechanical equipment; SHP and the environment; SHP pumped storage and multipurpose plants; and hydropower resources and assessment methodologies.  

dates: 21-23 May 2014   venue: Istanbul Congress Centre (ICC)   location: Istanbul, Turkey   contact: Congress Secretariat   phone: +32 2 722 8230   e-mail: he2014.reg@aimgroup.eu   www: http://2014.hidroenergia.eu
 http://www.inshp.org/Img_Lib/UploadImg/2013112611164383.pdf  

46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.  

dates: 25-30 May 2014   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   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/2014-05
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/news/mexico-host-5th-assembly-glob...  

Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015

The event titled 'Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015' will promote a comprehensive approach to sanitation among the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its developing member countries (DMCs). The dialogue aims to raise awareness and capacity of DMCs on sustainable sanitation through discussion of elements of successful projects, such as an enabling policy environment, technology and financing options and planning and project preparation tools. It also aims to enhance DMCs' preparedness to conceptualize, plan and implement sanitation strategies and projects that increase access to sanitation and promote effective wastewater management. Discussion topics will include: adoption of appropriate technology options; promoting innovative contracts and incentives; addressing policy gaps; dealing with financing, viability and affordability issues; and demonstrating health, socioeconomic and environmental benefits. The event is part of ADB and DMC efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the number of people without access to improved sanitation.  

dates: 27-29 May 2014   venue: ADB   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: Maria Corazon Ebarvia, ADB   e-mail: cebarvia@adb.org   www: http://www.adb.org/news/events/3rd-adb-dmc-and-partners-sani...  

Eleventh Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

In accordance with its work plan, the Compliance Committee will address the following issues: consistency between the information in national reports and the Biosafety Clearing-House; the methodological approach proposed for the Protocol's third assessment and review; the third national reporting format; general issues of compliance; and the Committee's report and recommendations to the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7) to be held in October 2014.  

dates: 28-30 May 2014   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/#tab=2  

June 2014

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on LMO Risk Assessment and Risk Management

In accordance with Decision BS-VI/12 of the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (COP/MOP 6), this meeting will: consider the process for testing the Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs); the development of a package that aligns the Guidance with a training manual on risk assessment; and the development of guidance on new topics of risk assessment and risk management, selected on the basis of Parties' needs and their experiences and knowledge concerning risk assessment.  

dates: 2-6 June 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://bch.cbd.int/protocol/#tab=2  

UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The third dialogue will be held on 4 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for the dialogue will be 'Identifying the potential for development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies and identifying options for the way forward'.  

date: 4 June 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters   www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/3262014One_...  

55th Session Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the advisory committee on sustainable forest-based industries (ACSFI) annual meeting brings together senior executives from private sector forest industries. The meeting will consider country reports, review past and ongoing activities of the ACSFI, consider related activities by FAO and review actions under the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).  

dates: 10-11 June 2014   location: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation   contact: Jukka Tissari   phone: +39 0657054179   e-mail: Jukka.Tissari@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/industries/9530/en/  

ICESDF Regional Outreach Meeting - Asia-Pacific

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) will hold an outreach meeting with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 10-11 June 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting - 'Sustainable Development Financing: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific' - is part of a series of regional outreach meetings hosted by the Committee.  

dates: 10-11 June 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   www: http://www.unescap.org/events/un-regional-outreach-meeting-s...  

CBD WGRI 5

At its fifth meeting, the Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among other issues, implementation of the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention and its protocols, and biodiversity and development.  

dates: 16-20 June 2014 [tentative]   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada   contact: CBD Secretariat   phone: +1 514 288 2220   fax: +1 514 288 6588   e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int   www: http://www.cbd.int/meetings/  

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

This meeting convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section will provide advice on developments in the forest sector and consider the long-term outlook for forest products.  

date: 16 June 2014   venue: Palais des Nations (Room S1)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=35231
 http://www.unece.org/forests/outlook/methodsandprocesses/for...  

2014 CIF Partnership Forum

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are jointly convening the 2014 CIF Partnership Forum, hosting more than 400 participants from civil society, the private sector, governments, indigenous peoples and academia. A special pre-conference event on 22 June, 'Stakeholder Day,' will be dedicated to discussing progress and challenges in engaging key stakeholders in the CIF's activities. During the conference, panels will address a variety of topics including managing climate change programs and unlocking private finance from mini-grids to REDD+. The CIF is the world's largest group of funds for climate action, channeling $8 billion to low carbon and climate resilient development.  

dates: 23-24 June 2014     Stakeholder Day on 22 June 2014   venue: Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall Main Road (A1)   location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica   www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/content/get-ready...
 https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/event-partnership...  

August 2014

Fifth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing [tentative]

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014.  

dates: 4-8 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Irena Zubcevic, DSD   phone: 212 963 4528   e-mail: zubcevic@un.org   www: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1558  

US-Africa Leaders Summit

The first US-Africa Leaders Summit will aim to further strengthen ties with Africa, build on progress made since US President Obama's trip to Africa in 2013, and advance a focus on investment and trade in Africa. US President Barack Obama will invite an expected 47 leaders from African countries.  

dates: 5-6 August 2014   location: Washington D.C., US   www: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/21/statem...  

September 2014

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/  

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  

October 2014

47th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

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   e-mail: itto@itto.int   www: http://www.itto.int/news_releases/id=3795
 http://www.itto.int/council_committees/  

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...
 http://unohrlls.org/about-lldcs/comprehensive-ten-year-revie...  

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]...  

G20 Leaders' Summit 2014

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

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

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  

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...