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January 2020

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting convenes in Davos, Switzerland, and brings together world leaders to discuss global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. In this regard, the Forum's mission – improving the state of the world – guides the design and development of the Annual Meeting's objectives.

The 50th annual meeting will  focus on global, regional and national initiatives that generate positive impact for all stakeholders. Four global issues that will feature prominently on the agenda are: 

  • How to address the urgent climate and environmental challenges that are harming our ecology and economy; 
  • How to transform industries to achieve more sustainable and inclusive business models as new
    political, economic and societal priorities change trade and consumption patterns; 
  • How to govern the technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution so they benefit business and society while minimizing their risks to them; and 
  • How to adapt to the demographic, social and technological trends reshaping education, employment and entrepreneurship.

An SDG Knowledge Hub Policy Brief on the papers and article of focus at the 2019 Forum is available here. 

dates: 21-24 January 2020 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...

54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The 54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 54) will convene under the theme, ‘Mitigating Climate Risks for Resilience’. It will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socioeconomic sectors, governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, decision makers and civil society stakeholders.

Organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), African Development Bank (AfDB) and other partners, the Forum will include workshops on agriculture and food security, water resources, energy, health, livestock and disaster risk management (DRM).

dates: 27-29 January 2020 location: Mombasa, Coast, Kenya www: http://www.icpac.net/wp-content/uploads/GHACOF-54-Announceme...

OECD Private Finance for Sustainable Development Conference 2020

The high-level conference on 'Aligning finance with the SDGs' will take place on 29 January 2020, with back-to-back workshops and seminars taking place on 28 and 30 January.

The Conference will convene public and private actors committed to promoting a better alignment of global financial flows with the SDGs. Participants will hear insights and examples from investors, CEOs, donors, policy makers, field actors and researchers active in the blended finance and social impact investing markets, as well as green and climate finance.

Discussions will address: directing development and commercial finance towards socially and environmentally sustainable projects; and ensuring business operations contribute to the Goals, through their employment, sourcing and marketing policies.

dates: 28-30 January 2020 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: OECD e-mail: DCDPF4SD@oecd.org www: http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/de...

32nd UN-Water Meeting

UN-Water meetings bring together UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss issues related to global water and sanitation. 

Agenda items at the 32nd UN-Water meeting will include:

  • Way forward to accelerate progress on SDG 6 implementation; 
  • Update on the process to the 2021 and 2023 high-level events; 
  • Update on the 2020 country level coordination work; 
  • Expert Group on Regional Level Coordination Terms of Reference; 
  • Update on the UN-Water Analytical Brief on Unconventional Water Resources;
  • Discussion on the draft UN-Water 2030 Strategy; and 
  • Approval of the UN-Water Work Programme 2020-2021. 

dates: 28-29 January 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.unwater.org/

February 2020

World Wetlands Day 2020

Celebrated annually on 2 February, World Wetlands Day aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet. The Day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. 

date: 2 February 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwetlandsday.org

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

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

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

dates: 4-5 February 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/A/73/L.82
https://www.un.org/pga/74/2019/11/19/roadmap-for-the-impleme...

Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

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

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

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

WUF10 will address key action areas, including:

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

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

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

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrating the theme, 'Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth.' 

The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, long-standing biases and gender stereotypes are steering girls and women away from science related fields. According to data from the UN Scientific Education and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women and approximately 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in ICT (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%), and engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%).

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

date: 11 February 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/...
https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-day-o...

Third Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention

The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 3) to the Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa will convene on the theme, ‘From Decisions to Action: Working for Africa with a Safe Chemicals and Waste Future’. 

The Bamako Convention prohibits the import into Africa of any hazardous waste. It came into force in 1998.

dates: 12-14 February 2020 location: Brazzaville, Congo www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/third-confer...

CMS COP 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 25 is here.

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

World Biodiversity Forum

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

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

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

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

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

This is the second of three preparatory meetings, with the first meeting convening on 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya to consider: outcomes of regional and thematic consultations conducted and other contributions received regarding the post-2020 process; potential elements of the structure and scope of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework; future work programme of the Working Group on Post-2020; and tasks that may be allocated to other intersessional bodies and processes, including the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation. The third meeting will convene  7-31 July 2020 in  Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia. 

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

52nd Session of the IPCC

The 52nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 52) will convene from 24-28 February 2020.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. The outputs for this cycle are: 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 Cli... (SROCC).

The IPCC is a UN body responsible for assessing science on climate change. It was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme(UNEP). The Panel’s objective is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC reports are also a key input into international climate change negotiations.

dates: 24-28 February 2020 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France [tentative] www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

March 2020

CBD Thematic Consultation on Capacity-building and Technical and Scientific Cooperation for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat will hold a thematic consultation on capacity building. The report of this thematic consultation will be made available to the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3) and the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-20...

date: 1 March 2020 location: Kunming, Guizhou, China www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2020-02

World Wildlife Day 2020

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. 

date: 3 March 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.wildlifeday.org/about

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day 2020

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.

Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

date: 3 March 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/events/africa-envi...

51st Session of the UN Statistical Commission

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 51st session from 3-6 March 2020, in New York, US. The Commission is expected to consider recommendations from the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators regarding a "comprehensive review" of the global SDG indicators.

dates: 3-6 March 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/

3rd Latin American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

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

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

International Women's Day 2020

The 2020 International Women's Day will focus on the theme, 'An equal world is an enabled world'. 

The Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

date: 8 March 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/2020Theme
https://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

CSW64 / Beijing+25

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

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

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

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

Africa Climate Week 2020

Africa Climate Week 2020 will bring together representatives from the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and identify synergies in discussions, meetings and exhibitions on a diverse set of themes related to climate action and sustainable development. Taking place in 2020, the year when countries are expected to increase the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the event will seek to facilitate NDC implementation and help deliver on the SDGs. The event will be steered by an inter-ministerial committee, led by the Prime Minister of Uganda.

Africa Climate Week is one of four Regional Climate Weeks to convene in 2020, alongside Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, MENA Climate Week and Asia-Pacific Climate Week. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

The 2020 events will build on the success of the 2019 Regional Climate Weeks in: Accra, GhanaSalvador, Brazil; and Bangkok, Thailand.  

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 9-13 March 2020 location: Kampala, Uganda www: https://unfccc.int/news/2020-regional-climate-weeks-announce...
https://www.regionalclimateweeks.org/

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)

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

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

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

AELERT-INECE Conference 2020

The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT) are organizing a conference on the theme, ‘Environmental Collaboration: Shaping the Future of Regulation, Compliance and Enforcement Together.’

The collaboration will seek to provide opportunities for environmental regulators to cooperate and build capacity across regions, jurisdictions and organizations.

The event will seek to strike a balance between technical and operational topics and broader policy and strategic discussions. It will cater to a variety of practice areas such as wildlife, biodiversity and conservation, waste, pollution, marine environment, biosecurity and climate change, among others, at all levels of government and across a range of agencies. The Conference will provide a platform for mutual learning by sharing best practice and innovation as well as hearing views from countries in different stages of development.

dates: 10-13 March 2020 venue: Adelaide Convention Centre location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia www: https://conlog.eventsair.com/2020-aelert-inece-conference/

Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Day of Forests 2020

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). 

date: 21 March 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

World Water Day 2020

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

The 2020 World Water Day campaign on ‘Water and Climate Change’ will launch in December 2019.

date: 22 March 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwaterday.org/

Fourth Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

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

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

dates: 23-27 March 2020 location: Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

7th Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020)

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

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

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

Imperial College London Conference 2020: Beyond Sustainability: Radically Rethinking the Purpose of Business

Imperial College London’s fifth annual business conference aims to go beyond sustainability and challenge business leaders to radically re-evaluate their purpose to support the regeneration of a healthy, resilient and adaptable society.

Key themes include: Stakeholder capitalism; Developing an integrative and regenerative organization; and Consumer, labor and investor constraints.

date: 26 March 2020 location: London, England, UK contact: Megan Taylor-Silva, Imperial College Business School phone: +44 (0) 20 7594 1230 e-mail: imperial.ac.uk/business-school

NAP Expo 2020

In 2020, NAP Expo will convene for the seventh time since 2013.

The event is organized by the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) under the UNFCCC, in collaboration with various bodies and organizations, to promote exchange of experiences and foster partnerships between a wide range of actors and stakeholders on how to advance National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

The NAP process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement NAPs as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs.

dates: 30 March - 3 April 2020 location: TBA www: https://unfccc.int/topics/adaptation-and-resilience/workstre...

April 2020

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2020

The ECOSOC Partnership Forum discusses ways to define and promote effective partnerships and how partnerships can best advance the sustainable development agenda and the 17 SDGs. 

date: 3 April 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/25553396

World Health Day 2020

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.

The World Health Day 2019 focused on universal health coverage. 

date: 7 April 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day

2020 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 2020 Spring Meetings will take place from 17-19 April. Related events will begin on 13 April. 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 Spring Meetings is here.

To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on events related to the Spring Meetings and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

dates: 13-19 April 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/meetings/splash/spring

ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum 2020)

The 2020 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up, also known as the FfD Forum, will take place from 20-23 April, in New York, US.

dates: 20-23 April 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA

International Mother Earth Day 2020

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/

Adaptation Futures 2020

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

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

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

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

May 2020

8th Global Nitrogen Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

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

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

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

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

World Migratory Bird Day 2020

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

The Day is celebrated bi-annually on the second Saturday in May and in October.

date: 9 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/

XVII World Water Congress

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

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

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

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

The Fourth STI Forum is summarized here.

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

UN Development Cooperation Forum 2020

The seventh biannual Development Cooperation Forum will take place from 14-15 May 2020, in New York, US, back-to-back with the 2020 Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). The DCF is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. It works to provide concrete policy guidance on enhancing development cooperation in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (FfD).

Objectives of the Forum session include: boosting ODA quantity, quality and impact and the role of all relevant forms of development cooperation in strengthening national capacities, including for domestic resource mobilization, data and statistics, and STI; making development cooperation risk-informed and resilience-smart, with stronger links to climate action; and advancing monitoring, review and impact assessment of development cooperation for promoting results-focus and mutual accountability, including through the 2019-2020 DCF Survey exercise.  

dates: 14-15 May 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/content/2020-development-cooper...
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24th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

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

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

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

Fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO5) Launch

The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) called for the preparation of a periodic report on biological diversity: the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO). It suggested that the Global Biodiversity Outlook should provide a summary of the status of biological diversity and an analysis of the steps being taken by the global community to ensure that biodiversity is conserved and used sustainably, and that benefits arising from the use of genetic resources are shared equitably. The fifth such report will be launched on 18 May 2020.

The fourth GBO was released in October 2014 and provided a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. 

date: 18 May 2020 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/gbo

World Bee Day 2020

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

date: 20 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/beeday/action.shtml

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

In 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Div..., adopted on 20 October 2005. These include: 

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; 
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; 
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

date: 21 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

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

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

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

Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2020

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

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

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

dates: 26-28 May 2020 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: SEforALL Secretariat e-mail: Forum@seforall.org www: http://seforallforum.org/forum-2020
http://seforallforum.org/contact

6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity Development for the Water Sector

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

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

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

52nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 52nd sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) are expected to convene in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2020.

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

Sustainable Summits 2020 Nepal

This conference is focused on the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The Sustainable Summits Conferences are inspired by the growing pressures on mountain environments, the need to find solutions to the impacts of such pressures – like overcrowding, waste, noise and more – and a drive to uphold values in sustaining these environments.

The main topics to be addressed at this event include how mountains nurture communities, sustainable mountaineering, development pressures, and promoting connectivity between tourism, trade and regional cooperation.

dates: 1-5 June 2020 location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/events/event-detail/...

58th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 58th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 2-4 June 2020. The GEF Council Consultation with  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will take place the day before the Council opens, on 1 June 2020. 

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

dates: 1-4 June 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

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

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

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

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

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

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020)

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

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

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 took place in May 2017.

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

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2020

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

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

World Environment Day 2020

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

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

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

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference

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

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

dates: 8-12 June 2020 location: Kazakhstan additional: Nur-Sultan www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc12_e/mc12_e....

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

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

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

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

World Oceans Day 2020

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

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

EAT Stockholm Food Forum

EAT is a global, non-profit startup dedicated to transforming the global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships.

It was founded by the Stordalen Foundation, Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Wellcome Trust to catalyze a food system transformation.

dates: 10-11 June 2020 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://eatforum.org/events/

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...

World Day to Combat Desertification 2020

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June each year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day offers a chance to recognize that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

date: 17 June 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/

58th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention oversees Convention affairs and the activities of the Secretariat. It represents the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) between its meetings, which take place every three years, within the framework of the decisions made by the COP. 

The Standing Committee normally meets once a year, traditionally at the Ramsar Secretariat office in Switzerland. It also meets just before each meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, and regularly through the COP, when it is called the Conference Committee. 

dates: 22-26 June 2020 location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland www: https://www.ramsar.org/about/the-standing-committee
https://www.ramsar.org/event/58th-meeting-of-the-standing-co...

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

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

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

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

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

July 2020

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

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

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

dates: 6-21 July 2020 [tentative] location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/
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Third World Symposium on Climate Change Communication

The event will convene on the theme, ‘Using Communication to Transform Research and Policy on Climate Change Adaptation.’ The Symposium will contribute to catalyzing further action by better communicating on climate change, including through the use of lifelong learning methods. 

The Symposium is organized by the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), University of Warsaw (Poland) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and other partners.

dates: 6-7 July 2020 location: Warsaw, Poland www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/communication202...

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2020

Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week 2020 will bring together representatives from the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and identify synergies in discussions, meetings and exhibitions on a diverse set of themes related to climate action and sustainable development. Taking place in 2020, the year when countries are expected to increase the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the event, hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic, will seek to facilitate NDC implementation and help deliver on the SDGs. Among other goals, the event will seek to strengthen resilience to climate change at the regional level, especially in the Caribbean island States.

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week is one of four Regional Climate Weeks to convene in 2020, alongside Africa Climate Week, MENA Climate Week and Asia-Pacific Climate Week. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

The 2020 events will build on the success of the 2019 Regional Climate Weeks in: Accra, GhanaSalvador, Brazil; and Bangkok, Thailand.  

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 6-10 July 2020 location: Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic www: https://unfccc.int/news/2020-regional-climate-weeks-announce...
https://www.regionalclimateweeks.org/

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

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. Following the first five-days, the HLPF's three-day ministerial segment takes place jointly with ECOSOC's high-level segment from Tuesday-Thursday, 14-16 July 2020. The ECOSOC high-level segment concludes on 17 July 2020.

As of 10 October 2019, there are 50 countries intending to participate in the VNRs in 2020. Additional countries had volunteered to present, but the ECOSOC Bureau agreed to give priority to first- and second-time presenters, and those that did not present in 2019.

By a letter from the ECOSOC President on 12 September 2019, the VNRs will begin on Monday, 13 July 2020 and proceed for the three days of the ministerial segment of HLPF (14-16 July 2020). In accordance with past practice, countries presenting a VNR for the first time will be allocated 30 minutes each in the programme; countries presenting a VNR for the second time will be allocated 20 minutes each in a panel format.

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

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

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20)

The VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas and the Caribbean will convene under the theme, ‘Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean,’ to raise awareness of the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the special challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).

As decided at the VI Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in June 2018, the Forum will by hosted by Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to host a regional platform. The event is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR AM).

dates: 8-10 July 2020 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: https://www.eird.org/americas/pr2020/index.html

World Population Day 2020

World Population Day, which calls attention to the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in 1989. It was an outgrowth of the interest generated by the 'Day of Five Billion,' which was observed on 11 July 1987.

date: 11 July 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

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

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is expected to convene in July 2020. 

dates: 13-17 July 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings

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

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

This is the second of three preparatory meetings, with the first meeting convening on 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, and the second meeting convening the 24-28 February 2020, in  Kunming, China. 

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

August 2020

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2020

Indigenous peoples, today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and ways of life.

To raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982.

date: 9 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

International Youth Day 2020

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

The Day is commemorated every year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. 

date: 12 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

Our Ocean Conference 2020

The seventh Our Ocean Conference will draw partners globally to identify solutions to sustainably manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come. The six areas of focus at the conference will include climate change, marine pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security. 

The sixth Our Ocean Conference took place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.  The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary is available here. Summaries for previous years are also available for: 2017,  20162015 and 2014.

dates: 17-18 August 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

World Humanitarian Day 2020

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. Last year, the Day focused on female humanitarians, sharing the stories of 24 women who had affected change in cities and towns and villages globally. 

date: 19 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldhumanitarianday.org/about/

September 2020

16th Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The 16th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

CRC-16 will convene back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16).

 

dates: 8-11 September 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pic.int/

16th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention.

POPRC-16 is taking place back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16).

dates: 14-18 September 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pops.int/

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

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2020

In 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (resolution 49/114). The principal aim of the Montreal Protocol is to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it, with the ultimate objective of their elimination on the basis of developments in scientific knowledge and technological information. 

date: 16 September 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/index.shtml

Nature Summit

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

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

date: 20 September 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-026-meet...
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Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

68th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC68)

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

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

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

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

World Tourism Day 2020

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

The Day will seek to address global challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, invites all interested parties to take part on 27 September each year in the special celebrations taking place in their respective country or holiday destination. 

date: 27 September 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/tourismday/

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Global Adaption Action Summit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

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

2020 UN Biodiversity Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

53rd Session of the IPCC

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

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

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

World Migratory Bird Day 2020

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

The Day is celebrated bi-annually on the second Saturday in May and in October.

date: 10 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/

International Day of Rural Women

This international day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Member States, in collaboration with the organizations of the UN and civil society, as appropriate, are urged to continue their efforts to implement the outcome of and to ensure an integrated and coordinated follow-up to UN conferences and summits, including their reviews, and to attach greater importance to the improvement of the situation of rural women, including indigenous women, in their national, regional and global development strategies.

date: 15 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

World Food Day 2020

World Food Day promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) designated 16 October as World Food Day in 1979. 

date: 16 October 2020 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

This international day, held annually on 17 October, presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. 

Through resolution 47/196, adopted on 22 December 1992, the UN General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. 

date: 17 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

Third UN World Data Forum

The third UN World Data Forum will take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland. It aims to bring together data leaders from national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, among other stakeholder groups, to foster exchange of ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities. The Forum will have six thematic areas.

The UNWDF 2020 will be hosted by Swiss Confederation and Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland, 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-... for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The call for session proposals is open until 31 January 2020.

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

United Nations Day 2020

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

In 2020, UN Day will be one of several events commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary. 

date: 24 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/unday/
https://www.un.org/en/un75

World Cities Day 2020

The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239.

The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

November 2020

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK. 

You can read SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 25 and related events here. Our summary of COP 25 outcomes is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on the 2020 Regional Climate Weeks is here.

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 

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

16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is expected to take place from 9-13 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IGF serves as a global venue for dialogue among 74 member country governments, as well as mining companies and industry associations. The IGF is a voluntary initiative committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.

dates: 9-13 November 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.igfmining.org/

G20 Leaders Summit 2020

The fifteenth meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) will convene from 21-22 November 2020, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This event marks the first time that Saudi Arabia will hold the Presidency of the G20.

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme, "Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All". 

The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: "Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive"; "Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons"; and "Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement."

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of prior Summits can be found here.

dates: 20-21 November 2020 location: Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia www: https://g20.org/en/

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

The Joint 12th meeting of the 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 scheduled to take place from 23-27 November 2020 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  

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

dates: 23-27 November 2020 location: Tashkent, Toshkent, Uzbekistan www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings

December 2020

World Soil Day 2020

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing that 5 December be marked as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, unanimously 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.

date: 5 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/

International Mountain Day 2020

The increasing attention to the importance of mountains led the UN General Assembly to declare 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains. On this occasion, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day (IMD).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) coordinates the annual celebration of the Day to foster greater awareness of mountain issues. 

date: 11 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/background.shtml

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

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

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

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

February 2021

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

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

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

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

March 2021

CGRFA 18

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CGRFA 17 is here.

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

May 2021

Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10

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

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

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

September 2021

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

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

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

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

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

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

September 2022

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

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

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

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

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

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

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

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

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

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

September 2023

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

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

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

September 2024

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

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

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

September 2025

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

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

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

September 2026

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

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

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

September 2027

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

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

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

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