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March 2015

Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to enhance the capacity of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety from the Caribbean Region to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). The second objective of the workshop is to build Parties' capacity to identify and mobilize resources for implementation. Participants will also address: the Protocol's status of implementation in the Caribbean; the Protocol's Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets and their implementation in the region; public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms (LMOs); and ratification and implementation of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress.  

dates: 9-13 March 2015   location: Saint John's, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda   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=BSMBWS-2015-02
 http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2015/ntf-2015-011-bs-en...  

South-East European Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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

dates: 11-13 March 2015   venue: Inter Expo Center   location: Sofia, Sofiya, Bulgaria   contact: Zdravka Kazanlieva, Via Expo   phone: +359-32-960011   e-mail: office@viaexpo.com   www: http://viaexpo.com/en/pages/ee-re-exhibition
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Energy Efficiency Working Group Seminar on Smart Grids

The Energy and Climate Partnerships of the Americas (ECPA) will hold this seminar in order to provide training and an updating of knowledge on the integration of distributed energy resources to the electrical system. It will also aim to facilitate understanding of the conceptual models, technologies, markets and regulatory frameworks for the operation of smart grids, and will identify technical, regulatory, environmental and economic barriers to and opportunities for their implementation.  

dates: 11-13 March 2015   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile   contact: Juan Cruz Monticelli   e-mail: jmonticelli@oas.org   www: http://ecpamericas.org/Events/?id=529  

IV Mediterranean Forest Week

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

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

Africa Future Energy Forum

Meeting under the theme ‘Unlocking Africa's Energy Potential,' this forum will bring together relevant stakeholders to discuss the policy, technology and financing aspects of unlocking Africa's energy potential. More specifically, it will address: how to meet the energy demand of Africa's economies and close the energy access gap; the ideal energy mix for Africa's energy future; whether the gap between existing infrastructure and investment required to increase energy accessibility can be bridged; and whether African governments are ready to provide the necessary leadership and governance to bring about an energy revolution in Africa. The forum also aims to demonstrate the growing significance and viability of business and investment in the African energy sector. It will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, keynotes addresses and business networking programmes on: energy security in the changing African energy landscape; building capacity for power sector growth; the global fossil fuel industry and oil and gas development in Africa; ensuring clean, safe and affordable energy for all; renewable energy potential and trends; sharing of best practices, technology and alignment of energy policies; financing energy systems of Africa; fostering corporate social responsibility and public-private partnerships; and promoting the role of youth and women in Africa's energy future. The forum will offer a platform for discourse across sectors and groups without focusing on an "ideological debate on public versus private investment or fossil fuel versus renewable energy". Ultimately, the forum aims to catalyze a new energy paradigm to serve as a basis for sustainable growth of Africa. The meeting is being co-hosted by Global Energy Initiative and MCI-Middle East.  

dates: 18-19 March 2015   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Rudinov Vincent   phone: +97143116300   e-mail: rudinov.vincent@mci-group.com   www: www.africafutureenergyforum.org  

ICAO Environmental ?Seminars in the European and North Atlantic 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 18-19 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 19-20 March 2015, in Warsaw, Poland, for the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) 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: 18-20 March 2015   location: Warsaw, Poland   contact: ICAO   phone: +1-514-954-8219   fax: +1-514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Pages/20...
 http://www.icao.int/Meetings/EnvironmentalWorkshops/Document...  

16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2015 conference will take place under the theme, ‘Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity,' in recognition of the role of land tenure in affecting asset distribution, land use patterns and other socio-economic outcomes at landscape, community and household levels. The conference is expected to bring together over 1,000 participants from around the world, including representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society and academia to discuss innovative approaches to improving land governance. Sessions will address ten themes on land tenure and prosperity through keynote lectures, policy roundtables and paper and poster presentations. An innovation fair will showcase the role of open data and technological innovations in improving land governance. A pre-conference workshop, ‘Monitoring land governance,' will take place in advance of the opening session on March 23 and a post-conference learning day will convene on March 27.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   venue: World Bank headquarters, 1818 H Street   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: World Bank   e-mail: landconference@worldbank.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2014/08/06/landconference...  

ICAO Environmental ?Seminars in the Middle East 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 23-24 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 24-25 March 2015, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the Middle East 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: 23-25 March 2015   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   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...  

Regional Consultation to Pave the Way for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development

Organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia, this regional preparatory consultation will focus on strategies and instruments the UNECE region has to offer to promote resource mobilization for sustainable development and the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. It will take stock of trends and needs regarding financing sustainable development in the UNECE region. It will also discuss: unlocking private resources for sustainable development; creating conducive international frameworks for resource mobilization; and a renewed global partnership. The consultation will take the form of a multi-stakeholder event, providing an opportunity for inter-active discussions between experts from governments, civil society, the private sector, international organizations and academia. It will be chaired by Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development of Switzerland. Other confirmed high-level participants include Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning and Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. The summary of the discussions will serve as a regional input to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development that will be held in Addis Ababa from 13-16 July 2015.  

date: 23 March 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, Room XXV, 1211 Geneva   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Jose Palacin or Alexander Paperny   phone: +41 (0)22 917 1643, +41 (0)22 917 3251   fax: +41 (0)22 917 0036   e-mail: Jose.Palacin@unece.org, Alexander.Paperny@unece.org   www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=38587  

Ninth Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will convene its ninth meeting to continue its work operationalizing the Fund. In addition, the Board committee meetings and panels will take place on 23 March 2015.  

dates: 24-26 March 2015   venue: GCF headquarters, 175 Art Center?daero, Yeonsu?gu, 406?840   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea   additional: Songdo   contact: GCF Secretariat   phone: +82 32 458 6038   fax: +82 32 458 6094   e-mail: secretariat@gcfund.org   www: http://news.gcfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/notif_GCF_...
 http://news.gcfund.org/  

Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa

This meeting, organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, will aim to promote a new regulatory framework for the region and is expected to result in the adoption of a declaration on the regional implementation of this framework. Topics of discussion will include: market access liberalization; air carrier ownership and control; consumer protection; air transport connectivity enhancement; taxes and charges; regulatory responses for passengers; and the cost of regulatory differences. The event will be organized in partnership with the Civil Aviation of Madagascar.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   location: Antananarivo, Madagascar   contact: ICAO   phone: +1-514-954-8219   fax: +1-514-954-6077   e-mail: icaohq@icao.int   www: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/AirTransport-Madagascar/Pages/d...  

Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

dates: 25-31 March 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: UNECA   phone: +251 11 551 5826   e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org   www: http://www.uneca.org/cfm2015  

Powering East Africa

Powering East Africa, part of a series of stakeholder-led meetings designed to connect African Governments, utilities and regulators with investors, will center on "breaking the transmission barrier," or the requirements for unlocking investment in power transmission to increase energy access and support regional growth and development. Panel discussions will focus on, inter alia: the role of power utilities in unlocking the transmission barrier; the role of the East African Power Pool (EAPP) in delivering cross-border transmission; financing of transmission networks, including barriers to private sector participation; and global transmission and distribution models.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   venue: Windsor Golf and Country Club   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: Amy Offord   phone: +44-20-7384-8068   e-mail: amy.offord@energynet.co.uk   www: http://www.energynet.co.uk/event/powering-east-africa-2015  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2015

The 2015 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment, chaired by Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia), Vice-President of ECOSOC, will bring together Heads of States and Governments, ministers, governors, mayors, the UN system, the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization (ILO), civil society, academia and the private sector. The segment will focus on 'achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all'.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2015   location: New York City, US   www: http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=279&type=13...
 http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/integration/2015/index.shtml  

UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development

The third session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development will take place in March 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 30-31 March 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   fax: 41 22 917 0214   e-mail: meetings@unctad.org   www: http://unctad.org/en/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=645  

April 2015

FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector

As part of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), hearings with civil society and the business sector will be hosted by the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, with support from the Financing for Development Office (FFDO) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Susan Alzner   phone: 212-963-3125   e-mail: info@un-ngls.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd/prep...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/overview/third-conference-ffd/csbs...  

DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take?

A Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 8-10 April 2015. The Symposium, organized by the Republic of Korea and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is the first high-level preparatory event for the 2016 DCF. It will engage up to 200 high-level experts from a wide range of stakeholders. It will focus on how to bring together commitments on financing and other means of implementation (MOI) from the Monterrey and Rio processes, in order to allow countries and other stakeholders to take an integrated approach to development cooperation, ensure more robust monitoring and accountability for progress and achieve better and more lasting development results.  

dates: 8-10 April 2015   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea   www: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/dcfrok.shtml  

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: 8-9 April 2015   location: Martinique   contact: IRENA Secretariat   phone: +971 2 417 9000   www: http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=cat&PriMenuID=3...  

Advancing Natural Capital Accounting in Government, Business and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions

This invitation-only event will bring together representatives from the public sector, international initiatives, knowledge centers, multilateral bodies, leading companies, financial institutions and academia to discuss steps that can be taken to create an enabling environment for the adoption of natural capital accounting (NCA) by governments, businesses and the financial sector. The purpose of the event is to engage experts and practitioners in the creation of a multi-stakeholder NCA platform. Specific topics include: the business case for NCA; how the uptake of NCA can be incentivized in various global and national contexts; uptake challenges, success stories and lessons learned from around the world; and how NCA policy options fit within the design of policy instruments for broader natural capital and environmental management. The meeting is being organized by Globe International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Natural Capital Coalition, National Capital Declaration, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Bank Group.  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: Ekaterina Grigoryeva   e-mail: egrigoryeva@worldbankgroup.org   www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2015/04/08/advancing-natu...  

Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

dates: 9-11 April 2015   venue: University of Bath   location: Bath, England, UK   e-mail: sustainability-forum@bath.ac.uk   www: http://www.bath.ac.uk/economics/events/news_0003.html  

Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

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

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

Seventh Africa Carbon Forum

The Seventh Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will focus on finance, development and investment opportunities related to climate change and of interest to project developers and policymakers. Participants will learn about international carbon market trends, opportunities under the Green Climate Fund (GCF), efforts to increase demand for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits and results-based financing opportunities. The Government of Morocco will host a high-level ministerial segment, during which African countries will have the opportunity to discuss expectations and planned contributions to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement. ACF is jointly organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP-DTU Partnership, World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).  

dates: 13-15 April 2015   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco   contact: Fatima-Zahra Taibi, UNFCCC   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: ftaibi@unfccc.int   www: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/2015/english/index.htm  

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

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

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

3rd Global Soil Week

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

dates: 18-24 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: IASS Potsdam   phone: +49-331-28822-374   e-mail: globalsoilweek@iass-potsdam.de   www: http://globalsoilweek.org/  

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 20-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 20-24 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...
 https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015  

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

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.  

dates: 20-24 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/
 http://www.wetex.ae/  

May 2015

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  

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  

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  

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  

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
 http://www.internationalenergyworkshop.org/docs/IEW%202015_c...  

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  

Third Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The third drafting session will take place on 15-19 June 2015.  

dates: 15-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/10/241...
 http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/third-conference-ffd/index.htm  

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  

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 convene on 26 June-2 July and 6-8 July 2015.  

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

July 2015

VII BRICS Summit

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

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

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will be held at the highest possible political level, including Heads of State or Government, relevant ministers – ministers for finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation – and other special representatives. The conference will result both in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome and in summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the Conference, to be included in the report of the Conference.  

dates: 13-16 July 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: FfD Secretariat   www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/consultations/index.htm
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/68/279...  

August 2015

CITES AC28

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

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

September 2015

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/
 http://www.unccd.int/en/media-center/Pages/CalendarDetail.as...  

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...  

CITES PC22

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

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

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: 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
 http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

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  

November 2015

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/
 https://g20.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2015-TURKEY-G-20-...  

December 2015

10th WTO Ministerial Conference [tentative]

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

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

January 2016

CITES SC66

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

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