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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


June 2019

Désertif’actions 2019

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), CARI Association (France) and SPONG (Burkina Faso) are co-organizing Désertif’actions 2019, an international civil society summit on land, biodiversity and climate. Through a series of plenary sessions and four themed workshops, the event will address, inter alia: the Great Green Wall for Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI); land tenure and land degradation neutrality (LDN); pastoralism; and water use in drylands.

The first three days of the summit, from 19-21 June, dedicated to debate, exchange of experiences and collective knowledge production, will be followed by a public day of “cultural manifestation and awareness” on 22 June.

dates: 19-22 June 2019 location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso www: https://desertif-actions.org/index.php/en/desertifactions/

Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and UNFCCC Secretariat will convene the 2019 Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation (TEMs-M) on the theme, ‘Off-grid and Decentralized Energy Solutions for Smart Energy and Water Use in the Agri-food Chain’.

The meetings will seek to: identify and explore innovative solutions for securing clean energy and water access for the agri-food chain, including related off-grid renewable power systems, storage technology and energy-efficient solutions; and explore ways forward and necessary actions to be taken by Parties and non-Party stakeholders to replicate and upscale identified innovative solutions.

The 2019 TEM-Ms will take place in conjunction with the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies.

dates: 20-21 June 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/TEMs-Mitigat...

July 2019

50th Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The 50th session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for seven weeks, from 1 July to 16 August 2019.

From 1-26 July, and from 5-9 August, the Subcommissions will meet. From 29 July to 2 August, and from 13-16 August, the Plenary will convene.

date: 1 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14

World Youth Foundation (WYF) will convene an International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14.

This five-day event will provide an opportunity for young people from around the globe to come together to discuss shared challenges, find solutions, share best practices and develop innovative projects on ocean issues pertaining to marine pollution, climate change-related impacts and sustainable blue economy, among others.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: Malacca, Melaka, Malaysia www: https://wyf.org.my/overview-youth-ocean-sdg14/

25th Session of the ISA Council (Part II)

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 ISA, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat.

At ISA 25, the ISA Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The second part of the 25th session of the ISA Council convenes back-to-back with the 25th session of the ISA Assembly.

The first part of ISA 25 takes place in February-March 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 24 is here.

dates: 15-19 July 2019 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/events

25th Session of the ISA Assembly

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 ISA, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat.

The 25th session of the ISA Assembly will convene back-to-back with the second part of the 25th session of the ISA Council.

dates: 22-26 July 2019 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/events

Pacific Community Workshop on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The Pacific Community Workshop on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) will bring together around 50 ocean leaders, champions and key stakeholders to advance discussions on the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting in May in Denmark.

Plenary and working groups will facilitate regional interdisciplinary discussions across sectors such as ocean science and technology, ocean policy and sustainable development, business and industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society, and donors and foundations to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade’s six societal objectives:

  • A Safe Ocean;
  • A Sustainable and Productive Ocean;
  • A Transparent and Accessible Ocean;
  • A Clean Ocean;
  • A Healthy and Resilient Ocean; and
  • A Predicted Ocean.

The Pacific Community Workshop will aim to identify: knowledge gaps and regional ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Samoa Pathway on sustainable development for small island developing States (SIDS); existing and potential relevant partnerships, networks and initiatives; priorities in capacity development and training; priority themes and topics to be addressed by the Decade; and other regional initiatives and meetings to be aligned with the Decade.

The workshop is hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and co-organized with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO) as the coordinating body for the Decade.

dates: 23-25 July 2019 location: Noumea, New Caledonia www: https://www.spc.int/events/workshop-on-un-decade-of-ocean-sc...

Twelfth 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 Twelfth 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 29-30 July.

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.

dates: 29-30 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
https://www.un.org/regularprocess/

August 2019

50th Session of the IPCC

The 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 50) is expected to convene in August 2019.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

The 50th session will consider the Special Report on Climate Change and Land.

dates: 2-6 August 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

Third Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The third session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 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 the first and second sessions, which took place in September 2018 and March-April 2019, respectively.

Delegates are expected to consider, inter alia, a “no-options” document containing treaty text prepared by IGC President Rena Lee.

dates: 19-30 August 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_mee...

31st UN-Water Meeting

The 31st UN-Water meeting will take place from 23-24 August 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. It will bring together 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 30th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 23-24 August 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.unwater.org/

G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019

The 2019 G7 Summit, presided over by France, will focus on fighting inequality. France has identified the following five objectives for the Summit:

  • fighting inequality of opportunity, promoting in particular gender equality, access to education and high quality health services;
  • reducing environmental inequality by protecting our planet through climate finance and a fair ecological transition, preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
  • strengthening the social dimension of globalization through more fair and equitable trade, tax and development policies;
  • taking action for peace against security threats and terrorism which weaken the foundations of our societies; and
  • tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

The French Presidency will seek to bring to the table all relevant stakeholders by convening young people (Youth 7), women (Women 7), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (C7), unions (Labor 7), employers (Business 7), research centers (Think Tanks 7) and academies of science (Science 7).

The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Represented jointly by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, the EU participates in all discussions as a guest. The US will take over the G7 Presidency from 1 January 2020.

dates: 24-26 August 2019 location: Biarritz, Aquitaine, France www: https://www.elysee.fr/en/g7
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/fren...

World Water Week 2019

The 29th World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, will focus on the theme, ‘Water for Society: Including All’.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of World Water Week 2018 is here.

dates: 25-30 August 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/world-water-week-2019-water-fo...

September 2019

Shelter Academy 2019

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, will convene the ninth annual Shelter Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme ‘Climate Adaptation and Mitigation: 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: 2-6 September 2019 location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands additional: Rotterdam(multiple cities) www: https://unhabitat.org/apply-now-for-the-9th-annual-shelter-a...
https://unhabitat.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Shelter-bro...

Korea International Water Week 2019

Korea International Water Week (KIWW) 2019 will convene in Daegu, Republic of Korea. It is organized by the Korea Water Forum, and hosted by the Ministries of Environment, and of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, with Daegu Metropolitan City.

dates: 4-7 September 2019 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea www: https://www.kiww.org/fairDash.do?hl=ENG

SADC Groundwater Conference

The Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), with the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation, will convene the second annual SADC Groundwater Conference under the theme ‘Groundwater Contribution to Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in SADC Region’.

Conference partners include the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) and Global Water Partnership (GWP) Southern Africa.

dates: 4-6 September 2019 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://sadc-gmi.org/sadc-groundwater-conference/

OceanObs’19: An Ocean of Opportunity

Part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will bring together the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. The conference aims to “improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system,” to help better understand the environment of the Earth, monitor climate, and inform adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.

OceanObs’19 will address the following themes: observing system governance; data and information systems; observing technologies and networks; pollution and human health; hazards and maritime safety; blue economy; discovery; ecosystem health and biodiversity; climate variability and change; and water, food and energy security.

The conference is organized with support from: the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the European Commission; the Global Climate Observing System – an initiative co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Science Council (ISC); and other partners.

dates: 16-20 September 2019 location: Honolulu, HI, US www: https://www.oceanobs19.net/

51st Session of the IPCC

The 51st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) will convene from 20-23 September 2019.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

dates: 20-23 September 2019 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Training Session on EBSAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene the CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, from 23-27 September 2019. The workshop will be preceded by a training session on EBSAs on 22 September.

The workshop is convened pursuant to CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) decision X/29, requesting the Executive Secretary to organize a series of regional workshops with a primary objective to facilitate the description of EBSAs through application of the scientific criteria in annex I of decision IX/20, and decision 14/9, in which the COP invited Parties to submit descriptions of areas that meet the criteria for EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic.

The workshop is organized in collaboration with the OSPAR Commission and the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), with financial support from the Governments of Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark. It is hosted by the Government of Sweden.

dates: 22-27 September 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-036-mari...

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level meeting to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway (SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action). Negotiations on the outcome document of the midterm review are under way among UN Member States.

Regional preparatory meetings of small island developing States (SIDS) as well as an interregional meeting took place in 2018 to review progress at the national and regional levels, as mandated by the UNGA in a resolution of December 2017 on the follow-up and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy. That resolution also requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the 73rd UNGA a report on the follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, including progress made and continuing challenges faced.

date: 27 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://undocs.org/A/C.2/72/L.48
https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

World Maritime Day 2019

To address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that the theme of World Maritime Day 2019 will be ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

This theme will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector.

date: 27 September 2019 location: worldwide additional: Worldwide(multiple cities) www: http://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/

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

III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas

The III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas will be held under the theme, ‘Solutions for Welfare and Sustainable Development’. An initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the Congress provides a space for exchange of experience and debate on the formulation and implementation of public policies.

The meeting will address, inter alia: well-being and protected areas and linkages with the SDGs; protected areas’ contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and coastal and marine conservation and sustainability.

dates: 14-17 October 2019 location: Lima, Peru www: https://www.iucn.org/theme/protected-areas/about/congresses/...
https://www.areasprotegidas-latinoamerica.org/

Budapest Water Summit 2019

The Budapest Water Summit 2019 will convene in Budapest, Hungary, under the patronage of Hungarian President János Áder. The 2019 Summit will build on the results of the Summit’s 2016 and 2013 editions.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 Budapest Water Summit is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2013 Budapest Water Summit is here.

dates: 15-17 October 2019 location: Budapest, Hungary www: http://www.sie-see.org/en/calendar/budapest-water-summit-201...

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

Our Ocean Conference 2019

The sixth Our Ocean Conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth Our Ocean Conference is here; the 2016 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; the 2015 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; and the 2014 Our Ocean Conference summary is here.

dates: 23-24 October 2019 location: Oslo, Norway www: http://www.ourocean2019.no

November 2019

World Toilet Day 2019

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 2019 will be ‘Leaving No One Behind’. This is also the theme for World Water Day 2019.

date: 19 November 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/

December 2019

Santiago Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The Santiago Climate Change Conference, which will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC and meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, is expected to take place from 2-13 December 2019. The pre-sessional period will be from 26 November-1 December 2019.

As decided at the conclusion of COP 24, COP 25 will take place in Chile, with a pre-COP meeting taking place in Costa Rica.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 2-13 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar
https://unfccc.int/santiago

May 2020

XVII World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will convene its XVII World Water Congress in Daegu, Republic of Korea, from 11-15 May 2020. The event is jointly organized with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Daegu Metropolitan City, K-water and the Korea Water Resources Association.

dates: 11-15 May 2020 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea www: https://www.worldwatercongress.com:6446/index.php
https://www.iwra.org/savethedatexviiworldwatercongress/

June 2020

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference) 2020

The 2020 High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (life below water) will convene in Lisbon, Portugal. The overarching theme of the Conference is, ‘Scaling Up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions’.

Co-hosted by the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, the Conference is expected to adopt an intergovernmental declaration on science-based and innovative areas of action, along with a list of voluntary commitments, to support SDG 14 implementation.

This meeting takes place three years after the first Ocean Conference. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the Ocean Conferences is here.

dates: 2-6 June 2020 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal www: https://oceanconference.un.org/

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France.

The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

dates: 11-19 June 2020 venue: Parc Chanot, Rond-Point du Prado, 13009 Marseille, France location: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France www: https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201805/france-host-iuc...

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

On 28 November 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade at UNGA 77 in 2023.

The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development,’ will take place from 22-24 March 2023, in New York, US, to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028.

dates: 22-24 March 2023 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwater.org/midterm-review-of-the-water-action-de...
https://undocs.org/A/C.2/73/L.24/Rev.1