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May 2018

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...
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Science 7 (S7): Arctic Sustainability Summit

The Science 7 (S7): Arctic Sustainability Summit will be hosted by the Royal Society of Canada and will bring together agencies, academies, and universities throughout Canada, the G7 member States and the European Union. This is the third meeting of the S7.

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.

dates: 23-24 May 2018 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/

Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics

In a resolution adopted at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), Member States agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group to examine options to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics from all sources, including through global legally binding mechanisms.  

dates: 29-31 May 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.cms.int/en/eventcalendar/ad-hoc-open-ended-exper...

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

World Environment Day 2018

India will serve as the global host of the 2018 World Environment Day, which will convene under the theme, 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The Day will raise awareness and urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and use of single-use plastic that pollutes oceans, damages marine life and threatens human health.

date: 5 June 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/
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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...
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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...
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5th International Marine Conservation Congress

The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC, #IMCC5) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

dates: 24-29 June 2018 location: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia www: https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/

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, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.

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

Partnership Exchange 2018

The Partnership Exchange is an annual gathering to review multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of SDG implementation. It takes place on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). The 2018 Partnership Exchange will take place on 13 July. Like the HLPF session, it will have the theme, 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,' with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. Initiatives can register or provide updates at the Partnership for SDGs online platform to be considered for review at the Exchange. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Partnership Exchange is here. The Partnership Exchange is one of four special events taking place alongside the 2018 HLPF. The other three events are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; the Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

date: 13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/PartnershipExchan...

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
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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...
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29th UN-Water Meeting

This meeting will gather UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and will take place immediately prior to the annual World Water Week. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 28th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 24-25 August 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.unwater.org/

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

Shelter Academy 2018

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, will convene the eighth annual Shelter Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme ‘Adapting and Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities’. Part of the World Urban Campaign, the Academy aims to increase knowledge of and improve responses to urban issues related to global climate change through improved economic, environmental and urban planning. During the course of the event, participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on urban development challenges related to climate change, and learn how cities are responding. The program is designed to use some of the unique features of the Netherlands as a “living classroom,” with technical visits to get a hands-on perspective on critical concerns such as coastal protection, water management and urban development.

dates: 3-7 September 2018 location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands additional: Rotterdam(multiple cities) www: https://unhabitat.org/apply-now-for-the-8th-annual-shelter-a...
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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...

67th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC 67)

The 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC67) will convene in Brazil. The IWC67 plenary will take place from 10-14 September. The plenary will be preceded, from 4-5 September, by pre-meetings. From 6-8 September, Sub-Committee meetings will take place. And on 9 September, other meetings will take place. The International Whaling Commission was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IWC 66 is here.

dates: 10-14 September 2018 venue: Costao do Santinho Resort location: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil www: https://iwc.int/iwc67

October 2018

G7 Environment and Energy Ministers

The G7 Environment and Energy Ministers will meet on the theme of 'Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy.' The meeting will take place in October 2018 in Canada. To feed into this meeting, Canada will host the 'Women Leaders Kicking It on Climate Summit.' This Summit will include a dialogue on how climate action can be gender responsive and how it can contribute to gender equity and the empowerment of women. 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.

date: 1 October 2018 [tentative] location: Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/

2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress

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

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

Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10-12 October 2018. The Meeting of the Parties is the main governing body of the Convention. It comprises all Parties to the Convention. At its meetings, other Signatories and other States as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations participate as observers. The mandate of the Meeting of the Parties is to keep under continuous review the implementation of the Convention and take the necessary measures required to achieve the purposes of the Convention.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: https://www.unece.org/env/water/meetings/convention_meeting....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 2018

Joint Conference on Forests and Water 2018

IUFRO will hold its Fifth Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment in conjunction with the Second Latin American Congress on Forests and Water. The conference will provide a forum for experts on forest hydrology, watershed ecosystem management, ecohydrology, climate, and environmental change, with the aim of promoting exchange of understanding and experience from the realms of research, policy, and public involvement.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Valdivia, Los Lagos, Chile www: http://forestsandwater2018.cl/

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