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June 2018

54th Meeting of the GEF Council and 6th GEF Assembly

The 54th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 24-26 June 2018, immediately prior to the 6th GEF Assembly. The GEF Assembly meets every four years, and on this occasion from 27-28 June 2018. Both the Council meeting and the Assembly will follow a Civil Society Forum (CSO) Forum to be held on 26 June. Side events and site visits are also anticipated. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 5th GEF Assembly is here.

dates: 24-28 June 2018 location: Da Nang, Viet Nam contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

18th Melaka International Youth Dialogue: Youth Engineering a Sustainable Urbanisation

The Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) is an annual programme of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) which brings together young people, youth leaders and relevant stakeholders from around the world to discuss pertinent youth issues. The theme for the 18th Melaka International Youth Dialogue, ‘Youth Engineering A Sustainable Urbanisation,’ aims to uplift ideas and leverage the role of young people towards attaining a strategic and sustainable urbanisation. Participants will be between the ages of 18 and 35, and representatives of their respective: National Youth Councils; Youth Organisations; Ministries of Youth; Ministries of Housing and Development, Municipalities, Organisations that address urbanization; Youth Development Organisations; International Organisations; and UN agencies. The deadline for submission of application is 8 June 2018. The MIYD is organized by the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in collaboration with the Melaka State Government, the Asian Youth Council, the Malaysian Youth Council and Ministry of Youth and Sports (Malaysia).

dates: 24-28 June 2018 location: Malaysia additional: Melaka www: http://www.way.org.my/miyd-2018

5th International Marine Conservation Congress

The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC, #IMCC5) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

dates: 24-29 June 2018 location: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia www: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/

Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) together with the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) will convene the first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018 from 25-27 June. The event will bring together ministers, government officials, scientists, conservationists, educators, and business leaders to consider bamboo and rattan’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition, BARC2018 will provide a platform for south-south and south-south-north cooperation to shape future policies, build foundations for new partnerships and initiatives. INBAR is a multilateral development organisation that supports its 43 Member States to include bamboo and rattan in their sustainable development action plans and green economy strategies.

dates: 25-27 June 2018 location: Beijing, China www: http://www.barc2018.org/en/index.html

30th ESCWA Ministerial Session

The 30th Ministerial Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will convene under the theme, ‘Technology for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region’. The biennial meeting will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment (25-26 June), and the ministerial segment (27-28 June). The Ministerial Session will serve as a platform to discuss critical actions required from governments, the private sector and civil society in Arab countries in response to disruptive technologies. The goal is to maximize the benefits for sustainable development and lower risks of abuse and possible negative impact, working with governments in the Arab region. Three moderated roundtables will seek to generate discussions with policymakers, civil society leaders, as well as representatives from the private sector, academia and youth on: integrating technology and innovation into national development planning; the role of technology in tackling the challenges of the Arab region; and frontier technologies: opportunities, challenges and the way forward. The outcome of the Ministerial Session will be a declaration on the main theme of discussions, which is expected to set and renew commitments towards achieving development goals in the Arab region.

dates: 25-28 June 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/ministerial-session-30th

Partnering with the Private Sector for Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission will convene a joint meeting on 'Partnering with the Private Sector for Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace'. It will showcase country examples of initiatives that have been successful in engaging the private sector in peacebuilding, and explore inclusive business models for sustaining peace.

date: 27 June 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of the ECOSOC President www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Caribbean Urban Forum 2018

Co-organized by the University of Technology, Jamaica, the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) and other regional and international organizations, the eighth Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF2018) will bring together land use practitioners, municipal managers, policy makers, academics and allied professionals in an effort to address urban issues in the region. The theme of CUF2018 is: ‘Forming the Informal’. This theme aims to address the notion of informality, including as recognized by the New Urban Agenda (NUA), by SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and target 8.3.1 measuring the proportion of informal employment in non-agriculture employment, by sex, and by SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and target 11.1.1 measuring the proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing. Presentations, workshops and discussions held during the Forum will seek to explore the evolution of cities and settlement in the Caribbean, examine the challenges and opportunities that arise from various modes of informality, and discuss methods of measuring formality and informality.

dates: 27-29 June 2018 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://unhabitat.org/events/caribbean-urban-forum-8/
http://www.utech.edu.jm/FOBE_CONF/index.html

Oslo Tropical Forest Forum

The goal of this Forum is to celebrate results and identify remaining challenges 10 years after reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) was included in the climate change negotiations, and to advance strategies for mobilizing forests to help achieve the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

dates: 27-28 June 2018 venue: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel location: Oslo, Norway www: https://www.norad.no/en/front/events/oslo-tropical-forest-fo...

Inter-regional Expert Group Meeting: Placing Equality at the Centre of the 2030 Agenda

This Inter-regional Expert Group Meeting marks the closing of the 9th Tranche UN Development Account project titled, 'Promoting Equality: Strengthening the Capacity of Select Developing Countries to Design and Implement Equality-oriented Public Policies and Programmes'. The project aims to raise awareness of the different dimensions of inequality, strengthen countries’ capacities to analyze and measure inequality, and to promote the conceptualization, design and implementation of multi-disciplinary public policies oriented towards greater socio-economic equality.

dates: 27-28 June 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: Margot Rovira, ECLAC e-mail: margot.rovira@cepal.org www: https://www.cepal.org/en/events/inter-regional-expert-group-...

LANDac Conference 2018

This LANDac Annual International Conference 2018 will convene under the theme, 'Land Governance and (Im)Mobility: Exploring the nexus between land acquisition, displacement and migration'. It will look at land investments through the lens of mobility, asking: What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people?; And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims? At the heart of the conference debates will be the Sustainable Development Goals – what is the role of land governance in the context of the ambition to “leave no one behind”?  

dates: 28-29 June 2018 location: Netherlands additional: Muntgebouw Utrecht contact: Dr. Griet Steel e-mail: landac2018@gmail.com www: https://landportal.org/event/2018/01/landac-conference-2018?...

Climate Chance – Africa 2018

The ‘Climate Chance – Africa 2018’ conference will convene non-state actors from all over Africa, including local governments, companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), unions, youth organizations, indigenous peoples, women, the scientific community, as well as UNFCCC representatives and associated networks. Organized by Association Climate Chance, an initiative supported by the Government of France and partners, the event aims to share examples of and support climate change action in Africa through actor coalitions brought together in ten thematic workshops which will highlight good practices, and define sectoral and operational roadmaps adapted to the context of the African continent.

dates: 28-29 June 2018 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: http://www.climate-chance.org/

First Meeting of the Informal Advisory Group on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

This meeting will consider: the scope, approaches and steps for revising and further developing existing scientific guidance on the application of the scientific criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); and the scope, approaches and steps for revising and further developing existing training manuals, including the training manual on the application of EBSAs and the training manual on the incorporation of traditional knowledge into the description and identification of EBSAs. It will also address the preliminary results of a scientific gap analysis of the process of regional workshops to facilitate the description of the EBSAs under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and implications for the future work on EBSAs; and discuss the scope, approaches and steps for improving the functionality of the EBSA repository and the information-sharing mechanism.

dates: 30 June - 1 July 2018 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/e1c3/faa2/23e496ec6908ab4a4595758a...

July 2018

20th Meeting of the GCF Board

The agenda for the 20th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) includes: policies and procedures for the formal replenishment process and for contributions from philanthropic foundations and other nonpublic and alternative sources; the gender policy; policy matters related to and consideration of funding proposals; the status of the initial resource mobilization process; and country programming and readiness. The Board will also consider, inter alia: the report on the analysis of the challenges, barriers, gaps and recommendations to achieve an increase in the amount of direct access proposals in the pipeline; recommendations of the Private Sector Advisory Group on opportunities to engage the private sector, including local actors, in adaptation action at the national, regional and international level; and the seventh report of the GCF to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 1-4 July 2018 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/boardroom/board-meetings/docum...
https://www.greenclimate.fund/documents/20182/1087995/GCF_B....

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/SBSTTA-22
https://www.cbd.int/sbstta

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2-3 July 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 2-3 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018

16th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

This International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) annual colloquium will meet over five-days at the University of Strathclyde Law School's Technology and Innovation Centre. The forum will bring together international academics and practitioners to discuss how environmental law is transforming. In particular, the colloquium will explore the role of law and governance in addressing the opportunities, challenges and risks posed by technology and innovation, in order to build resilience. Together with the Colloquium itself, which will run from 4-6 July 2018, the University will also host events organized by the Academy’s Teaching and Research Committee, from 2-3 July 2018.

dates: 2-6 July 2018 venue: University of Strathclyde Law School's Technology and Innovation Centre location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK www: https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/strathclydecentreenvironme...

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

The Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) will take place on the theme, ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’. AMCDRR 2018 will be the second ministerial conference to take place since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015. The conference will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework, and seek to strengthen coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting is expected to produce the ‘Ulaanbaatar Declaration,’ a 2018-2020 Action Plan for the Asia region, and voluntary commitments. Convened by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR) and the Government of Mongolia, the Conference will reflect on three years into the implementation of the Sendai Framework, review progress made against the commitments at the AMCDRR 2016, reaffirm political commitment on DRR, and strengthen coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates: 3-6 July 2018 location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia contact: UNISR www: http://www.unisdr.org/amcdrr2018/
https://www.preventionweb.net/events/view/56219

Global Compact on Refugees: Sixth Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 3-4 July 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

GEO Blue Planet Symposium

The 4th Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of ocean and coastal information needs for sustainable development, blue growth, and societal awareness. The symposium will bring together producers of ocean and coastal information and current and potential users of ocean and coastal information to share their experience with the audience. The themes of the symposium include: Ocean and coastal information in support of sustainable development; Ocean and coastal information in support of blue growth; and Societal awareness of the value of ocean and coastal information.

dates: 4-6 July 2018 location: Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France www: https://symposium.geoblueplanet.org/

1st Global Land Degradation Neutrality Forum

As part of its efforts towards land degradation neutrality (LDN), the Government of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), proposed holding a 'Global LDN Forum'. The Forum will provide an opportunity to explore and discuss insights and experiences on how the global community can strengthen partnerships to support achieving LDN. It will also look into options to promote peace and security and improve the living conditions of communities in cross-border regions through LDN implementation, including through sustainable land management (SLM). The outcome of the Forum will be delivered to other global fora to forge decision making in the UNCCD and on LDN implementation. The Forum will: showcase collaboration and partnership building; contribute to the promotion of peace by facilitating the sharing of best practices and experience on transboundary cooperation in land management and rehabilitation; and share experiences on how LDN-relevant initiatives can best collaborate to maximize multiple benefits.

dates: 4-5 July 2018 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea additional: Koreana Hotel www: https://www.unccd.int/news-events/first-global-land-degradat...

World Forum on Intermediary Cities

The United Cities and Local Governments' (UCLG) World Forum on Intermediary Cities is a consultation and policy development process that culminates in an event every two years. The Forum process is led by the city of Chefchouen, Morocco, and supported by a core structure of pilot intermediary cities that include: Odienné, Cote d'Ivoire for Africa; Nevsehir, Turkey for Middle East and West Asia; Terrassa, Spain for Europe; and Cuenca, Ecuador for Latin America.

dates: 5-7 July 2018 location: Morocco additional: Chefchouen e-mail: intermediarycities@uclg.org www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/word-forum-intermediary...

Interactive Civil Society Hearing on Non-Communicable Diseases

UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will convene an interactive civil society hearing as part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting to undertake a comprehensive review of the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The hearing is organized with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

date: 5 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/prevention-of-non-com...

World Cities Summit 2018

The biennial World Cities Summit is a platform for government leaders and industry experts to address livable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Jointly organized by Singapore’s Centre for Livable Cities and Urban Redevelopment Authority, key highlights of the Summit include the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, and the annual World Cities Summit Mayors Forum.

dates: 8-12 July 2018 location: Singapore additional: Marina Bay Sands contact: World Cities Summit Secretariat phone: +6565428660 e-mail: info@worldcities.com.sg www: http://www.worldcitiessummit.com.sg

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 SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first SBI is here. 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/meetings/SBI-02

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - July 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The sixth session will convene from 9-13 July 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 40th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties (OEWG 40) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9-14 July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 39 can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Global Workshop on Long-term Low Emission and Development Strategies 2018

The 2050 Pathways Platform, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Resources Institute (WRI), in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat, will convene a workshop to kick off discussion on the process of creating a long-term, low emission and development strategy. The workshop aims to: engage governments in the development of long-term strategies by outlining importance, advantages and urgency of such strategies; highlight emerging good practice, country experiences, and expert views on and support for developing long-term strategies, as well as related challenges and ways to overcome them; explore the relationship between long-term impacts and near-term climate actions and NDC implementation; and build a community of practitioners to support the development of long-term strategies.

dates: 10-11 July 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/home/ev...

Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) 2018

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) is a partnership between the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN University (UNU), UN-HABITAT and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science and policy making. HESI 2018 is one of four special events that will take place during the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018). The other events are: the Partnership Exchange, the SDG Business Forum and the Local Authorities meeting. The concept note and agenda for HESI 2018 are available.

date: 11 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#special

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018 (APCW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of APCW 2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs. With Asia Pacific Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, APCW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the Asia Pacific Talanoa Dialogue. APCW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and others.

dates: 11-13 July 2018 location: Singapore www: https://nfpartnership.org/asia-pacific-climate-week/

Sixth UK Land Policy Forum

This Forum will discuss different models of outgrower production, lessons learnt from practical experience and their implications for land policy. It will provide a focus for debate, information and lesson sharing among UK stakeholders to inform the Department for International Development (DFID) and wider UK policy and programming for the strengthening of land governance and land rights protection.

date: 11 July 2018 location: London, England, UK www: https://mailchi.mp/landportal/save-the-date-uk-land-policy-f...

Partnership Exchange 2018

The Partnership Exchange is an annual gathering to review multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of SDG implementation. It takes place on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). The 2018 Partnership Exchange will take place on 13 July. Like the HLPF session, it will have the theme, 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,' with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. Initiatives can register or provide updates at the Partnership for SDGs online platform to be considered for review at the Exchange. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Partnership Exchange is here. The Partnership Exchange is one of four special events taking place alongside the 2018 HLPF. The other three events are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; the Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

date: 13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/PartnershipExchan...

Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Final Preparations and Follow-up

A global workshop for the 47 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations. This workshop is the third in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. It will take place during the HLPF session.

The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The second workshop will take place from 20-21 March 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate the exchange of experiences among countries, including challenges and lessons learned.

date: 15 July 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/#vnrs

CITES AC30, PC24 and Joint AC-PC

Convening under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the thirtieth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC30) and twenty-fourth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (PC24) will hold separate sessions as well as a joint session.

dates: 16-27 July 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22- 917-81-39/40 e-mail: info@cites.org www: https://cites.org/eng/com/ac/index.php
https://cites.org/ https://eng/com/pc/index.php

24th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority (Second Part)

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention organize and control activities in the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. At Annual Sessions of the International Seabed Authority, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat. The 24th Annual Session (ISA 24) will be held in two parts, the first in March 2018 and the second in July 2018. During the first part, the Council will meet the 5-9 March, while the Legal and Technical Commission will convene the 12-23 March. The dates for the second part are: 2-13 July for the Legal and Technical Commission; 9-12 July for the Finance Committee; 16-20 July for the Council; and 23-27 July for the Assembly. IISDRS will provide coverage of the Council and Assembly meetings. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority is here.

dates: 16-27 July 2018 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/sessions/24th-session-2018

47th Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The forty-seventh session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene from 16 July to 31 August. From 16 July to 3 August, and from 13-24 August, the Subcommissions will meet. From 6-10 August, and 27-31 August, the Plenary will convene. The Commission celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.

date: 16 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/clcs_home.htm
http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Local and Regional Authorities Forum 2018

The Local and Regional Authorities Forum will take place on the margins of the ministerial segment of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), on 16 July. The event is one of four special events taking place alongside the HLPF. The others are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; a Partnership Exchange on 13 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

date: 16 July 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#special

24th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) and World Forest Week

The Committee on Forestry (COFO) is the highest Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO (held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy) bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the COFO 23 outcomes is here.

dates: 16-20 July 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofo/en/

2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment

The theme for the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council is “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”. The HLS will be held from 16-19 July 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is convened under the auspices of the Council.

dates: 16-19 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/ecosoc-high-level-s...

UNGA High-level Dialogue on Sand and Dust Storms

Pursuant to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 72/225 of 20 December 2017, a high-level dialogue on sand and dust storms (SDS) will be convened during the 72nd session of the UNGA. The dialogue will focus on action-oriented recommendations and challenges faced by affected countries, and discuss ways to improve policy coordination at the global level to address those challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A policy update on the SDG Knowledge Hub regarding SDS is here. A guest article on SDS in SDG implementation is here.

date: 16 July 2018 time: 15:00 - 18:00 venue: UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Transforming Our Economies and Lifestyles: Greener and Fairer for Future Generations

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) along with partners, will host an open debate and discussion around "where we are" with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how to transform economies and lifestyles for a greener, fairer world. The event is hosted by PAGE, the UN Children's Fund, Finland's Ministry of the Environment, Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Government of Norway, and the Government Offices of Sweden.

date: 16 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://nyc.un-page.org

Fifth Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit

As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Georgia will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 17-19 July 2018. The OGP 2018 Global Summit will focus on civic engagement, fighting against corruption, and public service delivery. The objectives of the Summit are to promote peer learning, inspire OGP reformers to raise the level of ambition, and push the open government agenda forward to address new challenges and improve the lives of citizens around the world.

dates: 17-19 July 2018 location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia www: https://www.opengovpartnership.org/events/ogp-global-summit-...

SDG Business Forum 2018

The annual SDG Business Forum will convene during the ministerial segment of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The 2017 Business Forum was co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the UN Global Compact, and organized in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030. The event is one of four special events taking place alongside the HLPF. The others are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; a Partnership Exchange on 13 July; and a Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Business Forum is here.

date: 17 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#special

High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development 2018

This forum is organized by UN-Habitat and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) to discuss Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and provide an open platform for sharing good practice.

dates: 21-22 July 2018 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China contact: Guan Jing, International Cooperation Division e-mail: ganjing@ccud.org.cn www: http://www.ccud.org.cn/

Partnership Dialogue to Support Marshall Islands on NDC Implementation

The Marshall Islands and the NDC Partnership will co-host a Partnership Dialogue on the implementation of the country’s existing 2025 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the development of its 2050 Strategy. The Partnership Dialogue will bring together existing and new global, regional and local partners to support the Marshall Islands in responding to climate change through the development of a results-based Partnership Plan, which will respond to the country’s key priorities for NDC implementation in the next few years. The Dialogue will showcase the potential of the Marshall Islands to act as a “lighthouse” to other countries regionally and globally, including through its convening of the High Ambition Coalition and its incoming chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), to enhance their NDCs and to adopt transformational 2050 Strategies with a net zero vision.

date: 23 July 2018 location: Majuro, Marshall Islands www: https://ndcpartnership.org/events/partnership-dialogue-suppo...
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Science 20 Summit (S20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 24-25 July 2018 location: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 24-25 July 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 24-25 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
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Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference II

The second Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference, organized by the Fijian Presidency of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, will bring together leaders from Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), government representatives, civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), investors and financiers, regional organizations, international development partners and the private sector. The overall aim of the conference is to help mobilize the partnerships and investment needed to accelerate climate action in the Pacific, in support of the more ambitious target of keeping the global temperature increase to within 1.5°C and to achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible. The meeting will seek to: showcase and discuss the various opportunities and challenges in the Pacific in accelerating climate action; present Pacific issues, including high-level messages from participating Pacific SIDS leaders, to the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue; and firm up the Pacific climate action plans for the thematic areas.

dates: 25-27 July 2018 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: https://cop23.com.fj/capp-2018/

ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2018-2019

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold its organizational session regarding the programme of work of the Council from July 2018 to July 2019.

date: 26 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
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G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 28 July 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning

The first Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning (GSUTP), convening under the theme ‘Improving Planning for More Sustainable Cities and Territories,’ will provide an opportunity to discuss in an international forum the role of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), following the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9) in February 2018, and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The symposium is organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of the Government of Japan, the City of Fukuoka and Seinan Gakuin University.

dates: 30 July - 1 August 2018 location: Fukuoka, Japan www: http://gsutp.urbanpolicyplatform.org/#about
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August 2018

Civil 20 Summit (C20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 6-7 August 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

International Youth Day 2018

On 17 December 1999, in resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998), calling for 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

date: 12 August 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

Youth 20 Summit (Y20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 13-19 August 2018 location: Cordoba, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

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 XXVI IPS Congress convened from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.

dates: 19-25 August 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: GRASP Secretariat www: http://www.internationalprimatologicalsociety.org/meetings.c...

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of LACCW2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, LACCW2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the LAC Talanoa Dialogue. LACCW2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

dates: 20-23 August 2018 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: https://nfpartnership.org/latin-american-caribbean-climate-w...

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together key players from the private and public sectors to share the state of the art around climate change mitigation, and reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. The event will showcase opportunities in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change such as: implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public?private partnerships (PPPs); and innovative business models to fight climate change. LACCF is taking place during the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018), organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

dates: 21-23 August 2018 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/home/ev...

Eleventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process)

The Eleventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) will convene from 23-24 August.

The General Assembly, in its resolution 71/257 of 23 December 2017, on 'Oceans and the law of the sea,' recalled that the Regular Process shall be overseen and guided by its Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, and decided that the Working Group shall facilitate the delivery of the outputs of the second cycle as outlined in the programme of work for the period 2017-2020 for the second cycle of the Regular Process.

The Regular Process is expected to meet twice in 2018 to: approve an outline of the 'World Ocean Assessment;' and to provide recommendations to the UN General Assembly on the preparation of the assessment. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the ninth meeting of the Regular Process is here.

dates: 23-24 August 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
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29th UN-Water Meeting

This meeting will gather UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and will take place immediately prior to the annual World Water Week. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 28th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 24-25 August 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.unwater.org/

World Water Week 2018

The 28th World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, will focus on the theme, 'Water, Ecosystems and Human Development'.

dates: 26-31 August 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.siwi.org/

Metropolis Annual Meeting 2018

Hosted by a different Metropolis member every year, this event promotes key political messages and declarations from the community of major metropolitan spaces worldwide. It showcases diverse good practices coming from the ground of metropolises; and seeks to enrich debate across different levels and stakeholders of urban management.

dates: 27-31 August 2018 location: Gauteng, South Africa contact: Metropolis Secretariat General e-mail: metropolis@metropolis.org www: https://www.metropolis.org/metropolis-annual-meetings

Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference

Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.

This regional conference will focus on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, while paving the way forward for forest and landscape restoration implementation. The 2018 GLF Africa Conference will showcase and discuss local to regional success stories and challenges, emphasizing ways to strengthen human, technical and financial capacities.

As a platform for discussions between experts, eyewitnesses, policymakers and the local public, the event will build on the momentum to offer emerging but concrete plans for combating deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa. Social media: #thinklandscape #glfnairobi2018.

dates: 29-30 August 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://events.globallandscapesforum.org/nairobi-2018/

Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact

This conference will discuss the Sustainable Development Goal on zero hunger (SDG 2) and on partnerships (SDG 17). To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from governments, science, industry and civil society will discuss issues of governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, the evidence base for sustainable food systems, and future collaboration.

dates: 30-31 August 2018 location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands www: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Sustainable-developme...

September 2018

Global Shapers Annual Summit 2018

Each year, the World Economic Forum invites 400 change-makers, innovators, activists and entrepreneurs under the age of 30 to the Global Shapers Annual Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. This summit helps young leaders strengthen their sense of purpose and build the skills, tools and bonds that they will need to create impact and influence global affairs. The summit will focus on three thematic pillars: Shaping the Future; Systems Leadership; and Community Building.

dates: 1-3 September 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.weforum.org/events/global-shapers-annual-summit

Eleventh Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 11)

The eleventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group will consider its work programme, comprising of: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the BRS programme of work and budget. Highlights will include discussions on the strategic framework, technical guidelines, the review of Annexes I, III and IV and related aspects of Annex IX to the Convention, whether to review Annexes II, VIII and IX, the Basel Convention Partnership Programme and new agenda items on marine plastic litter and microplastics and waste containing nanomaterials. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 10 is here.

dates: 3-6 September 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/OpenendedWorkingGroup(OEW...

Shelter Academy 2018

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, will convene the eighth annual Shelter Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme ‘Adapting and Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities’. Part of the World Urban Campaign, the Academy aims to increase knowledge of and improve responses to urban issues related to global climate change through improved economic, environmental and urban planning. During the course of the event, participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on urban development challenges related to climate change, and learn how cities are responding. The program is designed to use some of the unique features of the Netherlands as a “living classroom,” with technical visits to get a hands-on perspective on critical concerns such as coastal protection, water management and urban development.

dates: 3-7 September 2018 location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands additional: Rotterdam(multiple cities) www: https://unhabitat.org/apply-now-for-the-8th-annual-shelter-a...
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First Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The first session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) follows an organizational session (held in April 2018) and the conclusion of the fourth and concluding session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine BBNJ under UNCLOS, which was held in July 2017.

dates: 4-17 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Bangkok Climate Change Conference 2018

In order to facilitate the timely completion of the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP) at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, an additional negotiating session will convene between the 48th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SBs 48) and COP 24. Slated to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, the conference will include sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). On 29 May 2018, it was announced that the dates for the meeting would be 4-9 September. Pre-sessional days are also anticipated. The respective agendas of each subsidiary body will remain as adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, which took place from 30 April to 10 May 2018.

dates: 4-9 September 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/Information%...

East Asia Air Quality Forum

The annual East Asia Air Quality Forum will bring together representatives from 13 Northeast Asian cities and provinces – Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Hunan, Jinan, Jilin, Sichuan and Tongren in China; Seoul in the Republic of Korea; Kitakyushu, Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan; and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia – as well as researchers, experts and representatives of international organizations. Participants will exchange knowledge and experiences on air quality improvement, seeking to gather ideas for future actions. The Forum is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and partners.

dates: 4-5 September 2018 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: http://www.cities-and-regions.org/event/east-asia-air-qualit...

G20 Education Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The day after this event, a joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting will take place in the same location.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 5 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

G20 Joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The day before this event, an Education Ministerial Meeting will take place, and the day after this event, an Employment Ministerial Meeting will take place.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 6 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

G20 Employment Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This event will be preceded by an Education Ministerial Meeting and a joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 6-7 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC14) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

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dates: 10-14 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org www: http://www.pic.int/

67th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC 67)

The 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC67) will convene in Brazil. The IWC67 plenary will take place from 10-14 September. The plenary will be preceded, from 4-5 September, by pre-meetings. From 6-8 September, Sub-Committee meetings will take place. And on 9 September, other meetings will take place. The International Whaling Commission was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IWC 66 is here.

dates: 10-14 September 2018 venue: Costao do Santinho Resort location: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil www: https://iwc.int/iwc67

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. Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, will co-chair the Global Climate Action Summit.

dates: 12-14 September 2018 location: San Francisco, CA, US www: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/

Think 20 Summit (T20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 16-18 September 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

Fourteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-14) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention. This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee.

dates: 17-21 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@ brsmeas.org www: www: http://www.pops.int

IBFRA18 - Cool Forests at Risk?

The theme of the International Boreal Forest Research Association Cool Forests Conference (IBFRA18) is the critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate. The event will launch an initiative to raise awareness, maintain and promote the multiple, critical values, provided by those ecosystems. The conference is hosted by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the International Boreal Forest Research Association, the Pan-Eurasian Experiment, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

dates: 17-20 September 2018 location: Laxenburg, Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), Austria www: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/research/researchPrograms/Ec...

73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.

On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States. In May 2018 the Permanent Representatives of South Africa and Ireland, serving as co-facilitators, began consulting with governments on the content of the declaration.

On Wednesday, 26 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, as agreed by Member States in February 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub has reported on those consultations here.

On Thursday, 27 September, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. Find SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of this process here.

A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 and Climate Week NYC 2018.

dates: 18 September - 5 October 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President

Roundtable Meeting on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

Following the Madrid Ministerial Decision adopted in October 2015, this meeting will address options for the procedural follow-up in order to explore possible ways to find common ground on a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.

dates: 19-20 September 2018 location: Bratislava, Slovakia contact: Forest Europe Laison Unit Bratislava phone: +421 45 5314 209 e-mail: liaison.unit.bratislava@foresteurope.org www: http://foresteurope.org/event/13675/

International Day of Peace 2018

The International Day of Peace is observed each year on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for the 2018 Day is 'The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70,' celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

date: 21 September 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Global Land Forum 2018

The Global Land Forum (GLF) will convene International Land Coalition (ILC) members, government representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy. The GLF aims to creates opportunities for participants to learn from, and contribute to, land governance successes and challenges. The programme is structured to provide opportunities to participants who may not commonly interact to debate, exchange, learn from each other’s experiences and successes and build linkages so that new perspectives can emerge. The Forum is also an opportunity for ILC’s 206 members to adopt a declaration with common commitments to action during their Assembly of Members. Following a series of in-depth field visits, the main conference will open on the Indonesian National Peasants’ Day, 24th September, with a day focusing on Indonesia and Asia.

dates: 22-27 September 2018 location: Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia www: https://landportal.org/event/2018/01/global-land-forum-glf?u...

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit: UNGA High-level Plenary on Global Peace

In UNGA resolution 72/243, adopted on 22 December 2017, UN Member States decided to hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. In January 2018 UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak appointed Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa, and Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland, to co-facilitate a consultative process with Member States to produce a political declaration for adoption at the plenary meeting. The zero draft of the declaration was released on 29 May 2018. The summit will take place on 24 September, the day before the start of the general debate for UNGA 73.

date: 24 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018

The World Economic Forum will convene this event, which will bring together 700 business, government, civil society and academic leaders from more than 70 countries on the sidelines of the opening of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73). The Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018 aims to shape an agenda for action and serve as a platform to harness cutting-edge scientific, technological and digital innovations.

dates: 24-25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.weforum.org/events/sustainable-development-impac...

Climate Week NYC 2018

Climate Week NYC convenes on the side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, and seeks to drive climate action forward. It was launched by The Climate Group in 2009. The Climate Week NYC 2018 event will gather representatives from businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and NGOs for a variety of panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars. Events taking place during Climate Week NYC 2018 include: Sustainable Investment Forum North America   Information about Climate Week NYC 2017 is here.

dates: 24-30 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/

World Social Science Forum 2018

The World Social Science Forum 2018 is the fourth in a series of international, interdisciplinary social science conferences focusing on contemporary global challenges. The 2018 Forum will address the theme, 'Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures'. The series of World Social Science Fora is one of ISSC’s flagship activities in the context of the Framework Agreement between UNESCO and the International Social Science Council. The ISSC is an independent non-governmental organization established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioral sciences at an international level. Its mission is to strengthen social science to help solve global priority problems.

dates: 25-28 September 2018 location: Fukuoka, Japan e-mail: wssf2018@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp www: http://www.wssf2018.org/

High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis

The 71st UNGA decided to hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018. By resolution 71/159, adopted on 15 December 2016, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General, in close collaboration with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in consultation with Member States, to propose options and modalities for the conduct of such a meeting, including potential deliverables. Modalities were considered in February 2018, in a process co-facilitated by the Permanent Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda and Japan, and governments agreed to hold the meeting on the second day of the general debate for UNGA 73, which is 26 September 2018.

In May 2018, Lajcak said Member States are expected to begin negotiations on the outcome document "shortly." More information on the high-level meeting is available here.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
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Sustainable Investment Forum North America

Climate Action and UNEP-FI are organizing the third edition of 'Sustainable Investment Forum North America,' which will convene during Climate Week NYC. The event will bring together over 300 participants representing asset owners and managers, commercial banks, development institutions, and national policy makers. The event will seek to build knowledge and foster collaboration on how best to accelerate sustainable investment.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://northamerica.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

Comprehensive Review of Progress in Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

By UN General Assembly resolution 68/300 of 10 July 2014, the General Assembly decided to hold a comprehensive review in 2018 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. In January 2018 UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak appointed Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy, and Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay, to co-facilitate open, transparent and inclusive consultations in preparation for the comprehensive review. Following informal consultations in March 2018, the modalities for the review meeting were agreed via silence procedure, indicating that the review will take place on the third day of the general debate for UNGA 73, which is 27 September 2018. In May, UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak said UN Member States will begin negotiations on the outcome document "shortly."

date: 27 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
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Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean Open for Signature

The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will open for signature of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on 27 September 2018. To enter into force, 11 State Parties are required to ratify the Regional Agreement. An event to mark the opening for signature will take place at UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the Annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly. Negotiations on the Agreement concluded on 4 March 2018, in Escazú, Costa Rica. The Regional Agreement aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process is here.

date: 27 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/acuerdo-regional-...
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October 2018

CITES SC70

The seventieth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC70) will take place in Sochi, Russian Federation.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russian Federation contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40 www: https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php

Women 20 Summit (W20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

IUFRO 2018 Posadas

The IUFRO 2018 Posadas Conference on 'Adaptive Management for Forested Landscapes in transformation' will highlight the accelerated environmental changes in this era of the Anthropocene. The Conference will address issues arising from the transformation of forests in response to the pressures of globalization, population growth, resource scarcity and ecological degradation. It will also discuss how biodiversity is essential to human well-being, and the loss of species and degradation of ecosystems, as well as the status of the achievement of global goals on biodiversity. The Conference will also consider the ecological, economic, and functional values of landscapes with a view to improving planning and decision-making; and operational solutions that can reconcile biodiversity conservation in the light of increasing demands on natural resources and land.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Argentina additional: Posadas, Misiones www: http://iufro2018posadas.com/

World Habitat Day 2018

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

date: 1 October 2018 location: worldwide www: www: http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday
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Third Global Conference on Health and Climate, Grenada

The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene the Third Global Conference on Climate and Health using an innovative, geographically dispersed approach. The Conference will be held in three locations: in the Pacific (Nadi, Fiji, from 15-16 March), the Indian Ocean (Port Louis, Mauritius, from 21-22 March) and the Caribbean (Grenada, October 2018).

Together, the meetings will bring together government representatives from over 40 of the most vulnerable countries and territories in the world, with WHO, other UN partners and technical experts to advance global action on climate change and health.

The event will focus on four action areas: empowerment of health leadership in island countries to integrate health into national climate change planning; evidence production through country profiles of climate change and health; implementation by building climate-resilient health systems; and provision of resources through facilitating access to climate and health financing mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to support climate resilient health systems of island countries. The Conference will also constitute a formal launch in each of the regions of the special initiative on Climate Change and Health in small island developing States (SIDS), launched by WHO, in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of Fiji, at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in November 2017.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 [tentative] location: Grenada www: http://www.who.int/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-h...

48th Session of the IPCC

The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 48) will convene from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

G7 Environment and Energy Ministers

The G7 Environment and Energy Ministers will meet on the theme of 'Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy.' The meeting will take place in October 2018 in Canada. To feed into this meeting, Canada will host the 'Women Leaders Kicking It on Climate Summit.' This Summit will include a dialogue on how climate action can be gender responsive and how it can contribute to gender equity and the empowerment of women. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The five themes for discussion during Canada's presidency are: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women's empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

date: 1 October 2018 [tentative] location: Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/

UNECE Regional Conference on Enabling Choices: Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will convene this conference in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action, in 2019. The UNECE preparatory conference aims to assess progress and identify gaps in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the region. The Conference will address policy concerns related to: population dynamics and sustainable development; families, sexual and reproductive health over the life course; and inequalities, social inclusion and rights. The regional review and conference will also serve to strengthen linkages between the ICPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, enhance integration of population dynamics into development planning, and reaffirm commitment to implementing the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region.

A regional report covering trends and developments since the last ICPD review, in 2013, will be presented and discussed at the Conference. The report and the Conference outcome, in form of a Rapporteurs’ summary, will feed into the global ICPD review to take place at the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 52) in 2019.

dates: 1-2 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: http://www.unece.org/pau/icpd25
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2018 Climate Alliance International Conference

The annual Climate Alliance International Conference will bring together Climate Alliance members and other interested parties, including over 200 representatives of local-level administrative and technical staff, as well as mayors and high-level local decision makers from across Europe, to discuss hot topics in the field of climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local-level projects and initiatives. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Connecting Cities: Local Solutions for Global Challenges’. In addition to a number of side events, excursions and working groups, the event incorporates the Climate Alliance General Assembly, where each member can have a say in network affairs. Founded in 1990, Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples is a network of local authorities committed to the protection of the world’s climate.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain www: http://www.climatealliance.org/events/international-conferen...

ATAG 2018 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit

The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), in cooperation with Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), will convene the tenth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. The event will bring together airlines, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), manufacturers, suppliers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and stakeholders to discuss sustainable mobility under the SDGs, aviation and climate change mitigation, sustainable alternative fuels, empowering employees to be sustainably responsible, gender equality, and noise and communities, among other issues. Workshops held during the summit will address, inter alia, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and wildlife and human trafficking.

dates: 2-3 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.cvent.com/events/atag-2018-global-sustainable-avi...

G20 Health Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 4 October 2018 location: Cordoba, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

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: 9-12 October 2018 location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland www: https://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news...

32nd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 32nd meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund (AF) finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. The Fund is supervised and managed by the AFB, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis.

dates: 9-12 October 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/32nd-adaptation-fund-...

Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10-12 October 2018. The Meeting of the Parties is the main governing body of the Convention. It comprises all Parties to the Convention. At its meetings, other Signatories and other States as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations participate as observers. The mandate of the Meeting of the Parties is to keep under continuous review the implementation of the Convention and take the necessary measures required to achieve the purposes of the Convention.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: https://www.unece.org/env/water/meetings/convention_meeting....

Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018

The Government of the UK will host this conference, which will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The meeting will focus on three key themes. The first is tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime, looking to: increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption; strengthen networks of IWT law enforcement experts, helping front line countries to coordinate across the trade routes; and improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges. The second theme will be building coalitions, to: use levers of influence across illicit trade routes, through increased engagement with the private sector, NGOs, academia and new partners; harness technology; and share and scale up successful and innovative solutions. The third theme, closing markets, will investigate: sharing common challenges and solutions to make market closure as effective as possible, including tackling displacement to neighboring countries, and encouraging other countries to follow suit; and sharing successful approaches for reducing demand for other illegal wildlife products. SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014.

dates: 10-11 October 2018 location: London, England, UK www: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/london-conferen...

Science Forum 2018

Science Forum 2018 (SF18) will convene under the theme, ‘Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research,’ from 10-12 October 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The objective of SF18 is to identify substantial positive as well as negative interactions between the SDGs, the role of agricultural research in augmenting synergies and managing trade-offs, and the ensuing implications for the science-policy interface. Results will contribute to the discussion of developing research themes and frameworks in CGIAR.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/event/science-forum-2018/

Eighth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (OWG-EFMLS-8)

The eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (OWG-EFMLS-8) is scheduled to take place from 10-12 October. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001. The Treaty aims to: recognize the contribution of farmers to the diversity of crops that feed the world; establish a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials; and ensure that recipients share benefits they derive from the use of these genetic materials with the countries where they have been originated.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...

2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

The 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group will take place in Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia, in October 2018, following a vote by the Boards of Governors of the two institutions. The Annual Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, media and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, aid effectiveness and climate change. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual Meetings is here.

dates: 12-14 October 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45)

The 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45) will hold discussions on policy convergence on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, convene a Global Thematic Event on the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security, and celebrate World Food Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.

dates: 15-20 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat e-mail: cfs@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/

2018 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from 15-19 October 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates at the WSSD adopted the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which called for, inter alia, support for “efforts to address the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining, minerals and metals throughout their life cycle, including workers’ health and safety, and use a range of partnerships, furthering existing activities at the national and international levels, among interested governments, intergovernmental organizations, mining companies and workers, and other stakeholders, to promote transparency and accountability for sustainable mining and minerals development.” The WSSD also encouraged governments, civil society and private sector actors to enter into voluntary partnerships focused on sustainable development objectives. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here.

dates: 15-19 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://igfmining.org/

48th Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The forty-eighth session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for seven weeks, from 15 October to 30 November 2018. During this session, only the Subcommissions will meet. The meetings of the Commission, its subcommissions and subsidiary bodies shall be held in private, unless the Commission decides otherwise (Rule 23 - Public and private meetings - of the Rules of Procedure of the Commission).

date: 15 October 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/clcs_home.htm
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Young Global Leaders and Alumni Annual Summit 2018

This World Economic Forum event will consider the intersection of technology, innovation and sustainable development. Participants will use San Francisco as a window into related trends and explore how emerging technologies and innovations are redefining business, society and humanity.

dates: 15-18 October 2018 location: San Francisco, CA, US www: https://www.weforum.org/events/young-global-leaders-and-alum...

World Food Day 2018

World Food Day 2018 will mark the 73rd anniversary of FAO’s founding. Events organized by FAO country offices, governments, local authorities and other partners in over 130 countries across the world will call for increased action to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. The official World Food Day (WFD) ceremony on 16 October at FAO headquarters will be an opportunity for leaders and key global players in the drive to achieve Zero Hunger, to remind the world that Zero Hunger is still possible if we can come together and take account of lessons learned, best practices and all evidence available.

date: 16 October 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2018/home/en/

6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

The 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is scheduled to convene in Manila, the Philippines, from 17-19 October 2018. The event is organized by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), which is a regional programme for managing and applying adaptation knowledge in the region, and supports governments and other organisations working on adaptation, with special emphases on the management of knowledge and capacity building.

dates: 17-19 October 2018 location: Manila, Philippines www: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/

2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

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

dates: 19-21 October 2018 location: Reykjavik, Iceland www: http://www.arcticcircle.org/assemblies/future

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...

Second UN World Data Forum

The UN World Data Forum 2018 will be hosted by Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Proposals for sessions to be considered for inclusion in the programme should be submitted by 31 January 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2017, is here.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: UN Statistics Division www: http://undataforum.org

World Investment Forum 2018

The 2018 Forum will take place under the overall theme of 'Investing in Sustainable Development'. The UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent platform for investment-development stakeholders, including global leaders from business, government, international organizations, thought leaders, academia and civil society.

dates: 22-25 October 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNCTAD www: http://worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org

World Circular Economy Forum 2018

The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) is hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Sitra. The 2nd World Circular Economy Forum will consider the economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, energy and climate solutions for a circular economy, global value chains and circular trade, as well as shared mobility and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste. In addition, WCEF2018 will discuss the experience of Japan in becoming a leading circular economy nation, and Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together. The World Circular Economy Forum is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together more than 1,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first World Circular Economy Forum is here.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/world-circular-economy-foru...

Eye On Earth Symposium

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), as co-founder of the Eye on Earth movement, in partnership with the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, are organizing this Eye on Earth Symposium. Registration for the Eye on Earth (EoE) Symposium is free of charge. Submissions for sessions will be accepted until 16 June 2018. The FCSA, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the UN Statistical Commission and the High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will concurrently host the 2nd UN World Data Forum (UNWDF).

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: https://eye-on-earth.net/webinar/2018symposium/

World Mountain Forum 2018: Mountains in a Changing World

This forum will meet on the theme, 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'. It is the fourth in a series of World Mountain Forum (WMF) events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation. The WMF brings together the global sustainable mountain development community and supports dialogue on development challenges. The forum will strive to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally, but with a special emphasis this year on the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

dates: 23-26 October 2018 location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan www: http://www.ucentralasia.org/Resources/Item/1640

World Green Economy Summit 2018

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) brings together experts from around the world to directly focus on advancing the global green economy and sustainability agenda. The Summit is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai, and is organised by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and World Green Economy Organisation, in cooperation with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and WETEX.

dates: 24-25 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://www.wges.ae/

Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit

The inaugural Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit will convene ahead of the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit.

U20 is a diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration. It is supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), among others.

dates: 29-30 October 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/urban-20-summit-u20
http://www.cities-and-regions.org/event/u20-summit/

Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will consider the sub-theme, 'Improving air quality, combatting climate change - saving lives'. This event is organized by WHO, in collaboration with UNEP, WMO and UNFCCC.

dates: 30 October - 1 November 2018 venue: WHO Headquarters location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: WHO e-mail: aphconference@who.int www: http://www.who.int/airpollution/events/conference/en/

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

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. This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in October 2017.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia contact: GPA Coordination Office www: https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/oceans-seas/wha...

World Cities Day 2018

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

date: 31 October 2018 location: worldwide www: www: https://unhabitat.org/wcd/

November 2018

54th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-54) and Sessions of the Associated Committees

The 54th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-54) and sessions of the four committees will take place in Yokohama, Japan. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ITTC-53 is here.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan contact: ITTO Secretariat phone: +81-45-223-1110 fax: +81-45-223-1111 e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5427

30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 30th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 30) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to convene from 5-9 November 2018. The meeting will be preceded, on 3 November, by the 61st Meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol, and on 4 November, by the Bureau Meeting of the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 29 is here.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 venue: Centro de Convenciones QUORUM location: Ecuador additional: Cumbayá Quito www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Joint Conference on Forests and Water 2018

IUFRO will hold its Fifth Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment in conjunction with the Second Latin American Congress on Forests and Water. The conference will provide a forum for experts on forest hydrology, watershed ecosystem management, ecohydrology, climate, and environmental change, with the aim of promoting exchange of understanding and experience from the realms of research, policy, and public involvement.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Valdivia, Los Lagos, Chile www: http://forestsandwater2018.cl/

Young Water Leaders Berlin Event

The Young Water Leaders Berlin Event will connect current and future water leaders to discuss the creation of a water-secure world. Organized by Our Future Water, the event will address achieving water security through: bridging communities – water specialists, points of view, and generations; generating and disseminating knowledge through fact-based analysis; and advocating for water education at all levels to build a community of water leaders that can see and solve water challenges from various vantage points.

date: 7 November 2018 location: Berlin, Germany www: http://www.ourfuturewater.com/berlin/

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  

Sustainability and Development Conference

In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the SDGs and assess progress towards them. Abstracts are due on 15 July 2018.

dates: 9-11 November 2018 venue: University of Michigan location: US additional: Ann Arbor, MI e-mail: umsustdev@umich.edu www: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/world-development/news/sus...

African Biodiversity Summit

The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Biodiversity Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference. The theme of the Summit is 'Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Restoration: Priorities for Increased Resilience in Africa'.

date: 13 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-055-afri...

2018 UN Biodiversity Conference

The 14th meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (CBD COP 14, Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 9, and Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 3) are expected to address a series of issues related to implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. A High-Level Segment is expected to convene from 14-15 November 2018. The CBD COP 14 and COP/MOPs are expected to meet in parallel from 17-29 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (including CBD COP 13) is here.

dates: 14-29 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1-514-288-2220 e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/
https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/cop-14/documents

Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2)

The Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) is expected to convene from 19-23 November 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.

dates: 19-23 November 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/

World Toilet Day 2018

The resolution declaring World Toilet Day titled, 'Sanitation for All' (A/RES/67/291), was adopted on 24 July 2013. The resolution urges UN Member States and relevant stakeholders to encourage behavioral change and the implementation of policies to increase access to sanitation among the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open-air defecation, which it deemed extremely harmful to public health. The theme for events marking World Toilet Day in 2018 will be: 'When nature calls'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of events marking World Toilet Day 2017 is here.

date: 19 November 2018 location: worldwide contact: UN-Water www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
http://www.unwater.org/world-toilet-day-2018-nature-calls/

6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

The sixth OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy will convene on the theme, 'The future of Well-being'. Focal areas are: The Digital Transformation. The changing role of governance; and Business and Well-being. The Forum is organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Statistics Korea.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 venue: Songdo ConvensiA location: Incheon, Republic of Korea contact: Secretariat for 6th OECD World Forum fax: 82-42-489-7382 e-mail: oecd2018@korea.kr www: http://www.oecd.org/general/measuringwell-beingandprogress-e...
https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/49th-session/documents/R...

Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum 2018

The OECD will convene its Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum under the theme, 'Inclusive solutions for the green transition'. The Forum will take place in conjunction with the 6th annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP). The GGSD Forum will address the political economy and low-carbon policy reforms, identify their distributional impacts, and explore inclusive solutions for households, workers, sectors and regions that may otherwise be hit hard by the transition to help them contribute to a greener future. Sessions will be developed around competitiveness, employment and distributional impacts of green policies.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/GGSD2018%20SaveTheDateA5.pdf...

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2018

G-STIC 2018 will take place from 28-30 November, in Brussels, Belgium. G-STIC aims to build knowledge bases and global expert networks to support the technological transitions needed for implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. G-STIC seeks to contribute to a robust advisory system on integrated technological solutions to the UN and other international policy fora, as they relate to the SDGs, the climate goals and the Means of Implementation of binding multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). G-STIC is guided by an International Advisory Committee composed of more than 30 senior representatives from different UN agencies and expert institutes. A SDG Knowledge Hub summary of G-STIC 2017 is here.

dates: 28-30 November 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://www.gstic.org

World Forum on Urban Forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the City of Mantova, the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Politecnico di Milano have announced the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests. The Forum will bring a variety of stakeholders together to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of urban forestry strategies and the identification of nature-based solutions towards a greener, healthier, and happier future. The aim of this first Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches of cities with diverse cultures, forms, structures and histories, that have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement.

dates: 28 November - 1 December 2018 location: Mantova, Lombardia, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 meeting of the G20 Leaders' Summit will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 years after the first G20 Leaders' Summit took place in Washington, DC. Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. Meetings will take place throughout 2018 to prepare for the Leaders' Summit. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 30 November - 1 December 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en

December 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24)

The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, along with meetings of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement. We will update this page as more information becomes available. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 24 is here.

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...
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Global Education Meeting

A Global Education Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 3-5 December 2018. The meeting will follow consultations in Bolivia, France, Kenya, Thailand and Tunisia on the in-depth review of SDG 4, taking place at the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

dates: 3-5 December 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium contact: UNESCO www: https://en.unesco.org/news/recommendations-sustainable-devel...

7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)

The 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 7) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) will take place in December 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 6 is here.  

dates: 4-8 December 2018 location: South Africa www: http://www.unep-aewa.org/en/meeting/7th-session-meeting-part...

World Soil Day 2018

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of events marking World Soil Day 2017 is here.

date: 5 December 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#

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

This conference is organized on the basis of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 71/280. By a draft resolution agreed in November 2017, the Assembly reaffirms its decision that the Conference will result in the adoption of an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, titled ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration'. The scope of the Compact, the text recalls, is defined in an annex to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/RES/71/1). The text indicates that negotiations for the Compact will be concluded by July 2018, as previously agreed in resolution 71/280 on the modalities for the preparatory process.

The Conference will include eight consecutive plenary meetings and two dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings. The dialogues will be interactive and multi-stakeholder, and will seek to “exemplify ways and means to support the implementation of the Global Compact.” The topics will be: ‘Promoting action on the commitments of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; and ‘Partnerships and innovative initiatives for the way forward’. In the modalities resolution on the preparatory process, agreed in April 2017, UN Member States anticipated that the intergovernmental conference would take place at UN Headquarters in New York immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of UNGA 73, in September 2018, “unless otherwise agreed”. In October 2017, Italy and Morocco expressed interest in hosting the Conference in their countries. The offers were discussed in informal consultations, and the agreed draft resolution specifies that Morocco will host the meeting from 10-11 December 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 10-11 December 2018 location: Morocco contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration e-mail: gcmigration@un.org www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
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Human Rights Day 2018

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, which is the anniversary of the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2018, Human Rights Day will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

date: 10 December 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

Barcelona Resilience Week

Barcelona Resilience Week aims to connect cities, while providing the opportunity to learn about ground breaking resilience topics. The Week will offer an opportunity to present, share and exchange experiences and best practices, and to gain practical knowledge.

dates: 10-14 December 2018 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: BCN Resilience Registration Office e-mail: bcnresilience@barter.es www: http://urbanresiliencehub.org

3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

The 3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOS3) will convene from 10-14 December 2018, in Monaco. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is the first global instrument for the conservation of migratory species of sharks.

dates: 10-14 December 2018 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.cms.int/sharks/en/meeting/sharks-mos3-3rd-meetin...

International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions

The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) is characterized by the coexistence of undernutrition (stunting, wasting, vitamin and mineral deficiency) along with overweight, obesity or diet-related NCDs, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life-course. The developmental and economic impacts of this double burden are serious and lasting, with low and middle income countries bearing the greatest burden. The DBM is united by shared drivers and solutions and therefore calls for integrated nutrition action. The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for estimating and further exploring the magnitude of the DBM, sharing evidence on biological pathways through which early nutrition influences overweight, obesity and NCDs, identifying knowledge gaps and research needs, reviewing efforts that have been undertaken so far to create nutrition enabling environments and discussing considerations for the design and contextualisation of relevant double-duty actions and policies. Finally, the symposium will identify considerations for policies and action plans to support Member States in achieving their defined nutrition commitments within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and SDG 2.

dates: 10-13 December 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.iaea.org/events/understanding-the-double-burden-...

International Mountain Day 2018

“#MountainsMatter” is the theme chosen for the 2018 celebration of International Mountain Day (IMD). The theme will highlight how mountains matter for youth, water, disaster risk reduction, food, indigenous peoples and biodiversity. International Mountain Day, which has been celebrated on 11 December since 2003, has its roots in the adoption of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21, titled 'Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development'. Subsequently, the UN General Assembly declared 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains, and designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is the coordinating agency for the IMD. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of observances of International Mountain Day 2017 is here.

date: 11 December 2018 location: worldwide contact: Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Department, FAO www: http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/index.shtml

Mountains 2018

Mountains 2018 is an international conference mean to stimulate and disseminate knowledge on mountain-related development issues. Discourse will be based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two axes: ‘III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions;’ and the ‘II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions’. The Workshop will focus on practical experiences related to sustainable development in mountain regions, gathering professionals and other stakeholders actively working towards this goal. The Conference will discuss issues related to scientific research and perspectives to enhance and disseminate knowledge on mountains.

dates: 11-15 December 2018 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: http://cimo.ipb.pt/LuMont/index.php/en/news/2-uncategorised/...

January 2019

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

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

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

UNCCD CRIC 17

The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and is an integral part of the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS). The 17th session of the CRIC is scheduled to take place in January 2019 in Guyana. The 16th session of the CRIC was held in conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UNCCD. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNCCD COP 13, including CRIC 16, is here.

dates: 25-30 January 2019 [tentative] location: Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana www: https://www2.unccd.int/news-events/cric17-take-place-georget...
https://www2.unccd.int/convention/committee-review-implement...

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference on Carbon Pricing

The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), an initiative that brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society to drive carbon pricing action around the world, will convene this international research conference on carbon pricing. The event aims to drive innovative research and analysis from academics and practitioners on the effective design and implementation of carbon pricing policies. Relevant research themes include: learning from past and current experience; political economy of carbon pricing; carbon pricing and development; and the role of carbon pricing in decarbonization. The conference is expected to take place in late January 2019.

dates: 29-31 January 2019 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.carbonpricingleadership.org/news/2018/2/28/world...
https://www.carbonpricingleadership.org/cplc-research-confer...

February 2019

World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism will focus on the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry and discuss possible responses in order to reduce its vulnerability. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and partners, the event aims to: provide tourism operators and organizations, research institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders with an opportunity to share their work in the field of climate change and tourism; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 13-15 February 2019 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/tourism2019.html

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/  

2nd Latin American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

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

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

March 2019

OECPR 4

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

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

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

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

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

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

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

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

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

April 2019

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

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

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

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

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

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

May 2019

Scenarios Forum 2019

The Scenarios Forum 2019 aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the framework on integrated climate change scenarios to share their experiences, progress and plans. The framework uses Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the SDGs. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives. The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado, US.

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

Global Platform for DRR 2019

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

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

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) is expected to convene from 14-18 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 14-18 May 2019 [tentative] location: Kyoto, Japan [tentative] www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

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...

Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10)

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

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

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  

July 2019

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

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

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

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

The seventh UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on dates to be decided. HLPF 2019 will address the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year. Among other things, HLPF 2019 will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which is issued every four years. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2018 is here. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 8-19 July 2019 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

September 2019

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level review to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway, in September 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Regional preparatory meetings of SIDS countries as well as an interregional meeting will take place in 2018 to review progress at the national and regional levels, as mandated by the UNGA in a resolution of December 2017 on the follow-up and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy. That resolution also requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the 73rd UNGA a report on the follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, including progress made and continuing challenges faced.

date: 3 September 2019 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://undocs.org/A/C.2/72/L.48
https://undocs.org/A/72/420/Add.2

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

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 30 September 2019.

In accordance with paragraph 6 (b) of UN General Assembly resolution 67/290, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) shall be convened by the President of the General Assembly for a period of two days at the beginning of the session of the Assembly. In paragraph 87 of its resolution 70/1, the Assembly decided that the next HLPF under the auspices of the UNGA would be held in 2019. In paragraph 132 of the annex to resolution 69/313, Heads of State and Government decided that the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development of the Assembly would be held back -to back with the HLPF under the auspices of the Assembly when the HLPF is convened every four years.

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

dates: 17-30 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1

International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) XXIII

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

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

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

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...  

2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

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

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

UNCCD COP 14

The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) is tentatively scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, in autumn 2019, or at another venue arranged by the Secretariat in consultation with the COP Bureau, in the event that no party makes an offer to host the session and meet the additional costs. We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNCCD COP 13 is available here.

date: 15 October 2019 [tentative] location: TBA contact: UNCCD Secretariat phone: +49-228-815-2800 fax: +49-228-815-2898/99 e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www.unccd.int

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

The Republic of Korea will host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (2019 IREC). Previous IREC conferences have been organized at approximately two-year intervals. MEXIREC convened from 11-13 September 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. SDG Knowledge Hub summaries of additional events are as follows: SAIREC 2015; ADIREC 2013; DIREC 2010; and WIREC 2008.

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

November 2019

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

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

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

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 11-22 November 2019, 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

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

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

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

December 2019

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

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

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

June 2020

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France. The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

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

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

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

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

September 2020

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

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2020. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

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

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

November 2020

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

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-20 November 2020, at a location to be determined.

dates: 9-20 November 2020 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

February 2021

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

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is expected to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.

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

September 2021

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

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

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

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

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

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

September 2022

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

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

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

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

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

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

September 2023

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

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

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

September 2024

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

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

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

September 2025

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

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

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

September 2026

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

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

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

September 2027

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

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

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

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