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January 2019

Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the Sixth Global Environment Outlook

The Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) is expected to result in the adoption of the Summary for Policy Makers, as mandated by the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) (UNEP/EA.1/Res.4 on Science Policy Interface). The results will be presented for consideration by UNEA at its fourth session, convening from 11-15 March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event is organized by UN Environment.

dates: 21-24 January 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/un-environment-event/ne...

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters convenes world leaders to discuss the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The World Economic Forum’s mission is to improve the state of the world, which has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

The 2019 event will focus on the theme, 'Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution'.

dates: 22-25 January 2019 location: Switzerland additional: Davos-Klosters www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...
http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_AM19_Meeting_Overview.pdf

Third Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific

The third session of UN Environment’s Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific will focus on the theme of the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4): ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’.

The Forum will provide an opportunity for member States in Asia Pacific to bring a regional perspective to UNEA-4, which will meet in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11-15 March 2019.

The meeting is co-organized by Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and UN Environment.

dates: 23-25 January 2019 location: Singapore, Singapore www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/third-forum-...

Expert Group Meeting on Conservation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

dates: 23-25 January 2019 venue: UN Office location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/meetin...

EMG Nexus Dialogue Series 2019: Environment, Peace and Security

The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) Nexus Dialogue Series 2019 will convene the first dialogue of the year under the theme, ‘Environment, Peace and Security’. The event will seek to contribute to a common understanding of ways in which the environment, peace and security nexus can contribute to achieving SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and how SDG 16 can improve addressing environment, peace and security challenges. The outcome of the Dialogue will be captured in ten key messages to guide policy advice, future research, partnerships and advocacy, and may contribute to the review of SDG 16 at the seventh meeting of the High-Level Political Forum in July 2019.

This Dialogue is preceded by the 2018 Dialogue Series, which included: the Nexus Dialogue on ‘Law for Environmental Sustainability’; the Nexus Dialogue on ‘Greening with Jobs: A Just Transition to Sustainability’; and the Nexus Dialogue on ‘Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the Context of Human Security and Wellbeing.’

Launched in April 2017, in Geneva, the Nexus Dialogue Series brings UN agencies and other stakeholders closer together in identifying further synergies and partnerships at the intersection of the different SDGs from an environmental perspective.

date: 24 January 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/environment-peace-and-security-nexus-dialo...

Arab Region Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda

This Forum is organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). An information note is available here.

The Forum will provide a platform for dialogue between parliamentarians and other stakeholders involved in sustainable development, building on both the recommendations of the 2017 Regional seminar for parliamentarians in the Arab region on ..., and ongoing efforts to enhance the awareness of parliamentarians on their role in the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.

The event will focus on the theme of the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF): 'Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality'. It will conclude with a set of key messages that will feed into the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development for 2019.

dates: 24-25 January 2019 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/2019-arab-parliamentary-forum...

UNCCD CRIC 17

The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and is an integral part of the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS). The 17th session of the CRIC is scheduled to take place in January 2019 in Guyana.

The 16th session of the CRIC was held in conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UNCCD. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNCCD COP 13, including CRIC 16, is here.

dates: 28-30 January 2019 location: Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana www: https://www2.unccd.int/news-events/cric17-take-place-georget...
https://www2.unccd.int/convention/committee-review-implement...

Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will convene a six-day event to address the future of climate action. Speakers include environment and energy ministers from African countries and small island developing States (SIDS), high-level representatives from multilateral development banks (MDBs), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), CIF, the private sector and think tanks.

The first two days of the meeting will be dedicated to the theme, ‘Power of 10: Shaping the Future of Climate Action.’ These will be followed by field trips, a joint meeting of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees, and meetings of the CTF Trust Fund Committee, Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP) Sub-Committee, Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee and Forest Investment Program (FIP) Sub-Committee.

The event is organized with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank Group.

dates: 28 January - 2 February 2019 location: Morocco additional: Ouarzazate www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/events/power-10-shapi...

49th Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The 49th session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for seven weeks, from 28 January to 15 March 2019.

From 28 January to 1 February, from 11 February to 1 March, and from 11-15 March, the Subcommissions will meet. From 4-8 February, and from 4-8 March, the Plenary will convene.

date: 28 January 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Regional Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Asia and the Pacific

This regional workshop will bring together Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and relevant organizations in the Asia and the Pacific region to contribute to the preparatory process of building the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The workshop is convened by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

dates: 28 January - 1 February 2019 location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2019-01

First Meeting of Group of Gender Equality Leaders

UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces established a Group of Gender Equality Leaders as an informal forum of eminent persons to accelerate gender equality. The Group’s first meeting will take place on 29 January 2019, in collaboration with the UN Foundation. It is aimed at identifying barriers to women’s full participation and leadership in both the public and private sectors, and sharing best practices for accelerating women’s empowerment.

date: 29 January 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-president-sets-out-plans-coord...

Joint Briefing by Presidents of UNGA and ECOSOC

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces and UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Inga Rhonda King will provide a joint briefing to discuss coherence among the bodies, including with regard to the 2019 HLPF meetings. The briefing will address the ongoing process to enhance synergies and coherence and reduce overlap among bodies in light of the 2030 Agenda. It will also include updates on: the HLPF, youth, decent work and Financing for Development.

date: 31 January 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...
http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-president-sets-out-plans-coord...

30th UN-Water Meeting

The 30th UN-Water meeting will take place at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Agenda items will include:

  • Update on the UN reform process;
  • Progress update from the Task Force on Country-level Engagement;
  • Report from the Task Force on UN High-level Meetings on Water and Sanitation;
  • Update on the Water Action Decade 2018-2028;
  • Integrated Monitoring Initiative;
  • Final report of the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation and the Public Dialogue;
  • Update on the World Water Development Report 2019 and 2020; and
  • Presentation of the World Water Quality Assessment.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 29th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 31 January - 1 February 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.unwater.org/

February 2019

World Wetlands Day 2019

The World Wetlands Day 2018 will convene under the theme, ‘Wetlands and Climate Change’.

The Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat has provided materials to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.

date: 2 February 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/welcome

UNGA Informal Meeting with Former UNGA Presidents on Strengthened Multilateral System

On strengthening the multilateral rules-based system, UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces will convene a meeting of former UNGA presidents, on 4 February, in order to craft a set of recommendations.

date: 4 February 2019 time: 3:00 pm EST venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2019/0...
http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-president-sets-out-plans-coord...

EMG Nexus Dialogue Series 2019: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) Nexus Dialogue Series 2019 will convene a dialogue under the theme, ‘Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste’.

Using an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability along the supply chain, the event will examine the life cycle of chemicals from the production stages until the disposal of waste, and seek to identify gaps and opportunities to contribute to the achievement of SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), in particular target 12.4 on environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle.

Organized in partnership with UN Environment, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Government of Switzerland, the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and others, the Dialogue will consist of technical discussions and a high-level segment (HLS), which will bring together governments, heads of UN agencies, non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders and private sector representatives. The key policy messages will be presented at a UNITAR workshop taking place from 6-7 February 2019.

This 2019 Dialogue is preceded by the Nexus Dialogue on ‘Environment, Peace and Security’.

Launched in April 2017, in Geneva, the Nexus Dialogue Series brings UN agencies and other stakeholders closer together in identifying further synergies and partnerships at the intersection of the different SDGs from an environmental perspective.

date: 5 February 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/sound-management-of-chemicals-and-waste-ne...

1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on the theme, ‘Human Rights Based Solutions for Access to Water and Sanitation’.

The Summit will bring together governance leaders and funding agencies, and is expected to “set off a stream of chosen projects” that will address the challenges faced by those being left behind in the least developed countries (LDCs). These projects, along with tangible outcomes, will be presented as workable solutions at forthcoming high-level events.

The Summit is organized and sponsored by Water Lex, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). It is expected to convene annually, combining the ‘Leaving No One Behind’ topic with the annual UN-Water theme.

dates: 7-8 February 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.waterlex.org/summit/
https://www.iwra.org/event/1st-world-summit-on-leaving-no-on...

57th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The 57th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD57) will address the priority theme, 'Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies'. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.

In addition, the session will consider the following UN plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups: Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; World Programme of Action for Youth; Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; and Family issues, policies and programmes.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSocD56 is here.

dates: 11-21 February 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...

World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

WSDS 2019 will focus on the theme, 'Attaining the 2030 Agenda: Delivering on our Promise'. The "mega themes" to be addressed during the event are clean oceans, climate finance, energy transitions, mobility and sustainable agriculture.

dates: 11-13 February 2019 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: http://wsds.teriin.org/index.php

51st Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The 51st Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 51) will convene under the theme, ‘Preparedness Actions to Climate Related Risks for Safe and Resilient Communities’. It will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, decision makers and civil society stakeholders.

Organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and partners, the Forum will include workshops on agriculture and food security, water resources, energy, health, livestock, media and disaster risk management (DRM).

dates: 11-12 February 2019 location: Entebbe, Central, Uganda www: http://www.icpac.net/wp-content/uploads/GHACOF-51-Announceme...

World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism will focus on the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry and discuss possible responses in order to reduce its vulnerability. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and partners, the event aims to: provide tourism operators and organizations, research institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders with an opportunity to share their work in the field of climate change and tourism; 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: 13-15 February 2019 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/tourism2019.html

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference on Carbon Pricing

The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), an initiative that brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society to drive carbon pricing action around the world, will convene this international research conference on carbon pricing.

The event aims to drive innovative research and analysis from academics and practitioners on the effective design and implementation of carbon pricing policies. Relevant research themes include: learning from past and current experience; political economy of carbon pricing; carbon pricing and development; and the role of carbon pricing in decarbonization. The conference is expected to take place in late January 2019.

dates: 14-15 February 2019 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: https://www.carbonpricingleadership.org/news/2018/2/28/world...
https://mailchi.mp/carbonpricingleadership/cplc-newsletter-f...

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) 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.

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-home/en/

AfricaSan5

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) will bring together ministers and high-level political decision makers, sector specialists, media and international organizations for the fifth AfricaSan conference themed, ‘Transforming Sanitation in Africa: Accelerating Progress towards the Ngor Commitments to Achieve the SDGs.’ The AfricaSun initiative seeks to promote access to safe sanitation and hygiene in Africa and end large-scale open defecation. The Ngor Commitments represent a set of shared commitments by African governments on sanitation that emanated from AfricaSan4.

The four sub-themes to be addressed by AfricaSan5 are:

  • Hygiene and the SDGs: leave no one behind;
  • Policies, institutions and regulation;
  • Monitoring and using evidence to improve hygiene and sanitation; and
  • Building capacity and financing sanitation in Africa.

AfricaSan5 will convene together with FSM5 conference that addresses faecal sludge management (FSM).

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.africasan.com/

FSM5

Co-convening with the AfricaSan5 conference, the FSM5 conference will bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for faecal sludge management (FSM), in particular on the African continent. FSM5 will focus on practical solutions to sustainably manage the whole non-sewered sanitation service chain, covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse, as an essential component of city-wide urban sanitation services. The conference will seek to demonstrate that FSM as a utility service can be: structured and regulated by government; delivered in partnership with private service providers; and organized to attract investment from government, development partners, commercial banks and private entities.

FSM5 is co-convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (IPS), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and other partners.

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.africasan.com/
https://fsm5.susana.org/en/facts

2nd 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: 20-21 February 2019 location: Lima, Peru www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/latinamerica2019...

World Resources Forum 2019

The 2019 Forum will consider the theme, 'Closing Loops: Transitions at Work', with a focus on the circular economy, cities and regions as laboratories for circular change.

WRF 2019 will be organized with the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM). OVAM is the principal authority in the Flanders Region of Belgium for sustainable management of waste, materials and soils. The conference will be organized in close cooperation with international partners such as UN Environment and the European Commission, and with local partners such as the City of Antwerp, local authorities, environmental companies, sector federations, civil society and universities and knowledge institutions from the Flanders region.

dates: 24-27 February 2019 location: Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium www: https://www.wrforum.org/event/world-resources-forum-2019/

25th Session of the ISA 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.

At ISA 25, the International Seabed Authority Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The second part of ISA 25 will take place in July 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 24 is here.

dates: 25 February - 1 March 2019 location: Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/

Global Reporting Initiative Reporters' Summit: North America 2019

GRI is organizing its third Annual Reporters’ Summit, which will focus on the theme, 'Practical Solutions to Improve your Sustainability Reporting'.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities of sustainability reporting and get the latest news on innovation and the most recent developments in the field. The program includes a workshop on ‘SDG Reporting,’ during which guest speakers will share experiences and examples of company and sector initiatives to drive ambitious action for change.

date: 25 February 2019 venue: ASU Memorial Union location: US additional: Tempe, AZ contact: GRI www: https://www.grisummitnorthamerica.org

22nd Meeting of the GCF Board

The 22nd meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the first meeting of the Board in 2019, following the launch of its first replenishment at the Board’s 21st meeting in October 2018.

Board members will consider a range of issues related to new funding and accreditation proposals, with policies, strategy, replenishment and guidance from the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC also on agenda.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 26-28 February 2019 venue: GCF Headquarters location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/who-we-are/upcoming-engagement...
https://www.greenclimate.fund/documents/20182/1424894/GCF_B....

12th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

This event will be co-hosted by the Government of Colombia, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre. The Forum will bring together senior-level negotiators and experts to discuss current trends and perspectives in investment negotiation, ensuring that investment supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Forum is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations. The Forum gives participants an opportunity to discuss emerging issues, review recent legal developments in the field and engage in peer learning with fellow negotiators.

dates: 27 February - 1 March 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: https://www.iisd.org/event/12th-annual-forum-developing-coun...

High-level Debate on International Migration and Development

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a high-level debate on international migration and development, mandated in UNGA resolution 73/241, on 27 February 2019.

The debate is expected to inform the HLPF’s review of migration-related Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, and is taking place “in lieu of the 2019 High-level Dialogue”.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration is here.

date: 27 February 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2019/01/02/one-day-high-level-deba...

March 2019

World Wildlife Day 2019

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as UN World Wildlife Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’ s wild animals and plants.

The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is ‘Life below Water: for People and Planet’. World Wildlife Day 2019 aligns closely with SDG 14 (life below water), and will provide an opportunity to highlight the value of marine wildlife, celebrate successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and scale up support for future initiatives.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of statements and events marking World Wildlife Day 2018, which convened under the theme, ‘Big Cats: Predators under Threat,’ is here.

date: 3 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/20...

OECPR 4

The Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) prepares for the Environment Assembly during a period of five days to “review the Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work and budget of the UN Environment Programme, in a manner coherent with the budgetary cycle of the United Nations, to be endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives and for the governing body’s approval, and to oversee their implementation and accountability by the Secretariat” pursuant of paragraph 11 of GC Decision 27/2. In March 2019, the OECPR will convene back-to-back with the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment (UNEA-4).

dates: 4-8 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/meetings/overview
http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/events/open-ended-cpr-oecpr/op...

Arab States Modern Land Administration for Sustainable Development Forum

The Arab Land Initiative will convene the Arab States Modern Land Administration for Sustainable Development Forum in Amman, Jordan.

Organized by the Jordanian Department of Land and Survey (DLS), in partnership with the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), in the context of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in follow-up to the First Arab Land Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018, the Forum provides a platform for debate on the future of land administration in a sustainable and fit-for-purpose land administration system that suits the needs of society and environment as a whole.

The key themes of the Forum include: land policies for social and economic development; law for modern land administration; data acquisition in fit-for-purpose approaches; data sharing; and financing modern land administration.

dates: 4-6 March 2019 location: Amman, Jordan www: https://www.donorplatform.org/event-land-governance/rab-stat...

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 50th session from 5-8 March 2019. The UNSC brings together Chief Statisticians from UN Member States, and is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities. The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the UN elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 49th session is here.

dates: 5-8 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Statistics Division www: https://unstats.un.org/home/

World Ocean Summit 2019

The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative will convene the sixth World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and Department of Economic Development, the event will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multilaterals from across the globe to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives on the future of the ocean.

The overarching theme for the Summit is ‘Building Bridges,’ and featured topics are:

  • finance, including: the role of sovereign wealth funds; blue carbon systems; insurance; and Islamic finance and the ocean;
  • technology and innovation, including aquaculture and cities and waste management; and
  • governance, including illegal fishing and lessons from land economies.

dates: 5-7 March 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.woi.economist.com/world-ocean-summit/

Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4)

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will take place from 11-15 March 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017 (UNEP/EA.3/L.2). By the same text, the Assembly decided that following the 2019 session, UNEA will convene during the last week each February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. The President of UNEA-4 will be Estonia.

dates: 11-15 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

Scenarios Forum 2019

The Scenarios Forum 2019 aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the framework on integrated climate change scenarios to share their experiences, progress and plans. The framework uses Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the SDGs.

By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives.

The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado, US.

dates: 11-13 March 2019 location: Denver, CO, US www: https://www.scenariosforum2019.com/

63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) will have two themes. The priority theme is: 'Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls'. The review theme is: 'Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development'.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSW 62 is here.

dates: 11-22 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Women www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw63-2019

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2019, hosted by Climate Action in partnership with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will focus on the theme, ‘Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future’.

The Forum will bring together over 300 investment professionals looking to drive the move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy by scaling up low-carbon investment, and help the EU scale up its international climate finance contribution towards the goal of industrialized countries mobilizing US$100 billion per year by 2020.

date: 12 March 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

Women in Power Summit

UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces will organize a high-level event on 'Women in Power' on the occasion of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63). The event is dedicated to the promotion of women in leadership.

Espinosa first announced the event in October 2018, and provided the concept note and preliminary programme in this letter to Member States in November 2018.

date: 12 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Eva Schafer, Office of UNGA President e-mail: eva.schafer@un.org

33rd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 33rd 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: 12-15 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/33rd-adaptation-fund-...

One Planet Summit

The third edition of the One Planet Summit will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), on 14 March 2019.

During the One Planet Summit, Heads of State and non-State actors will come together to step up collective action for climate adaptation, protection of biodiversity and energy transition in Africa. Organized by the Government of France, with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Summit will be co-chaired by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the second One Planet Summit is here. The summary of the first One Planet Summit is here.

date: 14 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/events-16/one-planet-summi...

Africa Climate Week 2019

Africa Climate Week (ACW) 2019 will convene in the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019, bringing together diverse actors from the public and private sectors. Participants will focus on how engagement between Parties and non-Party stakeholders can be further strengthened in key sectors for Africa, including energy, agriculture and human settlements. The event will also showcase the role of future carbon markets to enhance climate action towards the goal of sustainable development, and seek to facilitate implementation of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and SDG 13 (climate action), among other Goals.

ACW is organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

dates: 18-22 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://unfccc.int/news/2019-dates-announced-for-africa-clim...
https://nfpartnership.org/

Towards a Global Pact for the Environment: Second Substantive Session

At its second substantive session, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group will consider "possible options to address possible gaps in international environmental law and environment related instruments." The Co-Chairs (Lebanon and Portugal) agreed to provide delegations with elements to structure their discussion, taking into consideration all views expressed. Inputs are invited by 20 February 2019.

The draft agenda for the second session also includes a discussion on financing of the activities of the ad hoc open-ended working group, and on the provisional agenda and dates for the third substantive session.

The first substantive session took place from 14-18 January 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.

dates: 18-20 March 2019 venue: UN Office location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP e-mail: stadler.trengove@un.org www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/towards-glob...

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus, on 28 August 2017, the draft resolution calling for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation to be held in Buenos Aires from 20-22 March 2019. The Conference will mark the fortieth anniversary of the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, which convened from 30 August to 12 September 1978, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That meeting adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA). In the preparations for the Second UN High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation, the UN Secretary-General has been requested to prepare a “comprehensive report, consistent with the overarching theme of the Conference, no later than August 2018, reviewing the trends in South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, including the progress made by the international community, in particular the United Nations, in supporting and promoting such cooperation and identifying new opportunities, as well as challenges and suggestions to overcome them." The Secretary-General was also requested to prepare a background note, "by the end of January 2018, including proposals for the overarching theme of the High-level Conference, taking into account the important role of South-South and triangular cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sub-themes for the interactive panel discussions, for the consideration of Member States”.

dates: 20-22 March 2019 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: http://undocs.org/A/71/L.83

International Day of Forests 2019

In 2019, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, ‘Forests and Education.’ It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the Day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

date: 21 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/timber/meetings/2018/2018...

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

UNECE member States and key stakeholders will gather for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... to discuss implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting aims to contribute a regional angle to the theme of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'.

Stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector will share their experiences and discuss concrete solutions on how to meet the SDGs that will be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF, namely Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the RFSD in 2018 is here.

dates: 21-22 March 2019 venue: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/general-unece/2018/une...
http://www.unece.org/sustainable-development/rfsd2019.html

World Water Day 2019

World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water – the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues – in collaboration with governments and partners.

In 2019, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Leaving No One Behind’.

The event will seek to address the water crisis and the reasons why so many people, including women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and others, are “being left behind” as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

date: 22 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldwaterday.org/

Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation

The theme of the 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is ‘Catalyzing Innovation.’ The conference will gather over 1,500 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: 25-29 March 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2018/08/13/land-and-pove...

Second Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) follows the first session, which took place in September 2018.

Delegates are expected to consider, inter alia, a document by IGC President Rena Lee aiming to facilitate focused discussions and text-based negotiations.

dates: 25 March - 5 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will serve as regional preparations for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019). It will consider the set of SDGs to be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF: SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2019, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 27-29 March 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP www: https://www.unescap.org/2030-agenda/regional-processes-and-d...

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 10

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

dates: 27-28 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC

The Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will convene in Chengdu, China, from 28-31 March 2019.

dates: 28-31 March 2019 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China www: https://events.iadb.org/calendar/event/17663?lang=en

High-level Meeting: Climate Protection for All

This meeting is organized following a mandate from the UN General Assembly (resolution 72/219) on the protection of the global climate for present and future generations, in the context of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The meeting is titled, 'Climate Protection for All: High-Level Meeting on the Protection of the Global Climate for Present & Future Generations of Humankind in the Context of the Economic, Social and Environmental Dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The meeting is intended to "provide a bridge" between:

  • the Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24) in December 2018;
  • the in-depth review of SDG 13 (climate action) taking place as part of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and
  • the UN 'Climate Action Summit' being convened by the UN Secretary-General and the HLPF session taking place under the UN General Assembly's auspices in September 2019.

A concept note is available here.

The High-level meeting will focus on the following themes: Synergies between the Climate and Sustainable Development Agendas; Long-term planning and the consideration of future generations in implementation; and Means of Implementation: Financing, capacity building, low-carbon technologies.

date: 28 March 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Hana Alhashimi, Office of UNGA President phone: (646) 799-1332 e-mail: hana.alhashimi@un.org www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

April 2019

OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit

The OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit, themed, ‘Successes in Resilience, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainability,’ is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution, in coordination with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium.

The Summit will showcase ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability, and promote scalable solutions “across human, climate and ecological dimensions.”

dates: 1-4 April 2019 location: Atlanta, GA, US www: http://www.oceanvisions.org/oceanvisions19
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/fly...

First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UNFCCC will convene the first global multi-stakeholder conference on synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change that will serve as an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on SDG 13 (climate action) ahead of in-depth review of SDG 13 by the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019.

The conference aims to promote action around the SDGs and climate change, and deliver a set of concrete recommendations for strengthening the interlinkages between the SDGs and climate action.

This EGM is part of a series of preparatory meetings for the SDGs under review.

On 28 March, a high-level meeting on ‘Climate Protection for All’ is intended to “provide a bridge” between the Katowice Climate Change Conference, the in-depth review of SDG 13 by the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Summit.

dates: 1-3 April 2019 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019#preparation

52nd Session of the Commission on Population and Development

This event will focus on a review and appraisal of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its contribution to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. General debate will also address actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the global, regional and national levels.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development is here.

dates: 1-5 April 2019 location: New York City, US e-mail: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

Third Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group for SAICM

The third meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is scheduled to take place from 2-4 April 2019, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The functions of the OEWG are to consider the implementation, development and enhancement of SAICM, including by: Reviewing and prioritizing proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation of the next session of the Conference; Continuing discussion on work on emerging policy issues; Considering proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; Considering initiatives that are being undertaken and addressing progress and gaps in achieving the goal that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment; Considering the outcomes of regional meetings; Identifying priority issues for consideration for inclusion in the agendas of the sessions of the Conference; and Undertaking such other activities as the Conference may direct.

The next meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) is expected to take place in October 2020.

dates: 2-4 April 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.saicm.org/About/OEWG/OEWG3/tabid/5984/language/en...

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16 [tentative]

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

dates: 3-5 April 2019 location: Roma, Lazio, Italy contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

WMU Third International Women’s Conference

The World Maritime University (WMU) will convene its Third International Women’s Conference from 4-5 April 2019 on the theme, ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

Governments, representatives from the maritime, port, ocean and fishing sectors, UN agencies, academia, research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders will come together to address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries. The conference is organized with support from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Celebrity Cruises, Seafarers’ Trust and The Nippon Foundation.

The conference will convene ahead of World Maritime Day 2019 on 26 September, which will focus on the same theme.

dates: 4-5 April 2019 location: Malmo, Skane Lan, Sweden www: http://conferences.wmu.se/maritimewomen2019/

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 8

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

dates: 4-5 April 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will take place from 8-9 April 2019, as updated in a memo of the December 2018 meeting between the presidents of the UNGA and ECOSOC.

On 9 April, a town hall will focus on interlinkages between decent work and youth, peace and security.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2018 Youth Forum is here (opening segment) and here (full event).

The SDG Knowledge Hub features Generation 2030 articles on young adults' perspectives and initiatives here.

dates: 8-9 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-president-sets-out-plans-coord...

Forest Europe Workshop: Forests for Human Health – Challenges and Opportunities

Forest Europe will convene a two-day workshop on the theme, ‘Forests for Human Health – Challenges and Opportunities,’ in Vienna, Austria, from 8-9 April 2019.

dates: 8-9 April 2019 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://foresteurope.org/event/14512/

High-level Event on Decent Work

UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces will convene a high-level meeting on decent work on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

date: 10 April 2019 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2018/10/26/briefing-with-member-st...

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the Partnership Forum on 11 April 2018, in New York, US.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2018 Partnership Forum is here.

date: 11 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/ecosoc-partnerships-forum

2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

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dates: 12-14 April 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 17

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) will convene in New York, US, on 12 April 2019.

The EGM is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

date: 12 April 2019 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) fourth Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 15-18 April 2019, as decided by the 2018 Forum.

The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub reported on the FfD Forum 2018 here and here. For summaries of the previous Fora, see SDG Knowledge Hub summaries for 2017 and 2016. A summary of FfD3 is here.

dates: 15-18 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Financing for Sustainable Development Office, DESA www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/index.html

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 16-18 April 2019, in Beirut, Lebanon.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 16-18 April 2019 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/upcoming
http://sdg.iisd.org/events/high-level-political-forum-on-sus...

Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2019

The fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) will take place on the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. The Forum is convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with regional organizations and the UN System. The Forum seeks to advance implementation of both the SDGs and Africa's Agenda 2063.

The 2019 Forum will conduct in-depth reviews of the SDGs which will also be subject to review at the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and its outcomes will feed into the HLPF's deliberations. The SDGs are: 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals), as well as the corresponding goals of Agenda 2063.

The Forum will also enable the Africa region to articulate inputs to the September 2019 session of the HLPF held at the leaders' level, addressing Africa’s specific challenges in the implementation of the SDGs, gaps and levers of change to accelerate implementation.

The SDG Knowledge Hub's summary of the 2018 ARFSD is available here.

dates: 16-18 April 2019 location: Morocco contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
https://www.uneca.org/arfsd2019

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2019

The third meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April, preceded by civil society activities from 22-23 April. It is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The programme is available here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 22-26 April 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2019/en

18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII)

The 18th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will focus on the theme, 'Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection'.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNPFII 17 is here.

dates: 22 April - 3 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii...

2019 ECOSOC Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) special meeting on international cooperation in tax matters will take place on 26 April 2019, in New York, US.

date: 26 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

The 14th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the ninth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the ninth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2019. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 chemicals triple-COP is here.

dates: 29 April - 9 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: synergies.pops.int

Seventh Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-7)

The seventh session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7) will consider, inter alia: the report of the Executive Secretary on the implementation of the first work programme for the period 2014-2018; the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services; review of the Platform at the conclusion of its first work programme; the Platform’s next work programme; and institutional arrangements.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-6 is here.

dates: 29 April - 4 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-7-plenary

May 2019

Interactive Dialogues with Candidates for Presidency of 74th UN General Assembly

The President of the 74th UN General Assembly is to be selected from the Group of African States.

The UNGA will hold interactive dialogues with the candidates in early May 2019. The election is expected to take place in early June 2019. The 74th session opens on 17 September.

date: 1 May 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President

Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development 2019

The 2019 edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development will take place from 2-4 May 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the Festival from 2017 and 2018.

dates: 2-4 May 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://globalfestivalofaction.org/

14th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14)

The 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14) will discuss, inter alia: implementation of the UN strategic plan for forests 2017-2030, including voluntary announcement of voluntary national contributions and UN system-wide contributions to the implementation of the global forest goals and targets; monitoring, assessment and reporting, including progress on the development of global forest indicators; enhancing global forest policy coherence and a common international understanding of sustainable forest management; progress on the activities and operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network and availability of resources; and enhanced cooperation, coordination and engagement on forest-related issues.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 13 is available here.

dates: 6-10 May 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/index.html
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/LTD/N18/136/29/PDF...

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) will convene from 8-12 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan.

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).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 8-12 May 2019 location: Kyoto, Japan www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

Global Platform for DRR 2019

The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Global Platform on DRR is here.

dates: 13-17 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNISDR www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform

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

The Fourth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene in New York, US, from 14-15 May 2019.

The third STI Forum is summarized here.

dates: 14-15 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

The French-based agricultural research institutes of CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) will host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. The Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 19-22 May 2019. Following the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 held in Delhi, India, this Congress will aim to raise the local, regional and global profile of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness, support, engagement and investment. It will aim to create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets. Since 2009, the World Agroforestry Centre of the CGIAR Consortium has led the Congress in partnership with host country governments and institutions.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France www: http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/eve...

Seventy-second World Health Assembly

The seventy-second World Health Assembly will take place from 20-28 May 2019. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

dates: 20-28 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2019 Operational Activities for Development Segment will look at key elements of the response to the 2016 UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) (here) and the 2018 UNGA resolution on repositioning the UN development system (here).

dates: 21-23 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/12888943

2019 European Forum on Urban Forestry

The 2019 European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF2019) will convene in Cologne, Germany, to explore urban forests as: the “healthy forest” for sport, well-being and human health; the “spiritual forest” for culture, religion and art; the “learning forest” for research, laboratories and education; and the “co-designed forest” for diverging interests, governance and urban forest management.

The conference is organized by the Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the State Nordrhein-Westfalen, City of Cologne, European Forest Institute (EFI) Bonn and academic partners.

dates: 22-25 May 2019 location: Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

International Day for Biological Diversity 2019

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

date: 22 May 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

CITES CoP18

The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 23 May to 3 June 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP17 is here.

dates: 23 May - 3 June 2019 location: Colombo, Sri Lanka www: https://cites.org/eng/cop/index.php
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Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10)

The Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) will be hosted by Canada during the week of 27 May 2019, alongside the 4th annual Mission Innovation (MI4). The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here, and the summary of CEM9 is here.

date: 27 May 2019 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2019)

The 2019 European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA 2019) will address the following six themes: (1) data, methods and approaches in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR); (2) co-production of knowledge, solutions and services; (3) communication, data sharing and decision support; (4) institutions, governance, citizens and social justice; (5) global climate challenges; and (6) climate risk management and resilience.

The biennial conference is convened by EU-funded projects on behalf of the European Commission.

dates: 28-31 May 2019 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal www: https://www.ecca2019.eu/

June 2019

World Circular Economy Forum 2019 (WCEF2019)

The third World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) will convene in Helsinki, Finland.

The World Circular Economy Forum is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 3-5 June 2019 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland contact: The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/world-circular-economy-foru...

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

The 2019 edition of the conference will focus on the theme, "Power. Progress. Change." Under this theme, discussions will address power, and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change. It will bring together speakers and host discussions on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century.

dates: 3-6 June 2019 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: https://wd2019.org/

CCICED Annual General Meeting 2019

This meeting will consider progress on the work of CCICED and discuss issues of priority as addressed under Special Policy Studies of the Council. It is expected to convene in June 2019 in Hangzhou, China.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) brings together a high-level international advisory body comprising members and experts from government, businesses, international organizations, research institutions and social organizations from China and abroad. CCICED’s main tasks are to study critical environment and development issues facing China, and to provide policy recommendations to the Chinese Government.

By providing a platform for international exchange on sustainable development, the Council seeks to enable “the international community to understand China, and support China’s engagement in the world.” The Council pursues this aim by carrying out comprehensive, cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary research that integrates environmental, economic, and social concerns and draws on advanced international concepts, policies, technologies and best practices.

A summary of the 2018 AGM is here.

date: 4 June 2019 location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China www: http://www.cciced.net/cciceden/

World Environment Day 2019

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) 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.

date: 5 June 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

World Oceans Day 2019

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 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/

56th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 56th meeting of the GEF Council is tentatively scheduled to take place from 10-13 June 2019.

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: 10-13 June 2019 venue: Inter-American Development Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

50th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will meet from 17-27 June 2019.

dates: 17-27 June 2019 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: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry 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: 17-21 June 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

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

The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will convene in Rome, Italy, from 17-21 June 2019.

The Working Group will continue its deliberations on the revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and other issues within its mandate.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://enb.iisd.org/vol09/enb09711e.html

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019

The 2019 edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 17-21 June 2019.

The policy conference, which will take place from 18-20 June, is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders focus on sustainable energy issues, debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. Next to the conference, the Networking Village brings the EUSEW Community together to forge alliances whilst the EUSEW Awards celebrate outstanding projects and ideas.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eusew.eu/

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019 (APFW2019) will convene during the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission under the theme, ‘Forests for Peace and Well-being’.

The event, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Korea Forest Service (KFS), will highlight the need to integrate forestry into the wider context of environment, society and sustainable development, where economic, social, human and cultural dimensions are considered in a holistic manner.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/apfc/asia-pacific-forestry-we...

G20 Summit Meeting

The G20 Summit will convene in Osaka, Japan, from 28-29 June 2019. Eight ministerial meetings will take place alongside the Summit:

  • 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;
  • 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).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the outcome from the 2018 G20 Summit is here. All SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the G20 is here.

dates: 28-29 June 2019 location: Osaka, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

July 2019

41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 41) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 1-5 July 2019, at a location to be announced.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Ninth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The main focus of the ninth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity is to provide support for the ongoing discussions on a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the latest and best available knowledge relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and to consider the implications of this knowledge for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Key topics include:

  • status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services and key drivers of change;
  • the 2050 Vision for biodiversity, and potential pathways for achieving it;
  • linkages between biodiversity and other societal needs and aspirations;
  • lessons learned from implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;
  • plausible pathways to reduce, halt and reverse biodiversity loss;
  • biodiversity-based solutions to societal challenges; and
  • options for short- and long-term actions for achieving the level of response needed.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Government, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

dates: 2-5 July 2019 location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway www: https://trondheimconference.org/

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Integration Segment will take place on Monday, 8 July 2019, the day before the opening of the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019).

By a 2018 UNGA resolution on strengthening ECOSOC, the integration segment will “consolidate all the inputs of Member States, including case studies and lessons learned, the subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC, the UN system and other relevant stakeholders to promote the balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development” in order to bring together key messages on the main theme, along with action-oriented recommendations to feed into the HLPF.

Also per the resolution, the Council's integration segment, HLPF and high-level segment comprise the third group of meetings in ECOSOC's restructured annual calendar. This set of meetings aims to provide policy guidance and foster progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, contribute to the overall review of the 2030 Agenda at the HLPF and look to the future of the advancement of sustainable development.

date: 8 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-restructures-ecosoc-cycle-call...

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019 Convened by ECOSOC

The seventh UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). According to decision E/2019/L.1 of 19 October 2018, the session will take place from Tuesday, 9 July, to Monday, 15 July 2019, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting convening from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, held jointly with ECOSOC's annual high-level segment.

In additional to the annual July session under ECOSOC auspices, HLPF will also convene for one and a half days in September 2019, under UN General Assembly auspices. Only one outcome document will result from the two sessions.

HLPF 2019 will address the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

Fifty-one countries will conduct Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) for HLPF 2019. The following countries will conduct VNRs for the first time in 2019: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania and Vanuatu.

In addition, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Turkey will conduct VNRs for the second time.

The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2018 is here. A final summary of HLPF 2018 is here.

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dates: 9-18 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1

25th Session of the ISA Council (Part II)

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.

At ISA 25, the International Seabed Authority Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The first part of ISA 25 will take place in February-March 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 24 is here.

dates: 15-19 July 2019 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/events

Species on the Move 2019

The 2019 edition of the Species on the Move conference series will bring together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology. The interdisciplinary conference is co-convened by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania, Australia, and Rhodes University, South Africa, with support from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and others.

The conference will focus on species responses to climate change, and address 11 themes:

  1. Detection, attribution and prediction of changes in species distributions;
  2. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts;
  3. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity;
  4. The paleo-ecological perspective: species changes in distribution over deep time;
  5. Conservation paradigms and management strategies for a shifting future;
  6. Governance, legal and ethical issues for shifting species and changing ecosystems;
  7. Cultural, social and economic dimensions of changes in species distributions;
  8. Indigenous knowledge and species on the move;
  9. Implications of species on the move for human and animal health;
  10. Changes in species distribution and climate feedbacks; and
  11. The impacts of species on the move for global strategies and policies, including the SDGs, and biodiversity and climate change global processes.

dates: 22-26 July 2019 location: Limpopo {greater region}, South Africa additional: Kruger National Park www: http://www.speciesonthemove.com/

August 2019

G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019

The 2019 G7 Summit, presided over by France, will focus on fighting inequality. France has identified the following five objectives for the Summit:

  • fighting inequality of opportunity, promoting in particular gender equality, access to education and high quality health services;
  • reducing environmental inequality by protecting our planet through climate finance and a fair ecological transition, preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
  • strengthening the social dimension of globalization through more fair and equitable trade, tax and development policies;
  • taking action for peace against security threats and terrorism which weaken the foundations of our societies; and
  • tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

The French Presidency will seek to bring to the table all relevant stakeholders by convening young people (Youth 7), women (Women 7), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (C7), unions (Labor 7), employers (Business 7), research centers (Think Tanks 7) and academies of science (Science 7).

The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Represented jointly by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, the EU participates in all discussions as a guest. The US will take over the G7 Presidency from 1 January 2020.

dates: 24-26 August 2019 location: Biarritz, Aquitaine, France www: https://www.elysee.fr/en/g7
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/fren...

World Water Week 2019

The 29th World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, will focus on the theme, ‘Water for Society: Including All’.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of World Water Week 2018 is here.

dates: 25-30 August 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/world-water-week-2019-water-fo...

September 2019

International Mountain Conference 2019

The International Mountain Conference 2019 (IMC 2019) will convene in Innsbruck, Austria, to encourage in-depth cross-disciplinary discussions towards a new understanding of mountain systems, their vulnerabilities to climate change and adaptation strategies.

The conference is organized by Innsbruck University, with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) University Twinning and Networking Programme (UNITWIN) Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, the University of Highlands and Islands, UK, and the Mountain Research Initiative, among other partners.

dates: 8-12 September 2019 location: Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria www: https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/imc2019/

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 (as of 27 November 2018):

  • 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.
  • 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.

We will add more information to this page regarding these events as it becomes available. To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on preparations for this and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

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 49) 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/

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

UN 2019 Climate Summit

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 ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

The Summit will build on the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, among others.

This Climate Summit will take place in parallel to the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). These events events on 23 September are taking place the day before the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens.

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date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml

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

UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under UNGA Auspices

The UN General Assembly will hold a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at the level of Heads and State and Government, from 24-25 September 2019.

HLPF meetings under UNGA auspices take place every four years, and take place at the beginning of the UNGA session. The 74th session of the UNGA (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 30 September 2019.

According to Decision A/72/L.66, the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices will convene from 3:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, 24 September, and from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

Among other items, HLPF 2019 will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which is issued every four years.

The day before the HLPF under UNGA auspices opens, two related events will take place, also at UN Headquarters in New York: the 2019 UN Climate Summit and the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD).

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dates: 24-25 September 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

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. This date has been updated from 23 September, per a letter circulated by the UNGA President on 27 November.

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.

This meeting will also take place at the beginning of the UNGA session. The 74th session of the UNGA (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

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/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level review to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway (SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action). Regional preparatory meetings of small island developing States (SIDS) as well as an interregional meeting will take 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: http://undocs.org/A/C.2/72/L.48
https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

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

XV 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/

October 2019

UNCCD COP 14

The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) is tentatively scheduled to take place in October 2019.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNCCD COP 13 is available here.

dates: 7-18 October 2019 [tentative] location: India [tentative] contact: UNCCD Secretariat phone: +49-228-815-2800 fax: +49-228-815-2898/99 e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www.unccd.int

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/

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

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://ourocean2018.org/

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-...

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019, at a location to be determined. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 11-22 November 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.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 11-22 November 2019 location: Chile contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

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/...

December 2019

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/...

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 9-12 December 2019. 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: 9-12 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

February 2020

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

May 2020

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.iwra.org/savethedatexviiworldwatercongress/

June 2020

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...

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

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

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

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  

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 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...  

November 2020

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 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA

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 9-20 November 2020, at a location to be determined.

dates: 9-20 November 2020 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

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: 1-5 February 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

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