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January 2018

World Future Energy Summit 2018

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is an annual event that is dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. WFES brings together over 30,000 visitors from 175 countries attracting government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. WFES is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The eighth session of the Assembly of IRENA will convene immediately before WFES, from 13-14 January 2018.

dates: 15-18 January 2018 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/

International Water Summit 2018

The International Water Summit (IWS) is a global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions by bringing together world leaders, field experts, academics and business innovators to accelerate the development of new sustainable strategies and technologies. This event takes place as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

dates: 15-18 January 2018 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.internationalwatersummit.com/

ESCWA Workshop on SDG Indicators

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) workshop on Sound Institutional Environment, Cooperation, Dialogue and Partnerships for the Production and Utilization of SDG Indicators will address the institutional environment for official statistics in support of monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including governance, leadership, coordination mechanisms and tools, as well as dialogue and partnership between producers and users of data and statistics. Participants will discuss institutional, organizational and managerial arrangements that can best sustain the transformation and modernization of official statistics in order to address emerging needs for high-quality and internationally comparable data and statistics, including for the follow up and review of progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The workshop will contribute to the development of guidelines, compilations of best practices and other training material at the global and regional levels.

dates: 16-18 January 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/sound-institutional-environme...

2018 Gaidar Forum

The ninth annual Gaidar Forum will focus on modern challenges for public administration, the introduction of project work in government, innovation drivers, new challenges for central banks, digital society, sanctions, the centenary of the Russian revolution, confidence, the barriers and factors of successful entrepreneurship in Russia, and cluster approach in the era of digital production. Participants during a 'Russia and the World: Values and Virtues' plenary discussion will include Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) Rector Vladimir Mau; Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva; Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International, former Governor of the Bank of Israel (1991-2000) Jacob Frenkel; political analyst Ivan Krastev; President of the European Policy Center, former President of the European Council (2009-2014), former Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009) Herman Van Rompuy; and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland Kai Mykkanen.

dates: 16-18 January 2018 location: Moscow, Moskva, Russian Federation www: http://en.gaidarforum.ru/

Workshop on Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Africa

This event is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), a member of the CGIAR System Organization, and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). The workshop will provide information on how to jointly increase bioenergy availability and food security in rural Africa while ensuring positive social and environmental impacts. Presentations will include winners of IRENA's call for submission of good practices for Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Strategy in Africa 2017.

date: 19 January 2018 venue: ICRAF International Conference Center location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: IRENA Secretariat phone: +97124179000 e-mail: info@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Jan/Workshop-on-Sustainable...
http://www.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Events/2018/...

Workshop on the Environmentally Sound Management of E-wastes

Organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions with the support and contribution of the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in China, this workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences and good practices for the environmentally sound management of e-wastes in the Asia and Pacific Region. The event aims to disseminate best practices and policies regarding inventories of e-wastes, for refurbishment, recycling, the extraction of valuable materials and final disposal.

dates: 20-23 January 2018 location: Beijing, China contact: Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions e-mail: francesca.cenni@brsmeas.org www: http://www.basel.int/?tabid=6232

Fourth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs

The thematic focus for this year's symposium is 'Perspectives on Migration: Displacement and Marginalization, Inclusion and Justice'. The symposium is organized by the World Council of Churches and partners, and co-sponsored by the UN Office Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, and others.

date: 22 January 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnfS1IxPNseA3UP2oh...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/19EGPcsuHDUdbCtO1VR0-2Qx-ixI...

National Platforms for SDG Reporting: Identifying Best Practices and Solutions

This meeting will seek to produce recommendations and guidelines for basic requisites of national data platforms suitable to SDG follow-up and reporting. Participants at this meeting will include representatives from national statistical offices, international and regional organizations with programmes or initiatives that support data platforms in countries, as well as donors and other providers of data platform solutions. Representatives of statistical offices will be both from countries where solutions are already implemented and can be shared with others, and from countries where no SDG data reporting platform has been established yet. Participants will review best practices, discuss possible solutions and identify ways forward for their implementation.

dates: 22-24 January 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNStats www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/capacity-building/meetings/Natio...

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

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

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

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018

The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting bring together leaders from business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society at the beginning of the year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional, and industry agendas. The January 2018 meeting will focus on the theme, 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World'.

dates: 23-26 January 2018 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...

SAICM Regional Meeting for Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-25 January 2018.

dates: 23-25 January 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/Regionalactivities/AsiaPacific...

Third GEF-7 Replenishment Meeting

The third GEF-7 replenishment meeting is expected to take place from 23-25 January 2018, in Brasilia, Brazil. The GEF-7 process is focused on assessing the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) focus and funding level for the seventh replenishment period for the GEF Trust Fund. The first meeting took place in Paris, France, and the second meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 23-25 January 2018 location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/replenishments

International EGM on Sustainable Development in Territories of Indigenous Peoples

This expert group meeting (EGM) will address sustainable development in territories of indigenous peoples. Article 4 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) says that 'Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions'.

dates: 23-25 January 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 5 location: New York City, US contact: UN Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/news/2...

First Meeting of the Framework for Growth Working Group (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 23-25 January 2018 location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-Free Global Supply Chains for Contributing to Halt Deforestation

This event will seek to inform participants on the status of the implementation 2015 New York global zero deforestation commitments, to facilitate wider publication of good practices including by private sector in Japan toward the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Aichi Biodiversity targets, and to provide an opportunity scaling up zero-deforestation activities by a wide range of sectors toward the shared goal of halting deforestation by 2020. The outcome of the event will feed into the International Conference titled, 'Halting Deforestation and Increasing Forest Area – from Aspi...,' which will convene in February in Rome under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). The event is organized by the Forestry Agency of Japan in cooperation with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and other partners.

dates: 23-24 January 2018 location: Tokyo, Japan e-mail: maffsymposium2018@omc.co.jp www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5425

Expert Working Group for the Further Development of the E-Waste Technical Guidelines

This meeting will seek to advance the work on further developing the technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electrical and electronic waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non waste under the Basel Convention. This meeting will be preceded by a workshop on the ESM of e-wastes and forum on their transboundary movements under the Basel Convention. The meeting is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in partnership with the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Center for the Asia and Pacific Region in China (BCRC-SCRC China).

dates: 24-25 January 2018 location: Beijing, China www: http://www.basel.int/Implementation/Ewaste/TechnicalGuidelin...

Expert Group Meeting on Interlinkages

The UN Division for Sustainable Development is organizing an expert group meeting (EGM) on interlinkages among the SDGs, in preparation for the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

dates: 25-26 January 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Second Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention

The Second Conference of the Parties 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 focus on the theme, 'The Bamako Convention: a platform for a pollution-free Africa'. The Bamako Convention prohibits the import into Africa of any hazardous waste. It came into force in 1998.

dates: 28-30 January 2018 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/second-confe...

SAICM Regional Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American and Caribbean regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will convene in Panama City, Panama, from 29-31 January 2018.

dates: 29-31 January 2018 location: Panama City, Panama www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/Regionalactivities/LatinAmeric...

Data Gaps Initiative Meeting (DGI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 29-30 January 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

Forty-sixth Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The forty-sixth session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for a seven week period, from 29 January to 16 March. From 29 January to 2 February, the Subcommissions will meet. From 5-9 February and 5-9 March, the Plenary will convene. Subcomissions will meet again from 12 February to 2 March, and 12-16 March.

date: 29 January 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Workshop on Risk Mitigation in Renewable Energy Investments in Africa

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), this event will focus on risk-mitigation instruments in renewable energy investments in African countries. The workshop will provide an opportunity for renewable energy stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges of risk mitigation instruments and how to increase their availability for African renewable energy projects.

dates: 29-30 January 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: IRENA Secretariat phone: +97124179000 e-mail: info@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Jan/Risk-Mitigation-in-Rene...

56th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The fifty-sixth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD 56) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, from 29 January to 7 February 2018. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The priority theme for the 2018 Policy Cycle is, 'Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all'. High-level panel discussions will focus on the following themes: Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all; Towards sustainable and resilient societies: Innovation and inter-connectivity for social development; Third review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing; and Towards inclusive, resilient and sustainable development: an evidence-based approach to the mainstreaming of disability in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSocD 55 is here.

dates: 29 January - 7 February 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will take place from 30-31 January 2018 (#YOUTH2030).

dates: 30-31 January 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/2641005

Cuba Sustainable Energy Forum 2018

The Cuba Sustainable Energy Forum 2018 is jointly organised by the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Republic of Cuba and the European Union. The Forum will seek to provide a platform for: the Cuban authorities to present their new energy and foreign investment policies along with the portfolio of investment opportunities in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Cuba; and the EU to showcase technologies and lessons learnt from the European experience and present the range of available financing instruments in Cuba.

dates: 30-31 January 2018 location: Havana, Ciudad De La Habana, Cuba www: http://www.cuba-sustainableenergyforum2017.eu/

Online Platforms for Sustainable Development

This event on online platforms for sustainable development is scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, on 31 January 2018.

date: 31 January 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division phone: +66 2 288-1446 e-mail: escap-tiid@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/online-platforms-sustainable-d...

Session Proposals for UN World Data Forum 2018 Due

The Programme Committee for the UN World Data Forum 2018 has invited submissions of proposals for sessions to be considered for inclusion in the programme for the UN World Data Forum 2018, which is taking place from 22-23 October 2018, in Dubai, UAE. Proposals for approximately 80 sessions will be selected. Proposals ranging from panel discussions to mini workshops and data labs, hackathon-style/innovation challenges, and “Ted-talk”-style presentations will be considered. The UN World Data Forum 2018 will bring together data leaders from diverse stakeholder groups, including national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, to exchange ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics organized across six thematic areas of the Forum. The High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB) leads the organization of the UN World Data Forum, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and in close consultation with Member States and international partners. The Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs supports the organization of the Forum in its role as Secretariat of the Commission and the HLG-PCCB. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here.

date: 31 January 2018 location: virtual www: https://undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/call-for-session-prop...

Regional Workshop on Geothermal Financing and Risk Mitigation in Africa

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this workshop addresses barriers to access financing for geothermal energy in African countries and dissemination of best practices and innovative models to finance operations and mitigate financial risks. Participants from governments, utilities and relevant public authorities will also have the opportunity to learn about IRENA's technical guidelines for geothermal energy and the IRENA Project Navigator with a focus on development risks.

dates: 31 January - 1 February 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: IRENA Secretariat phone: +97124179000 e-mail: info@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Jan/Regional-Workshop-on-Ge...

February 2018

28th UN-Water Meeting

The 28th UN-Water Meeting will take place from 1-2 February 2018, at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy. Agenda items include: 2030 Agenda update and related intergovernmental processes; Monitoring and reporting; Launch of the World Water Data Initiative – Good Practice Guidelines; Updates on World Toilet Day 2017 on Wastewater and World Water Day 2018 on Nature for Water; Selection of Coordinator(s) of World Toilet Day 2018 and World Water Day 2019; Support to the “International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development” 2018 – 2028; and the Work Programme 2018-2019. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 27th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 1-2 February 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: UN-Water www: http://www.unwater.org/

ECOSOC Review - Informal Meeting

The co-facilitators to lead the intergovernmental consultations on the review of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 68/1 regarding reform of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene an informal meeting to discuss the timeline, outcome and other substantive and structural elements of the review process. Following the adoption of UNGA resolution 68/1 titled, ‘Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution 61/16 on the strengthening of the Economic and Social Council,’ in 2013, ECOSOC underwent a series of reforms to strengthen the Council. By that resolution, UN Member States must review the arrangements during the 72nd UNGA session. Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, will serve as co-facilitators to lead intergovernmental consultations on the review of Resolution 68/1.

date: 1 February 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...

Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

Deadline extended to 2 FEBRUARY 2018! Input was originally requested by 1 December 2017. The independent group of scientists who are preparing the 2019 edition of the GSDR has requested inputs from scientific and non-scientific communities on four categories of research. Contributions should be publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies that address one of four topics: interactions among the SDGs and their targets; transformation pathways towards sustainable development; looking beyond the SDGs to major issues identified by research that are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs; and the role of science for sustainable development. Contributions should be peer reviewed scientific publications and other sources of knowledge that are or can be documented in written form.

date: 2 February 2018 location: virtual www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/gsdr-invites-inputs-on-four-areas-o...
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSjDMLFP44iwTf58-a...

Presentation of Migration Compact Zero Draft

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, note that, in accordance with paragraph 27 of UNGA resolution 71/280, the zero draft will be shared with delegations by the beginning of February 2018, and a meeting for the formal presentation of the zero draft will take place. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

date: 5 February 2018 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...

SAICM Regional Meeting for Africa

The African regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will convene in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from 6-8 February 2018.

dates: 6-8 February 2018 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/Regionalactivities/Africaregio...

Meeting of the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 6-7 February 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

CAFF Board Meeting February 2018

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. The CAFF Working Group operates by the Arctic Council Rules of Procedures. CAFF's mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. An SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the CAFF's reports is here.

dates: 6-8 February 2018 location: Fairbanks, AK, US www: https://www.caff.is/meetings/caff-board-meeting-2

Technical Expert Workshop on Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures for Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11

Pursuant to decision XIII/2, paragraph 10 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this technical expert workshop will provide scientific and technical advice on definition, management approaches, and identification of other effective area-based conservation measures, as well as their role in achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11. This workshop will be held in conjunction with the expert workshop on marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures for achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in marine and coastal areas (2017-098), with joint sessions on relevant topics. The workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the CBD with the financial support of the Government of Italy and the European Commission.

dates: 6-9 February 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/PAEM-2018-01
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Expert Workshop on Marine Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures for Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11

This workshop is being organized pursuant to paragraph 7(b) of decision XIII/9, whereby the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requested the Executive Secretary to organize an expert workshop to consolidate scientific and technical information on various approaches for, and their effectiveness in, assessing the contribution to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in marine and coastal areas and other effective area-based conservation measures as well as their integration into the wider landscapes and seascapes, also considering the implementation of target 5 of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The workshop will also contribute to the tasks outlined in paragraph 10(b) of decision XIII/2, to provide scientific and technical advice on the definition, management approaches and identification of other effective area-based conservation measures in marine and coastal areas and their role in achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11. It will be held in conjunction with the technical expert workshop on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures and their role in achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 (2017-099), with joint sessions on relevant topics.

dates: 6-9 February 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/MCB-EM-2018-01
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Global Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation

This global workshop will convene under the theme, 'Moving forward transboundary water cooperation: Building on its benefits'. It will bring together professionals from all over the world working on transboundary water cooperation to discuss how the identification, assessment and communication of the broad range of benefits generated by transboundary water cooperation can prompt, support or strengthen cooperation in transboundary basins. The workshop is organized under the leadership of the Governments of Estonia and Serbia, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat, serviced by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Funding for the workshop is provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands and the Geneva Water Hub.

dates: 6-7 February 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unwater.org/global-workshop-transboundary-water-c...

Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9)

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9), 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. WUF 9 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.

In the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016, participating States request the report of the implementation of the Agenda to incorporate, to the extent possible, the inputs of multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, and to build on existing platforms such as the WUF, convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Themed ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,’ WUF 9 will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the NUA.

WUF 9 will seek to provide substantive inputs for the first report of the implementation of the NUA. The Forum is expected to enhance the common vision on sustainable urban development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by contributing to implementation of concrete solutions for the commitments made in the NUA, which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The NUA commitments include ensuring: sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty; sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development.

WUF 9 will aim to, inter alia: raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders; improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through open debates, sharing of lessons learned, and the exchange of urban solutions and good policies; increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the implementation of sustainable urbanization; and incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the NUA implementation.

The WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world.

dates: 7-13 February 2018 venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia www: http://wuf9.org/
http://wuf9.org/registration/

Second World Symposium on Climate Change Communication

This event will focus on the challenges in communicating climate change across various audiences by addressing climate change communication research and practice. It will seek to catalyze further action to better communicate climate change by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change communication among various settings and audiences. 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 Graz, Austria; and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), in collaboration with partners. An interdisciplinary event, the Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of government agencies undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change communication around the world.

dates: 7-9 February 2018 location: Graz, Steiermark (Styria), Austria www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/communication.ht...

11th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators provides a platform for discussing trends and perspectives aimed at ensuring that investment agreements support sustainable development goals. The 11th Annual Forum will be co-hosted by the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre.

dates: 7-9 February 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.iisd.org/event/11th-annual-forum-developing-count...

ICAO Seminar on Carbon Markets

Organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), this seminar addresses measures to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), including carbon markets, emissions units, and criteria for eligible emissions units. Participants will have the opportunity to share information on emissions units programmes, mechanisms and projects relating to the implementation of CORSIA. The seminar will be followed by a series of regional seminars on CORSIA implementation to be held between March and April 2018.

dates: 7-9 February 2018 venue: ICAO Headquarters, 999 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, Montreal, Canada location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: ICAO Secretariat e-mail: officeenv@icao.int www: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/carbonmarkets/Pages/default.as...
https://events.icao.int/event-details?campaignID=01615496-1d...

IFPRI-UNSCN Seminar: Investment for Nutrition

The UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will hold a joint policy seminar on 'Investment for Nutrition'. The organizers note that the SDGs call for the elimination of all forms of malnutrition, while the Framework for Action of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) gives insights in what action can be taken. This event aims to raise attention to the many entry points the food systems offer, and opportunities for investments to positively impact nutrition, including with regard to: healthy food system investments tailored to specific contexts; and nutrition-sensitive agricultural investments. The event can be attended in person or online.

date: 8 February 2018 venue: IFPRI location: Washington D.C., US contact: UN Standing Committee on Nutrition e-mail: scn@fao.org www: https://www.unscn.org/en/news-events/upcoming-events?idnews=...

SAICM Regional Meeting for EU-JUSSCANNZ

The EU-JUSSCANNZ regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will convene in Paris, France, on 9 February 2018.

date: 9 February 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/Regionalactivities/EUJUSSCANNZ...

World Government Summit 2018

The World Government Summit is a knowledge exchange platform at the intersection of government, futurism, technology, and innovation. It functions as a thought leadership platform and networking hub for policymakers, experts and pioneers in human development. It is also showcases innovations, best practices, and smart solutions to inspire creativity to tackle these future challenges. The Summit is organized under the leadership of His Excellency Mohammad Abdulla AlGergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future – United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Chairman of the World Government Summit Organization; Her Excellency Ohood Bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, UAE and Vice Chair of the World Government Summit Organization; His Excellency Omar Sultan AlOlama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, UAE and Managing Director of the World Government Summit Organization. Partners of the Summit include: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the UN, the Organisation for Economic Co-0peration and Development (OECD), the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Dubai Municipality, and El Centro Latinamericano de Adimistracion para el Desarollo.

dates: 11-13 February 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/

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

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

dates: 14-16 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/platform-for-tax-collab...
http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/06/06/first-global-c...

2018 Winter Youth Assembly

The 21st session of the Youth Assembly at the UN will convene on the theme, 'Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World'. The event is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Mongolia and the Slovak Republic. In alignment with the upcoming 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), the conference will focus on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.youthassembly.nyc

The 2030 Agenda for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit

The goals of this Summit are: to highlight and share mutually supporting initiatives that advance the cause of children’s rights, and to prevent and bring to an end to all forms of violence against children, as called for in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; to spread solutions that end violence against children; to highlight how the Global Partnership to End Violence supports the 2030 Agenda and strengthens children’s rights; and to make the rights of the child known and safeguarded; and to reinforce a shared commitment for action to end all forms of violence against children.

dates: 14-15 February 2018 venue: Münchenbryggeriet Event & Konferens, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: UNICEF and WHO e-mail: secretariat@end-violence.org www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1722...
http://www.end-violence.org/summit

2nd Data Gaps Initiative Meeting (DGI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

The World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 (WSDS 2018) is organized by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and seeks to accelerate action towards sustainable development and climate change. The 2018 event will focus on the theme, 'Partnerships for a Resilient Planet'.

dates: 15-17 February 2018 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India contact: TERI www: http://wsds.teriin.org/index.php

SDSN Switzerland Launch Conference

The SDSN Switzerland Launch Conference will convene on the theme, 'Where Society, Science and Politics create solutions'. The conference, which will officially launch SDSN Switzerland, aims to: analyze the opportunities and challenges for Switzerland around the 2030 Agenda; deepen understanding on transformation processes towards sustainability; and connect representatives across the science-policy-society spectrum to catalyze trans-disciplinary collaboration on sustainable development solutions.

date: 15 February 2018 venue: University of Bern location: Bern, Switzerland www: https://www.sdsn.ch

SAICM Regional Meeting for Central and Eastern Europe

The Central and Eastern Europe regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will convene in Lodz, Poland, from 19-23 February 2018.

dates: 19-23 February 2018 location: Lodz, Lodzkie, Poland www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/Regionalactivities/CentralandE...

Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa

Organized by the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), the first Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa will be held under the theme 'Fostering Economic Transformation in the East African Region through Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy for All'.

dates: 19-21 February 2018 location: Kigali, Rwanda www: http://www.eacreee.org/article/sustainable-energy-forum-east...

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - February 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The first session will convene on 20, 22 and 23 February 2017, with 21 February devoted to a half-day informal, interactive, multi-stakeholder hearing organized and chaired by the President of the UN General Assembly. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 20-23 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

Working Across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area: From Aspiration to Action

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG target 15.2, which calls for halting deforestation by 2020, among others. In addition, the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), which was adopted in 2017 by the UN General Assembly, calls for reversing the loss of forest cover and increasing forest area by 3 percent worldwide by 2030 (Global Forest Goal 1, Target 1.1). This international conference is organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the challenges of halting and reversing deforestation and to jointly explore ways to accelerate progress towards achieving in particular the SDG Target 15.2 and Target 1.1 of the UNSPF. The main objective of the conference is to provide substantive input, through UNFF 13, to the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF 2018). In 2018 the HLPF will review, among others, SDG 15.

dates: 20-22 February 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: Halting-Deforestation@fao.org www: http://www.cpfweb.org/93859/en/

Fourth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The fourth hearing will be a half-day event. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

date: 21 February 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/multi-stakeholder-hearings-0
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...

Energizing the 2030 Agenda: Global Preparatory Meeting for Review of SDG 7

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has announced that a global preparatory meeting will convene to support the review of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018). The meeting, convening on the theme 'Energizing the 2030 Agenda, will bring together key stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasized the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable energy and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. The July 2018 session of the HLPF also will conduct an in-depth review of SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 15 (life on land), in addition to Goal 7.

dates: 21-23 February 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/EnergyConference

High-level Forum for National SDG Coordinators from European and CIS States

The first regional high-level forum for national SDG coordinators will gather officials in charge of national efforts to achieve the SDGs in European and CIS states. Participants will present their experiences in ways to fulfill the 2030 Agenda, and discuss common problems and ways to overcome them. Recommendations may be presented during the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-hosted regional forum on sustainable development (RFSD). The government notes that Belarus has adopted a national strategy of sustainable social and economic development until 2030, and appointed Marianna Shchetkina, Vice Speaker of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus, as national coordinator for reaching the SDGs.

dates: 21-22 February 2018 location: Minsk, Belarus www: http://eng.belta.by/politics/view/belarus-offers-venue-for-i...

SME Ministerial Conference (SME 2018)

The SME Ministerial Conference (SME 2018) will offer an opportunity for Ministers and delegations from OECD countries and emerging economies to discuss recent trends in small and medium sized enterprise policies and how small businesses can become a vehicle of inclusive growth. The event will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening SMEs and entrepreneurship for productivity and inclusive growth'.

dates: 22-23 February 2018 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: http://www.oecd.org/cfe/smes/ministerial/

First Arab Land Conference

The Government of the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the Arab League and the Arab Union of Surveyors are have announced the first Arab Land Conference, which will be hosted by the Dubai Land Department. The conference aims to exchange knowledge, promote regional cooperation and develop capacities and innovation in land governance and real estate reforms to promote the social and economic development in the Arab region. Key topics to be addressed will focus on the Arab region and include: access to land for sustainable business and investment; the interlink between housing policy and land management; education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration; protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees to facilitate reconstruction; women, land and property rights; and new technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://arablandconference.com/en/

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment 2018

The Operational Activities for Development Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) reviews UN policies, including the implementation of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR), which guides the UN development system’s work with countries around the world in making progress on all dimensions of sustainable development.

dates: 27 February - 1 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/oas-qcpr
http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1

Civil Society Pre-Meeting to UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), which follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region, will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

UNECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 VNR Countries

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sixteen countries from the UNECE region volunteered to take part in VNRs at the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which will convene in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub story about the 2018 VNR countries is here. This Regional Preparatory Meeting for VNR countries of the UNECE is organized by the Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Participation is by invitation by UN DESA. This event will take place immediately before the 2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE....

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

Ninth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Ninth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in San José, Costa Rica. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the Principle 10 agreement negotiation process is here.

dates: 28 February - 4 March 2018 location: San Jose, Costa Rica e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org www: https://www.cepal.org/en/node/45363
www.cepal.org/principio10

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

The Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) will convene from 28 February to 1 March 2018. The General Assembly, in its resolution 71/257 of 23 December 2017, on 'Oceans and the law of the sea,' recalled that the Regular Process shall be overseen and guided by its Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, and decided that the Working Group shall facilitate the delivery of the outputs of the second cycle as outlined in the programme of work for the period 2017-2020 for the second cycle of the Regular Process. The Regular Process is expected to meet twice in 2018 to: approve an outline of the 'World Ocean Assessment;' and to provide recommendations to the UN General Assembly on the preparation of the assessment. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the ninth meeting of the Regular Process is here.

dates: 28 February - 1 March 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
http://www.un.org/Depts/los/global_reporting/global_reportin...

March 2018

2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region. The meeting will focus on the sub-set of SDGs to be reviewed at the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018): SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12, SDG 15. The Regional Forum will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations. In addition, the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will organize a Regional Preparatory Meeting for 2018 VNR countries of the UNECE region, on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

dates: 1-2 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html
http://www.unece.org/forests

World Wildlife Day 2018

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March - the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - as UN World Wildlife Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is 'Big Cats'. Using the expanded definition of big cats, the Day will raise awareness on the conservation of the lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar, as well as the cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard and related species.

date: 3 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
https://cites.org/eng/protecting_big_cats_is_the_call_of_Wor...

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

Co-organized by a diverse group of international, urban and scientific organizations, including UN-Habitat, UN Environment (UNEP), Cities Alliance, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Future Earth, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), this event will bring together representatives from national, city and regional governments, the academia, research organizations, and urban and climate change practitioners. The aim of the conference is to: identify key research and knowledge gaps related to cities and climate change; inspire global and regional research that will lead to peer-reviewed publications and scientific reports; and stimulate research on cities and climate change throughout the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) cycle. Its outcomes are anticipated to inform the upcoming IPCC reports, and support cities and citizens in building low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable cities towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 5-7 March 2018 location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada www: http://www.citiesipcc.org/
https://unfccc.int/files/adaptation/application/pdf/report_c...

21st Session of the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. This meeting is scheduled to take place in March 2018.

date: 5 March 2018 [tentative] location: TBA contact: Magnus Grylle, FAO e-mail: magnus.grylle@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/31908/en

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

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

dates: 5-9 March 2018 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/sessions/24th-session-2018

49th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 49th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC 49) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 6?9 March 2018. The UNSC brings together Chief Statisticians from UN Member States, and is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities. The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the UN elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution.

dates: 6-9 March 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/

World Ocean Summit 2018

The Economist Events' fifth World Ocean Summit will convene in Mexico and will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative focused on five pillars: sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change, finance and technology. The event seeks to deepen engagement with the private sector, particularly private capital's involvement with the ocean. The 2018 Summit will feature: an extension of the Word Ocean Summit 2017, deepening on the issue of financing; a focus on measurement providing accountability of blue initiatives in the areas of fisheries, pollution and climate change; and the first business case of the blue economy that drives discussions on investments and growth in the blue economy. Speakers will include: Enrique Peña Nieto, President, Mexico; Luis Guillermo Solís, President, Costa Rica; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President, Iceland; Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador; Michael Eckhart, Citigroup; Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank; Matthew Arnold, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, United Nations; and Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

International Women's Day 2018

International Women’s 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 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

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

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - March 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The second session will convene from 12-15 March 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 12-15 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62)

The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will convene at UN Headquarters in New York. The session will consider, as a priority theme, 'Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls'. The session will consider, as a review theme, 'Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSW 61 is here.

dates: 12-23 March 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 13-16 March 2018, in Paris, France. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 46 is here.

dates: 13-16 March 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

Second Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

The 2nd Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020, convening from 13-15 March 2018, is expected to continue the discussions on a possible post-2020 platform for chemicals and waste, with a view to providing input to OEWG3 slated for October 2018. It will be preceded in January-February 2018 by SAICM regional meetings. Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020. ICCM4 decided that the intersessional process should include, in principle, two meetings before the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) and another between OEWG3 and ICCM5.

dates: 13-15 March 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: SAICM Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8273 fax: +41-22-797-3460 e-mail: saicm.chemicals@unep.org www: http://www.saicm.org
http://www.saicm.org/Beyond2020/IntersessionalProcess/tabid/...

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

Organized by the Climate Action Partnership, the first Sustainable Investment Forum in Europe will bring together decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market. Held under the theme 'Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future,' the Forum will address, among other issues: climate risks and opportunities; governance for sustainable investment; financing the transition to a low-carbon economy; financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); technology for sustainable investment; and setting up an efficient carbon pricing system.

date: 13 March 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: Sustainable Investment Forum Europe phone: +44 (0)20 7871 0123 e-mail: blamblin@climateactionprogramme.org www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/
http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/register

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

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

dates: 17-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

8th World Water Forum

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

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

International Day of Forests 2018

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, 'Forests for sustainable cities,' and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

date: 21 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

2018 Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is "powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign" with the support of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Festival will focus on three core themes in 2018: Innovation and disruptive change; Citizen engagement; and Communicating the SDGs. This second Festival will seek to recognize and celebrate "innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors" on the world's intractable development problems, and will showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation. The 2018 Festival will bring together a wide array of organizations and individuals to build synergies among different constituencies, increase mutual understanding, and approach problems and solutions from multiple angles. The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and mandated to support the UN system-wide and the Member States on advocacy and public engagement in the SDG implementation. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first Festival, the Global Festival of Ideas, is here.

dates: 21-23 March 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://globalfestivalofaction.org
http://sdgactioncampaign.org

Data for Development Festival

The inaugural Data for Development Festival (#Data4DevFest) is an invitation-only event for Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) partners. Updates are tweeted from #Data4DevFest. The event will seek to foster good relationships as a basis for strong policy and partnership outcomes from the 73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA 73), which will convene in September 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York, and the second UN World Data Forum, which will convene in October 2018, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

dates: 21-23 March 2018 location: Bristol, England, UK contact: GPSDD e-mail: joldfield@data4sdgs.org www: http://www.data4sdgs.org/news/data-development-festival
http://www.data4sdgs.org/news/data-development-festival-beco...

3rd Data Gaps Initiative Meeting (DGI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 21-22 March 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

Launch of International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028)

The UNGA will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on 22 March. This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on youth and education (mid-May) and SDG financing (in June). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the accomplishments during the previous International Decade for Action, which focused on the theme, Water for Life, and took place from 2005-2015, is here.

date: 22 March 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...

World Water Day 2018

World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water – the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues – in collaboration with governments and partners. In 2018, the theme for World Water Day is “Nature for Water”. The UN General Assembly will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day 2018. According to UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak, outlining his priorities for 2018, the event will "contribute to the review of SDG 6" during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

date: 22 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldwaterday.org/
http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/

Preparatory Meeting for ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018

A high-level meeting will convene to prepare for the 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting, on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'.

dates: 26-27 March 2018 location: Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic contact: Permanent Mission of Czech Republic to UN www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/3371101

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will focus on the theme, 'Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies'. In addition to discussing the theme of the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018) as it relates to regional and subregional perspectives, this preparatory event will also review in depth the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be discussed at the 2018 HLPF: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2018, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 28-30 March 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5

April 2018

Fifth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

date: 3 April 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

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

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - April 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The third session will convene from 3-6 April 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 3-6 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum

The Asian and Pacific Energy Forum is a ministerial level platform for promoting regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy in Asia and the Pacific. The first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was convened at the ministerial level in Vladivostok, Russian Federation in May 2013 to review progress in addressing energy security challenges at the regional, national and household levels, and to facilitate dialogue among member States with a view to enhancing energy security and working towards sustainable development. APEF2 aims to focus on the region’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7). The Forum will review the progress achieved in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing energy security challenges, assess the outlook based on scenarios and discuss the policy options for keeping the region on track towards SDG 7. The Forum will also assess the interlinkages between SDG 7 and other SDGs.

dates: 3-5 April 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Energy Division, ESCAP e-mail: escap-energy@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apef2

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the Partnership Forum on 4 April 2018, in New York, US. The 2017 session of the Partnership Forum took place under the theme, ‘Partnerships for promoting opportunities, increased prosperity and sustainable development for all,’ and discussed SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and the role of partnerships.

date: 4 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-4

2018 OECD Global Forum on Development

The 2018 OECD Global Forum on Development will focus on the theme, 'Empowering Youth and Women'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 OECD Global Forum on Development is here.

date: 5 April 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/site/oecdgfd/

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51)

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51) will convene under the theme, ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’. The Commission assists the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council on various topics related to population and development; Monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels; and Providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Programme of Action. The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CPD 50 is here.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

NAP Expo [rescheduled]

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

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

Inaugural Meeting of the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability

UNEP convenes the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability, which aims to mobilize the resources and expertise of financial centers around the world to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. Its inaugural meeting will convene in Milan, Italy, from 12-13 April 2018. Priorities for possible early action by the Network include promoting, endorsing and implementing key standards, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD), and sharing experiences on green loans and green fintech. The Network will work to add value in seven strategic areas:

  • raising awareness in financial centers on climate change and sustainable development;
  • strengthening market practices by facilitating clarity and convergence on key definitions, taxonomies and standards and supporting their implementation;
  • promoting market expansion through cooperation between financial centers, including cross-border financial flows;
  • stimulating financial innovation through filling market gaps and developing; breakthrough approaches;
  • building capacity among financial center professionals;
  • providing an authoritative voice on effective ways to harness financial centers; and
  • enabling performance measurement by supporting data collection and analysis on the contributions of financial centers to sustainable development.

dates: 12-13 April 2018 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy contact: UNEP www: http://unepinquiry.org/news/financial-centre-action-for-sust...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018

The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will have the theme, 'Towards a common future'. The focus will be on ensuring that the Commonwealth is "responsive to global challenges and delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all its citizens, particularly its young people". The organizers note that the urgent need for action on climate change is "particularly relevant for the Commonwealth as 38 of our 52 members are small or other vulnerable states". The meeting will begin with the Commonwealth Business Forum, People's Forum, Women's Forum, and Youth Forum. This article outlines expected areas of emphasis and key considerations ahead of the CHOGM.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 location: London, England, UK contact: Commonwealth Secretariat e-mail: info@commonwealth.int www: https://www.chogm2018.org.uk

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting April 2018

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

dates: 16-18 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/coordination-and-ma...

Organizational Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under UNCLOS on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The organizational session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This session follows the fourth and concluding session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under UNCLOS, which concluded with the adoption of an outcome by consensus. The outcome included non-exclusive elements of a draft ILBI text that generated convergence among most delegations, a list of main issues on which there is a divergence of views, with the indication that both do not reflect consensus. It also included a recommendation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to take a decision, as soon as possible, on the convening of an intergovernmental conference (IGC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth PrepCom is here.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018

The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will convene as part of the ECLAC region's preparation for the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018). The Forum will include both substantive debates in line with the theme of the 2018 HLPF, a peer learning session for countries from the region on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and reports from ECLAC as well as other stakeholders on progress towards the SDGs.

The Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development is a regional mechanism to follow up and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, its means of implementation, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Forum is here.

dates: 18-20 April 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2017/en

Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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

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

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

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

dates: 20-22 April 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

17th Session of UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

The CEPA was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolution 2001/45, and is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among UN Member States. SDG Knowledge Hub reporting on CEPA 16 can be accessed through the "Related Articles" section here.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/Intergovernmental-Sup...

Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 23-26 April 2018. The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the FfD Forum 2017 is here. A summary of the 2016 FfD Forum, which was the inaugural FfD Forum, is here. A summary of FfD3 is here.

dates: 23-26 April 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdforum/2018-ffd-forum.html

UNGA High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace

UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will convene a high-level meeting to assess efforts undertaken and opportunities to strengthen the UN's work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. As specific objectives, the meeting will reflect on how to: 1) Adjust to the new UN approach to peace with the emphasis on conflict prevention; 2) Strengthen operational and policy coherence within the United Nations system towards peacebuilding and sustaining peace; 3) Increase, restructure and better prioritize funding to United Nations peacebuilding activities; 4) Strengthen partnerships between the UN and key stakeholders in the field; 5) Address the root causes of conflict to sustain peace; 6) Address the role of women and youth in peacebuilding.

The meeting will begin with an opening segment and contributions from high-level speakers with experience on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. It then will convene a high-level plenary meeting of the UNGA, during which Member States will deliver statements. The event also will include four interactive dialogues, held in parallel to the high-level plenary meeting, which will focus on objectives mentioned above and take into account the report of the Secretary-General as per resolutions 70/262 and 2282 (2016) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. The dialogues are open to UN Member States as well as civil society representatives, private sector, regional and subregional organizations and UN entities.

dates: 24-25 April 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April 2018, in a location to be determined. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 24-26 April 2018 location: TBA contact: ESCWA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#prep

Resilient Cities 2018

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

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

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

dates: 30 April - 10 May 2018   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

May 2018

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) integration segment will focus on the theme, ‘iCommunities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies’. The Integration Segment meets annually to help UN Member States and others map ways to achieve "the three pillars of sustainable development—economic, social and environmental," with an emphasis on current issues of global concern.

dates: 1-3 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/calendar/all/2018
http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2018

Organized by the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, this annual event provides a marketplace for leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss ideas for providing access to affordable and clean energy for all and supporting a revolution in energy productivity. The event will also feature the launch of the fourth edition of the Global Tracking Framework on trends in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

dates: 2-3 May 2018 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal e-mail: Forum@SEforALL.org www: http://www.seforall.org/content/sustainable-energy-all-forum...

WMO Global Conference: Prosperity through Hydrological Services

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will organize a Global Conference on ‘Prosperity through Hydrological Services’ to catalyze collaboration among key stakeholders in international programmes and to strengthen the delivery capabilities of National Hydrological Services, through initiatives such as the WMO Global Hydrological Status and Outlook System. The Conference is also expected to assist countries in their efforts to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the eleven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water issues.

dates: 7-9 May 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.wmo.int/edistrib_exped/grp_permamission/_en/2017...

13th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 13)

The 13th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 13) will address implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Quadrennial Programme of Work, and means of implementation for SFM. A meeting in February 2018 titled, Working Across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Fo..., will provide input to UNFF 13 on SDG target 15.2. UNFF 13 will in turn provide input to the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF 2018), particularly its consideration of SDG 15. The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 12 is available here.

dates: 7-11 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNFF Secretariat phone: +1-212-963-3401 fax: +1-917-367-3186 e-mail: unff@un.org www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

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

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

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

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

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

16th Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters and Special Meeting

The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will take place from 14-17 May 2018, followed by the one-day special meeting of ECOSOC on international cooperation in tax matters, on 18 May 2018.

dates: 14-18 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: FFDO www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/category/tax-cooperation.ht...

Regional Political-Technical Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Nexus

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with funding from the EU and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this event will look at the nexus concept, its connection to the SDGs, its features in Latin America and the Caribbean and the difficulties in implementing it there, national case studies and regional priorities. The second day will focus on a proposal for public policy guidelines for better management of nexus linkages and a regional plan of action toward that end. The dialogue will be followed by a two-day training workshop on the issue organized by GIZ.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 venue: ECLAC Headquarters location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: Andrei Jouravlev, ECLAC e-mail: andrei.jouravlev@cepal.org

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - May 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The fourth session will convene from 14-18 May 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 14-18 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

OECD Social Policy Forum and Ministerial Meeting

At this OECD High-Level Policy Forum, participants will explore how rapidly changing economic and social environments present both challenges and opportunities for the design and implementation of social policy. On 15 May 2018, Ministers responsible for Social Policy in over 35 OECD and partner countries will exchange their views on their countries’ challenges, opportunities, and best practices in social protection, focused on the theme, 'Social Policy for Shared Prosperity: Embracing the Future'.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: http://www.oecd.org/social/ministerial/

Development Cooperation Forum 2018

The Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will convene from 21-22 May 2018. The DCF operates in two-year cycles, with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convening the High-level Meeting of the DCF every other year. The DCF is one of the key mechanisms at global level for follow-up and review of the means of implementation under the 2030 Agenda. The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and ECOSOC's Financing for Development Forum are mandated to take the DCF's work into account. The 2018 session will be the sixth biennial meeting of the DCF.

dates: 21-22 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/development-cooperation-forum
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...

Meeting of G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers

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

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

dates: 21-22 May 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

The UN Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks entered into force on 11 December 2001. The 13th round of informal consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP/13) will convene from 22-23 May 2018.

dates: 22-23 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/convention...
http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018: Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all

The 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting will focus on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'. A high-level preparatory meeting will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 26-27 March 2018.

date: 23 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...

Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3)

The Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) will be jointly hosted by the European Commission, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and will focus on promoting the green transition. The events associated with the CEM will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI) are parallel collaborations led by the energy ministers of the G20 and Nordic countries. The Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3) will take place at Malmö Live on 23 May 2018, followed by the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Copenhagen on 24 May. The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here.

date: 23 May 2018 location: Malmo, Skane Lan, Sweden www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9)

The Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) will be jointly hosted by the European Commission, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and will focus on promoting the green transition. The events associated with the CEM will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI) are parallel collaborations led by the energy ministers of the G20 and Nordic countries. The Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3) will take place at Malmö Live on 23 May 2018, followed by the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Copenhagen on 24 May. The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here.

date: 24 May 2018 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

OECD Forum 2018

The OECD Forum 2018 will take place from 29-30 May 2018. The OECD Forum was created in 2000 to discuss the key economic and social challenges on the international agenda. It is part of the annual OECD Week that also features the OECD main Ministerial meeting, and seminars linked to key international fora. The Forum is a public engagement event that gathers high-level government representatives, CEOs, leaders from civil society and trade unions as well as prominent members of academia and media.

dates: 29-30 May 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/forum/

UNGA High-level Event on Youth

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on youth. According to his briefing on 12 January 2018, the event will take the form of a dialogue with young people, with a focus on their experiences, challenges, and ideas. The format will include interactive chats, an open mic session, and virtual reality zones. Topics to be covered will include education, employment and opportunities, prevention of violent extremism and radicalization.

This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and SDG financing (in June).

date: 30 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/01/12/priorities-for-2018/

4th Data Gaps Initiative Meeting (DGI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 30-31 May 2018 location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

June 2018

Sixth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The sixth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in June/July 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

date: 4 June 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action

Canada, China and the EU will co-convene the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action, as agreed at the previous meeting in September 2017, and announced during the One Planet Summit in December 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the September Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action is here.

date: 4 June 2018 [tentative] location: Brussels, Belgium contact: EU Directorate General Climate Action www: https://twitter.com/MAC_europa/status/940530013551693825
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/201...

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - June 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The fifth session will convene from 4-8 June 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 4-8 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
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Third STI Forum

The Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene on 5-6 June 2018. The co-chairs of the 2018 STI Forum are Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan, and Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico. The STI Forum is a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). It is convened once per year by the ECOSOC President to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs. The SDG Knowledge Hub story on the 2017 Forum is available here.

dates: 5-6 June 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2018
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1725...

2018 G7 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The five themes for discussion during Canada's presidency are: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women's empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 G7 Leaders' Summit is here.

dates: 8-9 June 2018 venue: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu location: La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada contact: Global Affairs Canada www: http://www.international.gc.ca/g7/index.aspx?lang=eng

28th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS

The Meeting of the States Parties is convened in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which provides, in article 319, paragraph 2 (e), that the Secretary-General "shall convene necessary meetings of States Parties in accordance with this Convention". Resolutions 49/28 and 52/26 requested that the Secretary-General should continue "preparing for and convening the Meetings of States Parties to the Convention and providing the necessary services for such meetings, in accordance with the Convention". Among other things, the Meeting elects the members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (election of one-third of the members takes place every three years) and the members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (election of all 21 members takes place every five years). It considers, annually, the report of the Tribunal and deals with its budgetary and administrative matters. It receives information provided by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority and the Chairman of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the activities of these bodies and also receives the Report of the Secretary-General under article 319 for the information of States parties on issues of a general nature, relevant to States parties, that have arisen with respect to UNCLOS.

dates: 11-14 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/meeting_states_parties/meeting_s...
http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting June 2018

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

dates: 12-14 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-0

G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial Meeting

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

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

date: 15 June 2018 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

World Day to Combat Desertification 2018

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. WDCD aims to raise awareness that land degradation neutrality (LDN) is achievable through problem solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. In 2018, Ecuador will host the global observance of the Day.

date: 17 June 2018 location: Ecuador (worldwide) www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/ecuador-host-wdcd-2018
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Adaptation Futures 2018

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

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

UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on financing the SDGs in June. In a briefing on 12 January, Lajcak said the event "should act as a platform for stronger public-private partnerships" and will explore ways for the UN to better align with the "rapidly changing world of international finance, and support the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda".

This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and youth (mid-May).

date: 18 June 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/01/12/priorities-for-2018/

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

The 19th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-19) will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. It will take place immediately after the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which will convene from 11-14 June. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICP-18 is here.

dates: 18-22 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
http://www.un.org/Depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment enables Member States, UN entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues. A Transition Event that links discussions between the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the Humanitarian Affairs Segment will take place before the opening of the Segment.

dates: 19-21 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/humanitarian-affair...

July 2018

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

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

dates: 2-7 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-22
https://www.cbd.int/sbstta

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2-3 July 2018

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

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

Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

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

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-02

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

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - July 2018

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

dates: 9-13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
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40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

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

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

CITES AC30, PC24 and Joint AC-PC

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

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

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

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

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

Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

The Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) will take place on the theme, ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’. AMCDRR 2018 will be the second ministerial conference to take place since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015. The conference will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework, and seek to strengthen coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting is expected to produce the ‘Ulaanbaatar Declaration,’ a 2018-2020 Action Plan for the Asia region, and various voluntary commitments.

dates: 16-19 July 2018 location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia contact: UNISR www: http://www.unisdr.org/amcdrr2018/
https://www.preventionweb.net/events/view/56219

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

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

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

Fifth Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit

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

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

Science 20 Summit (S20 2018)

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

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

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 24-25 July 2018

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

dates: 24-25 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-1

ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2018-2019

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

date: 26 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-9

G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

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

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

Civil 20 Summit (C20 2018)

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

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

International Youth Day 2018

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

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

Youth 20 Summit (Y20 2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 2018

G20 Education Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

G20 Joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

G20 Employment Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

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

This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committe....

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

Global Climate Action Summit

Convened by Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California, US, the Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders from government, business and the global community to inspire greater global ambition to act on climate change. Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, will co-chair the Global Climate Action Summit.

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

Think 20 Summit (T20 2018)

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

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

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

Fourteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

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

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

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

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018.

On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States.

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

dates: 18-30 September 2018 location: New York City, US

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

In UNGA resolution 72/243, adopted on 22 December 2017, UN Member States decided to hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. In January 2018 UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak appointed Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa, and Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland, to co-facilitate a consultative process with Member States to produce a political declaration for adoption at the plenary meeting.

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

World Social Science Forum 2018

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

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

October 2018

CITES SC70

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

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

Women 20 Summit (W20 2018)

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

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

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

G20 Health Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

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

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

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

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

date: 15 October 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/clcs_home.htm
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2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

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

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

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

The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 21-29 October 2018.

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

Second UN World Data Forum

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

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

World Investment Forum 2018

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

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

November 2018

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

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

dates: 5-10 November 2018 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan contact: ITTO Secretariat phone: +81-45-223-1110 fax: +81-45-223-1111 e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5427

2018 UN Biodiversity Conference

The 14th meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (CBD COP 14, Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 9, and Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 3) are expected to address a series of issues related to implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. A High-Level Segment is expected to convene from 7-8 November 2018. The CBD COP 14 and COP/MOPs are expected to meet in parallel from 10-22 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (including CBD COP 13) is here.

dates: 7-22 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1-514-288-2220 e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Toilet Day 2018

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

date: 19 November 2018 location: worldwide contact: UN-Water www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
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Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2018

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

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

World Forum on Urban Forests

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

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

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

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

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

December 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Poland. Our SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here. We will update this page as information about COP 24 becomes available.

dates: 3-14 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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World Soil Day 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Mountain Day 2018

International Mountain Day, which has been celebrated on 11 December since 2003, has its roots in the adoption of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21, titled 'Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development'. Subsequently, the UN General Assembly declared 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains, and designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is the coordinating agency for the IMD. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of observances of International Mountain Day 2017 is here.

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

February 2019

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.  

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

March 2019

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

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

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

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

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

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

April 2019

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

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

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

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

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

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

May 2019

Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10)

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

date: 1 May 2019 [tentative] location: Canada [tentative] www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

Global Platform for DRR 2019

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

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

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

June 2019

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 49th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will meet from 17-27 June 2019.  

dates: 17-27 June 2019   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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July 2019

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

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

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

September 2019

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

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

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

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

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

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

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

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

2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

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

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

UNCCD COP 14

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

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

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

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

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

November 2019

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

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

dates: 11-22 November 2019 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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December 2019

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

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

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

September 2020

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

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

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

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

November 2020

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

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

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

February 2021

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

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

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

September 2021

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

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

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

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

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

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

September 2022

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

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

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

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

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

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

September 2023

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

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

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

September 2024

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

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

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

September 2025

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

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

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

September 2026

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

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

dates: 15-30 September 2026 location: New York City, US