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August 2017

27th UN-Water Meeting

The 27th UN-Water Meeting will take place from 25-26 August 2017, at the City Conference Center in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting gathers UN-Water members and partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and is taking place prior to the annual World Water Week. UN-Water coordinates the efforts of UN entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. Over 30 UN agencies, programmes and other UN entities dealing with water-related issues, including sanitation and natural disasters are Members of UN-Water. Over 35 international organizations, professional unions, associations or other civil-society groups that are actively involved in water, international in structure and membership are Partners of UN-Water. During the two day meeting in August, UN-Water Members will discuss issues related to UN-Water governance. Sessions with UN-Water Members and Partners will consider updates on the High-Level Panel on Water, the fourth meeting of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace, the draft Action Plan for the “International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development” 2018 – 2028, the status of implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and monitoring and reporting of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation), among other items.

dates: 25-26 August 2017 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: UN-Water www: http://www.unwater.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/  

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

The 64th session of the UN General Assembly declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests through the unanimous adoption of its resolution 64/35 on 2 December 2009. The day will be observed at UN Headquarters on 30 August 2017, with an Informal Meeting of the UN General Assembly convened by President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, and a message from the UN Secretary-General, followed by a plenary debate.

date: 29 August 2017 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/againstnucleartestsday/

ECLAC Regional Consultation for Global Compact on Migration

In coordination with partners in the region, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold a two-day regional consultation, including experts from each sub-region. The outcome documents and/or summary reports of all the regional consultations held in preparation for the global compact on migration will be transmitted as inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the compact. Regional analysis and perspectives will also be made available and feed into the global preparatory meetings as they evolve.

dates: 30-31 August 2017 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC or RCNYO www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/mapping.pdf
http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf

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."

dates: 3-5 September 2017 location: Xiamen, Fujian, China www: https://brics2017.org/English/China2017/BRICSCalendar/
https://brics2017.org/English/China2017/Theme/

Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

The fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) will meet in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, from 4-8 September 2017. A high-level meeting will take place on 9 September in Valparaiso, Chile. IMPAC4 will convene under the theme ‘Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together,’ underscoring the ocean-human relationship and the benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs) and the ocean for those who depend on their ecosystem services. The meeting will address: MPAs and global change, including climate change and ocean acidification; MPAs and coastal communities, including empowerment of women, and development and economic growth; successful MPA management, including sustainable development initiatives and finance for MPAs; and MPAs and shared visions, including marine spatial planning and youth-led collaborative action. The high-level meeting will aim to link a Valparaiso Declaration with Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 (on ensuring, by 2020, at least 17% of terrestrial and inland water, and 10% of coastal and marine areas, are conserved through protected areas and other conservation measures, and integrated into wider landscapes and seascapes) and Sustainable Development Goal 14 (life below water). IMPAC4 is being organized by the Chilean Ministry of the Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

dates: 4-9 September 2017 location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile additional: Valparaiso(multiple cities) e-mail: impac4@mma.gob.cl www: http://impac.mma.gob.cl/
http://www.impac4.org/en/hls-2/

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

2017 Asian Evaluation Week

The 2017 Asian Evaluation Week (AEW) is co-sponsored by the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Finance Asia-Pacific Finance and Development Institute and the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department. The theme is 'Evaluation for Policymaking,' with a special focus on inclusive growth, aiming to demonstrate how evaluation findings can help policy making, to identify practices and approaches that support this, and share examples of influential evaluations that showcase how evaluation findings support policies.

dates: 4-7 September 2017 location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China contact: ADB www: https://www.adb.org/news/events/2017-asian-evaluation-week

International Energy Conference 2017

The International Energy Conference is organized by the Mexican Energy Academy and the Organizing Committee. The event aims to bring together investigators from universities research laboratories, industrial organizations and political organizations to analyze, exchange ideas, discuss recent results and review progress on basic and applied science and politics on energy problems worldwide. The conference will focus on the efficient use of energy, life-cycle assessment, environmental, social and economic sustainability, public policies and education, and culture on energy awareness. The objective is that the Conference will lead to the proposal of novel projects on energy sector.

dates: 4-8 September 2017 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: http://www.amexen.org/iec/2017/home

High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene this High-level Meeting to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), as called for in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The New Urban Agenda also 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. The meeting will discuss, inter alia, best practices, success stories in relation to implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It will also address the measures contained in the Report from the Secretary General’s Independent Panel to Assess, Enhance Effectiveness of UN-Habitat after Adoption of New Urban Agenda, which was summarized here.

dates: 5-6 September 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-meeting-on-...

46th Session of the IPCC

The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 46) will convene from 6-10 September 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 45 can be found here.

dates: 5-10 September 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: IPCC Secretariat www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

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/  

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017

The first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5-8 September 2017, and is jointly organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment. At the request of member States, the Ministerial Summit will bring together, for the first time, two UN ministerial-level meetings on the environment: the seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific and the second session of UN Environment’s Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific. The Ministerial Summit will focus on addressing the linkages between resource efficiency and pollution reduction in Asia and the Pacific, under the theme ‘Towards a resource efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific’. The Summit will review implementation of the outcomes of the sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2010. Ministers are expected to adopt a Ministerial Declaration to provide guidance for regional cooperation on environment and development issues. The meeting will also provide guidance regarding ESCAP's work programme on environment and development. Additionally, the meeting will review implementation of the 2016 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolutions in Asia and the Pacific and provide guidance on regional priorities and actions for the December 2017 UNEA, which will convened under the them, ‘Towards a Pollution-Free Planet’. The Summit is being jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment. On 4 September, a one-day meeting of civil society organizations (CSOs) will convene.

dates: 5-8 September 2017 venue: UN Conference Center, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://apministerialenv.org/

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

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

DCF Argentina High-level Symposium

The first preparatory symposium for the 2018 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will take place on the theme of 'South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda. Building Innovative and Inclusive Partnerships'. The DCF Argentina High-level Symposium will also be a key milestone in the run-up to the 40th anniversary of the Buenos Aries Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA+40), adopted at the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries of 1978. The Symposium will bring together policymakers and development experts to advance South-South and triangular cooperation in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era.

dates: 6-8 September 2017 venue: San Martín Palace location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/dcf-argentina-high-...
http://ssc.undp.org/content/ssc/library/policy_papers/resolu...

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

Informal Meeting of the UNGA on the Status of SDG Implementation

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is convening this informal meeting on the status of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and on outcomes and conclusions of the President's strategy. The informal dialogue will take stock of broader SDG implementation efforts undertaken during the year, and provide Member States with the opportunity to exchange views and reflect on results achieved. More specifically, the meeting will address: progress made in implementing the SDG strategy for the 71st session of the UNGA; overall progress and achievements by the UN Development System, World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others on the SDGs; and how collaborative platforms can more effectively implement and accelerate the delivery of the SDGs through global, regional and country initiatives.

date: 8 September 2017 time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017

The World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) will convene under the theme 'ICT for the SDGs'. The event will discuss the contribution of the ICT sector to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provide guidance on the future of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). WTDCs address topics, projects and programmes related to telecommunication development, define strategies and objectives for telecommunication/ICT development, and provide guidance to the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Development Sector.

dates: 9-20 September 2017 venue: Hilton Hotel Convention Centre location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/WTDC/WTDC17/Pages/d...
http://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/2017-MA10.aspx

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/  

Sixth Session of Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, Third Session of the Meeting of the Parties to Protocol on PRTRs, Joint High-level Segment

The sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the third session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs), their joint High-level Segment and associated preparatory meetings will provide a platform for Parties, signatories, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges with regard to promoting effective access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in relation to a wide range of issues affecting the environment. At the joint High-level Segment, delegations will focus on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 11-15 September 2017 venue: Splendid Conference and SPA Resort location: Budva, Montenegro www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=44094#/

Regional NAP Expo: Advancing National Adaptation Plans in Asia

The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo is organized by the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group (LEG), in collaboration with various bodies and organizations, and is the first one for Asia. The outreach event aims to promote exchange of experiences and foster partnerships between a wide range of actors and stakeholders on how to advance NAPs. It is co-hosted by the UNFCCC and the Korean Ministry of Environment, and organized by the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) and Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment (UNEP) NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP).

dates: 11-12 September 2017 venue: JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square, 279, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: http://napexpo.org/asia/
http://www4.unfccc.int/nap/Pages/Home.aspx

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. The General Assembly will focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’. In preparation for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN has released a number of documents related to its agenda item on sustainable development, as summarized here. The President of the 72nd session of the UNGA, Miroslav Laj?ák, identified the following six overarching priorities for his tenure following his election: making a difference in the lives of ordinary people; prevention and mediation for sustaining peace; migration; political momentum for the SDGs and climate; human rights and equality, including equal opportunities for genders; and quality of events organized by the Presidency.

dates: 12-25 September 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/
http://undocs.org/en/A/72/100

9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting

The 9th International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL 2017) will be hosted at the University of California, Irvine. Organized by UC Irvine with the scientific supervision of the European Commission Joint Research Center, the three-day conference will feature discussions and debates on the latest developments in energy efficient residential appliances and lighting, including in such areas as policies and programmes, technological advances and consumer behavior. EEDAL provides a platform for stakeholders from government, research, manufacturing, and beyond to share views, exchange experiences and strengthen international cooperation.

dates: 13-15 September 2017 location: Irvine, CA, US www: http://eedal2017.uci.edu/schedule/
https://ipeec.org/newsroom/248-eedal-2017-to-be-held-in-cali...

Global Goals Week 2017

Global Goals Week 2017 is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during UN General Assembly week and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. Global Goals Week was originally piloted in 2016 by organizing partners Project Everyone, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Foundation. Global Goals Week 2017 events include:

  • Hult Prize Awards Ceremony;
  • Social Good Summit (17 September);
  • SDG Media Zone (18-22 September);
  • Solutions Summit;
  • UN Private Sector Forum (18 September);
  • Global Citizen LIVE! (18 September);
  • Climate Week Opening Ceremony (18 September);
  • Concordia Annual Summit (18-19 September);
  • World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit (18-19 September);
  • International Conference on Sustainable Development (18-19 September);
  • Global Citizen Movement Makers (19 September);
  • Global Goals Awards Dinner (19 September);
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers (20 September);
  • TED Global NYC (20 September);
  • UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (21 September);
  • We the Future (21 September); and
  • Global Citizen Festival (23 September).
Climate Week will also take place at the same time.

dates: 16-23 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://globalgoalsweek.org/

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer marks the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. In 2017, the #OzoneHeroes campaign will be launched on 14 September to celebrate the accomplishments of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the ozone layer and the climate, to increase public recognition of the success and impact of the Protocol, and to generate further support for the Protocol and the Kigali Amendment, which phases down climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons and was adopted in 2016.

date: 16 September 2017 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/

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  

International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation

GUNi/ACUP is organizing this conference, aimed at creating a permanent and multidisciplinary knowledge network on the implementation of the SDGs. The conference will seek to provide intellectual guidance and scientific evidences to the challenges of SDGs, promoting research and education to build a fair global community and more sustainable societies. The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) is an international network created in 1999 and supported by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN University (UNU) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), which hosts its secretariat and presidency. #GUNiSDGs.

dates: 18-19 September 2017 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: GUNI/ACUP www: http://www.guninetwork.org/activity/international-conference...
conftool.com/sustainable-development-goals-2017

Climate Week NYC 2017

The 9th annual Climate Week NYC will take place during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead us towards a net-zero emissions global economy. The Week will seek to demonstrate how non-state actors are embracing the opportunities of the clean economy and innovating to create jobs and prosperity for businesses and communities alike. Climate Week NYC 2017 will showcase the role that non-state actors are playing in ensuring the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Week is organized by The Climate Group, an international non-profit that works internationally with businesses, states and regions to deliver a world of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and greater prosperity for all.

dates: 18-24 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://www.theclimategroup.org/ClimateWeekNYC

UN Private Sector Forum 2017

The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017, organized by the UN Global Compact, will focus on the theme of 'Financing the 2030 Agenda'. The organizers note that achieving the SDGs requires unlocking new forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, and ensuring the UN and its partners "make a strategic pivot" to facilitating financial innovation, catalyzing responsible business growth, and increasing private and public investment in the Goals. The annual Forum aims to bring the voice of business to intergovernmental debates, and to enable CEOs, heads of state and government, and UN and civil society leaders to explore partnerships to address challenges that no single organization or sector can take on alone.

date: 18 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1051-unit...

Arctic Energy Summit 2017

The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share best practices as they relate to a range of Arctic energy issues. It builds on the Sustainable Development Working Group’s legacy efforts to address energy as a fundamental element of the sustainable development of the Arctic, and occurs during Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2017-2019). The three-day Summit will focus on: oil and gas; geothermal, solar, wind, hydro and tidal energy; utilities; microgrids; energy policy and regulation; community impacts; energy finance and investment; climate change; and energy security. The Summit will be hosted by Alaska’s Institute of the North, in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

dates: 18-20 September 2017 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: http://arcticenergysummit.com/
http://arcticenergysummit.com/story/Program

Conference on the Global Pact for the Environment

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, will host this one-day conference to discuss the draft for a Global Pact for the Environment. In its November 2015 report titled, 'Increasing the Effectiveness of International Environmental Law: Duties of States, Rights of Individuals,' the Environmental Commission of Le Club des Juristes (CDJ) proposed the adoption of a Global Pact for the Environment to serve as a binding, universal “umbrella text” synthesizing the principles outlined in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the Earth Charter, the World Charter for Nature, and other instruments shaping environmental governance. Subsequently, a draft pact was developed and presented to an event in Paris in June 2017, during which French President Emmanuel Macron promised to present the draft to the UN in September.

date: 20 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://ccsi.columbia.edu/2017/09/20/conference-on-the-global...
http://pactenvironment.org/fr/

Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 aims to inspire leadership for the SDGs. It will present highlights of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) week, chart the way ahead for increased public-private collaboration, unveil the UN Global Compact’s latest intelligence from Action Platforms, generate engagement opportunities around the SDGs, and celebrate ambitious leaders and innovators from around the world with 2017 Pioneers, Project Breakthrough and the Global Opportunity Explorer.

date: 21 September 2017 location: New York City, US contact: UN Global Compact www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1301-2017...

International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace is observed annually around the world on 21 September. The theme for 2017 is: 'Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All'. The theme honors the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. Events to mark the day will take place on 15 September 2017, when the Secretary-General will celebrate the Day in the Peace Garden at UN Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. UN Messengers of Peace will participate in the ceremony. The UN Education Outreach Section will hold a global student videoconference on the same day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also at UN Headquarters.

date: 21 September 2017 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

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) will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

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

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 30) to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.  

dates: 25-29 September 2017 location: Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31106/en/

21st Session of the CCAC Working Group

The 21st session of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group will consider, among others: preparations for the CCAC High Level Assembly taking place in November 2017, on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); scaling up of CCAC initiatives; follow-up to the Marrakech Communique; and new funding proposals. The CCAC was first created by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the US, along with UN Environment (UNEP), who initiate the first efforts to treat short-lived climate pollutants pollutants as a collective challenge. The Working Group oversees the cooperative activities of the Coalition, and is the body in the Coalition making regular decisions on operational matters. Representatives of each Coalition partner participate in meetings of the Working Group, at least twice per year.

dates: 25-26 September 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/en

International Seminar on Open Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) are organizing an International Seminar on Data for Sustainable Development Goals: Data Disaggregation, to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 25-27 September 2017. The outcomes of this Seminar will provide inputs to the paper on Open Data that will be presented to the 49th Session of the Statistical Commission.

dates: 25-27 September 2017 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/sdg-seminar-seoul-2017/

Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2017

The International Trade Centre's (ITC) Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) programme organizes the Trade for Sustainable Development Forum, which brings together business people, researchers, standards organizations and international trade officials to discuss trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. In 2017, the event will consider 'Partnerships: Which model is yours?' with agenda items considering: why some models are more successful in achieving sustainability objectives; common elements of success when standards organizations, policy makers and private companies work well together; what we can expect from successful collaboration; and what issues should be considered when engaging in new partnerships. The 2017 edition of the T4SD Forum will be hosted in the headquarters of ITC from 25-26 September, and will feature a high-level session at the WTO Public Forum 2017 on 27 September.

dates: 25-27 September 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.intracen.org/itc/events/t4sd-forum-2017/

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

2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum

The Environment and Emergencies Forum (EEF) is a global event organized by UN Environment and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The EEF has been organized every two years since 1995, as requested by Member States through a 1993 UN Environment Governing Council Decision. This biennial forum brings together stakeholders from around the world to showcase innovations in environmental emergency preparedness and response, and to highlight current efforts on integrating environmental risk in humanitarian action. The 2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum will explore the nexus of environmental risk and humanitarian crisis against global trends. It will provide a platform for taking action to strengthen environmental resilience through an increased focus on the readiness of Member States, regional and national organizations, civil society and academia, to address the environmental dimensions of emergencies.

dates: 26-28 September 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20631/2...

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. The resulting modalities resolution (A/RES/71/287), adopted on 4 May 2017, sets the date for 27-28 September 2017.

dates: 27-28 September 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...
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

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-...  

Mobilizing Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Observations and Solutions: A Perspective from the Caribbean Region

This regional conference on local and indigenous knowledge and climate change is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It aims to contribute to the mobilization of local and indigenous knowledge in the Caribbean by: providing a regional overview of the state-of-the-art of local and indigenous knowledge of the environment in the Caribbean, including tools and methodologies for working with local and indigenous knowledge; and understanding the key regional issues, experiences and good practices for promoting local and indigenous knowledge in climate change assessment and action.

dates: 27-29 September 2017 location: Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana www: https://en.unesco.org/lik-climate-caribbean-conference

Leave No One Behind: WASH in Humanitarian Emergencies Workshop

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will co-host a technical workshop focused on operationalizing Member State commitments to ensure non-discriminatory access to sanitation, hygiene and safe water by refugees and migrants. WSSCC is conducting consultations in Ventimiglia, Italy and Assam, India with refugees and migrants with regard to their sanitation and hygiene needs in the humanitarian emergency context using the LNOB methodology. These case studies will be presented with other recent research from partners during this side-event to the Human Rights Council.

date: 27 September 2017 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://wsscc.org/2017/06/30/leave-no-one-behind-wash-humanit...

Promoting and Financing Energy Efficiency in Ireland and the United Kingdom

This event is organized in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the UN Environment Finance Initiative, in the frame of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums contract, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU. It aims to engage policymakers and stakeholders in an informed discussion on ways to upscale energy efficiency investments. This includes sharing best practice on how to reach out to and engage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in thinking about energy efficiency investments and presentation of the opportunities for unlocking the potential for energy efficiency investments in Ireland and the UK. The conference will feature plenary sessions as well as smaller interactive sessions in order to enable more detailed discussions.

date: 28 September 2017 location: Dublin, Ireland e-mail: paola.baldomero@un.org www: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/events/promoting-and-financin...

October 2017

Sixth 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 sixth thematic session will convene from 2-3 October 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures'.

dates: 2-3 October 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

Global Meeting on Regional Consultative Processes on Migration Compact

A series of regional consultative meetings on migration will take place as part of Phase I of the preparatory process for the global compact, culminating in a global meeting of chairs and secretariats of the regional consultative processes, in Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2017.

date: 3 October 2017 [tentative] location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

Reducing Inequality in a Turbulent World: Scaling-up Strategies to Secure Indigenous, Community and Women’s Land Rights

This conference aims to advance joint efforts to secure the land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and women. It is co-organized by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), and the International Foundation for Science (IFS). The event is held in collaboration with the Land Rights Now alliance, Interlaken Group, and LandMark.

dates: 3-5 October 2017 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://rightsandresources.org/en/event/scaling-up-strategies...

ESCWA Regional Consultation on Migration Compact

In collaboration with the League of Arab States, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold a two-day regional consultation, in October or November 2017, in Cairo, Egypt. The outcome documents and/or summary reports of all the regional consultations held in preparation for the global compact on migration will be transmitted as inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the compact. Regional analysis and perspectives will also be made available and feed into the global preparatory meetings as they evolve.

date: 4 October 2017 [tentative] location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt contact: RCNYO or ESCWA www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf

Second 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 second hearing is expected to convene in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4 October 2017.

date: 4 October 2017 [tentative] location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

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/

Fourth European Forest Week and Las2017 - Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Las2017 - a joint session of the 39th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 74th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Las2017, the 4th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe, under the theme 'Forests, our common good'.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Warsaw, Poland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/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-...  

Second ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF2)

This second International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF) will aim to develop an ICAO Vision on Aviation Alternative Fuels. This Vision will encourage States to take action at national and international levels to further develop and deploy sustainable alternative fuels for aviation. The Conference will build upon the results of the ICAO Alternative Fuels Seminar, held in February 2017, and of the first ICAO CAAF, held in November 2009. The first CAAF endorsed the use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation as an important means of reducing aviation emissions and established the ICAO Global Framework for Aviation Alternative Fuels (GFAAF).

dates: 11-13 October 2017 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/CAAF2/Pages/default.aspx

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 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/
http://igfmining.org/agm-2017/

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

EMG Nexus Dialogue 3: Environmental and Humanitarian Nexus

The third EMG Nexus Dialogue will focus on partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. Environmental disasters and degradation have contributed to the overwhelming number of internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees. The humanitarian sector must often react swiftly, whilst the environment timeline is often longer-term. There are possibilities to include the environment in operating procedures and training. Skills-sharing and institutional structures to foster joint work have been identified as entry points to this nexus. A technical segment on the humanitarian and environment nexus will focus on theory and on the process of applying nexus thinking in practice. The day's events will close with a high level segment featuring a panel discussion.

date: 19 October 2017 venue: Room XI, Building A, 3rd Floor, Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

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...

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

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 location: Sri Lanka www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

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/

Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)

The 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) will be held under the aegis of the new OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment on Tuesday, and will convene from 24-25 October 2017, at the OECD Conference Centre. The OECD has convened its annual Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) since 2014. At the 3rd GIFF event, the OECD launched the Centre on Green Finance and Investment to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The GIFF is the main annual global event for the OECD Centre, and will gather senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for action-oriented discussions to advance the global green finance agenda. The agenda for the 4th GIFF will include four main themes for discussion: from short-term actions to long-term ambition, to take stock of progress made since Paris (the action), and what to expect in the next 5-15 years (the ambition); opportunities for green investment; driving the low-carbon transition through a sustainable financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

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: 25-27 October 2017 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia contact: GPA Coordination Office www: https://www.unep.org/gpa/

Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR

Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’ Among other issues, the meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS), and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources. The Seventh Session of the Governing Body will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28 and 29 October 2017.

dates: 30 October - 3 November 2017 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: FAO www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/news/news-detail/en/c/902947...

November 2017

Strategic Materials in a Low-Carbon World: From Resource Scarcity to Availability

This international conference is organized by the Veolia Institute in partnership with the Oxford Martin School. It will consider what the low carbon transition implies for materials demand, what the second order implications are for extractive industries, and how circular economy principles, resource efficiency and recycling will play a key part in connecting supply and demand. Participants will include high-level experts from the academic community, business leaders, and national and international policymakers and practitioners. Speakers will include Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics, and Sheila Khama, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank.

dates: 2-3 November 2017 location: Oxford, England, UK www: https://www.resourceavailability2017.org/

People’s Climate Summit 2017

This event will take place immediately prior to, and in parallel with, the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. The People's Climate Summit will provide a space for networking and information exchange that inspires and strengthens work on issues related to climate justice. Evening panels will take place on 3-5 November, addressing the following topics: Global Climate Justice, Leave it in the ground: how to go on with decarbonization, and Who is making the transition? On 6-7 November, over 50 workshops will debate how to put a social-ecological transition into practice, will consider global struggles for climate justice, and will share skills and build networks.

dates: 3-7 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://pcs2017.org/en/

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. The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary of UNFCCC COP 22 (Marrakech Climate Change Conference) is here.

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://refugeesmigrants.un.org/sites/default/files/regionalc...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

CCAC High Level Assembly

The High Level Assembly of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place in November 2017, on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The CCAC was first created by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the US, along with UN Environment (UNEP), who initiated the first efforts to treat short-lived climate pollutants as a collective challenge. The Coalition’s High Level Assembly provides strategic guidance and leadership for the Coalition. Government ministers from country partners and Heads of partner organizations participate in the Assembly.

date: 6 November 2017 [tentative] location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/en
http://www.ccacoalition.org/en/content/high-level-assembly

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-...  

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is expected to convene in Manama, Bahrain, from 11-14 November 2017. Members of the IAEG-SDGs will, inter alia, consider whether to re-classify the tier statuses of the SDG indicators, based on the documentation submitted by indicator custodian agencies.

dates: 11-14 November 2017 [tentative] location: Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

This business-focused event will be held during the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to gather over 600 participants, including national and local policy makers, UN agencies representatives, business leaders, investors and international NGOs. Debate and discussions will be held around the following topics: renewable energy; circular economy; sustainable land and water management; carbon markets; climate finance; and climate innovation in emerging regions. The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP 23 is organized by Climate Action, in partnership with UN Environment (UNEP).

dates: 13-14 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.cop-23.org/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank. The Conference will convene under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, exhibitions, and the use of social media to reach a broader audience, including youth. It aims to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. This Conference follows an inaugural Conference held in November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 14-17 November 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa2017

International Conference on Quantitative Methods for Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Measurements

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are jointly organizing this International Conference to provide a platform for researchers, academics, professionals and decision-makers to define the state of the art for quantitative measurement of food and nutrition security by identifying the main practical challenges, sharing innovative methods and modelling techniques, and exploring best practices to scale up multi- and cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination at country, regional and global levels. The Conference will offer the opportunity for participants to forge innovative partnerships for the development and promotion of improved methodologies to support evidence-based food and nutrition security policy.

dates: 15-17 November 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/conference/methods-food-se...

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

4th Busan Global Partnership Forum

The 4th Busan Global Partnership Forum will be held from 21-22 November 2017. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation was created at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 and came into effect in 2012. It brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector all committed to strengthening the effectiveness of their development co-operation. The Global Partnership tracks progress in the implementation of Busan commitments for more effective development co-operation through its monitoring framework comprised of a set of 10 indicators. These indicators focus on strengthening developing country institutions, increasing transparency and predictability of development co-operation, enhancing gender equality, as well as supporting greater involvement of civil society, parliaments and private sector in development efforts. The monitoring framework is currently being refined to fully reflect the 2030 Agenda and will contribute to the review of targets for SDG 5 and 17 and implementation of the Financing for Development agreements.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 location: Busan, Pusan-Jikhalsi, Republic of Korea www: http://effectivecooperation.org/event/4th-busan-global-partn...

Fifth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will focus on the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure—understood to include water supply and sanitation, flood protection, roads and transport, energy and telecommunications—has major implications for a variety of development outcomes, at the household level (health, education and social mobility), at the firm level (productivity, industrial development), and at the global level (climate change, energy, forests, biodiversity, pollution). Ensuring affordable and reliable access remains a major challenge in developing countries, but one that is further complicated by both a changing climate and changing climate policies. The balancing act across the three dimensions of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – is increasingly central to the infrastructure challenge, even as the world appears to have made little progress in solving the infrastructure finance gap. The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be hosted by the World Bank and will seek to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant. This conference aims at taking stock of recent advances and research challenges. To do so, the event will seek to gather the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 venue: World Bank location: Washington D.C., US contact: World Bank e-mail: sustainableinfra@worldbank.org www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/fifth-green-growth...

2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum is 'Realizing Access to Remedy'. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: lau@unglobalcompact.org www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1321-2017...

Sixty-Ninth Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

The 69th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will convene to discuss, inter alia: the revision and replacement of the CITES Strategic Vision: 2008-2020; existing resolutions and decisions; general compliance and enforcement; review of Significant Trade in specimens of Appendix-II species; trade control and traceability; identification of specimens in trade; and species specific matters. It will also consider Reports of the Secretariat on, inter alia: demand reduction; community awareness on wildlife trafficking; capacity-building needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition; follow-up of the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife and South Africa’s Youth Conservation Programme; enforcement matters; International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime; and combating wildlife cybercrime.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php
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53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Sessions of the Associated Committees

The 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.

dates: 27 November - 2 December 2017 location: Lima, Peru contact: Gerhard Dieterle e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4991
http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/international-tropical-...

Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Prior to UNEA-3

Civil society will host the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates the participation of civil society in the UN Environment Assembly and associated meetings. This event will take place prior to the UN Environment Assembly, which it taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4-6 December 2017, and will address the theme of pollution.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 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: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-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...  

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

The 4th Global Science conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) will be organized around the theme 'Catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate scaling up of CSA'. It has five objectives: highlight emerging science and innovations on climate-agriculture nexus issues with a focus on CSA innovations in defined agricultural landscapes and food systems; showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA; interrogate and share circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within the context of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change; enable networking and provide opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA; stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogue between scientists-researchers and practitioners including policy makers, business, civil society and farmers. The Conference is hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://csa2017.nepad.org/en/

WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS)

The World Ocean Council (WOC) will host the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) under the theme, 'The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities'. SOS 2017 will focus on: ocean business community leadership in achieving the SDG 14 on life below water; and business growth and investment opportunities of ocean sustainable development. SOS 2017 will also aim to advance the development of SDG targets and indicators being developed with and for the Ocean Business Community via the WOC; address the other SDGs and how they relate to the ocean and also create the need for business leadership and opportunities for business growth and development; and build on the results and momentum of the U.N. Ocean/SDG 14 Conference (June 2017) and other ocean events of 2017 by bringing these to the unique SOS ocean industry conference.

dates: 29 November - 1 December 2017 location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada www: https://www.oceancouncil.org/event/sustainable-ocean-summit-...

December 2017

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Urban Pollution and Health Nexus

Global causes of illness and death are increasingly linked to the poor quality of the environment. In urbanized environments, environmental hazards include exposure to air, water, and chemical pollution. The SDGs play an important role in this nexus, highlighting that isolated actions to improve health are unsustainable, and that the environment must be an entry point into addressing global health. Discussions during the fourth event in the EMG nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease.

date: 1 December 2017 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

International Conference on Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

Organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment, with support from the European Union (EU), the event will bring together more than 200 experts from around the globe. The conference aims to: identify, discuss and recommend resilient solution packages suitable for mountain areas, approaching resilience building for transformative change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region from a holistic perspective, seen in the context of multiple change processes in mountain areas; and deepen the commitment among stakeholders and decision makers to find and implement resilient solutions.

dates: 3-6 December 2017 location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal contact: ICIMOD Secretariat e-mail: resilient.hkh@icimod.org www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=16219

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. The event consider the overarching theme of pollution. Outcomes are expected to include: a political declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution; voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet; and the Clean Planet Pledge, a collection of individual commitments to take personal action to end pollution in all its forms. UNEA-3 will be preceded on: 27-28 November, by the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum; 29 November - 1 December, by the Committee of Permanent Representatives; 2-3 December, by the Science Policy Forum; and 4-6 December 2017, by the Sustainable Innovation Expo.

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/environmentassembly/
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21213/T...

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...  

Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 10-13 December in Argentina. The event will be chaired by Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra. The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2015.

dates: 10-13 December 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc11_e/mc11_e....

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/

International Mountain Day and High-Level Conference

The high-level conference on mountains, titled 'Mountains under Pressure,' will coincide with International Mountain Day and the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership. The conference will raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the center of international negotiations, policies and investments, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It will launch a Declaration and a Call to Action to support concrete actions, put in place long lasting processes and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments. International Mountain Day is observed to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world. This year's theme for the Day is 'Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration.' The conference and the Day will be followed by the fifth General Assembly of the members of the Mountain Partnership, on 12-13 December 2017 also in Rome, Italy.

date: 11 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

Global Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation

This workshop is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=43633#/

World Efficiency Solutions

World Efficiency Solutions (WE) aims to contribute to finding solutions to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will provide a global market place for public and private stakeholders committed to accelerating low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions. The event will seek to identify solutions to advance the SDGs related to: energy efficiency; eco-design; eco-building, eco-renovation and eco-exploitation; resource-efficient urban planning; and actions, tools and services to preserve and develop biodiversity. WE's objective is to foster interactions among businesses, cities, governments and financiers by delivering fruitful contacts, demos, inspiration, expertise and previews through a dedicated platform and event. WE is organized with a range of partners, including the French Government.

dates: 12-14 December 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://www.world-efficiency.com/en/

Mountain Partnership Fifth General Assembly

The fifth General Assembly of the members of the Mountain Partnership will be held following the High-level Conference on 'Mountains under Pressure' and celebration of International Mountain Day. The Mountain Partnership focal points are expected to take part in the General Assembly, which will focus on exchanging knowledge, thematic issues, resource mobilization, governance, work planning and Steering Committee matters.

dates: 12-13 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

Climate Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, he will convene a summit to take further action on climate, notably on the financial front. Macron indicated that the Summit would aim to mobilize private and public financing for the projects committed to under the Paris Agreement.

date: 12 December 2017 location: TBA www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...
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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/

Third Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The third hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, on 18 December 2017.

date: 18 December 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

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-20 December 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-bonn/

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-...  

International Forum on Migration Statistics 2018

The first regular International Forum on Migration Statistics will be hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and co-organized with the International Organization on Migration (IOM) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Forum's location will rotate among the three co-organizing agencies. The event will aim to enhance the exchange of information, promote mutual learning and facilitate cooperation among relevant stakeholders. It will bring together producers, analysts and users of migration statistics, and will create a community of interest focused on migration measurement issues. It will mobilize expertise from a wide range of disciplines - such as political science, economics, demography, development studies, migration studies, geospatial science, sociology, statistics, and information technology - that can contribute to an improved global understanding of international migration in all its dimensions.

dates: 15-16 January 2018 venue: OECD Conference Centre location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic-social/meetings/2017...

Second Africa-EU Symposium on Renewable Energy Research and Innovation (RERIS 2018)

The Symposium is organized jointly with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), and Microenergy International. The first Symposium was held at the University of Abou Bekr Belkaïd Tlemcen/Algeria in 2016. Following up on this first event, RERIS 2018 aims to foster research cooperation on renewable energy between African and European academia, private and public sector.

dates: 23-26 January 2018 location: Maseru, Lesotho www: http://www.acp-hestr.eu/newsroom/second-africa-eu-renewable-...
https://www.africa-eu-renewables.org/2017/06/02/2nd-africa-e...

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 31 January to 4 February 2018, at a location to be determined.

dates: 31 January - 4 February 2018 location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
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February 2018

First Global Conference of Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax

The Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax plans to hold its first global conference on the theme of 'Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The conference aims to take forward the global dialogue on the role of tax in achieving the SDGs, and seek country insights on relevant challenges and opportunities. Thematic areas tentatively include: Domestic resource mobilization and the State; Role of tax in supporting sustainable economic growth, investment and trade; Tax and the social dimension: addressing poverty, inequality and health; Tax capacity development; and Tax cooperation and the SDGs. The concept note and agenda are under consideration. The Platform is a joint initiative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN and the World Bank Group, aiming to facilitate cooperation among the organizations.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/platform-for-tax-collab...

Fourth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The fourth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in mid-February 2018.

date: 14 February 2018 [tentative] 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

March 2018

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will take place in March 2018 and support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will bring together representatives from academia, scientific institutions, IPCC experts, national, regional and local government representatives, urban and climate change practitioners and related networks. It aims to inspire global and regional research on cities and climate change over the cycle of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) in preparation for the future IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change.

date: 1 March 2018 [tentative] location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada www: http://www.c40.org/press_releases/edmonton-to-host-2018-citi...

Second Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

The 2nd Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 is expected to continue the discussions on a possible post-2020 platform for chemicals and waste, with a view to providing input to OEWG3 slated for October 2018. It will be preceded in January-February 2018 by SAICM regional meetings. Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020. ICCM4 decided that the intersessional process should include, in principle, two meetings before the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) and another between OEWG3 and ICCM5.

date: 1 March 2018 [tentative] location: TBA contact: SAICM Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8273 fax: +41-22-797-3460 e-mail: saicm.chemicals@unep.org www: http://www.saicm.org
http://www.saicm.org/Beyond2020/IntersessionalProcess/tabid/...

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/  

8th World Water Forum

The World Water Forum is organized by the World Water Council (WWC) with the goal of enhancing dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource. Given its political, technical and institutional scope, one of the Forum’s main features is the open, democratic participation of actors drawn from different sectors. The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries on four different continents. Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.

dates: 18-23 March 2018 location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil e-mail: contact@worldwaterforum8.org www: http://www.worldwaterforum8.org/8th-world-water-forum-march-...

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The sixth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-6) will discuss, inter alia, implementation of the work programme 2014-2018, deliverables and assessments. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day meant to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.

dates: 18-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

April 2018

Fifth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The fifth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in April 2018.

date: 3 April 2018 [tentative] 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

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world. The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).

dates: 3-5 April 2018 location: Manchester, England, UK www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/biodiversity.htm...

NAP Expo [rescheduled]

The national adaptation plan (NAP) process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs) as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs. The NAP Expo aims to catalyze actions and support for the NAP process. It is conducted by the least developed countries expert group (LEG) and supported by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with relevant organizations. This event was originally scheduled to take place in April 2017.

date: 10 April 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/national_adaptation...
http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/national_adaptation...

Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

The Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses will features research addressing the following annual themes: scientific evidence; the assessment of impacts in divergent ecosystems; human impacts and impacts on humans; technical, political and social responses. Conference partners include: the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM); the Vietnam National University (VNU); VNU University of Science; and the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI).

dates: 20-21 April 2018 venue: University of California at Berkeley location: US additional: Berkeley www: http://on-climate.com/2018-conference

Resilient Cities 2018

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. The 9th edition of the Resilient Cities congress series will take place on 26-28 April 2018.

dates: 26-28 April 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.iclei.org/details/article/resilient-cities-2018.h...

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

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 11-15 May 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/65542/en/

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/  

June 2018

Sixth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The sixth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in June/July 2018.

date: 4 June 2018 [tentative] 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

Adaptation Futures 2018

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The conference will use its setting on the African continent to attract African and Global South delegates and forefront developing country adaptation contexts. The objectives of Adaptation Futures 2018 include to: facilitate dialogue between research and government, civil society, international agencies and business; continue the shift from problem diagnosis to solutions and innovations; and link adaptation action to sustainable development, investment and planning. PROVIA is a global initiative that aims to provide direction and coherence at the international level for research on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA). The PROVIA Secretariat is hosted by UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.

dates: 18-21 June 2018 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: http://adaptationfutures2018.capetown/

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

Global Climate Action Summit

Convened by Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California, US, the Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders from government, business and the global community to inspire greater global ambition to act on climate change.

date: 3 September 2018 [tentative] location: San Francisco, CA, US www: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/

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  

2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, will host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress. This Congress will build on the success of the first Congress, held in Trondheim, Norway, in 2014, and will bring together scientists, policy-makers, government officials, indigenous representatives, Traditional Knowledge holders, industry, non-governmental organizations and others to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity.

dates: 9-11 October 2018 location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland www: https://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news...

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 21-29 October 2018.

dates: 21-29 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: Ramsar Convention Secretariat e-mail: info@ramsar.org www: http://www.ramsar.org/about/the-conference-of-the-contractin...

November 2018

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  

December 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Poland.

dates: 3-14 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland 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

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/  

April 2019

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

The 14th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the ninth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the ninth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2019.

dates: 29 April - 10 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: synergies.pops.int

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

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...