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October 2017

WMO Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment

The Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment will provide an opportunity to shape the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) research agenda, building on the closer collaboration between weather, climate, water and environment research. An additional focus of the Summit is to close the gap between research and the derived societal benefits. The Summit is structured into five thematic sessions that will address: developing and implementing a new interactive model for integrating research and operations; improving predictive capacity across weather, climate, water and environment; and planning and investing in future infrastructures. The sessions will also discuss: nurturing scientific talents by guaranteeing the sustainable development of science, breaking through geographical, gender and age barriers, and ensuring institutional continuity and transfer of knowledge; and catalyzing innovation and mobilizing resources in weather, climate, water and environment science globally and locally.

dates: 20-22 October 2017 location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia www: https://public.wmo.int/en/events/meetings/science-summit-sea...

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...

IPBES 10th Bureau and MEP Meeting

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. Its mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. The tenth meeting of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) will be held the 22-26 October 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-5 can be viewed here.  

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/10th-bureau-and-mep-meeting

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/

International Workshop on Middle East (Regional) Dust Sources and Their Impacts

As part of the Ankara Initiative adopted during the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey will organize this workshop. Meeting participants will exchange information and share experiences to support the evaluation of Middle East dust sources and impacts within the scientific framework. Specifically, the workshop will focus on: dust sources and monitoring change in these sources over the Middle East; dust-climate interaction in the Middle East; dust forecast and modelling; and monitoring and impacts of dust transport affecting the Middle East. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary from UNCCD COP 12 is here.

dates: 23-25 October 2017 location: Istanbul, Turkey www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/international-workshop-mid...

GEO Week 2017

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will gather in Washington, DC, US, for GEO Week 2017, which will include the GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibitions. The Week will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering the GEO Week 2017 theme, 'Insight for a changing world'. The Plenary is GEO's highest decision-making body. The GEO-XIV Plenary will update delegates on developments in Earth observation services that impact both public sector decision making and the commercial sector. It will highlight the progress and projects in GEO's priority work in the service of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php

Geneva Launch of the Civil Society Reflection Group Report

This event will launch a report titled, 'Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 - Reclaiming Policies for the Public'. The report was produced by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions, and provides an assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017 edition of this civil society "shadow" report focuses on privatization, partnerships, the role of corporations and the impact they have on sustainability and inequality. According to the report, the heavy reliance on public-private partnerships in the 2030 Agenda is highly problematic.

date: 23 October 2017 time: 13:00-15:00 venue: Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unrisd.org/spotlight-geneva-launch

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/

Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)

The 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) will be held under the aegis of the new OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment on Tuesday, and will convene from 24-25 October 2017, at the OECD Conference Centre. The OECD has convened its annual Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) since 2014. At the 3rd GIFF event, the OECD launched the Centre on Green Finance and Investment to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The GIFF is the main annual global event for the OECD Centre, and will gather senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for action-oriented discussions to advance the global green finance agenda. The agenda for the 4th GIFF will include four main themes for discussion: from short-term actions to long-term ambition, to take stock of progress made since Paris (the action), and what to expect in the next 5-15 years (the ambition); opportunities for green investment; driving the low-carbon transition through a sustainable financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

International Investment Policies: The Way Forward

This event will: provide decision-makers from countries in transition with an opportunity to discuss the status of and the way forward in international investment law and policy; encourage new thinking on international investment policies and treaty making; contribute to consensus building on international investment issues and the reform of the International Investment Agreements regime; and enable exchange of experiences regarding the management of investment disputes. The event is being organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Government of Azerbaijan, among others.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 venue: Baku Business Center, 44 Neftchilar Ave location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://ipcbaku.com

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: 25-27 October 2017 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia contact: GPA Coordination Office www: https://www.unep.org/gpa/

Second Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This meeting will take place in conjunction with the IX Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Conference aims to promote the development of national policies on social development and international, regional and bilateral cooperation on social development, in order to examine multidimensional poverty and make progress on poverty measurement, inequality and structural gaps in LAC. Participants will exchange experiences and debate the challenges of social protection and the double challenge of economic and social inclusion in the region, among other topics. The Regional Conference is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.cepal.org/en/pressreleases/montevideo-will-host-s...
http://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/regional-conferenc...

Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

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.

dates: 26-27 October 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia contact: UNECA www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/regional-consultations

2017 Solar World Congress

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and Solar World Congress 2017 will convene in parallel at the Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The joint event will be hosted by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

dates: 29 October - 2 November 2017 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: http://swc2017.org/home.html

Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR

Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’ Among other issues, the meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS), and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources. The Seventh Session of the Governing Body will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28 and 29 October 2017.

dates: 30 October - 3 November 2017 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: FAO www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/news/news-detail/en/c/902947...

39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference meets every two years, and is attended by Member States, associate Members and observers representing non-member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The General Conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization, and sets UNESCO’s programmes and budget. At its 39th session, the UNESCO General Conference is expected to consider, inter alia, a resolution on supporting member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 3 (good health and well-being), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 5 (gender equality) and 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 30 October - 14 November 2017 venue: 7, Place Fontenoy, Paris, 75007, France location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/general-conference/
http://en.unesco.org/events/general-conference-39th-session

EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum

The EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum (APFF) is co-hosted by EAT Foundation and the Indonesian Government. The two-day event will bring together over 500 global leaders from business, policy, science and civil society sectors to address the challenges and opportunities of today’s food system. The forum is designed to educate, foster partnerships, create new connections and find high-impact solutions to transforming the global food system into one that delivers healthy, sustainable and affordable diets to all. Speakers will include representatives from PepsiCo, Cargill, Olam, IKEA, Monde Nissin. In addition, the event will be addressed by the President and Vice President of Indonesia and the Minister of Health of Malaysia, as well as officials from WHO, the World Bank, the UN, WWF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The hashtag for the event is #FOODCANFIXIT.

dates: 30-31 October 2017 location: Jakarta, Indonesia www: http://www.eatforum.org/event/asia-pacific-food-forum/

2017 World Cities Day

The global observation of 2017 World Cities Day (WCD) will be held in Guangzhou, China, on 31 October. Organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHURD) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and hosted by Guangzhou Municipal Government, the event will bring together representatives of international organizations, government officials and mayors, as well as scholars on urban planning and construction management. The general WCD theme is ‘Better City, Better Life’. The annual theme of 2017 WCD is ‘Innovative Governance, Open Cities,’ which helps advance worldwide implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. 2017 WCD will seek to exchange and showcase innovative practices around the world in urban planning, building and management, and discuss how to further implement New Urban Agenda. Specific activities to take place during the event include WCD Forum, WCD-Urban Governance Innovation Practices Exhibition and Urban Cultural Exchange.

date: 31 October 2017 location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China www: http://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/
https://unhabitat.org/guangzhou-to-host-global-observance-of...

South Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that will be focused on during HLPF 2018: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

date: 31 October 2017 [tentative] location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

Introduction to Resilience for Development

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Pronatura, ECOSUR, NBSAP Forum and The Nature Conservancy, is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the following topic: Introduction to Resilience for Development. The course will be facilitated in English, French, and Spanish, and is offered free of charge. The course is designed for policymakers and practitioners working in the sustainable development and conservation planning sectors. The course will be organized in two sections. Part 1 will address the theme, 'Understanding Resilience Thinking,' and will take place between 31 October and 27 November 2017. Part 2 will address the theme, 'Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity and Development Plans,' and will take place between 23 January and 13 February 2018. More information on the course theme is included in the SDG Knowledge Hub guest article titled, 'Resilience Thinking: A Catalyst to National Biodiversity Plans'.

date: 31 October 2017 location: virtual www: http://mailchi.mp/nbsapforum/resilience_mooc?e=53e1e12558

2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF)

The 2017 SDTF will build on the 2016 SDTF outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 2018 HLPF. The event will also consider the sub-set of Goals that will be reviewed at HLPF 2018: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). The 2017 SDTF will include sessions focused on: Towards Sustainable Societies; Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs; SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDGs and Finance Transformation Towards Resilient Societies; and Exploring the SDG Nexus.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2017 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.unosd.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=95&menu=...

November 2017

Strategic Materials in a Low-Carbon World: From Resource Scarcity to Availability

This international conference is organized by the Veolia Institute in partnership with the Oxford Martin School. It will consider what the low carbon transition implies for materials demand, what the second order implications are for extractive industries, and how circular economy principles, resource efficiency and recycling will play a key part in connecting supply and demand. Participants will include high-level experts from the academic community, business leaders, and national and international policymakers and practitioners. Speakers will include Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics, and Sheila Khama, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank.

dates: 2-3 November 2017 location: Oxford, England, UK www: https://www.resourceavailability2017.org/

UNECE 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-3 November 2017. Among other agenda items, participants will discuss, 'International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, follow-up actions for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The discussions will take into account findings from the report prepared by REN21 and UNECE, titled 'Renewable Energy Status Report 2017,' which was launched in June 2017 in Astana.

dates: 2-3 November 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45697

People’s Climate Summit 2017

This event will take place immediately prior to, and in parallel with, the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. The People's Climate Summit will provide a space for networking and information exchange that inspires and strengthens work on issues related to climate justice. Evening panels will take place on 3-5 November, addressing the following topics: Global Climate Justice, Leave it in the ground: how to go on with decarbonization, and Who is making the transition? On 6-7 November, over 50 workshops will debate how to put a social-ecological transition into practice, will consider global struggles for climate justice, and will share skills and build networks.

dates: 3-7 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://pcs2017.org/en/

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. Presided over by the Government of Fiji, the UN Climate Change Conference will include the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13) and the 47th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 47) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47). It will also include the fourth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-4) and the second part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-2). The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary of UNFCCC COP 22 (Marrakech Climate Change Conference) is here. The SDG Knowledge Hub has been covering events and initiatives leading up to the COP, including: the UN and Germany signing the host country agreement; the Rabat Meeting advancing views on 2018 Facilitative Dialogue; a Canada, China and EU Ministerial on advancing implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change; and the Secretariat publishing provisional agendas for the meetings. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of meetings of UNFCCC constituted bodies taking place in preparation for COP 23 includes the Adaptation Committee (AC), the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM), the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of events leading up to and taking place at COP 23 is here.

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://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop23bonninformationhub/

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://refugeesmigrants.un.org/regional-consultations
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

CCAC High Level Assembly

The High Level Assembly of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place in November 2017, on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The CCAC was first created by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the US, along with UN Environment (UNEP), who initiated the first efforts to treat short-lived climate pollutants as a collective challenge. The Coalition’s High Level Assembly provides strategic guidance and leadership for the Coalition. Government ministers from country partners and Heads of partner organizations participate in the Assembly.

date: 6 November 2017 [tentative] location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/en
http://www.ccacoalition.org/en/content/high-level-assembly

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-...  

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is expected to convene in Manama, Bahrain, from 11-14 November 2017. Members of the IAEG-SDGs will, inter alia, consider whether to re-classify the tier statuses of the SDG indicators, based on the documentation submitted by indicator custodian agencies. This meeting will follow the same format as previous IAEG-SDG meetings: a Members meeting will take place during the first two days (11-12 November) and a Plenary Session will take place during the second two days (13-14 November).

dates: 11-14 November 2017 location: Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-06/

Development & Climate Days 2017

The 15th annual Development & Climate Days (D&C Days) event will convene during UNFCCC COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, from 11-12 November 2017. The agenda for #DCdays17 will explore four themes: Resilience through empowerment and access; Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge; Transparency and downward accountability; and Shared resilience. The event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ), We Mean Business (WMB), and the German Development Institute (DIE). Contributing partners are Action on Climate Today (ACT), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

dates: 11-12 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/development-climate-days-2017-t...

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

This business-focused event will be held during the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to gather over 600 participants, including national and local policy makers, UN agencies representatives, business leaders, investors and international NGOs. Debate and discussions will be held around the following topics: renewable energy; circular economy; sustainable land and water management; carbon markets; climate finance; and climate innovation in emerging regions. The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP 23 is organized by Climate Action, in partnership with UN Environment (UNEP).

dates: 13-14 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.cop-23.org/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank. The Conference will convene under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, exhibitions, and the use of social media to reach a broader audience, including youth. It aims to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. This Conference follows an inaugural Conference held in November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 14-17 November 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa2017

International Conference on Quantitative Methods for Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Measurements

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are jointly organizing this International Conference to provide a platform for researchers, academics, professionals and decision-makers to define the state of the art for quantitative measurement of food and nutrition security by identifying the main practical challenges, sharing innovative methods and modelling techniques, and exploring best practices to scale up multi- and cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination at country, regional and global levels. The Conference will offer the opportunity for participants to forge innovative partnerships for the development and promotion of improved methodologies to support evidence-based food and nutrition security policy.

dates: 15-17 November 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/conference/methods-food-se...

World Smart City Forum 2017

World Smart City Forum 2017 will bring together leaders from cities worldwide, representatives of industry investors and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the rapidly evolving world of smart cities. Organized by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telegraph Union (ITU), the Forum seeks to help cities reach their “smart city” objectives faster and allow them to achieve better outcomes.

date: 15 November 2017 venue: Fira de Barcelona (Gran Via Venue), Avinguda Joan Carles I, 58 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: Klaus Hatlanek phone: +41 79 752 08 25 e-mail: hatlanek@iso.org www: http://www.cvent.com/events/world-smart-cities-forum-2017/ev...
https://www.worldsmartcity.org/

SSE Green Finance Dialogue

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is convening a high-level dialogue on Green Finance alongside the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 23). The full-day event will bring together ministers of finance, chief capital market regulators and CEOs of stock exchanges, investors and issuers to help chart the path forward for stock exchanges and their contribution to achieving climate goals. Stock exchanges are uniquely placed to promote standards, guide issuers and investors, and enable growth in green finance. To facilitate these contributions, following a year of consultations with an international advisory group, the SSE will be launching a new guidance on green finance. This guidance will outline the role that exchanges can play in greening capital markets and promoting green financial products. It will identify clear action points and provide examples of best practice for use by stock exchanges worldwide. During the morning, this event will feature a high-level leadership forum for CEOs and government officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities of green finance. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will focus on technical workshops. The UN SSE initiative is co-organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the UNEP Finance Initiative. Launched in 2009 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the SSE initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges can promote responsible investment for sustainable development. Stock exchanges around the world are invited to join the initiative by signing a voluntary public commitment to promote sustainable business practices in their market.

date: 16 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.sseinitiative.org/cop23/

World Toilet Day 2017

In 2013, the UN General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. The theme for World Toilet Day in 2017 is "wastewater." World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. The SDGs include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030.

date: 19 November 2017 location: worldwide www: http://wtd.unwater.org/2017/

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

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

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

4th Busan Global Partnership Forum

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

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

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: Greening the Ocean Economy

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

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

UNIDO LDC Ministerial Conference 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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...

2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

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

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

Sixty-Ninth Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

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

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

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

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

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

Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Prior to UNEA-3

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

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

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

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

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
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Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

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

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

17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

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

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.unido.org/gc17.html
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Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

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

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

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...  

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

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

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

WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS)

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

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

Circular Economy Forum of the Americas 2017

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

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

Africa Renewable Energy Forum

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

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

December 2017

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Urban Pollution and Health Nexus

Global causes of illness and death are increasingly linked to the poor quality of the environment. In urbanized environments, environmental hazards include exposure to air, water, and chemical pollution. The SDGs play an important role in this nexus, highlighting that isolated actions to improve health are unsustainable, and that the environment must be an entry point into addressing global health. Discussions during the fourth event in the EMG nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease.

date: 1 December 2017 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

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

date: 1 December 2017 location: virtual www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/gsdr-invites-inputs-on-four-areas-o...
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International Conference on Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

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

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

3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

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

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

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

Preparatory Stocktaking Meeting for a Global Compact on Migration

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

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center, Av. Paseo de las Flores N. 505 Col. Villa las Flores, location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico contact: Juan Jose? Go?mez-Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN phone: +1 212-752-0220 e-mail: mexico@un.int www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/0...

2017 International Civil Society Week

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

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

World Soil Day 2017

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

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

Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

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

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

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

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

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

International Mountain Day and High-Level Conference

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

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

Mountain Partnership Fifth General Assembly

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

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

Global Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation

This workshop is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=43633#/

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

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

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Tokyo, Japan contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/asia-pacific-eve...

World Efficiency Solutions

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

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

Climate Summit

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

date: 12 December 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...
https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_rechauffement-climatique-ma...

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/

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

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

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

Third Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

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

Global Landscapes Forum

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

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

January 2018

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-...  

International Forum on Migration Statistics 2018

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

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

World Future Energy Summit 2018

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is an annual event that is dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. WFES brings together over 30,000 visitors from 175 countries attracting government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. WFES is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

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

International Water Summit 2018

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

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

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

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

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

47th Session of the IPCC

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

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

Second World Symposium on Climate Change Communication

This event will focus on the challenges in communicating climate change across various audiences by addressing climate change communication research and practice. It will seek to catalyze further action to better communicate climate change by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change communication among various settings and audiences. The Symposium is organized by: the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; University of Graz, Austria; and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), in collaboration with partners. An interdisciplinary event, the Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of government agencies undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change communication around the world.

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

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...

Fourth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

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

March 2018

Second Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

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

date: 1 March 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: SAICM Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8273 fax: +41-22-797-3460 e-mail: saicm.chemicals@unep.org www: http://www.saicm.org
http://www.saicm.org/Beyond2020/IntersessionalProcess/tabid/...

World Wildlife Day 2018

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

date: 3 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
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Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

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

dates: 5-7 March 2018 location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada www: http://www.citiesipcc.org/
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49th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

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-...

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

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

dates: 18-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

International Day of Forests 2018

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

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

April 2018

Fifth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

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

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

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

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

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development

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

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

NAP Expo [rescheduled]

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

date: 10 April 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/national_adaptation...
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Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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

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

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

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

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

Resilient Cities 2018

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

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

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2018

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

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

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

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

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

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

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

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

June 2018

Sixth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

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

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

Adaptation Futures 2018

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

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

July 2018

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

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

dates: 2-7 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/
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Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

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

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

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

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

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

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

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

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

World Water Week 2018

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

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

September 2018

Global Climate Action Summit

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

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

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

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018. From 23-24 September, the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for S... is scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

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

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

This conference is organized on the basis of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 71/280, which decided that an intergovernmental conference to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration would take place before the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA. The conference will be organized around eight plenary meetings and four interactive multi-stakeholder dialogues over two days. According to the draft modalities resolution agreed on 31 January 2017, the conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of the 73rd session of the UNGA “unless otherwise agreed;” and outcomes will include an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the conference, and possible other components such as actionable commitments, means of implementation and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation. Member States will decide on additional modalities for the conference by January 2018, based on a note to be prepared by the UN Secretary-General. The modalities resolution will be brought to the UNGA for adoption once its programme budget implications have been reviewed by the UN Secretary-General, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the UNGA’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary).

dates: 23-24 September 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration e-mail: gcmigration@un.org www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
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October 2018

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  

2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress

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

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

2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Poland.

dates: 3-14 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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February 2019

CGRFA 17

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

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

March 2019

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

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

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

April 2019

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

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

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

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

June 2019

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 2019

25th IUFRO World Congress

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

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

2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

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

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

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

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

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

November 2019

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...
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September 2020

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

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

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

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

September 2021

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

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

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

September 2022

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

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

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

September 2023

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

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

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

September 2024

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

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

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

September 2025

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

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

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

September 2026

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

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

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