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November 2017

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

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1985 and entered into force on 22 Sep 1988. In 2009, the Vienna Convention became the first Convention of any kind to achieve universal ratification. The objectives of the Convention were for Parties to promote cooperation by means of systematic observations, research and information exchange on the effects of human activities on the ozone layer and to adopt legislative or administrative measures against activities likely to have adverse effects on the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere, and thereby protect the earth's fragile ozone Layer. The original Montreal Protocol was agreed on 16 September 1987 and entered into force on 1 January 1989. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the Montreal Protocol can be found here. A summary of MOP 28 is here.

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

4th Busan Global Partnership Forum

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

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

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: Greening the Ocean Economy

The Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2017 (GGSD Forum) will focus on investment, innovation and employment aspects of ocean-based industries, together with policies to protect and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. Under the theme, 'Greening the Ocean Economy', this Forum will address implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), and will explore how economic development and conservation needs can be balanced through innovations in established and emerging ocean industries, as well as marine spatial planning instruments. The Forum will also cover issues such as national and international capacity for ocean industry oversight, the role of science and technology (including digitalisation) and responsible business conduct.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 venue: OECD Headquarters location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2017/home/

Global Workshop on SDG 6 Integrated Monitoring

The Integrated Monitoring Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goal on Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) Initiative aims to develop and support a monitoring framework for water and sanitation that informs progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and facilitates well-informed decision-making in national water sectors. Efforts this year have been focused on country capacity building and collecting data for a 2017 global baseline. Towards this effort, UN-Water is inviting all Members and Partners to the first global workshop on SDG 6 integrated monitoring, which will provide a platform for jointly reviewing results and for learning and preparing for future monitoring. The specific objectives of the global workshop are to: share experiences and identify key success factors and challenges from the baseline process, in particular regarding national processes and structures for integrated monitoring; share, analyze and provide feedback on preliminary results from the 2017 global baseline process; contribute to the development of a community of practice for SDG 6 monitoring; and raise awareness for participation in 2018 and beyond. All UN Member States are invited to this workshop and the primary audience will be the overall focal point for SDG 6 monitoring in each country.

dates: 21-23 November 2017 location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands contact: UN-Water Technical Advisory Unit phone: +41 22 730 8636 e-mail: unwater@un.org www: http://www.unwater.org/global-workshop-monitoring-sdg-6/

UNIDO LDC Ministerial Conference 2017

The 7th edition of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference will take place prior to the 17th session of UNIDO General Conference. Held under the theme ‘Building global partnerships: Enhancing growth and inclusiveness in LDCs,’ the conference will aim to identify innovative schemes and mechanisms by enabling partnership building and resource mobilization for sustainable industrial development in LDCs. It will discuss the role of multi-stakeholder partnership building, the importance of investment promotion and innovative financing solutions for LDCs’ industrial development, as well as the question of sustainability and the way forward to 2030 and beyond. The conference will promote UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) as a customized implementing instrument for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and advance SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 23-24 November 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.unido.org/ldc2017.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/LDC_Flyer_sep25.pd...

Transforming Our World: The Role of Science to Foster the Integration and the Implementation of the SDGs

The International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 will focus on the theme, 'Transforming Our World: The Role of Science to Foster the Integration and the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.

dates: 24-25 November 2017 location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://www.ijhsdr.com/Conference_About.aspx

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC. Agenda items will include the Work Program, the policies on Gender Equality and Stakeholder Engagement, the organization of the Sixth GEF Assembly, and the Vision to Enhance Civil Society Engagement with the GEF. Delegates will convene as the 23rd meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) on 30 November 2017. The Council meeting will be preceded by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) on Monday, 27 November 2017. This one-day discussion will consider, inter alia: programming directions for the seventh replenishment of the GEF (GEF-7); a proposed Updated Vision to enhance civil society engagement with the GEF; and updated GEF policies on Gender Equality and on Stakeholder Engagement in GEF projects and processes. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GEF is here.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-53rd-council-mee...
https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/ldcfsccf-council-mee...

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

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

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: World Bank location: Washington D.C., US contact: World Bank e-mail: sustainableinfra@worldbank.org www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/fifth-green-growth...

2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

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

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

Sixty-Ninth Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

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

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php
https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/69/index.php

53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Sessions of the Associated Committees

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

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

Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Prior to UNEA-3

Civil society will host the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates the participation of civil society in the UN Environment Assembly and associated meetings. This event will take place prior to the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), which it taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4-6 December 2017, and will address the theme of pollution.

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

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/africa-middle-ea...

Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House, this conference will address the latest challenges to the food security and sustainability agenda while assessing new policies, practices and technologies being devised to create a more resilient and sustainable food system. Issues to be discussed in Panel sessions include: food and geopolitics, producing more with less, risk and resilience in the food system, changing diets and patterns of food consumption, innovation and technology in food production, and changing trade agendas and food production.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: Chatham House location: London, England, UK e-mail: contact@chathamhouse.org www: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/sustainable-food-fu...

17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 17th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene under the theme ‘Partnering for impact - achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. UNIDO views inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) as a central issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), as well as the targets and indicators underpinning the other 16 SDGs. The conference will address, inter alia, UNIDO’s role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its activities related to: energy and the environment; agribusiness, trade capacity building and job creation; and the Vienna Ministerial Declaration for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), among other issues. The LDC Ministerial Conference 2017 will take place immediately before the General Conference, from 23-24 November.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.unido.org/gc17.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/PMO/GC.17/GC.17_1_...

Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), together with Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), will host a regional atmospheric scientists’ workshop, featuring discussions on the current state of knowledge and level of scientific consensus on a range of topics, such as: observations of aerosols and gases in urban and mountainous areas; emission measurements and inventories; health impacts of air pollution; impacts of air pollution on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems and agriculture; aerosol-cloud interactions; measurement, modeling and remote sensing technology; and social, economic and policy aspects of air pollution and its mitigation. The workshop’s goals include: community building among the region’s atmospheric scientists; consensus building among scientists on key topics and thematic areas; and fostering improved evidence-based policy making through improved two-way communication between scientists and policymakers.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 venue: ICIMOD Headquarters location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=28868
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

ESCAP SDG Week

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold a week dedicated to enhancing and deepening the understanding of the key challenges and solutions for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. The event will convene under the theme ‘Innovation - Integration - Inclusiveness. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.’ Over the course of five days, SDG Week will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the international community, civil society and the private sector, providing them with an enabling environment for knowledge sharing, building partnerships and engaging in technical discussions on sustainable development. The Week aims to strengthen capacity and increase momentum for SDG implementation in the region through the sharing of experiences and knowledge, and showcasing innovative, integrated and inclusive approaches. The event will seek to facilitate the discussion of tools, support and partnerships available, including from ESCAP, to overcome bottlenecks and enhance the understanding of opportunities for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with the regional road map for Asia and the Pacific. Adopted at the Fourth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017, the road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda identifies priority areas of regional cooperation for the means of implementation and partnerships, as well as six thematic areas, including leaving no one behind, climate change, connectivity, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience, management of natural resources, and energy.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.unescap.org/events/sdgweek2017

6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

The 6th edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) World Forum will focus on digitalization, trust, and the role of government and business in improving well being, among other topics.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea contact: OECD www: http://www.oecd.org/general/measuringwell-beingandprogress-e...

World Forum on Natural Capital 2017

The World Forum on Natural Capital is organized by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, in association with the UN Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Natural Capital Coalition, and the Green Economy Coalition. The event aims to reframe nature as the solution to global challenges, rather than a part of the problem.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK www: https://naturalcapitalforum.com/

Intercultural Cities 2017 Milestone Event

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

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

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

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

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

WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS)

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

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

Circular Economy Forum of the Americas 2017

The First Circular Economy Forum of the Americas (CEFA2017) is organized by the Americas Sustainable Development Foundation (ASDF), through the Circular Economy Platform of the Americas (CEP-americas). CEFA2017 will focus on triggering regional discussions to shift away from take-make-waste paradigms toward regenerative and restorative economies. Participants will consider how Circular Economic thinking contributes to improving the competitiveness and productivity of businesses, facilitates low emission development, aids in mitigating climate change, and enables achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 29-30 November 2017 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia www: https://www.cefa2017.com/

Africa Renewable Energy Forum

The second edition of the Africa Renewable Energy Forum will explore practical solutions to clean energy project financing, climate-smart solutions and innovative community-owned projects. It will bring together representatives of the public and private sectors to discuss how the development of renewable energy projects in Africa can be supported. The event will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to announce new renewable energy projects across the continent; discuss opportunities for investments in renewable energy projects in Africa; and exchange views and experience about technology innovation and energy efficiency. The event will also provide a venue to discuss the outcomes of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

dates: 30 November - 1 December 2017 venue: Hyatt Regency, Casablanca location: Casablanca, Morocco phone: +44 (0) 20 7384 8018 e-mail: Valeria@energynet.co.uk www: http://www.energynet.co.uk/event/africa-renewable-energy-for...

December 2017

Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

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: 1 December 2017 location: virtual www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/gsdr-invites-inputs-on-four-areas-o...
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSjDMLFP44iwTf58-a...

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

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

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

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Realising the SDGs - Integrating the Environment and Health Agendas into Policies for Urban Settings

Global causes of illness and death are increasingly linked to the poor quality of the environment. In urbanized environments, environmental hazards include exposure to air, water, and chemical pollution. The SDGs play an important role in this nexus, highlighting that isolated actions to improve health are unsustainable, and that the environment must be an entry point into addressing global health. Discussions during the fourth event in the Environment Management Group (EMG) nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease. This dialogue is co-hosted by the EMG, UN Environment, WHO and UN-Habitat. Guest article by Hossein Fadaei, Head of EMG Secretariat, regarding the EMG Nexus Dialogue Series.

date: 3 December 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues
https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues/dialogue-4

3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

The 2017 edition of this conference will feature five core themes meant to reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security. The themes include: food creation; food safety and bio security; food loss and waste; food in a changing society; and food utilization. The event is organized by Elsevier in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, the University of the Western Cape and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.

dates: 3-6 December 2017 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: http://www.globalfoodsecurityconference.com/submit-abstract....

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December. The event consider the overarching theme of pollution. Outcomes are expected to include: a political declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution; voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet; and the Clean Planet Pledge, a collection of individual commitments to take personal action to end pollution in all its forms. UNEA-3 will be preceded on: 27-28 November, by the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum; 29 November - 1 December, by the Committee of Permanent Representatives; 2-3 December, by the Science Policy Forum; and 4-6 December 2017, by the Sustainable Innovation Expo.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: UN Office in Nairobi location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies phone: ?+254-20-7623431 e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21213/T...

Preparatory Stocktaking Meeting for a Global Compact on Migration

This meeting will take stock of preparations toward a global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration. The meeting takes place in accordance with the UN General Assembly's 6 April 2017 resolution on modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact (A/RES/71/280). The preparatory process leading to the adoption of the global compact comprises three phases: consultations from April-November 2017; stocktaking from November 2017 - January 2018; and intergovernmental negotiations from February-July 2018. The meeting will take stock of inputs received during the consultation phase and will also discuss means of implementation and mechanisms for follow-up and review. The Government of Mexico is hosting the meeting.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center, Av. Paseo de las Flores N. 505 Col. Villa las Flores, location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico contact: Juan Jose? Go?mez-Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN phone: +1 212-752-0220 e-mail: mexico@un.int www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/10...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/stocktaking-phase

2017 International Civil Society Week

Taking place three weeks after the conclusion of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, which will convene under the Fijian Presidency in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017, the 2017 International Civil Society Week (ICSW) will bring together civil society leaders from around the world to review COP 23 outcomes, plan civil society engagement in implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build solidarity among social and climate justice movements. Organized by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), the conference will convene under the theme is ‘Our Planet, Our Struggles, Our Future.’ The programme includes a youth assembly, numerous partner-led side events, a civil society fair, immersive cultural experiences, the CIVICUS World Assembly and the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards.

dates: 4-8 December 2017 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php
http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php/programme

World Soil Day 2017

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

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

Expert Group Meeting on Innovation and Technology for Achieving the 2030 Development Agenda

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the event will discuss innovation models and emerging technologies that can aid in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the Arab region. The discussions will focus on economic and social development, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurship and the improvement of social well-being. Participants will consider selected international activities related to technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as case studies from the international, regional and national arenas, to stimulate the sharing of knowledge and lessons learned, and encourage partnership among various stakeholders to foster the role of innovation and technology for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates: 5-7 December 2017 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/sdg-innovation-technology-ara...
https://www.unescwa.org/sites/www.unescwa.org/files/events/f...

Expert Group Meeting for 2018 VNR Countries

The Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing a meeting between the countries that will present their voluntary national reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and representatives of the UN system and Major Groups and Other Stakeholders. Forty-eight countries are expected to present their VNRs during HLPF 2018. The full list of countries can be found here.

dates: 5-6 December 2017 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA DSD

Communities of Ocean Action on Marine Pollution: Implementation of SDG 14

The UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with UN Environment, will hold an event on building communities of ocean action on marine pollution as follow up to the Ocean Conference voluntary commitments. The event aims to hear from various stakeholders on their innovative solutions for tackling marine pollution through their voluntary commitments, and build up the Communities of Ocean Action practitioners on marine pollution. The event is open to all participants of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). A concept note and draft agenda are available.

date: 6 December 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Ola Goransson, DESA e-mail: goranssono@un.org www: https://oceanconference.un.org/coa

International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme

The International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes' (10YFP) Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) will convene on the theme, 'Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation'. The events are co-organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Governments of France, Morocco and the Republic of Korea as the lead and co-leads of the programme respectively, with the support of UN Environment and the 10YFP Secretariat.

dates: 7-9 December 2017 location: Kasane, North-West, Botswana e-mail: stp10yfp@unwto.org www: http://sdt.unwto.org/conference-10yfp-stp
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowering-tourism-destinations...

Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

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

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

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

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

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

International Mountain Day and High-Level Conference

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

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

Mountain Partnership Fifth General Assembly

The Mountain Partnership Global Meeting will be held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, from 11-13 December 2017. The event will convene in conjunction with the International Mountain Day, and will be followed by a two-day training course on the Mountain Green Cover Index on 14-15 December 2017. The meeting will consider the theme, 'Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration,' and will focus on the challenges and the opportunities in sustainable mountain development. The event will launch a political process to support concrete actions and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments.

dates: 11-13 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/events/event-detail/...

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and the general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership and sustainable finance.

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Tokyo, Japan contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
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International Workshop on Water Scarcity

The 'International Workshop on Water Scarcity: Taking action in transboundary basins and reducing health impacts' aims to accelerate actions to address water scarcity and reduce the related health, social, economic and environmental risks, by sharing practical solutions, in particular from the perspective of transboundary water cooperation and health impacts. It will review measures to prevent scarcity and mitigate its consequences taken in transboundary basins and at national level, identify good practices and lessons learned and formulate some conclusions for further activities. The workshop will bring together water practitioners, health professionals, representatives of water-using sectors and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector. The target audience includes representatives of governments, non-Governmental and intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, academia, the private sector and other experts. The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Governments of Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat and its Protocol on Water and Health, serviced by UNECE and WHO-Europe. It will be followed by the 9th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate (13 December 2017). The workshop is organized in cooperation with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and in particular the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) by GWP and WMO , the Global Environment Facility’s International Learning and Exchange Network (iw:learn), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as well as UNECE and WHO-Europe.

dates: 11-12 December 2017 venue: Salle XII, Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=43633

ESP 9 World Conference

The 9th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) world conference will convene under the theme, 'restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature based solutions'. The event aims to bring both the national and international ecosystem services community together to achieve a more sustainable and eco-friendly society. The conference will address a broad range of topics on the latest state-of-the-art on the science, policy and practice of ecosystem services. Sessions will largely be determined by the participants and provide ample space for many ESP Working Groups, National Networks and service teams together for discussions. The conference is jointly organised by SUSTech and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP).

dates: 11-15 December 2017 location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China www: http://www.espconference.org/espconference2017

World Efficiency Solutions

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

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

Climate Summit

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

date: 12 December 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...
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Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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

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

9th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate

This event is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The Task Force on Water and Climate under the Water Convention is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, including flood and drought management, in accordance with the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention. The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention as well as to discuss future activities in this framework.

date: 13 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=43636

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

Organised by the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the 2017 Asia Pacific Carbon Forum (APCF 2017) will provide a platform to exchange of knowledge and information on carbon markets and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at regional level.

dates: 13-15 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.ieta.org/event-2362447

Third Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

date: 18 December 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Global Landscapes Forum

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

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

January 2018

International Forum on Migration Statistics 2018

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

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

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.

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 Sound Institutional Environment, Cooperation, Dialogue and Partnerships for the Production and Utilization of SDG Indicators

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) workshop 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/workshop-sound-institutional-...

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: Switzerland additional: Davos-Klosters 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...

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...

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

47th Session of the IPCC

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...
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Fourth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

date: 14 February 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

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

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...

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/

March 2018

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...

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 fifth World Ocean Summit will address some of the ocean's most intractable problems--and explore new possibilities. Since 2012, The Economist Group has hosted the World Ocean Summit to convene diverse stakeholders and bridge the perspectives of business, government and civil society on ocean issues. The Summits aim to accelerate the transition to the sustainable use of the ocean.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Mexico additional: Riviera Maya www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

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/  

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 during the week of 12 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.

date: 12 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/...

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/

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. A 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...

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...

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) 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.

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...
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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

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

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...
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May 2018

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 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 2018 [tentative] location: TBA www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

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...

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/  

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
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June 2018

Sixth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

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

Third STI Forum

The Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene on 5-6 June 2018, a change from the dates planned earlier (16-17 May). 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.

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

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/

July 2018

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

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

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

Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

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

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

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

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
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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&...  

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

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/

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. From 23-24 September, the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for S... is scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

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

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

dates: 23-24 September 2018 location: New York City, US 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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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

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 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

November 2018

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

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

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

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/

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

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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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

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

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

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

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

May 2019

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...

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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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

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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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...

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

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