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April 2017

Drought Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

This event series is organized in the margins of the “One World – No Hunger” Initiative by the UNCCD, the German Development Institute (DIE), the University of Bonn, German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Center of Development Research (ZEF), Deutsche Welle (DW), the Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The event series will seek to shed light on four interconnected topics around drought: What role does drought particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa play for food security, for livelihoods in rural areas, for local and regional conflicts and for migration; How can drought resilience be strengthened, which sectors have to be addressed and contribute, what solutions exist in the various areas; Given the multi-faceted nature and interconnectedness of drought related issues, how can integrated approaches and institutional coherence be found in order to identify solutions, minimize cross-sectoral trade-offs and harnessing synergies; and The complexity of the issues also means that a particularly close dialogue is needed between scientists and development practitioners in order to challenge conventional wisdoms, to evaluate old and find new solutions.

dates: 6 April - 13 July 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.die-gdi.de/veranstaltungen/drought-resilience-in...

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/2016/15th-sess...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii...  

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: http://synergies.pops.int/

Fourth Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation

The fourth meeting in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) consultations on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN, requested in resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will take place over two days, on 26 April and on 3 May, during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The consultations are expected to result in a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its 71st session. Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, serve as advisers to assist UNGA President Peter Thomson with the consultation process.

dates: 26 April - 3 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4 location: New York City, US contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

May 2017

12th Session of UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 12)

The 12th session of the UN Forum on Forests will convene from 1-5 May 2017, in New York, US.

dates: 1-5 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNFF Secretariat www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/unff-12/index.html

94th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The CDM Executive Board (CDM EB) supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).  

dates: 1-5 May 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   www: http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/index.html
 http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php  

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold the Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development from 3-5 May 2017, in Rabat, Morocco.

dates: 3-5 May 2017 location: Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco contact: ESCWA www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...

Global Conference on NDC Implementation

The Global Conference on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will be co-hosted by the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA), the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB) and the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP). The event aims to support efforts in the implementation of NDCs and will include: LEDS GP’s Fifth Global Partnership Event; the Kick-off Conference of the German Environment Ministry’s IKI NDC Support Cluster; and the UNDP LECB Programme’s Sixth Annual Global Meeting.

dates: 3-6 May 2017 location: Berlin, Germany www: http://www.ndcconference2017.org/de/

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UNFCCC will convene during the first sessional period of 2017.

dates: 8-18 May 2017 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://newsroom.unfccc.int

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2017

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment for 2017 will convene on the theme, 'Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take?', chaired by Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of ECOSOC (Pakistan). The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment will serve as a platform for key stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner. The meeting will consider best practices, lessons learned and recommendations at the national, regional and international levels, with a view to extract policy recommendations to guide integrated policymaking for poverty eradication as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its proceedings will be available for consideration by Member States in the 2017 ECOSOC High-level Segment and the 2017 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2017. Relevant policy recommendations may be reflected in the Ministerial Declaration as the main outcome document at the culmination of the ECOSOC cycle.  

dates: 8-10 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/984039
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2017/L.11  

26th Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council

The Governing Council (GC) serves as the decision-making body for the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and approves UN-HABITAT's biennial work programme and budget. The GC is also responsible for setting UN-HABITAT's policies by developing and promoting policy objectives, priorities and guidelines on existing and planned programmes of work on human settlements. The GC meets biennially and reports to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) through the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

dates: 8-12 May 2017 venue: UN Offices location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://unhabitat.org/about-us/governing-council/
https://unhabitat.org/gc26/

First Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The first thematic session will convene from 8-9 May 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address 'Human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance'. A procedural note and Issue Brief for the session were made available on 13 April by the co-facilitators for intergovernmental consultations and negotiations on issues related to the compact, the intergovernmental conference, and their preparatory processes, Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland. The procedural note provides information on the format and tentative agenda of the meeting.

dates: 8-9 May 2017 venue: UN Office location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/sites/default/files/issue_bri...

International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold the annual meeting of its Scientific Committee, one of its two major meeting forums, in Bled, Slovenia. The Scientific Committee Meeting is attended by approximately 200 scientists.  

dates: 9-21 May 2017   location: Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia   contact: IWC   www: https://iwc.int/meetingsmain
 https://iwc.int/events-and-workshops?tab=13838  

Vienna Energy Forum 2017

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is a biennial, global and multi-stakeholder forum. Initiated in 2008, it is a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The VEF aims to explore how energy can contribute to meeting global developmental challenges. VEF 2017 will focus on the theme 'Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.'

dates: 9-12 May 2017 venue: Vienna International Centre and the Hofburg Palace location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/

2017 World Hydropower Congress

The 2017 World Hydropower Congress will focus on the theme, 'How to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world'. Building on the outcomes of the 2015 event in Beijing, China, the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will explore a diversity of perspectives and will examine how initiatives of governments, businesses, finance, civil society and academia can advance sustainable development. Congress partners include the World Bank Group, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Africa Union Comission (AUC), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  

dates: 9-11 May 2017   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   www: https://www.hydropower.org/news/2017-world-hydropower-congre...  

4th Istanbul International Water Forum

As a triennial event held one year prior to each World Water Forum, the 4th Istanbul International Water Forum (IIWF) will aim to provide important inputs to the 8th World Water Forum, which will be held in Brazil in 2018. The Forum will be devoted to the impacts of the latest regional political setting on water issues. Within the wider context of 'Water & Peace,' the 4th IIWF will discuss the subjects of urban water management, relief actions, legal aspects and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a specific focus on the refugee issue. The Forum will feature four thematic sessions that will discuss water relief actions, challenges of urban water management and meeting the SDGs in turbulent times, including a Plenary Session on 'Water for Peace'. A Special Session will also be held on the practices of water and sanitation provision to Syrians in Turkey. Istanbul International Water Forum is the flagship event of Turkish Water Institute (SUEN).

dates: 10-11 May 2017 location: Istanbul, Turkey contact: Turkish Water Institute (SUEN) phone: 0216 325 49 92/ fax: 0216 428 09 92 e-mail: info@suen.gov.tr www: http://www.iusf.org.tr/About
https://suen.gov.tr/

18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 18th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 18) will take place in New York, US, from 15-19 May 2017.  

dates: 15-19 May 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/  

Second Annual STI Forum

The Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) was created in 2016 as a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which was mandated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The TFM is considered part of the means of implementation for the SDGs. It is to be convened once per year by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs. Also according to the mandate in the 2030 Agenda, the meetings of the STI Forum are to be co-chaired by two Member States, and result in a co-chairs' summary of discussions. For the 2017 STI Forum, the topic will be 'Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World - Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14', in the context of the theme for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will have the theme, 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world' and will focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 in addition to SDG 17 that will be considered at each HLPF. The co-chairs of the second Forum are Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya and Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State of the US. The co-chairs work with the UN Inter-agency Task Team and the 10-Member Group to prepare for the Forum. The concept note, programme, side event and registration note for the 2017 STI Forum are available.

dates: 15-16 May 2017 location: New York City, US contact: UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT) www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2017
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/

International Conference on Seafood Transparency

The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (JFRA), Waseda University, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will host the International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability. Participants will include Japanese government representatives and Members of the National Diet, foreign governments, academia, the private sector, fishers and fish workers as well as non-governmental organizations and the media. As the global appetite for seafood increases, more pressure is being put on the world’s fisheries. Japan, as host of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hopes to play a leadership role in promoting fisheries transparency and sustainability. Participants at the conference will discuss, among other issues: illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing; establishing import control and traceability systems; improving standards among fishing companies, retailers and consumers; enhancing international cooperation; and improving transparency throughout the supply chain. Keynote speakers include Shigeu Ishiba, Member of the House of Representatives; Kazuo Sato, Director-General, Fisheries Agency of Japan; and Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

dates: 16-17 May 2017 venue: Waseda University location: Tokyo, Japan www: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/oris/news-en/2017/02/28/2025/

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

Held every two years, the Dresden Nexus Conference brings together individuals and organizations from diverse research disciplines, national and international organizations and actors who apply a "Nexus Approach" to resource management. The 2017 conference will address the theme, ‘SDGs and the Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation,’ with a focus on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities. The Dresden Nexus Conference was initiated by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development.  

dates: 17-19 May 2017   venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany   contact: Rachel Shindelar, UNU-FLORES   phone: + 49 (351) 8921 9377   e-mail: shindelar@unu.edu   www: https://flores.unu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/160301_DNC...
 http://www.dresden-nexus-conference.org  

The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."  

dates: 17-18 May 2017   location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia   contact: University of Virginia Center for Oceans Law and Policy   phone: 1-434-924-7441   e-mail: colp@virginia.edu   www: http://www.virginia.edu/colp/annual-conference.html  

UNGA High-Level Event on Innovation

Building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from major corporations will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.

date: 17 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-in...

Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry

The conference, 'Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry,' will convene on the occasion of the Launch of ISC3 and ISCnet, organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

dates: 17-18 May 2017 location: Berlin, Germany contact: Kathrin Rübberdt DECHEMA e.V. phone: +49 69-7564-277 e-mail: ruebberdt@dechema.de www: https://isc3.org/de/events/mainstreaming-sustainable-chemist...

UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold the annual Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The theme will be 'Ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for all'. Among the aims of the forum are to: garner international support to translate the SDGs and Agenda 2063 aspirations into measurable and shared prosperity; examine early results of implementing the two agendas; and strengthen national governments; implementation efforts and inform the global debate at HLPF. UNECA is organizing the ARFSD along with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other UN agencies.

dates: 18-19 May 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia contact: UNECA e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org www: http://www.uneca.org/stories/regional-forum-sustainable-deve...
http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...

9th Meeting of High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters

The High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was established to assist the international community, governments and stakeholders in mobilizing political will and resources. It will promote actions to raise awareness, ensure coordination and collaboration, establish common goals and targets, monitor progress, and take effective measucres aimed at addressing the issues of water and disasters.

dates: 18-20 May 2017 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China www: http://www.wateranddisaster.org/
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/nc/events/all-events/event/...

Third Conference on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development

This conference aims to stimulate research on the questions raised by the emergence of global value chains. The conference is organized by Paola Conconi (Centre for Economic Policy Research), Daria Taglioni (World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice) and Paramita Dasgupta (Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, Singapore Hub).

dates: 19-20 May 2017 venue: National University of Singapore location: Singapore contact: Chloe Smith, CEPR phone: +44 20 7183 8804 e-mail: csmith@cepr.org www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/03/09/third-conferen...

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is co-organized the Permanent Mission of Mexico and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The Global Platform, as recognized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The UNISDR is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

dates: 22-26 May 2017 location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico contact: UNISDR phone: +41 229178907-8 fax: +41 227339531 e-mail: isdr@un.org www: http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/2017/globalplatform/en

2017 World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Gregory Härtl, Spokesperson Coordinator   phone: +41 79 203 67 15   fax: + 41 22 791 31 11   e-mail: hartlg@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/  

2017 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FFD Forum)

The annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) addresses the follow-up and review of financing for development (FFD) outcomes and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2017 session will convene from 22-25 May 2017, and a tentative programme is available. The Forum is expected to place a major focus on reviewing and promoting the implementation of FfD outcomes, and on all the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Forum will include an interactive dialogue with a focus on fostering policy coherence in the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and other topics, such as for example, inequalities. It will begin with the Ministerial segment, comprising the Special High-level Meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, WTO and UNCTAD, the general debate and Ministerial roundtables, on 23 May, during which UN Member States and other stakeholders can share steps taken towards implementation of commitments contained in the AAAA and other FfD outcomes. On 24-25 May the Forum will convene an expert segment to review the implementation of the AAAA. The expert segment will include a panel discussion on the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) report; a stakeholder dialogue; an update on the progress made in fora mandated by the AAAA; and key voluntary initiatives launched at the Third International Conference on FFD. It will also include thematic round tables and expert discussions. The thematic round tables will discuss: (i) progress and gaps in the implementation of financing for development outcomes; (ii) policy recommendations for corrective actions; as well as (iii) new challenges and emerging issues. The expert discussions will be organized on “promoting international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows in order to foster sustainable development” and “the specific challenges to finance sustainable development for countries in special situations”. The ECOSOC President is expected to appoint two co-facilitators to prepare the draft of integovernmental conclusions and recommendations of the Forum.

dates: 22-25 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Dominika Halka phone: +1 212-963-6653 e-mail: halka@un.org www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/ecosoc-ffd-forum.htm...
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Global Soil Week 2017

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2017 or GSW'17 will convene under the theme 'Catalysing SDG Implementation through a Soil and Land Review' with the aim of contributing to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) 2017. It will conduct a pilot thematic review of the subset of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under focus by the HLPF this year from a soils and land perspective. The GSW'17 Lab, an open space for multi-stakeholder deliberation on gaps and synergies within and between the SDGs, will show how to look at SDG 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14, and 17 through the lens of soil and land. Three GSW'17 workshops will focus on: (1) Soil Rehabilitation for Zero Hunger: upscaling people’s technologies by sharing lessons and developing strategies; (2) Right to [defend] Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews; and (3) Competing Pressures on Soil and Land: securing our natural resource base for food security. GSW'17 is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdamn.

dates: 22-24 May 2017 location: Berlin, Germany contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam phone: +49 331-288223-00 fax: +49 331-288223-10 e-mail: info@iass-potsdam.de www: http://globalsoilweek.org

52nd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 52nd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 23-25 May 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 22 May. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 22-25 May 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism'. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Celebration of the IDB under this theme is mean to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The selected theme is also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.  

date: 22 May 2017   location: worldwide   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2017/ntf-2017-007-idb-...
 https://www.cbd.int/idb/2017/  

Second Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The second thematic session will convene from 22-23 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the topic, 'Addressing drivers of migration, including adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and human-made crises, through protection and assistance, sustainable development, poverty eradication, conflict prevention and resolution'.

dates: 22-23 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

4th Meeting of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW)

The UN Secretary-General and President of the World Bank Group convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services. The core focus of the Panel is the commitment to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources. The fourth meeting of the HLPW will be held in Cancun, Mexico. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Mexico and Mauritius, other members include the Heads of State and Government from the Netherlands, Senegal, Hungary, Tajikistan, Jordan, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa and Peru.

date: 25 May 2017 location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/HLPWater

2017 G7 Summit

The 2017 G7 summit will take place in Taormina, Italy, from 26-27 March 2017. The leaders of the Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US, plus the EU, will gather for the meeting. Anticipated agenda items include the global migration crisis and efforts to stabilize North Africa and the Middle East.  

dates: 26-27 May 2017   location: Italy   additional: Taormina  

IWRA XVI World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) organizes a World Water Congress every three years. The Congress provides a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research and developments in the field of water sciences around the world, bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders. The sixteenth Congress (XVI) will take place on the theme, 'Bridging Science and Policy.' Specific sub-themes to be addressed at the Congress include: water, sanitation and health; water quality, wastewater and reuse; water security in a changing world; water policy and governance; water ecosystems and physical regimes; and water and sustainable growth. The crosscutting issues of bridging science and policy, building capacity, and stakeholder participation will also be addressed. A call for papers is open from 16 March to 1 September 2016, and abstracts of less than 500 words may be submitted through the Congress website. An international scientific committee will review submissions. Full papers will be due on 1 January 2017, and proposals for side events should be submitted by 1 November 2016. The previous Congress took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017   venue: Cancun International Convention Centre, Punta Cancún   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: IWRA Executive Office   e-mail: office@iwra.org   www: http://www.worldwatercongress.com/index.htm
 http://www.worldwatercongress.com/callforp.htm  

First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (the Agreement) was adopted by the FAO Conference in 2009. The main purpose of the Agreement is to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of robust port State measures. The Agreement envisages that parties, in their capacities as port States, will apply the Agreement in an effective manner to foreign vessels when seeking entry to ports or while they are in port. This meeting will review the status of the Agreement; review the requirements for the implementation of the Agreement; review Port State duties; and discuss the role of flag States and other States as well as the roles of FAO, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and other international organizations and bodies in implementation of the Agreement.

dates: 29-31 May 2017 location: Oslo, Norway contact: Matthew Camilleri e-mail: matthew.camilleri@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40910/en
http://www.fao.org/fishery/psm/agreement/en

EU Green Week

EU Green Week is organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment. The event will bring together policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe. It is organized around the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future' and will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially-responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors. In addition to a high-level conference in Brussels, Belgium, the Week will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe.

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium additional: Events also taking place in multiple cities across Europe www: http://www.eugreenweek.eu/
http://www.eugreenweek.eu/high-level-conference-brussels

International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond – Contributing to Development

The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved through IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme and to demonstrate how the programme can best contribute to the development and attainment of the SDGs in Member States. It will also enable Member States and other partners to explore collectively innovative means to further develop partnerships with other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors and the private sector, in order to enhance delivery of the TC programme.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2017   venue: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna International Centre   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Martina Khaelss   phone: +43 1 2600 21315   e-mail: M.Khaelss@iaea.org   www: http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/52858/International-Con...
 https://www.iaea.org/events/technical-cooperation-conference...  

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will organize this meeting to highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9). Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations. The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UN-HABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector. Two preparatory meetings will consider key messages and relevant practice and policy. The preparatory meetings take place on 26 March, in Dakar, Senegal, on the margins of the AU/ECA joint conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and from 24-26 April, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on the topic of 'Agriculture and Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems'.

date: 31 May 2017 location: New York City, US contact: President of ECOSOC www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/2017-special-meetin...

June 2017

14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms

The goal of this symposium, organized by the International Society for Biosafety Research, is to advance the standing of biosafety research around the world and shape the ways in which genetic modification (GM) technology is applied and regulated. The 2017 theme is 'Environmental risk assessment of GMOs: past, present and future'.

dates: 4-8 June 2017 location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico contact: Natalia Bogdanova e-mail: bogdanova.natalia85@gmail.com www: http://isbr.info/ISBGMO14

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

The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Con...
 https://oceanconference.un.org/sideevents  

2017 International Labour Conference

The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.  

dates: 5-17 June 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ILO Secretariat   phone: +4 1(0) 22 799 6111   fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685   e-mail: ilo@ilo.org   www: http://www.ioe-emp.org/international-labour-organization/int...
 http://www.ilo.org/ilc/AbouttheILC/lang--en/index.htm  

World Circular Economy Forum 2017

The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business cities and finance. The event will involve two days of discussions, networking, workshops, side events and business excursions. The hashtag is #WCEF2017. Participation is by invitation only. To inquire about registration, contact wcef2017(at)sitra.fi.  

dates: 5-6 June 2017   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/events/circular-economy/world-circul...  

3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2017 will be organized around the theme ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. The Conference aims to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. It will bring together representatives from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers. On Thursday and Friday, excursions to showcase a range of inspiring adaptation projects and cultural sites across the region will be offered. ECCA 2017 is organized for the European Commission (EC) by three EU-funded projects: IMPRESSIONS, Helix, and RISES-AM.

dates: 5-9 June 2017 location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK contact: ECCA 2017 www: http://ecca2017.eu/conference/

Clean Energy Ministerial 8 (CEM8)

The eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) will be hosted by China and will take place in Beijing, China, from 6-8 June 2017. The agenda is expected to include a technology showcase, side events, and a public-private action day. The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders. Current CEM members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  

dates: 6-8 June 2017   location: Beijing, China   contact: Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) from 7-9 June 2017, in New York, US. Agenda items will include: the role of the UN system in implementing the ministerial declaration of the high-level segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC (Item 10); the annual overview report of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) for 2016 (Item 12); a Dialogue with the CEB Secretary; and action on the recommendations contained in the report of the UN Statistical Commission (E/2017/24) (Item 18), among other issues.

dates: 7-9 June 2017 location: New York City, US contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Coordination and Support www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/about-the-cmm

UNEA 2017 Preparatory Activities

The Government of Costa Rica will host activities to engage stakeholders at different levels in support of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The planned events include: a regional consultative Civil Society Meeting, bringing together regional and local civil society organizations engaged in work relevant to UNEA's theme of pollution with a special focus on oceans, to provide inputs and feedback to the final draft of the Third UNEA's background document on pollution (7-8 June 2017); a Global Dialogue for engaging the private sector on protecting oceans and tackling land-based pollution, to bring together senior policy-makers from different ministries and leaders of the private sector to discuss how global and regional communities can partner to create policies and practices that ensure sustainability thrives (8-9 June 2017); and the Second Environment Assembly preparatory retreat, at which members of the bureaux of UNEA and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and representatives from the regional and political groups will gather to finalize preparations of the Assembly (9-10 June 2017).

dates: 7-10 June 2017 location: Costa Rica www: http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/
http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/proposed-themes-2017-un-enviro...

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. 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.  

date: 8 June 2017   location: worldwide   www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/  

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2017

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2017 is an independent forum engaging international authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and other interested parties in an open dialogue on key issues of global relevance regarding chemicals management and the control of chemicals safety. The ninth forum will also mark the tenth birthday of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).  

dates: 8-9 June 2017   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   contact: Chemicals Forum Association   www: https://euagenda.eu/events/2017/06/08/helsinki-chemicals-for...  

Expo 2017: Future Energy

The international Expo 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and will aim to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans to address the possibilities of future energy. It is organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions under the theme 'Future Energy' and the sub-theme 'Solutions for Tackling Humankind's Greatest Challenge.' The Expo will address future energy from several perspectives, including: exploration of stategies, programmes and technologies for sustainable energy development; promotion of energy security and efficiency; and the encouragement of renewable energy use. Venues for the World's Fairs and their themes are determined by taking into account political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. The history of World's Fairs extends back to “the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations,” which took place in London in 1851. The EXPO will also include an Energy Ministerial Conference, convening within the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development.

dates: 10 June - 10 September 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan contact: Expo 2017 Press Office phone: +7-7172-91-94-63 e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en

Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Convening under the theme of 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy,' the Eighth Forum will combine a ministerial meeting followed by a high-level plenary session with parallel workshops and site visits. The Forum is organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions. The Fifth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development called for a long-term transition to a sustainable energy future. The Sixth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development set out five concrete steps the United Nations Regional Commissions could take. The Seventh Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development defined the challenges ahead and develop a concrete roadmap for the international community to achieve common goals. The 'Energy Ministerial: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy' will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June.

dates: 11-14 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: http://energyministerial.kz
http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45625#/

Energy Ministerial: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy

Organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions, this energy ministerial conference will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June 2017 and follow the official presidential opening of the EXPO 2017 'Future Energy' on 10 June 2017. The Ministerial Conference is organized around the theme 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy: Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy'. The EXPO 2017 is expected to attract over five million visitors over three months, including participants from national governments, international organizations and representatives from the private sector.

date: 11 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: http://energyministerial.kz/

G20 Conference on Africa

The German presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) announced that the G20 will hold a conference on Africa to propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment. The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

dates: 12-13 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: German Presidency of G20   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/germany-outlines-priorities-for-g20...  

WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) of the CGIAR Consortium and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) are jointly organizing the WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting under the theme, 'The role of SLM in contributing to achieve the SDGs'. The meetings will convene a wide range of WOCAT members and stakeholders such as NGOs, governments, international organizations, the donor community and other institutions to share and discuss their experiences and findings on how sustainable land management (SLM) and, in particular SLM tools and methods, can be used to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at different levels. The symposium and meeting will be structured into three main parts: WOCAT Symposium (Tuesday, 13 June); Field day to showcase SLM implementation and the application of WOCAT tools and methods in the surroundings of Cali (Wednesday, 14 June); and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting (Thursday 15 June - Friday 16 June).

dates: 13-16 June 2017 location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/wocat-symposium-and-18th-w...

World Day to Combat Desertification

The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the linkages between land degradation, migration and security. Under the slogan, 'Our land. Our home. Our Future,' WDCD 2017 will explore how to strengthen the resilience of local communities in areas affected by land degradation, desertification and drought through investing in land productivity, food security and generating local employment. The global observance event will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 June, hosted by le Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).  

date: 17 June 2017   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www2.unccd.int/our-land-our-home-our-future-wdcd-17-j...
 http://www2.unccd.int/sites/default/files/relevant-links/201...  

FCPF 16th Carbon Fund Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 16th Carbon Fund Meeting in order to consider Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs), agree upon funding decisions and portfolio management, and discuss links with other funding programs. The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF has two separate, but complementary funding mechanisms, the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, to achieve its strategic objectives.  

dates: 19-22 June 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/  

Third Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The third thematic session will convene from 19-20 June 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration'.

dates: 19-20 June 2017 venue: UN Office location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main, annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the GSP will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 20-22 June 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/events/detail/en/c/462873/
 http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/overview/plenary-...  

6th International UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

The Sixth International UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics will address 'Measuring Sustainable Tourism'. This 6th conference takes place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

date: 21 June 2017 location: Manila, Philippines contact: UNWTO www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/
http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/international-...

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017

The annual humanitarian affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) aims to improve effectiveness of the humanitarian response. After consultations with the ECOSOC Bureau, the theme for 2017 should remain: ‘Restoring Humanity and Leaving No One Behind: Working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability’. The segment will include: a general debate (action on ECOSOC resolution); high-level interactive panels; and side events. The themes to be discussed during the interactive panels are still under discussion. The UN Secretary-General's report on ‘Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN’ is expected to be issued prior in late April 2017.

dates: 21-23 June 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/ecosoc-humanitarian...

10th GFMD Summit Meeting

The Global Forum on Migration and Development will hold its tenth summit meeting, under the chairship of Germany and Morocco.  

dates: 28-30 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: GFMD   www: http://www.gfmd.org/meetings/germany2017/calendar  

UNGA High-Level Event on Education

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene a High-Level Event on Education in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The event will also elaborate on how to advance the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the curricula of every school in the world. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the SDGs. In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 28 June 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-ed...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF 2017)

The Africa Carbon Forum is organized by the Nairobi Framework partners, namely: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); UN Environment (UNEP), along with the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP); the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA); the World Bank Group (WBG); and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). Under the overarching mandate of the Nairobi Framework, the Africa Carbon Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity and platform for African policymakers and practitioners to: discuss the latest developments related to climate change policy, carbon markets and finance; share knowledge on innovative solutions in the context of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and other strategies; and explore possibilities for collaboration on regional and global climate change initiatives.

dates: 28-30 June 2017 location: Cotonou, Atlantique, Benin www: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/

July 2017

Annual Meeting of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)

This year's meeting of the KNOWMAD partnership is expected to discuss the analysis and reports from the thematic working groups on labor migration, policy coherence, integration, diaspora, remittances, forced displacement, migrant rights, migration and security, migration and climate change, and data and demographics. Additional cross-cutting themes include gender, capacity building and public perceptions. The meeting will aim to provide the analytical content and facts for the Global Compact on Migration. The meeting is expected to take place in July 2017, on a date to be announced.    

date: 4 July 2017 [tentative]   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: World Bank   www: http://www.knomad.org
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

G20 Summit

The G20 Summit under the German Presidency will be held on 7-8 July in Hamburg, Germany. The 20 Heads of State and Government and top-level representatives of international organizations will gather under the motto of Germany's G20 Presidency: 'Shaping an interconnected world'. A main concern of the Presidency is to make progress on realizing the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The G20 members include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union (EU).  

dates: 7-8 July 2017   location: Hamburg, Germany   www: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/EN/Artikel/2016/06_en...
 https://www.g20.org/Webs/G20/EN/Home/home_node.html  

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017. The theme of the session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year. The theme and these SDGs will be addressed in the first week (10-14 July). The second week will include a three-day ministerial meeting (17-19 July), as part of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC (17-20), during which 44 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF is expected to adopt the Joint Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level Segment and the report of the HLPF on 19 July at 5 pm. Subsequently, the ECOSOC High-level Segment is expected to adopt the Ministerial Declaration on 20 July at 5:30 pm. Inputs to this year's HLPF will include: SDG progress report of UN Secretary-General; VNR reports; reports from regional fora on sustainable development (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA); reports from Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; contributions from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies on the theme and SDGs under consideration; report of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production; the Secretary-General's report on mainstreaming sustainable development into the UN system; reports from preparatory meetings of the SDGs under consideration; inputs from the UN system and other relevant organizations and stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; briefs on the SDGs under consideration prepared by the UN system; and outcomes of the Ocean Conference.

dates: 10-19 July 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.

dates: 10-21 July 2017 location: New York City, US contact: UNDOALOS www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm

Montreal Protocol OEWG 39

The 39th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11-14 July 2017. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop on safety standards relevant to the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), to be held on 10 July, and the 58th meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol (ImpCom58), to be held on 9 July.

dates: 11-14 July 2017 venue: UN Conference Center, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Ozone Secretariat www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-39/SiteP...

Africa Open Data Conference 2017

The Africa Open Data Community is a convening space for tech industry, small businesses, journalists, civic tech, entrepreneurs, researchers, students, IT solution providers, banks, telcoms, insurance companies, NGOs, donor organizations, and local and national governments to connect virtually and in person to share advances in open data, share lessons, and form new collaborations.  

dates: 17-21 July 2017   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Africa Open Data Community   www: http://www.africaopendata.net/
 http://www.badili.org/2nd-africa-open-data-conference-2017-a...  

Partnership Exchange 2017

The 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will include, among its official special events, a Partnership Exchange on 17 July.  

date: 17 July 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&ty...  

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2017

The 2017 High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will begin with statements by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Secretary-General, and a keynote address. It will include a ministerial segment (17-19 July), which is the ministerial meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a general debate (convened in parallel from 17-19 July), a high-level policy dialogue with the international financial and trade institutions (20 July), and a thematic discussion on ECOSOC's annual theme, 'Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges' (20 July). The segment aims to effectively assess progress in eradication of poverty, and provide further policy guidance on SDG 1 (no poverty) and related goals. The aim is to commit to innovative measures that will advance the international poverty eradication agenda. Two reports of the UN Secretary-General are being prepared to inform deliberations during the Segment: the report on the 2017 main theme on the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, and the thematic report on eradicating multidimensional poverty. The High-level Segment represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work.

dates: 17-20 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/ecosoc-high-level-s...

2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 7th PRME Assembly

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, is the first organized relationship between the UN and business schools. The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 18-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://bulletin.unglobalcompact.org/campaigns/reports/viewCa...
 http://www.unprme.org/  

CITES Animals and Plants Committees

The 29th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee will take place from 18-21 July, followed by a Joint Session with the CITES Plants Committee on 22 July. The 23rd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee will take place on 24-27 July.  

dates: 18-27 July 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   www: https://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 https://cites.org/eng/disc/ac_pc.php  

SDG Business Forum 2017

The 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will include, among its official special events, an SDG Business Forum on 18 July.  

date: 18 July 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&ty...  

IOM International Dialogue on Migration - 2017 Workshop 2

The International Dialogue on Migration, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) principal forum for migration policy dialogue, meets twice a year, bringing together migration policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations. The 2017 workshops are dedicated to supporting the development of the global compact. The first workshop took place in April 2017. The second workshop, convening in July 2017, will focus on policy perspectives and practical aspects regarding the protection and assistance of migrants in vulnerable situations.

dates: 18-19 July 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.iom.int/idm
https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/IDM/IDM...

Fourth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The fourth thematic session will convene from 24-25 July 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will address, 'Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits'.

dates: 24-25 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

First Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The first hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, on 26 July 2017.

date: 26 July 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Seventh Meeting of Negotiating Committee on Principle 10

The Negotiating Committee on the Principle 10 Agreement for Latin America and the Caribbean will convene its seventh meeting, to advance negotiations towards a regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development). The sixth version of the negotiating text, based on input from the sixth meeting of the Negotiating Committee, is available.

dates: 31 July - 4 August 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: http://www.cepal.org/en/principio-10
http://negociacionp10.cepal.org/6/en/documents/sixth-version...

August 2017

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Migration Global Compact

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold a three-day regional consultation to adopt an outcome document and final report to be transmitted as the Asia-Pacific input to intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.  

date: 3 August 2017 [tentative]   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ESCAP   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf  

Resilience 2017

The Resilience 2017 conference is organized by the Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and the Resilience Alliance. Following previous Resilience conferences held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 will discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. It will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and aim to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene. The Conference will explore four major conference themes: social-ecological transformations for sustainability; connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the Anthropocene; multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship; and approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics.

date: 20 August 2017 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: Resilience 2017 e-mail: resilience2017.src@su.se www: http://resilience2017.org/

2017 World Water Week

2017 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 27 August-1 September 2017. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme: water and waste – reduce and reuse.  

dates: 27 August - 1 September 2017   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: SIWI   www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/  

September 2017

Ninth BRICS Summit

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will gather for the ninth BRICS summit. China intends to use the meeting in order to review successes in BRICS cooperation, plan a vision for future development, specify the direction of the BRICS mechanism, and expand cooperation, including with emerging markets and developing countries to forge a "platform for South-South cooperation with international influence."  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Xiamen, Fujian, China   www: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/t1421653.shtml  

Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Congress will take place under the theme, ‘MPAs: Bringing the ocean and people together’. The Congress will convene MPA scientists and practitioners to discuss a range of topics relevant to MPAs, including conservation, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement and management tools, and communications and education. The Government of Chile, through its Ministry of the Environment, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) are organizing IMPAC4.  

dates: 4-8 September 2017   location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile   e-mail: impac4@mma.gob.cl   www: http://impac.mma.gob.cl/
 http://www.icriforum.org/meeting/4th-international-marine-pr...  

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in October 2017. The session will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 4-9 September 2017   location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China   contact: UNWTO   www: http://lmd.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-second-se...
 http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2015-09-16/china-host-2...  

48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting

The 48th PIF Leaders Meeting will take place from 4-8 September 2017, in Apia, Samoa. The gathering will include: the Smaller Islands States Leaders Meeting (4 September); the Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting (5 September); the Official Opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum (5 September); the Forum Leaders Dialogue with Civil Society Organisations and Private Sector (6 September); the 48th PIF Plenary Sessions with Associate Member and Forum Observers and Post Forum Dialogue Partners (7 September); and the Forum Leaders Retreat (8 September).

dates: 4-8 September 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa contact: PIF Secretariat e-mail: media@forumsec.org www: http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/newsroom/press-statements/...
http://spto.org/news/18-news/6407-dates-for-48th-pacific-isl...

Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The fifth thematic session will convene from 4-5 September 2017, at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria, and will address, 'Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims'.

dates: 4-5 September 2017 venue: UN Office location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

4th International Conference on Research for Development

The Fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will address the theme, 'Evidence.Engagement.Policies,' focusing on four questions: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being; How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development; How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies; and How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative. ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme, www.r4d.ch) – a joint funding initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, www.cde.unibe.ch). The conference seeks contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Conference contributions should facilitate knowledge stewardship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and should improve our understanding of how evidence can support policies for sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are jointly called upon to share sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and to engage in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics. Leading researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are invited to propose sessions that reflect the conference themes by 24 January 2017.  

dates: 5-8 September 2017   location: Bern, Switzerland   e-mail: icrd@cde.unibe.ch   www: https://www.icrd.ch/  

UNCCD COP 13

The thirteen session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), along with the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 16) and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 13), will convene in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, from 6-16 September 2017. A high-level segment will also take place during COP 13, from 11-12 September. At COP 13, UNCCD Parties are expected to adopt the Strategic Framework that will guide action under the Convention from 2018-2030, among other decisions. Meetings of the Regional Implementation Annexes in the preparation for COP13/CRIC16/CST13 are scheduled to take place on 4-5 September 2017.

dates: 6-16 September 2017 location: China additional: Ordos, Inner Mongolia contact: UNCCD Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www2.unccd.int/cop13

46th Session of the IPCC

The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 46) will convene from 6-10 September 2017, in a location to be announced.

dates: 6-10 September 2017 [tentative] location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

SETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting

SETAC is a professional organization dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education. The SETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting, with a focus on 'Bridging the Gap between Science and Governance,' will promote the interaction among Latin American professionals engaged in environmental science with colleagues from other parts of the world.

dates: 7-10 September 2017 location: Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil www: https://sla2017.setac.org

Africa Regional Conference on Migration

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold a two-day conference with ministers, regional migration experts and civil society. The conference will aim to "validate" a regional report on migration, which will have been presented previously at an expert retreat with the African Union (AU) in mid-2017. The conference will also aim to help draft a common African position on migration, ahead of a special meeting of the AU expert committee dealing with migration in October/November 2017. The expert committee meeting will seek to adopt the common African position, which will then be presented at the AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2018.  

date: 7 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: UNECA   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf  

Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) aims to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions for achieving a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment. The ECPA is supported by inter-American and regional institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), multilateral development banks such as the World Bank, private sector, civil society and academia. The third ECPA Ministerial will convene in Chile, from 7-8 September 2017. In preparation for the event, a Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in Miami, US, on 20 October 2016, bringing together representatives from 19 countries who took stock of the Partnership’s progress since the ECPA Ministerial held in Merida in 2015. Developments covered during the Preparatory Meeting included: the Partnership’s Steering Committee Guiding Principles and Action Plan; and the initiatives implemented by the Organization of American States (OAS) to strengthen this effort. The participating countries agreed to provide a one-page concept note, describing one specific area relating to sustainable energy deemed central nationally and/or regionally. The outcomes achieved as a result of cooperation will be reported to the Third ECPA Ministerial.

dates: 7-8 September 2017 location: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile contact: ECPA www: http://www.ecpamericas.org/Events/Default.aspx?id=644

UNGA High-level Debate on SDG 11

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson announced his intention to convene a high-level debate on SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). The New Urban Agenda, adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), calls for a two-day High-level Meeting of the UNGA to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The New Urban Agenda further calls for the UN Secretary-General to submit to a report on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-HABITAT, including its mandate, governance structure, work and financial capabilities. The UNGA event is expected to bring together mayors, community administrators, city resilience leaders, and other stakeholders to focus on implementation of SDG 11 and to discuss the Secretary-General's report.

date: 9 September 2017 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...
https://www2.habitat3.org/bitcache/99d99fbd0824de50214e99f86...

4th Water Research Conference

The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.  

dates: 10-13 September 2017   venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada   location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada   www: http://www.waterresearchconference.com/
 http://iwrec.ok.ubc.ca/  

2017 International Renewable Energy Conference

Mexico will host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), which will take place in Mexico City, from 11-13 September 2017. MEXIREC 2017 will focus on global renewable energy development with a special focus on Latin America. Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate governments every two years and convened by REN21.  

dates: 11-13 September 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://www.ren21.net/irecs/  

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.  

dates: 18-22 September 2017   venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany   location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

The Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) will take place on the theme, 'The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development'. The 27 conference topics will cover all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a number of cross-cutting issues, including data, the role of universities in achieving the SDGs, and the arts as a tool to raise awareness of the SDGs.  

dates: 18-19 September 2017   venue: Columbia University, Lerner Hall   location: New York City, US   www: http://ic-sd.org  

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

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

dates: 25-29 September 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org  

ESCWA Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, from 26-28 September 2017.

dates: 26-27 September 2017 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

World Tourism Day 2017

This celebration of World Tourism Day will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Day's celebrations will focus on the theme, “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development".  

date: 27 September 2017   location: Qatar   contact: UNWTO   www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/world-tourism-...  

October 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held during Northern Fall in 2017.  

date: 1 October 2017   location: TBA   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/  

UNGA High-level Meeting on Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons

On improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), following on a decision to appraise progress achieved in implementing the Global Plan of Action on a four-year basis starting at its 72nd session, to assess achievements, gaps and challenges, decided to convene a high-level meeting in October 2017, immediately after the 72nd general debate. In January 2017, UNGA President Peter Thomson appointed Catherine Boura, Permanent Representative of Greece, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, as co-facilitators to consult with Member States on the preparations for the high-level meeting.  

dates: 2-3 October 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Our Ocean Conference 2017

The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.

dates: 5-6 October 2017 location: Malta contact: Ramon van Barneveld phone: +32 229-84602 e-mail: Ramon.VAN-BARNEVELD@ec.europa.eu www: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcement...

Forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44)

The forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) will convene under the theme, 'Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition'. The agenda of the session will cover: CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); nutrition; policy convergence; workstreams and activity updates; an independent evaluation of CFS; and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition. The CFS aims to be an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/plenary/cfs44/en/
http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/about/en/

30th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

This meeting will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol of 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.The Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund on an interim basis.  

dates: 10-13 October 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/30th-adaptation-fund-...  

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258
 http://www.centrescientifique.mc/en/  

World Health Summit

The ninth World Health Summit will address 'Science - Innovation - Policies'. The central topics include: Health Policy in the G7/G20: The Future of Global Health Governance; Global Health Security: Policy Responses to Planetary Challenges; Healthy and Resilient Cities: Rethinking Urban Transformation; Vaccination and Eradicating Disease: The Role of Research and Development; New Frontiers in Health Sciences: Remodeling Healthcare; and Big Data for Health Governance: Benefits, Frameworks & Ethics.

dates: 15-17 October 2017 venue: Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a location: Berlin, Germany www: https://www.worldhealthsummit.org

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 16-20 October 2017   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org   www: http://igfmining.org/  

Thirteenth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 13)

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC) is a subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention established to review chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the Conference of the Parties for listing such chemicals in Annex III.

dates: 16-20 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: Secretariat www: http://www.pic.int/TheConvention/ChemicalReviewCommittee/Ove...

UNECA Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 19-20 October 2017.

dates: 19-20 October 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia contact: UNECA www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

CMS COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: cms.secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/cop12  

Thirteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-13)

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, Annex B, and/or Annex C. Article 8 of the Stockholm Convention entails the reviewing process of new chemicals and Annex D, Annex E and Annex F specify the information requires for the review.

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: Secretariat www: http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/POPsReviewCommittee/Overvi...

Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Bali, Indonesia. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.  

dates: 23-27 October 2017   location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia   contact: GPA Coordination Office   www: http://unep.org/gpa/default.asp
 http://unep.org/gpa/About/IGR.asp  

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017

This Conference, which will convene in Brussels, Belgium, from 23-25 October 2017, is the first in a series of Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conferences. The G-STIC Conference series will bring together key stakeholders from science, technology and innovation communities (including the private sector), and provide a forum to review, discuss and identify internationally relevant technological innovations that can lead the world on a more sustainable development course. The series is hosted jointly by: VITO (a Belgian research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development) and its international partners the Asian Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Technology and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute).

dates: 23-25 October 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium contact: VITO NV phone: +32 (0)3 2867458 e-mail: info@gstic.org www: https://www.gstic.org

World Resources Forum

World Resources Forum (WRF) 2017 will take place on the theme of 'Accelerating the Resource Revolution'. The Forum is open to key stakeholders, and offers first-hand information about emerging issues.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.wrforum.org/world-resources-forum-2017/

November 2017

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   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...  

ESCAP Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6-8 November 2017.

dates: 6-8 November 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

31st ASEAN Summit

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50" with the Leaders. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

dates: 10-14 November 2017   location: Philippines   additional: Clark   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/31st-asean-summit-and-related-...  

ITPGR Governing Body Session

The next session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body is provisionally scheduled to take place in October/November 2017.  

date: 14 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/  

Joint 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1985 and entered into force on 22 Sep 1988. In 2009, the Vienna Convention became the first Convention of any kind to achieve universal ratification. The objectives of the Convention were for Parties to promote cooperation by means of systematic observations, research and information exchange on the effects of human activities on the ozone layer and to adopt legislative or administrative measures against activities likely to have adverse effects on the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere, and thereby protect the earth’s fragile ozone Layer. The original Montreal Protocol was agreed on 16 September 1987 and entered into force on 1 January 1989.

dates: 20-24 November 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: Secretariat www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Intercultural Cities 2017 Milestone Event

The Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe will hold its 2017 Milestone Event on the theme of 'Urban policies for inclusive integration and diversity advantage'. Since its launch in 2008 as a pilot initiative involving 11 cities, the Intercultural Cities (ICC) has developed into an influential coalition of over 100 cities across Europe and overseas, which advocates for "intercultural integration" - an asset-based approach to migrant inclusion policies. The event will use dynamic, interactive formats and experiential learning to enable participants to "live diversity and shape the diversity advantage". Participants also will engage in collaborative design sessions calling upon their knowledge and experience to work out concrete solutions for specific diversity and inclusion challenges.  

dates: 28-29 November 2017   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal   contact: Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Programme   e-mail: intercultural.cities@coe.int   www: http://www.coe.int/en/web/interculturalcities/-/join-the-int...  

December 2017

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: UN Office in Nairobi location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies phone: ?+254-20-7623431 e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/about/sgb/?
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20356/R...

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 5-7 December 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 4-7 December 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings  

World Soil Day 2017

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.  

date: 5 December 2017   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

Twenty-First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

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

dates: 11-14 December 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

Tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in parallel to the twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice.

dates: 13-16 December 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

March 2018

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

April 2018

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 48th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in April-May 2018.  

dates: 30 April - 10 May 2018   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...
 www.unfccc.int  

May 2018

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Conference themes include: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity; Cumulative impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity; Marine ecosystem safety; Role of systematics in understanding ocean change; Bioinformatics and data delivery; Analytical approaches in marine biodiversity science; Integrative frameworks for linking environmental and biological drivers of biodiversity; Linking biodiversity to ecosystem function and services; Blue biotechnology and marine genetic resources; Marine policy and law; Marine biodiversity and human health; Marine biodiversity education and outreach; and Strategies for conservation of marine biodiversity.  

dates: 13-16 May 2018   location: TBA   www: http://www.wcmb2018.org/  

July 2018

Twenty-Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

The twenty-second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held the 2-7 July 2017. Article 25 of the CBD establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA reports regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work.

dates: 2-7 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/
https://www.cbd.int/sbstta

Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

In Decision XII/12, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) established the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) to replace the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision XII/26. The first meeting of the SBI was held on 2-6 May 2016, in Montreal, Canada. The four functions and core areas of work of SBI consist of: (a) review of progress in implementation; (b) strategic actions to enhance implementation; (c) strengthening means of implementation; and (d) operations of the convention and the Protocols. The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties serves as the Bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/?meeting=5691

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: GRASP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...  

September 2018

Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

UN Member States reached consensus on a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018. According to the draft modalities resolution agreed on 31 January 2017, the conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) “unless otherwise agreed;” and outcomes will include an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the conference, and possible other components such as actionable commitments, means of implementation and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation. Member States will decide on additional modalities for the conference by January 2018, based on a note to be prepared by the UN Secretary-General. The modalities resolution will be brought to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for adoption once its programme budget implications have been reviewed by the UN Secretary-General, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the UNGA’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary).  

date: 17 September 2018 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/governments-reach-agreement-on-migr...  

October 2018

Second UN World Data Forum

The Second UN World Data Forum will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in October 2018, as indicated by the Chair of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017.  

date: 2 October 2018 [tentative]   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: UN Statistics Division   www: http://undataforum.org  

13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13)

The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 23-31 October 2018.

dates: 23-31 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: Magdalena Luczak, Communications Officer, Ramsar Convention Secretariat phone: +41 22 999 0309 fax: +41 22 999 0169 www: http://www.ramsar.org/news/united-arab-emirates-to-host-next...

November 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 5-16 November 2018, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 5-16 November 2018   location: TBA   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...
 www.unfccc.int  

Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development [rescheduled]

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

date: 8 November 2018   location: Boston, MA, US   contact: University of Massachusetts Boston   phone: 617-287-7112   e-mail: crscad@umb.edu   www: https://www.umb.edu/crscad/events/equitable_development  

February 2019

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/  

June 2019

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 49th 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...
 www.unfccc.int  

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]   location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil   contact: Gerda Wolfrum   e-mail: wolfrum@iufro.org   www: http://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/events/iwc19-press-r...  

November 2019

UNFCCC COP 25

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 11-22 November 2019, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 11-22 November 2019   location: TBA   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...
 www.unfccc.int  

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 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...