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February 2018

SWFI Institutional Investor Forum 2018

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is partnering with the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) to advance investment in the sustainable development of the world’s oceans. WOC and SWFI will bring together the institutional investment community and the ocean business community to discuss opportunities for supporting a sustainable ocean economy at the annual SWFI Institutional Investor Forum. On the 22 February, the Forum will feature an ‘Ocean Day’ programme with panels on aquaculture, renewable energy; port/coastal infrastructure resilience and adaptation; and investment opportunities in small islands and the Caribbean.

dates: 20-22 February 2018 location: US additional: Santa Monica, California www: https://www.iinvestorforum.com/

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

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

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

UNECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 VNR Countries

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

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

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

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

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

March 2018

2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

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

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

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

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

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

WASH 2018 Symposium

The Colorado WASH Symposium provides a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in the context of development. The symposium will convene under the theme, 'A conversation with experts ensuring water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone'. It will address the topics of: WASH in challenging contexts; the future of WASH research; market-based approaches; container-based sanitation; and anaerobic digestion for developing communities.

dates: 6-7 March 2018 location: Boulder, CO, US www: https://www.colorado.edu/washsymposium/

World Ocean Summit 2018

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

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

Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing: A European Strategy

The first European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) Forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are. Initiated by the EOOS Steering Group as the main forum for an integrated European Ocean Observing System, the event will discuss the EOOS strategy and seek feedback from the funders, implementers and users on the way forward. The meeting will: present and discuss the EOOS strategy delivered by the EOOS Steering Group further to the stakeholder survey on the EOOS consultation document; highlight the main opportunities and threats to the delivery of EOOS and the downstream services linked to the funding sustainability; demonstrate examples of national or EU funding commitments to EOOS-related infrastructures and services; discuss sensitivities and bottlenecks to sustainable and integrated EOOS; and promote the value of communications in achieving the EOOS objectives. The meeting will aim to produce: an EOOS strategy; a forum report; and conclusions that feed into the EOOS Conference in Brussels on 21-23 November 2018.

date: 8 March 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: http://www.eoos-ocean.eu/forum/

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/  

Drafting Group for a Practical Guide for Joint Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda

The drafting group for a practical guide for joint implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will take place from 12-13 March 2018.

dates: 12-13 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=47930

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-...

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

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

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

World Water Day 2018

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

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

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

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

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

April 2018

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...

Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

The second Nexus Conference: Water, Food, Energy, and Climate will focus on: the science-policy interface; partnerships and solutions; Sustainable Development Goal commitments; sharing of tools, indicators and methodologies; and the identification of gaps. The conference will seek to build on recognizing and respecting the work that sector experts are engaged with while also addressing some key challenges that will require a Nexus approach.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 location: US additional: Chapel Hill, North Carolina www: http://www.cvent.com/events/nexus-2018-water-food-energy-and...

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

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

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

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

The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This Forum, adopted by Member States as the regional mechanism to support the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, will include both substantive debates in line with the theme of the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), peer learning session for countries from the region on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and reports from ECLAC as well as from other stakeholders on the progress towards the SDGs. Prior to the meeting of the Forum, from 16-17 April, activities will be carried out in Santiago by civil society representatives and other relevant actors.

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

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

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

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

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

May 2018

WMO Global Conference: Prosperity through Hydrological Services

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

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

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/  

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

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

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

Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

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

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

UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2018

The 2018 UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Lab will convene 1,000 cross-sectoral leaders under the age of 35 from around the world to design and deploy scalable solutions for the SDGs. At the end of the Innovation Lab, winning ideas will receive pro-bono technical support and be eligible for financial backing. There are eight themes for "SDG talents" to work on at this year's Innovation Lab: SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing); SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 6 (clean water); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 13 (climate action). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 UNLEASH Lab is here.

dates: 30 May - 6 June 2018 location: Singapore, Singapore www: https://unleash.org/innovation-lab-2018/

June 2018

2018 G7 Leaders' Summit

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

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

28th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS

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

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

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

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

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

High-Level Conference on International Decade of Water for Sustainable Development

The International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action, 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2028 will be organized jointly by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN. It will facilitate the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2018, which was endorsed by the UN General Assembly resolution 71/222 on 21 December 2016. The primary goal of the Conference is a comprehensive discussion of the way forward with implementation of the Action Plan of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2018 at the global, regional and national levels. The event will also seek to develop practical recommendations for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG targets related to water resources. SDG 6 is one of the sub-set of SDGs that will receive special focus during the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018).

dates: 20-22 June 2018 location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan www: http://www.unwater.org/international-high-level-conference-i...
https://wsdconf2018.org/

July 2018

GEO Blue Planet Symposium

The 4th Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of ocean and coastal information needs for sustainable development, blue growth, and societal awareness. The symposium will bring together producers of ocean and coastal information and current and potential users of ocean and coastal information to share their experience with the audience. The themes of the symposium include: Ocean and coastal information in support of sustainable development; Ocean and coastal information in support of blue growth; and Societal awareness of the value of ocean and coastal information.

dates: 4-6 July 2018 location: Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France www: https://symposium.geoblueplanet.org/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The first session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) follows an organizational session (held in April 2018) and the conclusion of the fourth and concluding session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine BBNJ under UNCLOS, which was held in July 2017.

dates: 4-17 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

October 2018

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...

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

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

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

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

Young Water Leaders Berlin Event

The Young Water Leaders Berlin Event will connect current and future water leaders to discuss the creation of a water-secure world. Organized by Our Future Water, the event will address achieving water security through: bridging communities – water specialists, points of view, and generations; generating and disseminating knowledge through fact-based analysis; and advocating for water education at all levels to build a community of water leaders that can see and solve water challenges from various vantage points.

date: 7 November 2018 location: Berlin, Germany www: http://www.ourfuturewater.com/berlin/

World Toilet Day 2018

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

date: 19 November 2018 location: worldwide contact: UN-Water www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
http://www.unwater.org/world-toilet-day-2018-nature-calls/

October 2019

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