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Upcoming Meetings

Water, Oceans and Wetlands


July 2018

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

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

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

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

G7 Environment, Energy and Ocean Ministers

The G7 Environment, Energy and Ocean Ministers will convene to discuss the theme, 'Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy'. The meeting will take place as part of Canada’s G7 presidency and will be co-hosted by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources. The meeting will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 19-21 September 2018. 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 SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 Leaders' Summit is here. 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: 19-21 September 2018 location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/
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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...
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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....

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...

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.   Our Future Water 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/
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December 2018

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...