Water, Oceans and Wetlands
International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold the annual meeting of its Scientific Committee, one of its two major meeting forums, in Bled, Slovenia. The Scientific Committee Meeting is attended by approximately 200 scientists.
dates: 9-21 May 2017
location: Bled, Upper Carniola, Slovenia
4th Istanbul International Water Forum
As a triennial event held one year prior to each World Water Forum, the 4th Istanbul International Water Forum (IIWF) will aim to provide important inputs to the 8th World Water Forum, which will be held in Brazil in 2018. The Forum will be devoted to the impacts of the latest regional political setting on water issues. Within the wider context of 'Water & Peace,' the 4th IIWF will discuss the subjects of urban water management, relief actions, legal aspects and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a specific focus on the refugee issue. The Forum will feature four thematic sessions that will discuss water relief actions, challenges of urban water management and meeting the SDGs in turbulent times, including a Plenary Session on 'Water for Peace'. A Special Session will also be held on the practices of water and sanitation provision to Syrians in Turkey. Istanbul International Water Forum is the flagship event of Turkish Water Institute (SUEN).
dates: 10-11 May 2017
location: Istanbul, Turkey
contact: Turkish Water Institute (SUEN)
phone: 0216 325 49 92/
fax: 0216 428 09 92
International Conference on Seafood Transparency
The Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (JFRA), Waseda University, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will host the International Conference on Seafood Transparency and Sustainability. Participants will include Japanese government representatives and Members of the National Diet, foreign governments, academia, the private sector, fishers and fish workers as well as non-governmental organizations and the media. As the global appetite for seafood increases, more pressure is being put on the world’s fisheries. Japan, as host of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hopes to play a leadership role in promoting fisheries transparency and sustainability. Participants at the conference will discuss, among other issues: illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing; establishing import control and traceability systems; improving standards among fishing companies, retailers and consumers; enhancing international cooperation; and improving transparency throughout the supply chain. Keynote speakers include Shigeu Ishiba, Member of the House of Representatives; Kazuo Sato, Director-General, Fisheries Agency of Japan; and Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
dates: 16-17 May 2017
venue: Waseda University
location: Tokyo, Japan
The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14
The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."
dates: 17-18 May 2017
location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia
contact: University of Virginia Center for Oceans Law and Policy
9th Meeting of High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters
The High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was established to assist the international community, governments and stakeholders in mobilizing political will and resources. It will promote actions to raise awareness, ensure coordination and collaboration, establish common goals and targets, monitor progress, and take effective measucres aimed at addressing the issues of water and disasters.
dates: 18-20 May 2017
location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
52nd Meeting of the GEF Council
The 52nd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 23-25 May 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 22 May. 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: 22-25 May 2017
location: Washington D.C., US
contact: GEF Secretariat
4th Meeting of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW)
The UN Secretary-General and President of the World Bank Group convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services. The core focus of the Panel is the commitment to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources. The fourth meeting of the HLPW will be held in Cancun, Mexico. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Mexico and Mauritius, other members include the Heads of State and Government from the Netherlands, Senegal, Hungary, Tajikistan, Jordan, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa and Peru.
date: 25 May 2017
location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
IWRA XVI World Water Congress
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) organizes a World Water Congress every three years. The Congress provides a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research and developments in the field of water sciences around the world, bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders. The sixteenth Congress (XVI) will take place on the theme, 'Bridging Science and Policy.' Specific sub-themes to be addressed at the Congress include: water, sanitation and health; water quality, wastewater and reuse; water security in a changing world; water policy and governance; water ecosystems and physical regimes; and water and sustainable growth. The crosscutting issues of bridging science and policy, building capacity, and stakeholder participation will also be addressed. A call for papers is open from 16 March to 1 September 2016, and abstracts of less than 500 words may be submitted through the Congress website. An international scientific committee will review submissions. Full papers will be due on 1 January 2017, and proposals for side events should be submitted by 1 November 2016. The previous Congress took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017
venue: Cancun International Convention Centre, Punta Cancún
location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
contact: IWRA Executive Office
First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (the Agreement) was adopted by the FAO Conference in 2009. The main purpose of the Agreement is to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of robust port State measures. The Agreement envisages that parties, in their capacities as port States, will apply the Agreement in an effective manner to foreign vessels when seeking entry to ports or while they are in port. This meeting will review the status of the Agreement; review the requirements for the implementation of the Agreement; review Port State duties; and discuss the role of flag States and other States as well as the roles of FAO, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and other international organizations and bodies in implementation of the Agreement.
dates: 29-31 May 2017
location: Oslo, Norway
contact: Matthew Camilleri
High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference)
The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.
dates: 5-9 June 2017
location: New York City, US
contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden
phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)
UNEA 2017 Preparatory Activities
The Government of Costa Rica will host activities to engage stakeholders at different levels in support of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The planned events include: a regional consultative Civil Society Meeting, bringing together regional and local civil society organizations engaged in work relevant to UNEA's theme of pollution with a special focus on oceans, to provide inputs and feedback to the final draft of the Third UNEA's background document on pollution (7-8 June 2017); a Global Dialogue for engaging the private sector on protecting oceans and tackling land-based pollution, to bring together senior policy-makers from different ministries and leaders of the private sector to discuss how global and regional communities can partner to create policies and practices that ensure sustainability thrives (8-9 June 2017); and the Second Environment Assembly preparatory retreat, at which members of the bureaux of UNEA and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and representatives from the regional and political groups will gather to finalize preparations of the Assembly (9-10 June 2017).
dates: 7-10 June 2017
location: Costa Rica
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; the UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008.
date: 8 June 2017
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017
The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017. The theme of the session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year. The theme and these SDGs will be addressed in the first week (10-14 July). The second week will include a three-day ministerial meeting (17-19 July), as part of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC (17-20), during which 44 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF is expected to adopt the Joint Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level Segment and the report of the HLPF on 19 July at 5 pm. Subsequently, the ECOSOC High-level Segment is expected to adopt the Ministerial Declaration on 20 July at 5:30 pm. Inputs to this year's HLPF will include: SDG progress report of UN Secretary-General; VNR reports; reports from regional fora on sustainable development (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA); reports from Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; contributions from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies on the theme and SDGs under consideration; report of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production; the Secretary-General's report on mainstreaming sustainable development into the UN system; reports from preparatory meetings of the SDGs under consideration; inputs from the UN system and other relevant organizations and stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; briefs on the SDGs under consideration prepared by the UN system; and outcomes of the Ocean Conference.
dates: 10-19 July 2017
location: New York City, US
Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ
The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.
dates: 10-21 July 2017
location: New York City, US
2017 World Water Week
2017 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 27 August-1 September 2017. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme: water and waste – reduce and reuse.
dates: 27 August - 1 September 2017
location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Congress will take place under the theme, ‘MPAs: Bringing the ocean and people together’. The Congress will convene MPA scientists and practitioners to discuss a range of topics relevant to MPAs, including conservation, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement and management tools, and communications and education. The Government of Chile, through its Ministry of the Environment, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) are organizing IMPAC4.
dates: 4-8 September 2017
location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile
4th Water Research Conference
The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.
dates: 10-13 September 2017
venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada
location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.
dates: 18-22 September 2017
venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany
location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany
Our Ocean Conference 2017
The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.
dates: 5-6 October 2017
contact: Ramon van Barneveld
phone: +32 229-84602
Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification
The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
dates: 15-17 October 2017
Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities
The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Bali, Indonesia. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.
dates: 23-27 October 2017
location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
contact: GPA Coordination Office
53rd Meeting of the GEF Council
The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 5-7 December 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: 4-7 December 2017
location: Washington D.C., US
contact: GEF Secretariat
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
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
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 23-31 October 2018.
dates: 23-31 October 2018
location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
contact: Magdalena Luczak, Communications Officer, Ramsar Convention Secretariat
phone: +41 22 999 0309
fax: +41 22 999 0169