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May 2017

70th World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO.

dates: 22-31 May 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Gregory Härtl, Spokesperson Coordinator phone: +41 79 203 67 15 fax: + 41 22 791 31 11 e-mail: hartlg@who.int www: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2017/wha70/en/

IWRA XVI World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) organizes a World Water Congress every three years. The Congress provides a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research and developments in the field of water sciences around the world, bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders. The sixteenth Congress (XVI) will take place on the theme, 'Bridging Science and Policy.' Specific sub-themes to be addressed at the Congress include: water, sanitation and health; water quality, wastewater and reuse; water security in a changing world; water policy and governance; water ecosystems and physical regimes; and water and sustainable growth. The crosscutting issues of bridging science and policy, building capacity, and stakeholder participation will also be addressed. A call for papers is open from 16 March to 1 September 2016, and abstracts of less than 500 words may be submitted through the Congress website. An international scientific committee will review submissions. Full papers will be due on 1 January 2017, and proposals for side events should be submitted by 1 November 2016. The previous Congress took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017   venue: Cancun International Convention Centre, Punta Cancún   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico   contact: IWRA Executive Office   e-mail: office@iwra.org   www: http://www.worldwatercongress.com/index.htm
 http://www.worldwatercongress.com/callforp.htm  

First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (the Agreement) was adopted by the FAO Conference in 2009. The main purpose of the Agreement is to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of robust port State measures. The Agreement envisages that parties, in their capacities as port States, will apply the Agreement in an effective manner to foreign vessels when seeking entry to ports or while they are in port. This meeting will review the status of the Agreement; review the requirements for the implementation of the Agreement; review Port State duties; and discuss the role of flag States and other States as well as the roles of FAO, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and other international organizations and bodies in implementation of the Agreement.

dates: 29-31 May 2017 location: Oslo, Norway contact: Matthew Camilleri e-mail: matthew.camilleri@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40910/en
http://www.fao.org/fishery/psm/agreement/en

EU Green Week

EU Green Week is organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment. The event will bring together policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe. It is organized around the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future' and will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially-responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors. In addition to a high-level conference in Brussels, Belgium, the Week will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe.

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium additional: Events also taking place in multiple cities across Europe www: http://www.eugreenweek.eu/
http://www.eugreenweek.eu/high-level-conference-brussels

International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond – Contributing to Development

The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved through IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme and to demonstrate how the programme can best contribute to the development and attainment of the SDGs in Member States. It will also enable Member States and other partners to explore collectively innovative means to further develop partnerships with other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors and the private sector, in order to enhance delivery of the TC programme.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2017   venue: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna International Centre   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Martina Khaelss   phone: +43 1 2600 21315   e-mail: M.Khaelss@iaea.org   www: http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/52858/International-Con...
 https://www.iaea.org/events/technical-cooperation-conference...  

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 5

This two-day event on 'Strategies to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls through the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' is organized by UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) as an input to the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 5 (gender equality) among several other SDGs.

dates: 30-31 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11 location: New York City, US contact: Joann Lee, UN Women e-mail: lee@unwomen.org www: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2K_9-fowH8GeEp5UkVuXy1NNVE...
http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/5/announcer--exp...

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will organize this meeting to highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9). Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations. The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UN-HABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector. Two preparatory meetings will consider key messages and relevant practice and policy. The preparatory meetings take place on 26 March, in Dakar, Senegal, on the margins of the AU/ECA joint conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and from 24-26 April, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on the topic of 'Agriculture and Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems'.

date: 31 May 2017 location: New York City, US contact: President of ECOSOC www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/2017-special-meetin...

June 2017

14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms

The goal of this symposium, organized by the International Society for Biosafety Research, is to advance the standing of biosafety research around the world and shape the ways in which genetic modification (GM) technology is applied and regulated. The 2017 theme is 'Environmental risk assessment of GMOs: past, present and future'.

dates: 4-8 June 2017 location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico contact: Natalia Bogdanova e-mail: bogdanova.natalia85@gmail.com www: http://isbr.info/ISBGMO14

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

The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Con...
 https://oceanconference.un.org/sideevents  

2017 International Labour Conference

The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.  

dates: 5-17 June 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ILO Secretariat   phone: +4 1(0) 22 799 6111   fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685   e-mail: ilo@ilo.org   www: http://www.ioe-emp.org/international-labour-organization/int...
 http://www.ilo.org/ilc/AbouttheILC/lang--en/index.htm  

World Circular Economy Forum 2017

The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business cities and finance. The event will involve two days of discussions, networking, workshops, side events and business excursions. The hashtag is #WCEF2017. Participation is by invitation only. To inquire about registration, contact wcef2017(at)sitra.fi.

dates: 5-6 June 2017 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/events/circular-economy/world-circul...

3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2017 will be organized around the theme ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. The Conference aims to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. It will bring together representatives from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers. On Thursday and Friday, excursions to showcase a range of inspiring adaptation projects and cultural sites across the region will be offered. ECCA 2017 is organized for the European Commission (EC) by three EU-funded projects: IMPRESSIONS, Helix, and RISES-AM.

dates: 5-9 June 2017 location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK contact: ECCA 2017 www: http://ecca2017.eu/conference/

World Environment Day

This year, Canada will host World Environment Day under the theme 'Connecting people with nature,' which is meant to challenge people to think about how they are apart of and depend on nature. The day will also be commemorated at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference.  

date: 5 June 2017 location: worldwide www: http://worldenvironmentday.global/en/about/connecting-people...
https://oceanconference.un.org/

Clean Energy Ministerial 8 (CEM8)

The eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) will be hosted by China and will take place in Beijing, China, from 6-8 June 2017. The agenda is expected to include a technology showcase, side events, and a public-private action day. The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders. Current CEM members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  

dates: 6-8 June 2017   location: Beijing, China   contact: Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat   www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) from 7-9 June 2017, in New York, US. Agenda items will include: the role of the UN system in implementing the ministerial declaration of the high-level segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC (Item 10); the annual overview report of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) for 2016 (Item 12); a Dialogue with the CEB Secretary; and action on the recommendations contained in the report of the UN Statistical Commission (E/2017/24) (Item 18), among other issues.

dates: 7-9 June 2017 location: New York City, US contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Coordination and Support www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/about-the-cmm

UNEA 2017 Preparatory Activities

The Government of Costa Rica will host activities to engage stakeholders at different levels in support of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The planned events include: a regional consultative Civil Society Meeting, bringing together regional and local civil society organizations engaged in work relevant to UNEA's theme of pollution with a special focus on oceans, to provide inputs and feedback to the final draft of the Third UNEA's background document on pollution (7-8 June 2017); a Global Dialogue for engaging the private sector on protecting oceans and tackling land-based pollution, to bring together senior policy-makers from different ministries and leaders of the private sector to discuss how global and regional communities can partner to create policies and practices that ensure sustainability thrives (8-9 June 2017); and the Second Environment Assembly preparatory retreat, at which members of the bureaux of UNEA and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and representatives from the regional and political groups will gather to finalize preparations of the Assembly (9-10 June 2017).

dates: 7-10 June 2017 location: Costa Rica www: http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/
http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/proposed-themes-2017-un-enviro...

Second Annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue

The second annual Global Multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Dialogue is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) in consultation with the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, co-chaired by Maldives and Italy. The dialogue is a component of the SIDS Partnership Framework, which aims to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. This event is organized on the occasion of the UN Ocean Conference, and will have a focus on ocean partnerships for SIDS, and aim to galvanize voluntary commitments for the implementation of SDG 14 among the SIDS partnership community.

date: 7 June 2017 venue: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Ola Göransson, DESA e-mail: goranssono@un.org www: https://oceanconference.un.org/SIDSPartnershipDialogue
http://www.sids2014.org/partnership/reports/

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; the UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008.  

date: 8 June 2017   location: worldwide   www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/  

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2017

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2017 is an independent forum engaging international authorities, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and other interested parties in an open dialogue on key issues of global relevance regarding chemicals management and the control of chemicals safety. The ninth forum will also mark the tenth birthday of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).  

dates: 8-9 June 2017   location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland   contact: Chemicals Forum Association   www: https://euagenda.eu/events/2017/06/08/helsinki-chemicals-for...  

Expo 2017: Future Energy

The international Expo 2017 will open on 10 June 2017, and will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan. It will aim to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans to address the possibilities of future energy. It is organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions under the theme 'Future Energy' and the sub-theme 'Solutions for Tackling Humankind's Greatest Challenge.' The Expo will address future energy from several perspectives, including: exploration of stategies, programmes and technologies for sustainable energy development; promotion of energy security and efficiency; and the encouragement of renewable energy use. Venues for the World's Fairs and their themes are determined by taking into account political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. The history of World's Fairs extends back to “the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations,” which took place in London in 1851. The EXPO will also include an Energy Ministerial Conference, convening within the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development. The Expo will host events from 10 June - 10 September 2017.

date: 10 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan contact: Expo 2017 Press Office phone: +7-7172-91-94-63 e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en

Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Convening under the theme of 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy,' the Eighth Forum will combine a ministerial meeting followed by a high-level plenary session with parallel workshops and site visits. The Forum is organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions. The Fifth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development called for a long-term transition to a sustainable energy future. The Sixth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development set out five concrete steps the United Nations Regional Commissions could take. The Seventh Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development defined the challenges ahead and develop a concrete roadmap for the international community to achieve common goals. The 'Energy Ministerial: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy' will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June.

dates: 11-14 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: http://energyministerial.kz
http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45625#/

Energy Ministerial: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy

Organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions, this energy ministerial conference will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June 2017 and follow the official presidential opening of the EXPO 2017 'Future Energy' on 10 June 2017. The Ministerial Conference is organized around the theme 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy: Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy'. The EXPO 2017 is expected to attract over five million visitors over three months, including participants from national governments, international organizations and representatives from the private sector.

date: 11 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: http://energyministerial.kz/

G20 Conference on Africa

The German presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) announced that the G20 will hold a conference on Africa to propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment. The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

dates: 12-13 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: German Presidency of G20   www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/germany-outlines-priorities-for-g20...  

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 2

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), is organizing an expert group meeting on progress in achieving SDG 2 (zero hunger), as an input to the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

dates: 12-13 June 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2K_9-fowH8GTkJ6M3hmYVdRVlE...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2K_9-fowH8GUUtvTTJvaWhta28...

WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) of the CGIAR Consortium and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) are jointly organizing the WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting under the theme, 'The role of SLM in contributing to achieve the SDGs'. The meetings will convene a wide range of WOCAT members and stakeholders such as NGOs, governments, international organizations, the donor community and other institutions to share and discuss their experiences and findings on how sustainable land management (SLM) and, in particular SLM tools and methods, can be used to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at different levels. The symposium and meeting will be structured into three main parts: WOCAT Symposium (Tuesday, 13 June); Field day to showcase SLM implementation and the application of WOCAT tools and methods in the surroundings of Cali (Wednesday, 14 June); and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting (Thursday 15 June - Friday 16 June).

dates: 13-16 June 2017 location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/wocat-symposium-and-18th-w...

World Day to Combat Desertification

The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the linkages between land degradation, migration and security. Under the slogan, 'Our land. Our home. Our Future,' WDCD 2017 will explore how to strengthen the resilience of local communities in areas affected by land degradation, desertification and drought through investing in land productivity, food security and generating local employment. The global observance event will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 June, hosted by le Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).  

date: 17 June 2017   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www2.unccd.int/our-land-our-home-our-future-wdcd-17-j...
 http://www2.unccd.int/sites/default/files/relevant-links/201...  

FCPF 16th Carbon Fund Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 16th Carbon Fund Meeting in order to consider Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs), agree upon funding decisions and portfolio management, and discuss links with other funding programs. The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF has two separate, but complementary funding mechanisms, the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, to achieve its strategic objectives.  

dates: 19-22 June 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/  

IPBES 9th Bureau and MEP Meeting

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will hold the ninth Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) meeting in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-23 June 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.ipbes.net/event/9th-bureau-and-mep-meeting
http://www.ipbes.net/bureau-and-mep

Third Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The third thematic session will convene from 19-20 June 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration'.

dates: 19-20 June 2017 venue: UN Office location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main, annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the GSP will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 20-22 June 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/events/detail/en/c/462873/
 http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/overview/plenary-...  

6th International UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

The Sixth International UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics will address 'Measuring Sustainable Tourism'. This 6th conference takes place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

date: 21 June 2017 location: Manila, Philippines contact: UNWTO www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/
http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/international-...

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017

The annual humanitarian affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) aims to improve effectiveness of the humanitarian response. After consultations with the ECOSOC Bureau, the theme for 2017 should remain: ‘Restoring Humanity and Leaving No One Behind: Working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability’. The segment will include: a general debate (action on ECOSOC resolution); high-level interactive panels; and side events. The themes to be discussed during the interactive panels are still under discussion. The UN Secretary-General's report on ‘Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN’ is expected to be issued prior in late April 2017.

dates: 21-23 June 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/ecosoc-humanitarian...

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

This joint European conference in Bonn, Germany, will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues. The conference is divided into three main areas: science; practice and implementation; and policy and economy. It will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change. The conference is hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

dates: 27-29 June 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.europarc.org/news/2017/01/biodiversity-health-fac...

10th GFMD Summit Meeting

The Global Forum on Migration and Development will hold its tenth summit meeting, under the chairship of Germany and Morocco.  

dates: 28-30 June 2017   location: Berlin, Germany   contact: GFMD   www: http://www.gfmd.org/meetings/germany2017/calendar  

UNGA High-Level Event on Education

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene a High-Level Event on Education in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The event will also elaborate on how to advance the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the curricula of every school in the world. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the SDGs. In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 28 June 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-ed...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF 2017)

The Africa Carbon Forum is organized by the Nairobi Framework partners, namely: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); UN Environment (UNEP), along with the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP); the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA); the World Bank Group (WBG); and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). Under the overarching mandate of the Nairobi Framework, the Africa Carbon Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity and platform for African policymakers and practitioners to: discuss the latest developments related to climate change policy, carbon markets and finance; share knowledge on innovative solutions in the context of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and other strategies; and explore possibilities for collaboration on regional and global climate change initiatives.

dates: 28-30 June 2017 location: Cotonou, Atlantique, Benin www: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/

July 2017

Annual Meeting of the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)

This year's meeting of the KNOWMAD partnership is expected to discuss the analysis and reports from the thematic working groups on labor migration, policy coherence, integration, diaspora, remittances, forced displacement, migrant rights, migration and security, migration and climate change, and data and demographics. Additional cross-cutting themes include gender, capacity building and public perceptions. The meeting will aim to provide the analytical content and facts for the Global Compact on Migration. The meeting is expected to take place in July 2017, on a date to be announced.

date: 4 July 2017 [tentative] location: Berlin, Germany contact: Harifera Raobelison, World Bank e-mail: hraobelison@worldbank.org www: http://www.knomad.org
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

G20 Summit

The G20 Summit under the German Presidency will be held on 7-8 July in Hamburg, Germany. The 20 Heads of State and Government and top-level representatives of international organizations will gather under the motto of Germany's G20 Presidency: 'Shaping an interconnected world'. A main concern of the Presidency is to make progress on realizing the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The G20 members include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union (EU).  

dates: 7-8 July 2017   location: Hamburg, Germany   www: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/EN/Artikel/2016/06_en...
 https://www.g20.org/Webs/G20/EN/Home/home_node.html  

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017. The theme of the session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year. The theme and these SDGs will be addressed in the first week (10-14 July). The second week will include a three-day ministerial meeting (17-19 July), as part of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC (17-20), during which 44 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF is expected to adopt the Joint Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level Segment and the report of the HLPF on 19 July at 5 pm. Subsequently, the ECOSOC High-level Segment is expected to adopt the Ministerial Declaration on 20 July at 5:30 pm. Inputs to this year's HLPF will include: SDG progress report of UN Secretary-General; VNR reports; reports from regional fora on sustainable development (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA); reports from Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; contributions from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies on the theme and SDGs under consideration; report of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production; the Secretary-General's report on mainstreaming sustainable development into the UN system; reports from preparatory meetings of the SDGs under consideration; inputs from the UN system and other relevant organizations and stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; briefs on the SDGs under consideration prepared by the UN system; and outcomes of the Ocean Conference.

dates: 10-19 July 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.

dates: 10-21 July 2017 location: New York City, US contact: UNDOALOS www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm

Montreal Protocol OEWG 39

The 39th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11-14 July 2017. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop on safety standards relevant to the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), to be held on 10 July, and the 58th meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol (ImpCom58), to be held on 9 July.

dates: 11-14 July 2017 venue: UN Conference Center, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Ozone Secretariat www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-39/SiteP...

Africa Open Data Conference 2017

The Africa Open Data Community is a convening space for tech industry, small businesses, journalists, civic tech, entrepreneurs, researchers, students, IT solution providers, banks, telcoms, insurance companies, NGOs, donor organizations, and local and national governments to connect virtually and in person to share advances in open data, share lessons, and form new collaborations.  

dates: 17-21 July 2017   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana   contact: Africa Open Data Community   www: http://www.africaopendata.net/
 http://www.badili.org/2nd-africa-open-data-conference-2017-a...  

Partnership Exchange 2017

The 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will include, among its official special events, a Partnership Exchange on 17 July.  

date: 17 July 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&ty...  

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2017

The 2017 High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will begin with statements by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Secretary-General, and a keynote address. It will include a ministerial segment (17-19 July), which is the ministerial meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a general debate (convened in parallel from 17-19 July), a high-level policy dialogue with the international financial and trade institutions (20 July), and a thematic discussion on ECOSOC's annual theme, 'Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges' (20 July). The segment aims to effectively assess progress in eradication of poverty, and provide further policy guidance on SDG 1 (no poverty) and related goals. The aim is to commit to innovative measures that will advance the international poverty eradication agenda. Two reports of the UN Secretary-General are being prepared to inform deliberations during the Segment: the report on the 2017 main theme on the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, and the thematic report on eradicating multidimensional poverty. The High-level Segment represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work.

dates: 17-20 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/ecosoc-high-level-s...

2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 7th PRME Assembly

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, is the first organized relationship between the UN and business schools. The mission of PRME is to transform management education, research and thought leadership globally by providing the Principles for Responsible Management Education framework, developing learning communities and promoting awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 18-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US   www: http://bulletin.unglobalcompact.org/campaigns/reports/viewCa...
 http://www.unprme.org/  

CITES Animals and Plants Committees

The 29th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee will take place from 18-21 July, followed by a Joint Session with the CITES Plants Committee on 22 July. The 23rd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee will take place on 24-27 July.  

dates: 18-27 July 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   www: https://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 https://cites.org/eng/disc/ac_pc.php  

SDG Business Forum 2017

The 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will include, among its official special events, an SDG Business Forum on 18 July. The Forum will be co-hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN Global Compact, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Global Business Alliance for 2030. The Forum enables business to report on key achievements and activities for SDG implementation, and to "look at the role of business in catalyzing sustainable growth and development—from innovative approaches to financing through to reporting progress and new partnerships".

date: 18 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1401-sustainable-...

IOM International Dialogue on Migration - 2017 Workshop 2

The International Dialogue on Migration, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) principal forum for migration policy dialogue, meets twice a year, bringing together migration policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations. The 2017 workshops are dedicated to supporting the development of the global compact. The first workshop took place in April 2017. The second workshop, convening in July 2017, will focus on policy perspectives and practical aspects regarding the protection and assistance of migrants in vulnerable situations.

dates: 18-19 July 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.iom.int/idm
https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/IDM/IDM...

Fourth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The fourth thematic session will convene from 24-25 July 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will address, 'Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits'.

dates: 24-25 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters 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

First Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The first hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, on 26 July 2017.

date: 26 July 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

Seventh Meeting of Negotiating Committee on Principle 10

The Negotiating Committee on the Principle 10 Agreement for Latin America and the Caribbean will convene its seventh meeting, to advance negotiations towards a regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development). The sixth version of the negotiating text, based on input from the sixth meeting of the Negotiating Committee, is available.

dates: 31 July - 4 August 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: http://www.cepal.org/en/principio-10
http://negociacionp10.cepal.org/6/en/documents/sixth-version...

August 2017

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Migration Global Compact

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold a three-day regional consultation to adopt an outcome document and final report to be transmitted as the Asia-Pacific input to intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.  

date: 3 August 2017 [tentative]   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ESCAP   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf  

Resilience 2017

The Resilience 2017 conference is organized by the Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and the Resilience Alliance. Following previous Resilience conferences held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 will discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. It will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and aim to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene. The Conference will explore four major conference themes: social-ecological transformations for sustainability; connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the Anthropocene; multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship; and approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics.

date: 20 August 2017 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: Resilience 2017 e-mail: resilience2017.src@su.se www: http://resilience2017.org/

2017 World Water Week

2017 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 27 August-1 September 2017. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme: water and waste – reduce and reuse.  

dates: 27 August - 1 September 2017   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden   contact: SIWI   www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/  

UNGA High-level Debate on SDG 11

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson announced his intention to convene a high-level debate on SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). The New Urban Agenda, adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), calls for a two-day High-level Meeting of the UNGA to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The New Urban Agenda further calls for the UN Secretary-General to submit to a report on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-HABITAT, including its mandate, governance structure, work and financial capabilities. The UNGA event is expected to bring together mayors, community administrators, city resilience leaders, and other stakeholders to focus on implementation of SDG 11 and to discuss the Secretary-General's report.

dates: 29-30 August 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2017/05/08/26th-session-of-the-gove...
https://www2.habitat3.org/bitcache/99d99fbd0824de50214e99f86...

September 2017

Ninth BRICS Summit

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will gather for the ninth BRICS summit. China intends to use the meeting in order to review successes in BRICS cooperation, plan a vision for future development, specify the direction of the BRICS mechanism, and expand cooperation, including with emerging markets and developing countries to forge a "platform for South-South cooperation with international influence."  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Xiamen, Fujian, China   www: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/zxxx_662805/t1421653.shtml  

Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Congress will take place under the theme, ‘MPAs: Bringing the ocean and people together’. The Congress will convene MPA scientists and practitioners to discuss a range of topics relevant to MPAs, including conservation, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement and management tools, and communications and education. The Government of Chile, through its Ministry of the Environment, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) are organizing IMPAC4.  

dates: 4-8 September 2017   location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile   e-mail: impac4@mma.gob.cl   www: http://impac.mma.gob.cl/
 http://www.icriforum.org/meeting/4th-international-marine-pr...  

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in October 2017. The session will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 4-9 September 2017   location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China   contact: UNWTO   www: http://lmd.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-second-se...
 http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2015-09-16/china-host-2...  

48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting

The 48th PIF Leaders Meeting will take place from 4-8 September 2017, in Apia, Samoa. The gathering will include: the Smaller Islands States Leaders Meeting (4 September); the Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting (5 September); the Official Opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum (5 September); the Forum Leaders Dialogue with Civil Society Organisations and Private Sector (6 September); the 48th PIF Plenary Sessions with Associate Member and Forum Observers and Post Forum Dialogue Partners (7 September); and the Forum Leaders Retreat (8 September).

dates: 4-8 September 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa contact: PIF Secretariat e-mail: media@forumsec.org www: http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/newsroom/press-statements/...
http://spto.org/news/18-news/6407-dates-for-48th-pacific-isl...

Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The fifth thematic session will convene from 4-5 September 2017, at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria, and will address, 'Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims'.

dates: 4-5 September 2017 venue: UN Office location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

4th International Conference on Research for Development

The Fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will address the theme, 'Evidence.Engagement.Policies,' focusing on four questions: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being; How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development; How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies; and How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative. ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme, www.r4d.ch) – a joint funding initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, www.cde.unibe.ch). The conference seeks contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Conference contributions should facilitate knowledge stewardship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and should improve our understanding of how evidence can support policies for sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are jointly called upon to share sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and to engage in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics. Leading researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are invited to propose sessions that reflect the conference themes by 24 January 2017.  

dates: 5-8 September 2017   location: Bern, Switzerland   e-mail: icrd@cde.unibe.ch   www: https://www.icrd.ch/  

UNCCD COP 13

The thirteen session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), along with the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 16) and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 13), will convene in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, from 6-16 September 2017. A high-level segment will also take place during COP 13, from 11-12 September. At COP 13, UNCCD Parties are expected to adopt the Strategic Framework that will guide action under the Convention from 2018-2030, among other decisions. Meetings of the Regional Implementation Annexes in the preparation for COP13/CRIC16/CST13 are scheduled to take place on 4-5 September 2017.

dates: 6-16 September 2017 location: China additional: Ordos, Inner Mongolia contact: UNCCD Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www2.unccd.int/cop13

46th Session of the IPCC

The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 46) will convene from 6-10 September 2017, in a location to be announced.

dates: 6-10 September 2017 [tentative] location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

SETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting

SETAC is a professional organization dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education. The SETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting, with a focus on 'Bridging the Gap between Science and Governance,' will promote the interaction among Latin American professionals engaged in environmental science with colleagues from other parts of the world.

dates: 7-10 September 2017 location: Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil www: https://sla2017.setac.org

Africa Regional Conference on Migration

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold a two-day conference with ministers, regional migration experts and civil society. The conference will aim to "validate" a regional report on migration, which will have been presented previously at an expert retreat with the African Union (AU) in mid-2017. The conference will also aim to help draft a common African position on migration, ahead of a special meeting of the AU expert committee dealing with migration in October/November 2017. The expert committee meeting will seek to adopt the common African position, which will then be presented at the AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2018.  

date: 7 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: UNECA   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf  

Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) aims to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions for achieving a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment. The ECPA is supported by inter-American and regional institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), multilateral development banks such as the World Bank, private sector, civil society and academia. The third ECPA Ministerial will convene in Chile, from 7-8 September 2017. In preparation for the event, a Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in Miami, US, on 20 October 2016, bringing together representatives from 19 countries who took stock of the Partnership’s progress since the ECPA Ministerial held in Merida in 2015. Developments covered during the Preparatory Meeting included: the Partnership’s Steering Committee Guiding Principles and Action Plan; and the initiatives implemented by the Organization of American States (OAS) to strengthen this effort. The participating countries agreed to provide a one-page concept note, describing one specific area relating to sustainable energy deemed central nationally and/or regionally. The outcomes achieved as a result of cooperation will be reported to the Third ECPA Ministerial.

dates: 7-8 September 2017 location: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile contact: ECPA www: http://www.ecpamericas.org/Events/Default.aspx?id=644

4th Water Research Conference

The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.  

dates: 10-13 September 2017   venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada   location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada   www: http://www.waterresearchconference.com/
 http://iwrec.ok.ubc.ca/  

2017 International Renewable Energy Conference

Mexico will host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), which will take place in Mexico City, from 11-13 September 2017. MEXIREC 2017 will focus on global renewable energy development with a special focus on Latin America. Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate governments every two years and convened by REN21.  

dates: 11-13 September 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://www.ren21.net/irecs/  

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.  

dates: 18-22 September 2017   venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany   location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

The Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) will take place on the theme, 'The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development'. The 27 conference topics will cover all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a number of cross-cutting issues, including data, the role of universities in achieving the SDGs, and the arts as a tool to raise awareness of the SDGs.  

dates: 18-19 September 2017   venue: Columbia University, Lerner Hall   location: New York City, US   www: http://ic-sd.org  

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

dates: 25-29 September 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org  

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

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

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

ESCWA Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, from 26-28 September 2017.

dates: 26-27 September 2017 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum

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

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

World Tourism Day 2017

This celebration of World Tourism Day will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Day's celebrations will focus on the theme, “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development".  

date: 27 September 2017   location: Qatar   contact: UNWTO   www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/world-tourism-...  

October 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held during Northern Fall in 2017.  

date: 1 October 2017   location: TBA   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/  

UNGA High-level Meeting on Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons

On improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), following on a decision to appraise progress achieved in implementing the Global Plan of Action on a four-year basis starting at its 72nd session, to assess achievements, gaps and challenges, decided to convene a high-level meeting in October 2017, immediately after the 72nd general debate. In January 2017, UNGA President Peter Thomson appointed Catherine Boura, Permanent Representative of Greece, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, as co-facilitators to consult with Member States on the preparations for the high-level meeting.  

dates: 2-3 October 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

Sixth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The sixth thematic session will convene from 2-3 October 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures'.

dates: 2-3 October 2017 venue: UN Office location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

ESCWA Regional Consultation on Migration Compact

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

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

Our Ocean Conference 2017

The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.

dates: 5-6 October 2017 location: Malta contact: Ramon van Barneveld phone: +32 229-84602 e-mail: Ramon.VAN-BARNEVELD@ec.europa.eu www: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcement...

Forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44)

The forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) will convene under the theme, 'Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition'. The agenda of the session will cover: CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); nutrition; policy convergence; workstreams and activity updates; an independent evaluation of CFS; and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition. The CFS aims to be an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/plenary/cfs44/en/
http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/about/en/

Joint Session of the European Forestry Commission and UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold a Joint Session of the 39th European Forestry Commission and the 74th UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry. The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.  

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

30th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

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

dates: 10-13 October 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/30th-adaptation-fund-...  

ECLAC Regional Consultation on Migration Compact

In coordination with partners in the region, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold a two-day regional consultation in October 2017, in Santiago, Chile, including experts from each sub-region. The outcome documents and/or summary reports of all the regional consultations held in preparation for the global compact on migration will be transmitted as inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the compact. Regional analysis and perspectives will also be made available and feed into the global preparatory meetings as they evolve.

date: 11 October 2017 [tentative] location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC or RCNYO www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258
 http://www.centrescientifique.mc/en/  

World Health Summit

The ninth World Health Summit will address 'Science - Innovation - Policies'. The central topics include: Health Policy in the G7/G20: The Future of Global Health Governance; Global Health Security: Policy Responses to Planetary Challenges; Healthy and Resilient Cities: Rethinking Urban Transformation; Vaccination and Eradicating Disease: The Role of Research and Development; New Frontiers in Health Sciences: Remodeling Healthcare; and Big Data for Health Governance: Benefits, Frameworks & Ethics.

dates: 15-17 October 2017 venue: Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a location: Berlin, Germany www: https://www.worldhealthsummit.org

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 16-20 October 2017   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: IGF Secretariat   e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org   www: http://igfmining.org/  

Thirteenth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 13)

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC) is a subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention established to review chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the Conference of the Parties for listing such chemicals in Annex III.

dates: 16-20 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: Secretariat www: http://www.pic.int/TheConvention/ChemicalReviewCommittee/Ove...

UNECA Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 19-20 October 2017.

dates: 19-20 October 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia contact: UNECA www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

CMS COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: cms.secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/cop12  

Thirteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-13)

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, Annex B, and/or Annex C. Article 8 of the Stockholm Convention entails the reviewing process of new chemicals and Annex D, Annex E and Annex F specify the information requires for the review.

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: Secretariat www: http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/POPsReviewCommittee/Overvi...

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

The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Bali, Indonesia. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.  

dates: 23-27 October 2017   location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia   contact: GPA Coordination Office   www: http://unep.org/gpa/default.asp
 http://unep.org/gpa/About/IGR.asp  

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017

This Conference, which will convene in Brussels, Belgium, from 23-25 October 2017, is the first in a series of Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conferences. The G-STIC Conference series will bring together key stakeholders from science, technology and innovation communities (including the private sector), and provide a forum to review, discuss and identify internationally relevant technological innovations that can lead the world on a more sustainable development course. The series is hosted jointly by: VITO (a Belgian research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development) and its international partners the Asian Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Technology and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute).

dates: 23-25 October 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium contact: VITO NV phone: +32 (0)3 2867458 e-mail: info@gstic.org www: https://www.gstic.org

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

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

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

World Resources Forum

World Resources Forum (WRF) 2017 will take place on the theme of 'Accelerating the Resource Revolution'. The Forum is open to key stakeholders, and offers first-hand information about emerging issues.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.wrforum.org/world-resources-forum-2017/

November 2017

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...  

ESCAP Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6-8 November 2017.

dates: 6-8 November 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

31st ASEAN Summit

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50" with the Leaders. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

dates: 10-14 November 2017   location: Philippines   additional: Clark   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/31st-asean-summit-and-related-...  

ITPGR Governing Body Session

The next session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body is provisionally scheduled to take place in October/November 2017.  

date: 14 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/  

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

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

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

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

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

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

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

Intercultural Cities 2017 Milestone Event

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

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

WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS)

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

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

December 2017

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.

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/about/sgb/?
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20356/R...

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...  

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/

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/

Tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity

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

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

Third Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

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

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

February 2018

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

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

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

March 2018

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

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

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

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

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

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

8th World Water Forum

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

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

April 2018

NAP Expo [rescheduled]

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

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

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

May 2018

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

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

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

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

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

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

July 2018

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

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

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

Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

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

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

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

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

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

September 2018

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

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

date: 17 September 2018 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/governments-reach-agreement-on-migr...  

October 2018

Second UN World Data Forum

The Second UN World Data Forum will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in October 2018, as indicated by the Chair of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017.  

date: 2 October 2018 [tentative]   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: UN Statistics Division   www: http://undataforum.org  

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 14-23 October 2018.

dates: 14-23 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: Ramsar Convention Secretariat e-mail: info@ramsar.org www: http://www.ramsar.org/about/the-conference-of-the-contractin...

November 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 5-16 November 2018, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 5-16 November 2018   location: TBA   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

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  

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/  

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

June 2019

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

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

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

November 2019

UNFCCC COP 25

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

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

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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