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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


September 2018

ACP Event on Blue Economy

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the Government of Seychelles will convene a joint event in the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York, US.

During the event, small island developing States (SIDS) will share experiences in harnessing the blue economy and identify areas for further development.

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.acp-indepthnews.net/index.php/news/145-seychelle...

One Planet Summit

Heads of State and non-state actors, including business leaders, will come together for the second One Planet Summit to account for the implementation of 12 international commitments made at the inaugural One Planet Summit in December 2017, launched by French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim. The 12 commitments are: 1) responding to extreme events in island States; 2) protecting land and water against climate change; 3) mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate; 4) public procurement and access for local governments to green financing; 5) zero emissions target; 6) sectoral shifts to a decarbonized economy; 7) zero-pollution transport; 8) carbon pricing compatible with the Paris Agreement; 9) actions of central banks and businesses; 10) international mobilization of development banks; 11) commitment by sovereign funds; and 12) mobilizing institutional investors. Following on from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in the lead-up to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC and UN Secretary-General 2019 Climate Action Summit, the event will take place alongside the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Summit will aim to build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action, further engage public and private actors to raise their ambition, and demonstrate how high-level institutional decision makers as well as individual citizens can “work as one planet” to deliver climate change mitigation solutions and “invent our collective future.” The One Planet Summit is organized by the Government of France jointly with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/

Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This event will explore the potential of voluntary standards as powerful tools in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will take place as a side session to the 41st ISO General Assembly (GA), and will bring together representatives of the standards community, UN agencies, corporate entities, diplomats and national policymakers. The event will present practical approaches for standards users (for example, mapping tools created by UNECE that link standards with the SDGs they can support), and examine four SDGs in detail: SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities); and SDG 13 (Climate action). Follow the conversation on twitter here: #StandardsfortheSDGs.

date: 26 September 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/sdgs-isoweek2018.html

October 2018

Asia Water Forum 2018

The Asia Water Forum 2018: Information, Innovation, and Technology will provide a venue and platform to share knowledge and experiences on state of the art advancements to help ensure a water-secure Asia Paci?c Region. Its goal is to increase the awareness and knowledge of water practitioners and decision makers and to identify strategies to adopt and scale-up innovation and technology throughout the region. The meeting will discuss: digital solutions including IT support systems and big data, remote sensing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), remote control and smart water systems; water accounting and productivity, solar-powered pumps, and mobile phone applications; advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment, trenchless network laying, leak detection, decentralized sanitation; modeling and forecasting for climate risks, ?ooding and disaster, and other water management concerns; and private sector partnerships, asset management, contracting modalities, ?nancial technology (?ntech), and the policy environment.

dates: 2-4 October 2018 location: Manila, Philippines additional: ADB Headquarters www: https://www.adb.org/news/events/asia-water-forum-2018-inform...
https://www.scribd.com/document/379952473/Asia-Water-Forum-2...

3rd International Conference on Water and Climate

The World Water Council, with support from the Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and other partners, will convene the 3rd International Conference on Water and Climate.

The event will seek to mobilize and encourage a range of political, institutional, technical and scientific stakeholders to work together to ensure that water remains a prominent element of climate change discussions at COP 24 in December of 2018.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2nd International Conference on Water and Climate is here.

dates: 2-3 October 2018 location: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France www: http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/en/3rd-international-confer...

International Expert Workshop on Blue Natural Capital

The International Expert Workshop on Blue Natural Capital will take place from 3-4 October 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal.

dates: 3-4 October 2018 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

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: 9-12 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....

Cairo Water Week 2018

The first Cairo Water Week (CWW), organized by Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources, in partnership with the EU, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Global Water Partnership, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and others, will focus on the theme, ‘Water Conservation for Sustainable Development.’ Specific themes to be addressed include: water scarcity, health and sanitation challenges and opportunities; science, technology and innovation; climate change and the environment; transboundary water governance and benefit sharing; and water management for sustainable development.

CWW aims to promote awareness of water conservation and sustainable development, foster new thinking to address water-related challenges, and support actions towards integrated water resources management (IWRM).

dates: 14-18 October 2018 location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt www: http://www.cairowaterweek.eg/

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...

Our Ocean Conference 2018

The fifth Our Ocean Conference will focus on the theme, 'Our Ocean, Our Legacy,' with participants reflecting on choices and actions to maintain the sustainability of ocean resources and to preserve ocean health, as a heritage presented for our children and grandchildren.

Our Ocean Conference is focused on generating commitments and taking actions to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. Since 2014, Our Ocean Conference has generated commitments totaling around US$18 billion and 12.4 million square kilometers of marine protected areas. Our Ocean Conference 2018 will introduce the Our Ocean Commitment Registry, to facilitate tracking and review of past and new commitments. In addition, the fifth Conference is the first conference to be held in Asia, and will feature a focus on the importance of action in the region.

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: 29-30 October 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: http://ourocean2018.org/

7th Africa Water Week

The seventh edition of the Africa Water Week (AWW-7) is dedicated to the theme, ‘Toward Achieving Water Security and Safely Managed Sanitation for Africa’. Convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Government of Gabon, AWW-7 represents a political commitment at the highest level.

Over 1,000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, will gather to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources and sanitation challenges.

Specific topics to be addressed include: the role of infrastructure, investments and innovation in achieving water security; choices, approaches and actions for safely managed sanitation in Africa by 2030; the nexus approach to water governance and re-engineering the integrated water resources management (IWRM); and financing Africa’s SDG 6 ambitions.

Held biennially, AWW seeks to build momentum on achieving the SDGs related to water security and sanitation by 2030 and the 2025 Africa Water Vision, and actualizing Africa’s Agenda 2063.

dates: 29 October - 2 November 2018 location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon www: https://africawaterweek.com/aww7/

Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities [rescheduled]

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.

This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in October 2017.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia contact: GPA Coordination Office www: https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/oceans-seas/wha...

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/

Our Future Water Berlin Event

The Our Future Water Berlin event will be moderated by Karin Helmstaedt, TV host and presenter on Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, will feature 18 confirmed interdisciplinary speakers, from around the world, ranging from the Global Water Partnership to IBM, to the Chief Resilience Officer for Milan, all addressing how we can achieve water security. The day will also offer networking opportunities. The Our Future Water Berlin event is organized by Our Future Water, which is a Partner Institution of the Berlin Science Week. 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 venue: InterContinental Hotel Berlin 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/

Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the custodian agencies of the Communities of Ocean Action and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean (tbc), will host an Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean.

The event will bring together member States, UN agencies, civil society, businesses and other ocean stakeholders to follow up on voluntary commitments for implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), build partnerships and engage in concerted regional action for a healthy ocean.

date: 20 November 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://www.unescap.org/events/asia-pacific-day-ocean

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference is the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. The meeting will focus on the theme, 'The blue economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Government of Kenya is partnering with the Government of Canada to co-host the event, with the Government of Portugal as a partner.

Participants will address issues related to how to build a blue economy that will: harnesses the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples; and leverage the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations.

dates: 26-28 November 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.blueeconomyconference.go.ke/

December 2018

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

The Mandela 100 Festival will be the capstone event of Global Citizen’s year-long 'Be the Generation' campaign focused on achieving the Global Goals on ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and life below water. In honor of the late Nelson Mandela's life and call to end extreme poverty, the Global Citizen’s campaign aims to rally US$1 billion in new commitments, with US$500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. The Festival and activities leading up to it will have a special focus, among other issues, on menstrual hygiene and ending open defecation.

Global Citizen has hosted festivals in New York City, US; Mumbai, India; and Hamburg, Germany. This event will be held in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. Participants can earn free tickets by taking actions related to the Goals on the Global Citizen social advocacy platform. As side events to the Mandela 100 festival, Global Citizen is also organizing 'Goalkeepers' on World AIDS Day, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Project Everyone, to engage people working to advance the SDGs, as well as an event with the 'SDG Advocates,' ahead of the 2019 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development convened by the UN General Assembly, also referred to as the "SDG report back."  

date: 2 December 2018 venue: First National Bank Stadium location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: Global Citizen www: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/global-citizen-fest...
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/bethegeneration/

Water Security and Climate Change Conference

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) 2018 will bring together researchers, professionals, practitioners, politicians, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to advance discussions towards water secure societies. Special attention will be given to the current discourse on water security and related SDGs. Topics to be addressed include zero hunger and food security (SDG 2), ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation (SDG 6), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and combating climate change and its impacts (SDG 13).

The conference is organized by Kenyatta University (Kenya), Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and partners, in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and EXCEED – Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

dates: 3-7 December 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://watersecurity.info/
https://www.iwra.org/event/water-security-and-climate-change...

3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

The 3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOS3) will convene from 10-14 December 2018, in Monaco. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is the first global instrument for the conservation of migratory species of sharks.

dates: 10-14 December 2018 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.cms.int/sharks/en/meeting/sharks-mos3-3rd-meetin...

May 2019

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) is expected to convene from 14-18 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. 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 SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 14-18 May 2019 [tentative] location: Kyoto, Japan [tentative] www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

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

June 2020

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...