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September 2019

74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74)

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

During the week of the debate, several other high-level events also will convene:

  • On Monday, 23 September, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Climate Summit, and the UNGA will hold a one-day high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC);
  • On Tuesday, 24 September, following the opening of the 74th General Debate, the UNGA will convene a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place on the afternoon of 24 September and all day on 25 September;
  • On Thursday, 26 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD), as well as a high-level meeting on the elimination of nuclear weapons; and
  • On Friday, 27 September, the UNGA will hold the high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.

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dates: 17-30 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

51st Session of the IPCC

The 51st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 51) will convene from 20-23 September 2019.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

dates: 20-23 September 2019 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Training Session on EBSAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene the CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, from 23-27 September 2019. The workshop will be preceded by a training session on EBSAs on 22 September.

The workshop is convened pursuant to CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) decision X/29, requesting the Executive Secretary to organize a series of regional workshops with a primary objective to facilitate the description of EBSAs through application of the scientific criteria in annex I of decision IX/20, and decision 14/9, in which the COP invited Parties to submit descriptions of areas that meet the criteria for EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic.

The workshop is organized in collaboration with the OSPAR Commission and the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), with financial support from the Governments of Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark. It is hosted by the Government of Sweden.

dates: 22-27 September 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-036-mari...

International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) XXIII

International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) XXIII is expected to convene from 23-29 September 2019, in the Russian Federation. INCOSAI meets every three years. It is the supreme organ of International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), and is composed of all members. INCOSAI offers all INTOSAI members an opportunity to share experiences, discuss issues, and pass resolutions and recommendations to improve government accountability worldwide. Participants include delegations of member SAIs as well as representatives of the United Nations, the World Bank and other international and professional organizations. The 2016 meeting of INCOSAI discussed the theme, "How INTOSAI can contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including good governance and strengthening the fight against corruption". INCOSAI XXII confirmed the interest of SAIs in carrying out audits and reviews with regard to the SDGs through the following four approaches:

  • Assessing the preparedness of national governments to implement the SDGs;
  • Undertaking performance audits in the context of the SDGs;
  • Contributing to the implementation of SDG 16, which envisages effective, accountable and transparent institutions; and
  • Possibilities for SAIs to act as models of transparency and accountability in their own operations.
A SDG Knowledge Hub story about the work of SAIs to audit national readiness to implement the SDGs is here.

dates: 23-29 September 2019 location: Russian Federation www: http://www.intosai.org/events/congresses-incosai/next-congre...
http://www.intosai.org/about-us/sdgs-sais-and-regions.html

Climate Action Summit 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN 2019 Climate Summit will convene on the theme, ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’ It will seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in the areas of energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

In preparation for the Summit, nine coalitions have been established in order to ensure transformative outcomes, according to a briefing for Member States. The coalitions focus on the following action areas: 1) social and political drivers of change; 2) transition to renewable energy; 3) industry; 4) infrastructure, cities and local action; 5) nature-based solutions; 6) resilience and adaptation; 7) mitigation; 8) finance and carbon pricing; and 9) youth and citizen mobilization.

The Summit will be preceded by a series of pre-Summit events held the week-end prior. On Saturday, 21 September, a Youth Climate Summit will take place, co-organized by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the Envoy of the Secretary-General on Youth. On 21 and 22 September, the nine multi-stakeholder coalitions will present their work in parallel Summit events, co-organized with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. The multi-stakeholder coalitions will then present to the Secretary-General a synthesis of their work in a meeting to be held on the afternoon of 22 September.

The Summit will build on the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73), the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, and the Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Par..., among others. A stocktaking meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), will serve as a preparatory meeting for the Summit, and the outcomes of in-depth review of SDG 13 (climate action) by the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July will inform the Summit.

Convening during Climate Week NYC 2019 and in parallel to the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74), the Summit is one of several high-level events scheduled to take place the week of 23 September. Other events include: a High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) (23 September); the SDG Summit (24-25 September); the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) (26 September); and a High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway.

The Summit will feed into the UNFCCC process by contributing to the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC in December 2019.

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date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/

High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

A high-level meeting on universal health coverage will focus on the theme, 'UHC: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World,’ and will approve a “concise and action-oriented political declaration” that will be agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations.

The one-day meeting will consist of an opening segment, a plenary segment, two multi-stakeholder panels and a closing segment.

The latest agreements on the meeting are contained in the draft resolution here.

date: 23 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US

The One by One: Target 2030 Campaign - Second Annual High-level Conference

The Access Challenge is hosting the second annual One by One high-level Conference and Dinner on the theme, 'Achieving UHC: A Sustainable Future for Africa,' immediately following the UN General Assembly's High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage and the Climate Action Summit.

This year’s conference will showcase African leadership and African-led solutions through a series of conversations on effective collaboration between the health and environmental sectors in order to achieve UHC in Africa by 2030. High-level panelists will discuss specific overlapping agendas and opportunities for collaboration within prevention, health promotion, health system strengthening and climate adaptation. UHC and climate adaptation have similar progress metrics and determinants of each other's success.

The One by One: Target 2030 Campaign is a multi-level advocacy initiative led by The Access Challenge and former President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete, in support of the World Health Organization's (WHO) UHC Agenda. The campaign is designed to help drive the collaborative commitment of 55 African governments towards meaningful progress on Universal Access to Health by 2030.

date: 23 September 2019 time: 4 pm EST venue: Essex House location: New York City, US contact: Liv Scott e-mail: liv.scott@accesschallenge.org www: http://www.onebyone2030.org

Climate Week NYC 2019

Climate Week NYC 2019 will gather representatives from businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a variety of panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars.

Events taking place during Climate Week NYC 2019 are organized into 11 categories: 1) Youth and Climate Activism; 2) Energy Transition; 3) Industry Transition; 4) Clean Transport, Buildings and Infrastructure; 5) Food, Land and Nature-based Solutions; 6) Climate Finance, Investment and Carbon Pricing; 7) National Government Policy and Commitment; 8) State, City and Local Action; 9) Health, Equality and Justice; 10) Sustainable Travel and Leisure; and 11) Resilience and Adaption to Climate Change.

Events include:

Climate Week NYC 2019 will convene on the side of the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), and support the UN Climate Action Summit by providing a space for organizations to extend week-long activities outside of the UN building and throughout the week. A High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) (23 September), the SDG Summit (24-25 September), the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) (26 September), and a High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway will also take place during the Week.

Launched by The Climate Group in 2009, Climate Week NYC seeks to drive climate action forward. Information about Climate Week NYC 2018 is here.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 23-29 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/climate-week-nyc-2019

Essence for Successful Actions towards Achieving the SDGs

This event aims to share good practices towards achieving the SDGs and draw out the essence for creating such practices. Experiences in national-level implementation will be considered from European countries and Japan, followed by discussion of good practices by companies and local governments. The programme will also include measuring progress, such as Japan's SDGs White Paper and other initiatives.

The event is supported by the Government of Japan.

date: 23 September 2019 time: 1-3 pm EST venue: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street location: New York City, US contact: Cosmo Takagi, Keio University

SDG Summit

The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will convene at the level of heads of state and government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), from 24-25 September 2019. Such meetings take place every four years, and the meeting in 2019 - also known as the SDG Summit - will be the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.

The organization of the one-and-a-half-day meeting is described here. The political declaration to be adopted during the Summit is under negotiation by UN Member States in New York.

Also during the UNGA's high-level week in September 2019:

  • The Climate Action Summit and a high-level meeting on universal health coverage (UHC) will take place on Monday, 23 September;
  • The 74th general debate ((UNGA 74) will open on Tuesday, 24 September, in the morning;
  • The High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) - which takes place every four years, like the SDG Summit, and is also convening for the first time - is on Thursday, 26 September; and
  • A high-level meeting for the mid-term review of the SAMOA Pathway for small island developing States (SIDS) convenes on Friday, 27 September.

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dates: 24-25 September 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgsummit

Equator Prize 2019 Award Ceremony

The Equator Prize recognizes outstanding local community and indigenous peoples initiatives from across the world that are advancing innovative on-the-ground solutions to climate change, environment and poverty challenges.

The Award Ceremony, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Equator Initiative, will convene celebrities, thought leaders, governments, civil society and media to present the awards to the winners, complemented by short films and a musical performance. Award categories will honor achievements and local innovation in the areas of climate change mitigation, adaptation and new economic models. Entrepreneurship, gender equality and advocacy for social and environmental justice are among the key themes of the evening.

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

date: 24 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/equator-prize-2019-awar...

High-level Event on Net-zero Industry Transition

This high-level event will bring together representatives from environmental organizations, industry and government to explore the decarbonization of the world’s emissions “blindspots” and the role carbon capture and storage (CCS) in addressing the climate crisis.

The event is organized by the Global CCS Institute, an international think tank, backed by governments, companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of CCS within an energy transition that reduces emissions to net zero by mid-century.

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

date: 24 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/net-zero-industry-trans...

7th International Conference on Sustainable Development

The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the SDGs. The seventh annual ICSD, organized by the Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will focus on the theme, ‘Good Practice: Models, Partnerships, and Capacity Building for the SDGs’.

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

dates: 24-25 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/international-conferenc...
http://ic-sd.org/

UN Decade of Ocean Science Regional Planning Workshop for the South-East Pacific Region

This event will provide a forum to gather approximately 60 ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting. Plenary and working groups will facilitate regional, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors (such as: ocean science and technology; ocean policy and sustainable development; business and industry; NGOs and civil society; donors and foundations) to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade's six societal objectives.

The South-East Pacific Workshop will aim to identify: Knowledge gaps and regional ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda and the Southeast Pacific Action Plan; Existing relevant partnerships/networks/initiatives and potential ones/interested partners; Priorities in capacity-development/training; Priority themes and topics to be addressed by the Decade; Other regional initiatives and meetings to be aligned with the Decade.

This workshop will be part of a continued global dialogue throughout 2019 and 2020 via conference side-events, further thematic workshops and the Decade Online Community Platform to inform the planning of the Decade. Workshops have also been held in the Pacific Region and the North Pacific and Western Pacific Marginal Seas region.

dates: 24-26 September 2019 location: Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador www: https://oceandecade.org/events/18/South-East-Pacific-Worksho...

Carbon Forum North America

Carbon Forum North America (CFNA 2019) is an annual regional forum for political and business leaders to discuss climate action. CFNA 2019 will bring together government, business and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives from North America and around the world to exchange business-driven climate solutions, with a focus on carbon policy, pricing and finance.

The two-day conference is organized by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

dates: 24-25 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/carbon-forum-north-amer...

Launch of the Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO for SDGs) Initiative

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the German Ministry for the Environment, in collaboration with the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) and other initiatives, are organizing an event on the sidelines of the Climate Action Summit and SDG Summit to formally launch the Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO for SDGs) initiative - a regional accelerator of green economy solutions.

The side event is titled, 'Creating Opportunities for Inclusive and Sustainable Economies'. Speakers will include:

  • Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany,
  • Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland,
  • Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India, and
  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

date: 24 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/launch-go-sdgs-in...

Sustainable Investment Forum North America 2019

Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) are organizing the fourth edition of the ‘Sustainable Investment Forum North America.’ The Forum will convene during Climate Week NYC 2019, two days after the UN Climate Action Summit.

Taking place during Climate Week NYC 2019, the event will bring together over 350 participants representing asset owners and managers, insurers, investors, banks, development banks, policymakers, think tanks and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to discuss the next steps to accelerate the growth of green finance and responsible investment.

date: 25 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://events.climateaction.org/sustainable-investment-foru...

Workshop on Assessing the Potential Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on SDGs in Asian Economies

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene a ‘Workshop on Assessing the Potential Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on SDGs in Asian Economies’.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a lending programme under which ports, roads, railway lines, airports and power grids are to be built across Asia. Cast against the backdrop of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the BRI has the potential to create a new development dynamic that will facilitate the emergence of policies aimed at achieving the SDGs. The macroeconomic, social and environmental impacts of BRI-led projects need to be analyzed to ensure that policymakers in the participating countries gain the information that would yield the best policy advice, and resources are channeled towards the most impactful projects.

Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

dates: 25-26 September 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://www.unescap.org/events/workshop-assessing-potential-...

High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development

The UN General Assembly will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD) on 26 September 2019, the day after the meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under UNGA auspices. The FfD meeting is mandated in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (para 132), which calls for it to convene back-to-back with the HLPF’s UNGA-level meeting every four years.

According to an Information Note from the UNGA President on 30 May 2019, an official summary of the Dialogue will list major initiatives and recommendations emerging from the discussion. The provisional draft agenda was released on 22 July 2019. It lists four interactive dialogues as part of the event, on the topics of: putting public resources to work for more equal, sustainable societies, including by combatting illicit financial flows (IFFs); financing the SDGs and climate action against rising debt burdens; moving the money to fill the climate action and SDG financing gap; and announcements and new initiatives.

This meeting will take place at the beginning of the 74th UNGA session (UNGA 74), which will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019. The dialogue on FfD is also part of a week-long series of high-level meetings on topics related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and climate change.

date: 26 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Financing for Development Office, DESA www: https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66
https://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffddialogue/

World Maritime Day 2019

To address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that the theme of World Maritime Day 2019 will be ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

This theme will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector.

date: 26 September 2019 location: worldwide additional: Worldwide(multiple cities) www: http://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/

UNGA High-level Event on Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The UN General Assembly will hold a high-level event to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, on 26 September 2019, per resolution 72/251.

This event will take place during the first week of the 74th session of the UNGA.

date: 26 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

Policy Dialogue on Blue Economy and Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development

The ‘Policy Dialogue on Blue Economy and Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development’ will discuss the current threats to the blue economy arising from climate change and environmental challenges, which pose serious risks to the viability, sustainability and economic value of the ocean economy. The meeting will also discuss conditions that will support the successful development of the blue economy and increase climate resilience, and review measures that will enable coastal and small island developing States (SIDS) to cope effectively, creatively and sustainably with environmental changes and mitigate impacts and threats to marine and coastal resources.

The policy dialogue will bring together high-level officials from Angola, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa, and representatives of the East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariats. Representatives from other UN agencies, the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), civil society organizations (CSOs), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), academia, research institutions, the private sector, professional organizations and from other UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) divisions will be invited to participate in the dialogue.

dates: 26-27 September 2019 location: Seychelles www: https://www.uneca.org/policy-dialogue-blue-economy-climate-c...

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level meeting to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway (SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action). Negotiations on the outcome document of the midterm review are under way among UN Member States.

Regional preparatory meetings of small island developing States (SIDS) as well as an interregional meeting took place in 2018 to review progress at the national and regional levels, as mandated by the UNGA in a resolution of December 2017 on the follow-up and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy. That resolution also requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the 73rd UNGA a report on the follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, including progress made and continuing challenges faced.

date: 27 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sids/samoareview

AI Sustainable Development Summit

Organized by the AI Sustainable Development Group, the AI Sustainable Development Summit will bring together UN diplomats, industry leaders, academics and investors to leverage frontier technologies to support the rapid achievement of the SDGs.

The Summit will feature panel discussions, keynote speeches, and hands-on practical workshops on how artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data can be used to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

The Summit is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

date: 28 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/ai-sustainable-developm...

Global Landscapes Forum NYC 2019

This one-day event will take place back-to-back with the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and shortly after the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. It will provide an opportunity to advance new action coalitions for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The event is organized by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

date: 28 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/global-landscapes-forum...

XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019

The 25th International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) World Congress 2019 will convene on the theme, ‘Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development.’ The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and is expected to allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.

dates: 29 September - 5 October 2019 location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil e-mail: info@iufro2019.com www: http://www.iufro2019.com/

15th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The 15th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-15) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention.

POPRC-15 is taking place back-to-back with the 15th meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC-15).

dates: 30 September - 4 October 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pops.int/

October 2019

Third Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

The Third Meeting of the Intersessional Process (IP3) for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 is expected to continue the discussions on a possible post-2020 platform for chemicals and waste. The meeting will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1-4 October 2019.

IP4 is tentatively scheduled for March 2020, ahead of the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), meeting from 5-9 October 2020 in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 1-4 October 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

Thematic Consultation on Area-based Conservation Measures for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Co-chairs of the Open-ended Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan, will convene a thematic consultation on area-based conservation measures to inform the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The thematic consultation is intended to facilitate an initial informal dialogue involving experts nominated by Parties and other stakeholders in area-based conservation in order to, inter alia, discuss the current baseline status of area-based conservation measures and develop suggestions on potential goals, targets and indicators, as well as monitoring and reporting ideas, on area-based conservation measures for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will be adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the CBD in Kunming, China, in 2020. The outputs of this consultation will be submitted to the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group for consideration.

dates: 1-3 October 2019 location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/
https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-061-post...

9th Green Standards Week

The ninth edition of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Green Standards Week in Valencia, Spain, will focus on innovation in the interests of urban sustainability. Themed ‘Connecting Smart Sustainable Cities with the Sustainable Development Goals,’ ITU Green Standards Week will bring together governments, city leaders, businesses and citizens to share their experiences in driving the behavioral change required to achieve smart city objectives. The Week will include a forum on smart governance, sessions dedicated to Valencia’s smart city journey and the fourth meeting of the United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative, as well as a full-day training session on the tools available to build smart sustainable cities.

The Week is hosted by the City of Valencia, and co-organized by ITU, Spain’s Ministry of Economy and Business and Spain’s Secretary of State for Digital Advancement, together with Agenda 2030 – Government of Spain, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNFCCC, UN-Habitat, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other partners.

The eighth Green Standards Week took place in April 2018 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

dates: 1-4 October 2019 location: Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain www: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/Workshops-and-Seminars/gsw/2019...
https://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/2019-CM08.aspx

UNECE Sustainable Cities Week 2019

Participants at the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Sustainable Cities Week 2019 will discuss progress and challenges related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Geneva UN Charter for Sustainable Housing, among other international agreements.

National and local government representatives from the 56 UNECE member States will come together with representatives of private sector, academia and civil society for the 80th session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management (2-4 October) and other events.

The Week will include a roundtable themed, ‘In Focus: SDG 11,’ which will feature a discussion on the successes and challenges in the implementation of SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and other urban-related SDGs.

dates: 1-4 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/housing/sustainablecitiesweek.html

Roundtable ‘In Focus: SDG 11’

Taking place during the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Sustainable Cities Week 2019, the ‘In Focus: SDG 11’ roundtable will provide a platform for dialogue on the successes and challenges in the implementation of SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and other urban-related SDGs. The event will also provide a platform to: foster cooperation between UN agencies, the private and public sectors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and civil society; brainstorm to create synergies to promote effective implementation of SDG 11; and create joint initiatives and activities to ensure the highest and coordinated impact in implementing SDG 11 and related SDGs.

The roundtable is a follow-up to the review of SDG 11 and related Goals by last year’s Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... and the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and to a 2018 ‘In Focus: SDG 11’ event. The event is organized by the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, and represents a continued effort to review the progress towards achieving SDG 11 and related Goals by 2030.

date: 1 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=52201

21st Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 21)

The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will convene its 21st meeting (SCF 21) in Bonn, Germany.

The SCF assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the Financial Mechanism.

dates: 3-5 October 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/21st-meeting-of-the-standing-commit...

Virtual Island Summit

The first-ever Virtual Island Summit, organized by Island Innovation, with the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and others, will take place entirely online, seeking to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform.

The Summit will cover all 17 of the SDGs in addition to other topics pertinent to island communities, and emphasize the need for input and partnerships from across the private and public sectors, academia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

dates: 6-10 October 2019 location: virtual www: http://www.islandinnovation.co/summit/

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development - 15th Annual General Meeting

The 15th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-11 October 2019.

The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates at the WSSD adopted the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which called for, inter alia, support for “efforts to address the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining, minerals and metals throughout their life cycle, including workers’ health and safety, and use a range of partnerships, furthering existing activities at the national and international levels, among interested governments, intergovernmental organizations, mining companies and workers, and other stakeholders, to promote transparency and accountability for sustainable mining and minerals development.” The WSSD also encouraged governments, civil society and private sector actors to enter into voluntary partnerships focused on sustainable development objectives.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Stacy Corneau e-mail: scorneau@iisd.ca www: https://www.igfmining.org/

34th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 34th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will convene in Bonn, Germany.

The Adaptation Fund (AF) finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. In December 2018, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) decided that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement as of 1 January 2019.

The Fund is supervised and managed by the AFB, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/34th-adaptation-fund-...

International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will convene the 2019 International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power.

The conference will bring together Member States, representatives of relevant low-carbon energy sectors, international organizations and other stakeholders to discuss the scientific and technical aspects of the role of nuclear power in combating climate change.

Specific topics include: challenges and opportunities for existing nuclear power plants with respect to their continuous contribution to the avoidance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; factors necessary to support high rates of deployment, including for advanced nuclear power technologies, consistent with achieving climate goals, including those established under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, particularly SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action); and the prospects for synergies between nuclear power and other low-carbon energy sources.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.iaea.org/atoms4climate

African Climate Risks Conference 2019

The African Climate Risks Conference 2019 (ACRC2019) will convene under the theme, ‘Dismantling Barriers to Urgent Climate Adaptation Action’. The conferences aims to:

  • Disseminate results and share insights from new and ongoing climate science and adaptation research in Africa;
  • Provide a forum to identify common priorities in African climate research for development through African-led discussions;
  • Contribute to efforts to ensure greater impact and legacy of ongoing research programmes by promoting the uptake of new data, tools and knowledge within planning and decision-making processes; and
  • Link researchers and other actors instrumental in moving research into policy and practice such as decision makers, national meteorological agencies, knowledge brokers, donors, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

The event is hosted by the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA).

dates: 7-9 October 2019 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: https://www.africanclimaterisksconference2019.org/?customize...

World Habitat Day 2019

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.

date: 7 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/background.shtml
https://unhabitat.org/world-habitat-day/

Chatham House Climate Change Conference

Chatham House will convene its 23rd annual climate change conference on the theme, ‘Climate Change 2019: A Critical Year for Climate Action.’

Held in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, SDG 13 in-depth review by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, the conference will include sessions on:

  • Building Ambition, Accelerating Global Climate Action;
  • Resilience and Adaptation;
  • New Technologies, New Business Models;
  • Climate Finance: Understanding Risk;
  • Attribution Science and Extreme Weather Events; and
  • Climate Activism: A Generational Divide?

dates: 7-8 October 2019 location: London, England, UK www: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/climate-change-2019...

10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The tenth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will convene under the theme, ‘Translating Targets into Actions’.

The Forum, organized by the five UN regional commissions and Thailand’s Ministry of Energy, will bring together experts from the energy sector, representatives from governments, UN entities, international organizations and other stakeholders to explore pathways to close the gap between energy targets and actions, and discuss major issues and demonstrate actions to achieve SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and meet commitments on climate change mitigation. The Forum will include a series of roundtables, parallel sessions and side events on energy issues such as clean cooking, access to electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaner use of fossil fuels.

The ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, which took place in Kiev, Ukraine, in November 2018, is summarized here.

dates: 7-8 October 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://www.unescap.org/events/10th-international-forum-ener...

15th Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The 15th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-15) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

CRC-15 will convene back-to-back with the 15th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-15).

dates: 8-10 October 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pic.int/

Pre-COP to the Santiago Climate Change Conference

A pre-COP meeting ahead of the Santiago Climate Change Conference is expected to take place in Costa Rica from 8-10 October 2019.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 8-10 October 2019 location: San Jose, Costa Rica

12th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change

The Energy Policy and Development Centre (KEPA) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) will convene the 12th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change. The three-day event is organized under the auspices of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) and the UN Academic Impact (UNAI).

The Conference consist of three main parts: the 6th Green Energy Investments Forum will explore opportunities for investments that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy and the achievement of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); Scientific Sessions will feature presentations and discussions on energy and climate change research topics; and a Brokerage Session will bring together scientists, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss funding opportunities and enhance cooperation.

KEPA is the coordinator of PROMITHEASnet – the Energy and Climate Change network and BSEC-Green Energy Network.

dates: 9-11 October 2019 venue: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) location: Athens, Attiki, Greece www: https://promitheasconference.wordpress.com/

2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

The Assembly is held every October at Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic and is attended by heads of state and government, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others interested in the future of the Arctic.

dates: 11-13 October 2019 location: Reykjavik, Iceland www: http://www.arcticcircle.org/assemblies/future

International Symposium and High-level Event on Action for Climate Empowerment

The Symposium, which will convene for one and a half days from 13-14 October, will bring together Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) national focal points, representatives from governments, international organizations, the private sector, local and regional authorities, academia, youth and philanthropic organizations to discuss how to raise the profile of and mobilize support to the ACE agenda in order to raise ambition and accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The High-level Event, which will take place in the afternoon of 14 October and bring together the Austrian Chancellor, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary and other dignitaries, will mobilize global decision makers who will commit to climate action in their areas of influence by signing the Burgenland Declaration on Action for Climate Empowerment.

The events aim to contribute to “The Year of Ambition” (2019), which seeks to increase ambition and participation by all parts of society in the climate action agenda through a series of high-level events, including the UN Climate Action Summit in September and the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to UNFCCC in Santiago, Chile, in December.

The events are organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the state of Burgenland and the Austrian-German Friendship Association.

dates: 13-14 October 2019 location: Austria additional: Pamhagen www: https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/events-meetings/ot...

51st Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The 51st session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for seven weeks, from 14 October to 29 November 2019. The session will only include meetings of the Subcommissions.

date: 14 October 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_mee...

III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas

The III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas will be held under the theme, ‘Solutions for Welfare and Sustainable Development’. An initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the Congress provides a space for exchange of experience and debate on the formulation and implementation of public policies.

The meeting will address, inter alia: well-being and protected areas and linkages with the SDGs; protected areas’ contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and coastal and marine conservation and sustainability.

dates: 14-17 October 2019 location: Lima, Peru www: https://www.iucn.org/theme/protected-areas/about/congresses/...
https://www.areasprotegidas-latinoamerica.org/

Global Climate Change Week 2019

Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) aims to encourage academic communities, including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities, in all disciplines and countries to engage with each other, their communities, and policymakers on climate change action and solutions.

Held annually in October, GCCW provides an open-ended framework for voluntary activities aimed at raising awareness, inspiring behavior change and driving political transformation in relation to climate policy. The Week originated at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and is now in its fifth year.

dates: 14-20 October 2019 location: worldwide www: http://globalclimatechangeweek.com/

Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

The seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF?7), co-organized by Urbanice Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), provides a platform to discuss and analyze the status of implementation of, as well as challenges and opportunities associated with, the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

APUF-7 will launch ‘The Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019’ in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the EU, The Rockefeller Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities. Based on the report’s focus, APUF-7 will address four main thematic tracks: (1) the future of urban and territorial planning; (2) dynamic governance and capacity development; (3) financing innovation in urban infrastructure investments; and (4) new data and technologies for smart cities.

SDG Knowledge Hub summary of APUF-6 is here.

dates: 15-17 October 2019 location: Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia www: https://www.unescap.org/events/apuf7

Budapest Water Summit 2019

The Budapest Water Summit 2019 will convene in Budapest, Hungary, under the patronage of Hungarian President János Áder. The 2019 Summit will build on the results of the Summit’s 2016 and 2013 editions.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 Budapest Water Summit is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2013 Budapest Water Summit is here.

dates: 15-17 October 2019 location: Budapest, Hungary www: http://www.sie-see.org/en/calendar/budapest-water-summit-201...

8th International Airborne Wind Energy Conference

The eighth International Airborne Wind Energy Conference (AWEC 2019) will convene at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. The Conference will discuss Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) – an emerging renewable energy technology that aims to replace the use of fossil fuels for energy production on an economical basis.

The conference is organized by the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, Airborne Wind Europe and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

dates: 15-16 October 2019 venue: University of Strathclyde location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK www: https://www.awec2019.com/

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

World Food Day 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) designated 16 October World Food Day in 1979. The Day has been celebrated annually since 1981.

date: 16 October 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day

Launch of Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD)

The launch of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD) is expected to take place on 16 October 2019.

date: 16 October 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Financing for Sustainable Development Office, DESA e-mail: barrettg@un.org

G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 19-20 October 2019 location: Okayama, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

biodiversity_next

The biodiversity_next conference will bring together international organizations, research scientists and policy makers to jointly identify socio-technical bottlenecks and horizon-scan opportunities around data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity research.

The conference aims to: promote innovation in biodiversity and geodiversity information science and applications; share and enhance community data standards and information management practices; improve domain reach to new audiences; inspire new generations to embark on data-intensive science around biodiversity and geodiversity; and build community consensus on pivotal technical and sociocultural aspects of the community practices.

The conference is organized by Biodiversity Information Standards TDWG, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Distributed System of Scientific Collections, Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities and Integrated Digitized Biocollections.

dates: 21-25 October 2019 location: Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands www: https://biodiversitynext.org/

Tenth ESP Conference 2019

The tenth anniversary Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, ‘Ten Years Advancing Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice for a Sustainable Future’.

Organized by the ESP and local partners, the conference will bring together more than 600 delegates to discuss various themes related to ecosystem services. The event will feature a Business Day to encourage dialogue between business representatives and researchers to stimulate the application of the ecosystem services concept in business operations.

dates: 21-25 October 2019 location: Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany www: https://www.espconference.org/esp10

Liaison Group on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Liaison Group is to prepare a draft of the biosafety component of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be submitted to the Second Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB..., which will develop a preliminary text of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for further elaboration at the Third Post-2020 Working Group Meeting.

An introduction to the post-2020 process is here.

dates: 22-25 October 2019 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/CP-LG-2019-01

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

The Republic of Korea will host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (2019 IREC).

Previous IREC conferences have been organized at approximately two-year intervals. MEXIREC convened from 11-13 September 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico.

SDG Knowledge Hub summaries of additional events are as follows: SAIREC 2015; ADIREC 2013; DIREC 2010; and WIREC 2008.

dates: 23-26 October 2019 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: http://www.ren21.net/

Our Ocean Conference 2019

The sixth Our Ocean Conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth Our Ocean Conference is here; the 2016 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; the 2015 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; and the 2014 Our Ocean Conference summary is here.

dates: 23-24 October 2019 location: Oslo, Norway www: http://www.ourocean2019.no

10th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the WIM for Loss and Damage

The tenth meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage associated with climate change impacts will convene in Bonn, Germany.

Established to assist developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, the WIM promotes the implementation of approaches to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts through: enhancing knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage; strengthening dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders; and enhancing action and support, including finance, technology and capacity building.

dates: 23-25 October 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/Summary%20of...
https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/bodies/constituted-b...

Venice City Solutions 2019

The ‘Venice Solutions 2030’ event will address the theme, ‘Creating Citizenship: The SDGs as an Opportunity for All’.

Second in the annual ‘Venice City Solutions’ series, the event will discuss issues that are key to SDG implementation at local level, with a specific focus on the role of local governments as key implementers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is co-organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and L’Associazione italiana per il Consiglio dei Comuni e delle Regioni d’Europa, with financial support from the EU and partners.

The 2018 edition brought together more than 140 participants from 36 countries to discuss the need to finance the SDGs at local level.

dates: 24-26 October 2019 location: Venice, Veneto, Italy www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/venice-city-solutions-2...

G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 25-26 October 2019 location: Hokkaido {greater region}, Japan additional: Kutchan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2019

The annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Green Finance and Investment brings together leading actors across the green finance community to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emission and climate-resilient global economy. The Forum aims to contribute to the achievement of international climate goals and a broader set of environmental objectives linked to the SDGs.

The event is convened by the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

First Annual Urban Economy Forum

As part of celebrations marking World Cities Day 2019, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), International City Leaders (ICL) and the Urban Economy Forum Association will host the first Annual Urban Economy Forum in Toronto, Canada. The Forum will facilitate dialogue between cities, financial institutions and the private sector on ways to create sustainable development markets by enhancing the efficiency of urban economy.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada www: https://new.unhabitat.org/toronto-will-host-the-first-annual...

High Mountain Summit

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will convene a High Mountain Summit to foster high-level dialogue and engage decision makers and local actors to develop a roadmap to science-based, user-driven knowledge and information systems supporting sustainable development and risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions.

dates: 29-31 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://highmountainsummit.wmo.int/en

Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will convene a regional conference on the theme, ‘Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below’. The conference aims to:

  • Consult with countries and key stakeholders on progress towards achieving the Bonn Challenge, New York Declaration on Forests and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) restoration goals;
  • Feature successful community-led restoration initiatives along with policies, incentives and partnerships contributing to their success;
  • Consider forest landscape restoration (FLR) initiatives successfully linking ecology, the rights of men, women and youth and community land management practices that provide insights on forestry, agroforestory and agricultural initiatives that generate strong social and ecological co-benefits;
  • Showcase effective approaches to promoting tenure security, improving market incentives and access to supply chains for sustainably produced cocoa, coffee, shea and other products, and delivering technical assistance and access to markets and finance; and
  • Coordinate and increase international, national and private support for FLR.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/docs/news/Aout%202019/GLF-Accra-Concept...

World Cities Day 2019

The UN designated every 31 October as World Cities Day. Events to mark the Day focus on promoting the international community’s interest in global urbanization, pushing forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

November 2019

18th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 18th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The General Conference is UNIDO’s supreme policy making organ where all member States meet once every two years. It determines the guiding principles and policies of the Organization, and approves the budget and work programme of UNIDO. Every four years, the GC appoints the Director-General.

dates: 3-7 November 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.unido.org/resources/policymaking-organs/general-...

Communities of Ocean Action Meeting

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in their capacity as co-focal points for the Community of Ocean Action (COA) on Marine and Coastal Ecosys..., are organizing an in-person meeting of relevant COAs. The meeting will take place back-to-back with a consultation, convening from 6-8 November 2019, on the post-2020 biodiversity framework with a focus on marine and coastal biodiversity.

The COA meeting and the biodiversity consultation are part of the 2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting, taking place in Montreal, Canada, from 4-8 November 2019.

More information on the COAs is available here.

date: 3 November 2019 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019.

The meeting will be preceded by two associated meetings: the 63rd meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol and the meeting of the Bureau of the Thirtieth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.

The 41st meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 41), which convened in July 2019, laid the groundwork for decisions to be taken at MOP 31.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/mop/mop-31/SitePag...

Fifth European Forest Week and Forêt2019 – Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Forêt2019 – a joint session of the 40th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 77th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Forêt2019, the 5th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe under the theme, ‘Forests and the Circular Economy’.

dates: 4-7 November 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/
http://www.unece.org/forests/forestsmeetings/timber-committe...

GEO Week 2019 and Ministerial Summit

Ministers from 105 Member governments of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), business leaders, heads of international non-profits and experts will meet in Canberra, Australia, for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.

The Week’s events will focus on the role of Earth observation data in strategic economic decision making and day-to-day business, environmental and development decisions. Participants will explore how the integration of such data into digital economies can drive progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

dates: 4-9 November 2019 location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia www: http://www.earthobservations.org/geoweek19.php

2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting: Charting the Course for a Sustainable Future for the Ocean

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other focal points of the Communities of Ocean Action, will convene the ‘2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting: Charting the Course for a Sustainable Future for the Ocean’.

This meeting will provide a platform for members of the Communities of Ocean Action to exchange experiences and lessons learned to support the implementation of voluntary commitments and to discuss key priorities for the 2020 UN Ocean Conference and the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.icriforum.org/meeting/2020-ocean-pathways-meetin...
https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-060-mari...

2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana will convene the 2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting at the Pontifical University Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting seeks to stimulate exchange among international, regional and local stakeholders interested in the decision-making processes, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in the region.

dates: 5-8 November 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/
https://cosmosjaveriana.wixsite.com/cosmos/events/2-foro-lat...

CBD Thematic Consultation on Ecosystem Restoration for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat with the Government of Brazil will convene a thematic consultation on ecosystem restoration, bringing together experts nominated by Parties to the CBD, other governments, relevant organizations, and indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs).

The outputs of the consultation will form the basis of a report, which will serve as input to the Second Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB..., which will develop a preliminary text of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for further elaboration at the Third Post-2020 Open-ended Working Group Meeting.

dates: 6-8 November 2019 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2019-11

European Business and Nature Summit

The European Business and Nature Summit, a two-day conference on business, biodiversity and natural capital, will bring together key representatives from businesses, governments and civil society in the EU to facilitate more decisive global action to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore healthy ecosystems.

The Summit will contribute to: implementation of the Action Agenda for Nature and People, launched at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in support of biodiversity and the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework; shaping the New Deal for Nature and People; and catalyzing voluntary actions in favor of biodiversity from the business sector.

The Summit is organized by the European Commission, the European Business and Biodiversity Platform, Ecoacsa, Fundación Empresa y Clima and Fundación Biodiversidad from Ministry for Ecological Transition, through the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IEEB).

dates: 7-8 November 2019 location: Madrid, Spain www: https://naturalcapitalsummiten.wordpress.com/european-busine...

Eighth Session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The eighth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will take place from 11-16 November 2019. The Session will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other related events. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001. The Treaty aims to: recognize the contribution of farmers to the diversity of crops that feed the world; establish a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials; and ensure that recipients share benefits they derive from the use of these genetic materials with the countries where they have been originated. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of GB 7 is here.

dates: 11-16 November 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...

6th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 6th edition of the triennial UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will be the first UCLG Congress to coincide with the implementation phase of global agendas such as the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to present progress in the implementation of the SDGs and their impact at the local level and to evaluate the evolution of the role of local and regional governments in international policy.

For SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 5th UCLG Congress, click here.

dates: 11-15 November 2019 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/uclg-world-congress-and...
https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/uclg-world-congress-2019

Paris Peace Forum

The second annual Paris Peace Forum will bring together States, international organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens who seek to develop multilateral solutions for today’s challenges. The Forum focuses on identifying governance solutions under six major themes: Peace and Security; Development; Environment; New Technologies; Inclusive Economy; and Culture and Education.

The 2019 Forum will feature, inter alia, debate sessions on the flagship themes of the 2019 selected projects:

  • Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • Protection of Biodiversity;
  • The Role of Cultural Industries in Development;
  • Rethinking Drug Policy Worldwide;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Private Sector and the SDGs; and
  • Humanitarian Law Enforcement.

The Forum is organized in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the EU, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), among other international and local organizations.

The Forum’s second edition follows the first Paris Peace Forum, which took place in November 2018. Read the SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the inaugural Forum here.

dates: 11-13 November 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://parispeaceforum.org/

Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

The Seventeenth regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) aims to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa and ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner. AMCEN also supports the realization of social and economic development, including agricultural activities and practices that meet the food security needs of the region.

The seventeenth meeting will be held under the theme, 'Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa.'

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary will attend to present on the post-2020 process and road to the 15th meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP 15 or 202....

dates: 11-15 November 2019 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa www: https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/africa/african-ministe...

24th Meeting of the GCF Board

The 24th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will convene from 12-14 November 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub climate finance update on the Board’s 23rd meeting is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 12-14 November 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/who-we-are/upcoming-engagement...

Thematic Consultation on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a thematic consultation on marine and coastal biodiversity for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a component of the 2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting, with financial support from the Government of Sweden.

This consultation is intended to gather views on elements related to marine and coastal biodiversity for inclusion in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will be adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the CBD in Kunming, China, in 2020. The outputs of the consultation will form the basis of a report, which will serve as input to the formal process and deliberations under the Convention on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 13-15 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2019-10

11th BRICS Summit

The 11th BRICS Summit will convene in Brasília, Brazil. The 2019 Brazilian Presidency focuses on the theme, ‘BRICS: Economic Growth for an Innovative Future’.

The BRICS countries, Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa, convene for a BRICS Leaders’ Summit annually. Discussions focus on spheres of political and socioeconomic coordination, in which member countries have identified business opportunities, economic complementarities and areas of cooperation.

The new areas of BRICS cooperation spearheaded by Brazil, are: strengthening of cooperation on science, technology and innovation; enhancement of cooperation on digital economy; invigoration of cooperation on the fight against transnational crime, especially against organized crime, money laundering and drug trafficking; and encouragement to the rapprochement between the New Development Bank (NDB) and the BRICS Business Council.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 10th BRICS Summit is here.

dates: 13-14 November 2019 location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil www: http://brics2019.itamaraty.gov.br/en/brasilia-summit/basic-i...

1st African Protected Areas Congress (APAC)

The first-ever African Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is a continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups that will assemble to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development and conserving the region’s cultural heritage and traditions. Meeting on the theme, ‘Protected Areas: Delivering Benefits for Nature and People,’ the Congress will address three focal areas: protected areas; people; and biodiversity. Its objectives include:

  • Promoting the role of protected areas in conserving nature, supporting sustainable development and human well-being, and making commitments to secure a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage;
  • Sharing experiences and best practices for harmonizing conservation and human development needs, and developing strategic mechanisms and partnerships for ensuring long-term sustainability;
  • Setting a common agenda and a shared vision for Africa’s protected areas, and ensuring they are included in the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063; and
  • Developing priorities and strategies on issues of common interest, and providing a strong African voice and consolidated input into the development of the post-2020 global framework for biodiversity.

APAC is organized with support from the Kenyan Government, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas and international and local partners.

dates: 18-23 November 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://apa-congress.org/

22nd Session of the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. This meeting is scheduled to take place in October 2019.

dates: 18-22 November 2019 location: South Africa additional: Skukuza Mpumalanga www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/91673/en/

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 18-21 November 2019 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/

World Toilet Day 2019

The resolution declaring World Toilet Day titled, ‘Sanitation for All’ (A/RES/67/291), was adopted on 24 July 2013. The resolution urges UN Member States and relevant stakeholders to encourage behavioral change and the implementation of policies to increase access to sanitation among the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open-air defecation, which it deemed “extremely harmful” to public health.

The theme for events marking World Toilet Day in 2019 will be ‘Leaving No One Behind’. This is also the theme for World Water Day 2019.

date: 19 November 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2019

G-STIC aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the SDGs.

Themed, ‘Creating an Impact on the Achievement of the SDGs,’ G-STIC 2019 will build on the results of previous editions, and further discuss the policy changes needed for the technological transition to sustainable societies. In addition, the different thematic sessions will dive deeper into integrated technological solutions with significant impact on the SDGs, and further strengthen the multi-stakeholder communities around the different thematic clusters of G-STIC.

The first edition of G-STIC took place in Brussels from 23-25 October 2017, and was attended by more than 1,000 participants representing policymakers, technology researchers, business and industry captains, and civil society. An SDG Knowledge Hub summary of G-STIC 2017 is here. A guest article on G-STIC 2018 is here.

The G-STIC series is hosted jointly by VITO, a leading independent not-for-profit research and technology organization in Belgium, and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya), Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India).

dates: 20-22 November 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://cdn.flxml.eu/r-b3a813c8ba7b41848067a3bff215ee01f6c5e...

11th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the CBD

The 11th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (WG8j) will meet prior to the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) is here.

dates: 20-22 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth; and
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 22-23 November 2019 location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2019)

The third edition of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa will convene under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption in the Land Sector: Sustainable Pathway for Africa’s Transformation’. This theme supports the designation by the African Union of 2018 as the Anti-Corruption Year under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.

Organized by the African Land Policy Centre, a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the conference will seek to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. It follows the second CLPA, which was held in November 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: https://www.uneca.org/clpa2019

23rd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA reports regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. The 23rd meeting of the SBSTTA of the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada.

SBSTTA 23 will meet following the 11th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the CBD.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBSTTA 22 is here.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury is expected to discuss, inter alia, waste thresholds, releases, interim storage, contaminated sites, open burning of waste, review of Annexes A and B, and harmonized customs codes.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP2 is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP1 is here.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Meetings/COP3/tabid/7854/la...

Soil and the SDGs: Challenges and Need for Action

Organized by the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission, the event will bring together policymakers, researchers, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders active in the protection of land and soil to discuss the challenges of soil and land degradation in the EU and the urgent need for action to implement the SDGs.

date: 25 November 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: http://www.inspiration-h2020.eu/actualites/soil-and-sdgs-cha...

2nd International River Summit 2019

The second International River Summit will convene in Allahabad, India, under the theme, ‘Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future Through Water’.

Organized by the River Water User Association (India) and the International River-Basin Foundation, the event will focus on: the development of integrated water resources and their management to achieve water and food security; climate change impacts; agricultural development; ways to achieve sustainability through latest technologies, information and communications technology (ICT) and resource mobilization. The summit’s seven themes seek to help achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by addressing local issues in a changing climate:

  • Rivers as a Source of Inspiration and Life;
  • Valuing Rivers and Water;
  • Threats to Water Resources and Food Security;
  • Ecosystem Rejuvenation;
  • Feel the Vibration for Sustainable Life;
  • Science, Technology, ICT and Innovation as a Support System for Action; and
  • Policy Issues, Governance and Resource Mobilization.

The 2019 event follows the first International River Summit that took place in 2016.

dates: 28-30 November 2019 location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India www: https://rwua.org.in/Internationalriversummit2019/

GLF Luxembourg 2019

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Luxembourg 2019 will be hosted by the GLF and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The three-day event will explore advances in sustainable finance, asset management industry breakthroughs in sustainable investment, and the evolving role of capital markets in a low-carbon future.

dates: 28-30 November 2019 venue: European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL) location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg www: https://worldagroforestry.org/event/glf-luxembourg-2019

December 2019

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 24th session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 1-5 December 2019 location: Sudan www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

Santiago Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The Santiago Climate Change Conference, which will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC and meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, will convene from 2-13 December 2019. The pre-sessional period will be from 26 November to 1 December 2019.

As decided at the conclusion of COP 24, COP 25 will take place in Chile, with a pre-COP meeting taking place in Costa Rica.

The Santiago Climate Change Conference will be informed by the outcomes of, among other meetings, the UN Climate Action Summit held in New York, US, in September 2019, as well as three Regional Climate Weeks: Africa Climate Week held in March, Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week held in August, and Asia-Pacific Climate Week held in September.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 2-13 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar
https://unfccc.int/santiago

55th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-55) and Sessions of the Associated Committees

The 55th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-55) and Sessions of the Associated Committees will convene from 2-7 December 2019, in Lomé, Togo. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ITTC-53 is here.

dates: 2-7 December 2019 location: Lome, Togo contact: ITTO Secretariat e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5400

World Soil Day 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day, and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

World Soil Day 2019 will be held under the theme, ‘Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future’!

date: 5 December 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/...

Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of Implementation of Vienna Programme of Action

The Vienna Programme of Action addresses the needs of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and covers the decade 2014-2024. The comprehensive high-level midterm review will culminate in a meeting from 5-6 December 2019.

Co-facilitators Doma Tshering, Permanent Representative of Bhutan, and Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria, led negotiations on the political declaration to be adopted at the high-level review meeting, which was agreed informally on 1 August 2019.

The high-level midterm review is referred to in UNGA resolution 72/232 on the follow-up to the second UN Conference on LLDCs. Per the resolution, the UNGA decides to convene a comprehensive high-level midterm review no later than December 2019, as called for in paragraph 78 of the VPoA. It also calls on the review to enable the sharing of best practices and lessons learned, and identify obstacles and constraints encountered, actions and initiatives needed to overcome them, and new challenges and emerging issues.

Preparations for the review, coordinated by OHRLLS, include:

  • national reviews from March to December 2018,
  • regional review meetings in February, March and July 2019, and
  • pre-conference thematic events from May 2018 through late 2019.

dates: 5-6 December 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: OHRLLS www: http://unohrlls.org/midterm-review-vienna-programme-action-l...
http://unohrlls.org/lldcs-upcoming-meetings/

World Climate Summit: The Investment COP

‘World Climate Summit: The Investment COP’ is organized as a side event taking place in parallel to the climate negotiations.

The 2019 edition, held alongside the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, will seek to strengthen bottom-up processes, collaboration across sectors and industries, create new deal flows and facilitate climate-related project development. The multi-stakeholder forum aims to support the UN Global Climate Action Agenda, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 8-9 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://worldclimatesummit.org/

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019

The tenth annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019 will convene on the sidelines of the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, bringing together over 600 delegates to explore four key pillars of low-carbon transition: climate finance; energy transition; sustainable mobility; and circular economy.

Day one will open with high-level policy discussion and keynote speeches from ministers, cities, multilateral organizations, investors and the private sector. Discussions on sustainable mobility will focus on electric vehicles, liquid fuels, planning technologies and user engagement. Under energy transition, participants will address renewables, hydrogen, battery storage, digitalization and efficiency. Under circular economy, delegates will focus on waste and water recycling, resource conservation and monitoring technologies. Bonds, banking systems, ratings and carbon markets and trading will be considered under climate finance.

Day two will be dedicated to innovation, and discuss the role of sustainable mobility, energy transition, circular economy and climate finance in ensuring forest, water and ocean health by protecting, managing and restoring the natural environment to combat climate change.

The Forum is convened by Climate Action and partners.

dates: 9-10 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://events.climateaction.org/sustainable-innovation-foru...

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 17-19 December 2019. The GEF CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council opens.

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 16-19 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

February 2020

Preparatory Meeting for the 2020 UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

The UN Secretary-General requested the President of the General Assembly to appoint two co-facilitators, one from a developing country and one from a developed country, to oversee the preparatory process of the 2020 UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustaina...; and to conclude the intergovernmental consultations on the declaration by May 2020.

The UN Secretary-General also requested the President of the General Assembly to convene a two-day preparatory meeting, in February 2020, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to be chaired by the two co-facilitators, with a view to considering the themes for the interactive dialogues and elements for the declaration, in particular the call for a brief, concise, action-oriented and intergovernmentally agreed declaration.

date: 1 February 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/A/73/L.82

Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed.

WUF10 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

Organized jointly with the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, along with partners including the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Executive Council, WUF10 will provide an opportunity to increase local and regional knowledge on sustainable urbanization issues, learn from global lessons and increase cooperation with stakeholders on a global scale.

WUF10 will address key action areas, including:

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities;
  • Innovative urban solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance;
  • Technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities;
  • Building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future, with a special focus on youth and women;
  • Empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and regulatory environments; and
  • The impact of migration on cities.

The conference will contribute to sustainable urban development and implementation of global commitments such as the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

dates: 8-13 February 2020 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://unhabitat.org/wuf10/

CMS COP 13

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 13) will convene to review implementation of the convention. CMS, also known as the Bonn Convention, recognizes that States must be the protectors of migratory species that live within or pass through their national jurisdictions and aims to conserve terrestrial, marine, and avian migratory species throughout their ranges.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CMS COP 12 is here.

dates: 15-22 February 2020 location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India www: http://www.cms.int
https://www.cms.int/en/meetings/conference-of-parties

26th Session of the International Seabed Authority Assembly and Council (Part I)

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention organize and control activities in the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. At Annual Sessions of the International Seabed Authority, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat.

The second part of the 25th annual session (July 2019) of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which included meetings of the Authority’s Council and Assembly, focused on the Authority’s central consideration at that point in time: the development of the draft exploitation regulations on deep-seabed mining. These regulations, once concluded, will govern future activities in the world’s oceans.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 25 is here.

dates: 17 February - 6 March 2020 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/sessions/26th-session-2020

World Biodiversity Forum

In 2020, countries are expected to adopt a new global biodiversity framework, ‘New Deal for Nature,’ that will pave the way to achieving the 2050 vision of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’.

This conference, organized by University of Zurich and bioDISCOVERY, will contribute to this vision, and to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, by viewing biodiversity through the lens of an Earth system approach. The event will investigate the interconnected impacts of drivers of global environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystems, and highlight the benefits and solutions biodiversity and ecosystems provide to sustainable development.

dates: 23-28 February 2020 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://biodiscovery.earth/2019/01/14/world-biodiversity-for...

Second Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will convene to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The negotiating process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020.

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group convened 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. It considered:

  • outcomes of regional and thematic consultations conducted and other contributions received regarding the post-2020 process;
  • potential elements of the structure and scope of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • future work programme of the Working Group on Post-2020; and
  • tasks that may be allocated to other intersessional bodies and processes, including the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

dates: 24-28 February 2020 location: China additional: Kunming www: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020

March 2020

3rd Latin American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

This event will seek to foster climate resilience in Latin America by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), with international and local partners, the symposium aims to: provide scholars, practitioners and members of governmental agencies undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in Latin America with an opportunity to present their work; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 5-6 March 2020 location: Puebla, Mexico www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/latinamerica2020...

CSW64 / Beijing+25

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 64) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York in March 2020.

CSW 64 takes place twenty-five years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, which met in Beijing, China, and adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). It also takes place five years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly (which conducted a five year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action). The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates: 9-20 March 2020 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw64-2020

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 March 2020.

The Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will bring together international experts with the aim of reviewing the status of knowledge on soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity, and the contributions of soil organisms to the SDGs.

dates: 10-12 March 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience

The theme of the 21st Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is ‘Institutions for Equity and Resilience’.

The conference will gather over 1,400 participants from governments, academics, civil society and the private sector to discuss the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world.

dates: 16-20 March 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2020/03/16/land-and-pove...

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

At the 14th meeting of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Parties decided to establish a science- and policy-based process on digital sequence information on genetic resources, and established an extended Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group.

The Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will consider the outcomes of the extended Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group, and make recommendations to COP 15 to be held in Kunming, China, on how to address digital sequence information on genetic resources in the context of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 17-20 March 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

Fourth Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

The Fourth Meeting of the Intersessional Process (IP4) for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 is expected to continue the discussions on a possible post-2020 platform for chemicals and waste. The meeting is scheduled to take place in March 2020 in Bucharest, Romania.

IP4 will convene ahead of the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), meeting from 5-9 October 2020 in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 23-26 March 2020 location: Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

7th Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020)

The Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Management’ (FTZ-NK) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, will convene the seventh Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020). Taking place exclusively on the internet, CLIMATE2020 is guided by and will contribute to SDG 13 (climate action). Specific themes to be addressed include:

  • Resilience and Capacity Building;
  • Intelligent Climate Policy and Governance;
  • Education, Awareness and Adaptation;
  • Climate Finance and Access to Funding;
  • Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries; and
  • Climate Change as a Threat to Biodiversity.

dates: 23-30 March 2020 location: virtual www: https://dl4sd.org/

April 2020

Adaptation Futures 2020

The sixth International Climate Change Adaptation Conference – Adaptation Futures 2020 – will convene on the theme, ‘Accelerating Adaptation Action and Knowledge to Support Action,’ with a particular focus on Asia. It will seek to explore this theme through five tracks: Adaptation and Development: Synergies and Trade-offs; Catalyzing Adaptation: Finance; Institutions for Just Adaptive Management; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; and Local Action and Knowledge Sharing.

The first Asian edition of the biennial conference is co-hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the World Adaptation Science Program (WASP).

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on Adaptation Futures 2018 is here.

dates: 27-30 April 2020 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: http://adaptationfutures2020.in/

May 2020

8th Global Nitrogen Conference

The 8th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2020) will convene in Berlin, Germany, from 3-7 May 2020. The triennial event will bring together scientists from around the world dealing with reactive nitrogen compounds in agriculture, industry, traffic, soil, water and air.

The conference is expected to stimulate an exchange among policymakers and other relevant stakeholders of results, ideas and visions to improve future holistic management of reactive nitrogen in order to further reduce hunger and poverty while avoiding further hazards for human health, biodiversity and environment, given that most of the SDGs are closely interlinked with the nitrogen cycle. A joint conference declaration based on the latest scientific knowledge is expected to catalyze further policy action towards effective integrated nitrogen management.

INI2020 is co-organized by the International Nitrogen Initiative and hosted by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency, with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

dates: 3-7 May 2020 location: Berlin, Germany www: https://ini2020.com/

15th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 15)

The 15th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 15) will address, inter alia, implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), monitoring, assessment and reporting, and means of implementation. UNFF 15 is expected to adopt the Quadrennial Programme of Work for 2021-2024.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 14 is available here.

dates: 4-8 May 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/index.html

52nd Session of the IPCC

The 52nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 52) will convene from 5-9 May 2020.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. In addition to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), during this cycle, the Panel will have produced a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) released in October 2018; the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) issued in August 2019; and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) due for release in September 2019.

dates: 5-9 May 2020 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will convene the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from government, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport objectives.

The event will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to pave a way forward for sustainable transport to help reach the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDGs that are directly connected to sustainable transport through targets and indicators, such as SDG 3 (good health and well-being), which includes a target addressing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (3.6), and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), which includes a target on providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and on expanding public transport (11.2).

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub story on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference here.

dates: 5-7 May 2020 location: Beijing, China www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/transport2020

XVII World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will convene its XVII World Water Congress in Daegu, Republic of Korea, from 11-15 May 2020. The event is jointly organized with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Daegu Metropolitan City, K-water and the Korea Water Resources Association.

dates: 11-15 May 2020 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea www: https://www.worldwatercongress.com:6446/index.php
https://www.iwra.org/savethedatexviiworldwatercongress/

Fifth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

The Fifth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene in New York, US, from 12-13 May 2020.

The Fourth STI Forum is summarized here.

dates: 12-13 May 2020 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm

24th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA reports regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. The 24th meeting of the SBSTTA of the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada.

SBSTTA 24 will take place in conjunction with the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the CBD.

dates: 18-23 May 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

The UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

The Day’s 2020 edition is expected to be relevant to raising awareness and building momentum in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 22 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

In Decision XII/12, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) established the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) to replace the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision XII/26.

The four functions and core areas of work of SBI consist of: (a) review of progress in implementation; (b) strategic actions to enhance implementation; (c) strengthening means of implementation; and (d) operations of the convention and the Protocols. The Bureau of the COP serves as the Bureau of the SBI.

The second meeting of the SBI (SBI 2) took place from 9-13 July 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBI 2 is here. SBI 1 was held on 2-6 May 2016, in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBI 1 is here.

SBI 3 will convene in conjunction with the 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the CBD.

dates: 25-29 May 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2020

Focusing on the theme, 'Building Speed, Reaching Scale, Closing the Gap,' the 2020 edition of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum will provide a global platform to mobilize resources, connect partners and showcase action to realize the promise of the sustainable energy revolution for everyone.

The event will bring together a diverse group of energy stakeholders to take stock of progress towards implementing SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and provide an opportunity to develop new partnerships, launch new financial instruments to close energy access gap, and connect with energy leaders from communities, cities, politics, business and finance.

The event will also seek to raise ambition under the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 26-28 May 2020 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: SEforALL Secretariat e-mail: Forum@seforall.org www: http://seforallforum.org/forum-2020
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6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity Development for the Water Sector

IHE Delft is organizing the 6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity Development for the Water Sector. The Symposium aims to build on the concepts of capacity development and move towards an implementation science. Themes to be addressed at the Symposium include:

  • Unpacking and redefining the nature and goals of capacity development;
  • Capacity for water agencies and the water sector as a whole to operate under conditions of risk, complexity and uncertainty;
  • Capacity for negotiation and for managing risk and conflict in water services, river basins and international waters;
  • Capacity for helping water organizations such as utilities, water boards, ministries, private operators and water users (NGOs, CSOs, and other community groups) to become better targeted, more resilient and more effective through deeper partnerships for the extension of water services, especially the ‘last-mile’ to reach the more vulnerable and poor communities;
  • Capacity in the water and financial sectors to ensure sustained and sustainable financing;
  • Capacity to accelerate knowledge-sharing and commitment among individuals and organizations, across civil society; and
  • Capacity to optimize the use of new ‘big data’, ICT, artificial intelligence, internet-based communication, and other enabling e-based technologies to strengthen institutional and individual capacity.

dates: 27-29 May 2020 location: Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands www: https://www.unwater.org/6th-international-symposium-on-knowl...
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June 2020

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed that the organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place in June 2020 in Kazakhstan, which joined the WTO in 2015.

The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.

dates: 1-3 June 2020 [tentative] location: Kazakhstan www: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news18_e/minis_26jul18_e....

52nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 52nd sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) are expected to convene in Bonn, Germany, from 1-10 June 2020.

dates: 1-11 June 2020 venue: World Conference Center Bonn location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference) 2020

The 2020 High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (life below water) will convene in Lisbon, Portugal. The overarching theme of the Conference is, ‘Scaling Up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions’.

Co-hosted by the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, the Conference is expected to adopt an intergovernmental declaration on science-based and innovative areas of action, along with a list of voluntary commitments, to support SDG 14 implementation.

This meeting takes place three years after the first Ocean Conference. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the Ocean Conferences is here.

dates: 2-6 June 2020 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal www: https://oceanconference.un.org/

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020)

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020) will convene on the theme, ‘Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society’. The conference seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. By placing an emphasis on how the “Nexus Approach” to water, soil and waste in the context of a circular economy can help achieve the SDGs, DNC2020 will directly contribute to, among others, SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 13 (climate action).

The Dresden Nexus Conference, organized by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development, is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. It brings together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors to foster dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the SDGs.

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 took place in May 2017.

dates: 3-5 June 2020 location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany www: https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2020

The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) will convene from 4-5 June 2020. HCF 2020 is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

dates: 4-5 June 2020 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

World Environment Day 2020

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

The 2020 edition of World Environment Day is expected to provide an opportunity for driving the momentum and public awareness of nature as a key aspect in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 5 June 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/?xv=1&c=1

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 8-11 June 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/

World Oceans Day 2020

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the ocean. The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008. The Day is coordinated by The Ocean Project, a not-for-profit international community foundation.

date: 8 June 2020 location: worldwide contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea www: https://www.worldoceansday.org/

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France.

The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

dates: 11-19 June 2020 venue: Parc Chanot, Rond-Point du Prado, 13009 Marseille, France location: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France www: https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201805/france-host-iuc...

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

The 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) is expected to focus on the need for local and inclusive action to build community resilience in the face of growing disaster risks. It will bring together more than 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries, primarily from Asia Pacific – the most disaster-prone region in the world, with seven of the ten countries with the highest number of disaster-related deaths in 2018.

APMCDRR, organized by the Government of Australia, in partnership with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), is the ninth regional Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It is expected to produce a political declaration on DRR and an updated regional action plan.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the last ministerial conference, hosted by Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar in July 2018, is here.

dates: 23-26 June 2020 location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia www: https://www.unisdr.org/archive/64661

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 29 June to 3 July 2020, at a location to be confirmed.

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

July 2020

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2020

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2020.

The HLPF will be held from Tuesday, 7 July, to Monday, 13 July 2020. The three-day ministerial segment of the HLPF will be held from Tuesday, 14 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. The high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene from 14-17 July 2020.

As of 8 August 2019, 47 countries had signed up to present Voluntary National Reviews at the 2020 session.

The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2020 can be found here.

dates: 7-16 July 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2020/1

Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will convene to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The negotiating process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

The second meeting was held 24-28 February 2020.

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group convened 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. It considered:

  • outcomes of regional and thematic consultations conducted and other contributions received regarding the post-2020 process;
  • potential elements of the structure and scope of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • future work programme of the Working Group on Post-2020; and
  • tasks that may be allocated to other intersessional bodies and processes, including the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

dates: 27-31 July 2020 location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia www: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020

September 2020

75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75)

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2020 location: New York City, US

Leaders’ Biodiversity Summit

In resolution A/RES/73/234, adopted on 20 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided “to convene a summit on biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government, within existing resources,” ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) in 2020, “in order to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity”.

Taking place on the margins of the opening of the UNGA, the Summit will seek to provide political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

date: 21 September 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-026-meet...
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Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN

By a modalities resolution adopted by UN Member States on 14 June 2019, the UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, 21 September 2020 on the theme, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'. The text was agreed through intergovernmental consultations led by the Permanent Representatives of Singapore and Iceland.

Also related to the 75th anniversary commemoration, a Youth Plenary will be convened in conjunction with the 2020 ECOSOC Youth Forum and include a “youth-driven, global” dialogue on the theme of the commemoration event.

The resolution also says Member States will commemorate the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June 2020 and UN Day on 24 October 2020 through observance ceremonies in New York, in addition to marking the anniversary in September.

The President of the 74th UNGA is requested to appoint co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiations on the declaration that will be adopted at the high-level meeting. The declaration should be agreed by June 2020.

date: 21 September 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US

UNGA High-level Meeting to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Beijing Women's Conference

On 22 May 2019, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to convene a high-level meeting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), which took place in Beijing, China in September 1995. UNGA resolution 73/249 calls for a one-day meeting on the margins of the general debate of the 75th UNGA session, which will convene in September 2020.

By the text, UN Member States recommend that the UNGA President conduct consultations to finalize the organizational arrangements for the meeting. The Permanent Representative of New Zealand, Craig John Hawke, and the Permanent Representative of Qatar, Sheikha Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, were appointed to conduct consultations on arrangements for the meeting.

In 1995, by the report of the Fourth World Conference on Women, governments adopted a 38-paragraph declaration and the 129-page Beijing Platform for Action. The Platform identifies 12 "critical areas of concern": poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, and the girl child.

The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has conducted periodic reviews of the Platform's implementation, in 2000, 2005 and 2010, and will hold a 25-year review and appraisal in March 2020.

date: 23 September 2020 [tentative] location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/ga12146.doc.htm

68th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC68)

The IWC was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The preamble to the Convention states that its purpose is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.

An integral part of the Convention is its legally binding 'Schedule.' The Schedule sets out specific measures that the IWC has collectively decided are necessary in order to regulate whaling and conserve whale stocks. These measures include catch limits (which may be zero as it the case for commercial whaling) by species and area, designating specified areas as whale sanctuaries, protection of calves and females accompanied by calves, and restrictions on hunting methods.

The biennial Commission meeting of the IWC is attended by around 400 people including government delegates, observers from non-member governments, other inter-governmental organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and representatives of the media. IWC68 will take place from 25 September to 2 October 2020.

dates: 25 September - 2 October 2020 location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz www: https://iwc.int/biennial-meeting-of-the-international-whalin...

October 2020

Expo 2020

The next World Expo takes place in 2020, hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 will take place from October 2020-April 2021, on the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. According to the organizers, the Expo will be a "festival of human ingenuity," in recognition of collaboration and partnership as today's engines of growth. The Expo's theme also recognizes that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions. Expo 2020 will have three sub-themes: Opportunity (reflecting the necessity of financial capital as a resource to support growth, and partnerships as a primary driver of innovation and employment), Mobility (physical mobility for individuals, access and distribution of goods and services, and virtual connectivity through information technology), and Sustainability (the need to use resources without compromising the ability of the planet to sustain future generations, in recognition of the role of natural and built habitats in ensuring human well-being and community resilience). Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.  

date: 1 October 2020   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   www: http://expo2020dubai.ae/default.aspx  

Global Adaption Action Summit

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaption Summit in October 2020.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by the eighth UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 1 October 2020 [tentative] location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation

Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world..

The functions of the ICCM are to: receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

dates: 5-9 October 2020 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

2020 UN Biodiversity Conference

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 10) and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 4) are expected to address a series of issues related to implementation of the Convention and its Protocols.

COP 15 will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization.

As part of the process to develop the post-2020 framework, negotiations will be held in the context of an open-ended intersessional Working Group, co-chaired by Francis Ogwal (Uganda) and Basile van Havre (Canada). The first meeting of the Working Group is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-30 August 2019. Its second meeting will be held in Kunming, China, from 24-28 February 2020. The third meeting of the Working Group is expected to convene from 27-31 July 2020 in Colombia.

Additionally, the Convention’s other intersessional and subsidiary bodies, including the Working Group on Article 8(j), the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological A... (SBSTTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will address aspects of the post-2020 framework of relevance to their mandates.

A series of regional consultations have already taken place, including for Asia and the Pacific, Western Europe and Others Group and other members of the EU, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. A thematic consultation with focus on gender elements was also held in New York, US, and a consultation workshop among the biodiversity-related convent... took place from 10-12 June 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

The meeting is expected to take place in the final quarter of 2020 in Kunming, Yunnan, China. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub policy brief on the road to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference is here.

dates: 5-10 October 2020 [tentative] location: China additional: Kunming, Yunnan www: https://www.cbd.int/cop/

53rd Session of the IPCC

The 53rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 53) will convene from 6-10 October 2020.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. In addition to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), during this cycle, the Panel will have produced a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) released in October 2018; the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) issued in August 2019; and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) due for release in September 2019.

dates: 6-10 October 2020 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

Third UN World Data Forum

The third UN World Data Forum will take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland.

Based on a recommendation in the report titled, 'A World That Counts,' which was presented in November 2014 by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the UN Statistical Commission agreed that a UN World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data (UN World Data Forum) would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as information technology, geospatial information managers, data scientists, and users, as well as civil society stakeholders.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here; the summary of the second Forum is here.

dates: 18-21 October 2020 location: Bern, Switzerland contact: UN Statistics Division, DESA www: https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/news/whats-new.assetdet...

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.

date: 20 October 2020 location: virtual www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...

November 2020

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, at a location to be determined.

dates: 9-19 November 2020 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 23-27 November 2020, at a location to be decided.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 23-27 November 2020 location: TBA www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings

December 2020

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 14-16 December 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/

February 2021

Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is expected to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA.

We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.

dates: 22-26 February 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

March 2021

CGRFA 18

The 18th session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 18) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CGRFA 17 is here.

dates: 1-5 March 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/en/

May 2021

Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10

The 15th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2021.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 chemicals triple-COP is here.

dates: 17-28 May 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.brsmeas.org/

September 2021

76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76)

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-30 September 2021 location: New York City, US

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 8-20 November 2021, at a location to be determined.

dates: 8-19 November 2021 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

September 2022

77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will open on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 20 September 2022. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 13-27 September 2022 location: New York City, US

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 7-18 November 2022, at a location to be determined.

dates: 7-18 November 2022 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

On 28 November 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade at UNGA 77 in 2023.

The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development,’ will take place from 22-24 March 2023, in New York, US, to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028.

dates: 22-24 March 2023 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwater.org/midterm-review-of-the-water-action-de...
https://undocs.org/A/C.2/73/L.24/Rev.1

September 2023

78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) will open on Tuesday, 12 September 2023. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 25 September 2023. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 12-30 September 2023 location: New York City, US

September 2024

79th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79)

The 79th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79) will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2024. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2024. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 17-30 September 2024 location: New York City, US

September 2025

80th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80)

The 80th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80) will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2025. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 23 September 2025. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 16-30 September 2025 location: New York City, US

September 2026

81st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81)

The 81st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2026. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2026. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2026 location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1

September 2027

82nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82)

The 82nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82) is expected to open on Tuesday, 14 September 2027. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2027.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-27 September 2027 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1