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Water, Oceans and Wetlands


February 2019

AfricaSan5

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) will bring together ministers and high-level political decision makers, sector specialists, media and international organizations for the fifth AfricaSan conference themed, ‘Transforming Sanitation in Africa: Accelerating Progress towards the Ngor Commitments to Achieve the SDGs.’ The AfricaSun initiative seeks to promote access to safe sanitation and hygiene in Africa and end large-scale open defecation. The Ngor Commitments represent a set of shared commitments by African governments on sanitation that emanated from AfricaSan4.

The four sub-themes to be addressed by AfricaSan5 are:

  • Hygiene and the SDGs: leave no one behind;
  • Policies, institutions and regulation;
  • Monitoring and using evidence to improve hygiene and sanitation; and
  • Building capacity and financing sanitation in Africa.

AfricaSan5 will convene together with FSM5 conference that addresses faecal sludge management (FSM).

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.africasan.com/

FSM5

Co-convening with the AfricaSan5 conference, the FSM5 conference will bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for faecal sludge management (FSM), in particular on the African continent. FSM5 will focus on practical solutions to sustainably manage the whole non-sewered sanitation service chain, covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse, as an essential component of city-wide urban sanitation services. The conference will seek to demonstrate that FSM as a utility service can be: structured and regulated by government; delivered in partnership with private service providers; and organized to attract investment from government, development partners, commercial banks and private entities.

FSM5 is co-convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (IPS), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and other partners.

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.africasan.com/
https://fsm5.susana.org/en/facts

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Annual Assembly 2019

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) will hold its annual assembly to: enable information exchange and networking; determine strategic vision; monitor progress; and approve updates on the Work Areas and Work Plan for unified global action in the buildings and construction sector of the governments of industry that make up GlobalABC’s membership.

The GlobalABC Assembly 2019 takes place in conjunction with Climate Action Week 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. GlobalABC Assembly 2019 is hosted by Natural Resources Canada.

dates: 20-21 February 2019 location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada contact: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction www: https://www.globalabc.org/newsß/event/328

25th Session of the ISA Council (Part I)

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.

At ISA 25, the International Seabed Authority Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The second part of ISA 25 will take place in July 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 24 is here.

dates: 25 February - 1 March 2019 location: Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/

March 2019

World Wildlife Day 2019

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as UN World Wildlife Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’ s wild animals and plants.

The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is ‘Life below Water: for People and Planet’. World Wildlife Day 2019 aligns closely with SDG 14 (life below water), and will provide an opportunity to highlight the value of marine wildlife, celebrate successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and scale up support for future initiatives.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of statements and events marking World Wildlife Day 2018, which convened under the theme, ‘Big Cats: Predators under Threat,’ is here.

date: 3 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/20...

World Ocean Summit 2019

The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative will convene the sixth World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and Department of Economic Development, the event will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multilaterals from across the globe to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives on the future of the ocean.

The overarching theme for the Summit is ‘Building Bridges,’ and featured topics are:

  • finance, including: the role of sovereign wealth funds; blue carbon systems; insurance; and Islamic finance and the ocean;
  • technology and innovation, including aquaculture and cities and waste management; and
  • governance, including illegal fishing and lessons from land economies.

dates: 5-7 March 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.woi.economist.com/world-ocean-summit/

1st WASAG International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), with the Governments of Cabo Verde and Italy and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will convene its 1st International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture, to coincide with the celebrations of the World Water Day 2019.

The forum aims to identify concrete practical, innovative and collaborative solutions to address water scarcity in agriculture in a changing climate, with a focus on Cabo Verde, small island developing States (SIDS) and West African countries. The forum’s focus areas are water and migration, drought preparedness, financing mechanisms for sustainable management of water resources, water and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, water use, and saline agriculture.

WASAG is an FAO-hosted partnership, which aims to support governments and stakeholders in the achievement of the water-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with particular emphasis on SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 2 (zero hunger). WASAG also contributes to SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 15 (life on land), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

dates: 19-22 March 2019 location: Praia, Cape Verde www: http://www.fao.org/land-water/events/ws-forum/en/

Vietnam International Water Week (VACI2019)

The Vietnam Water Cooperation Initiative (VACI) will convene the Vietnam International Water Week (VACI2019) to share and co-create innovative water solutions with particular emphasis on Vietnam and tropical water issues. The event will take place under the auspices of the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

dates: 22-25 March 2019 location: Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam www: http://viww.vaci.org.vn/2019/
https://www.iwra.org/event/vaci2019/

World Water Day 2019

World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water – the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues – in collaboration with governments and partners.

In 2019, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Leaving No One Behind’.

The event will seek to address the water crisis and the reasons why so many people, including women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and others, are “being left behind” as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

date: 22 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldwaterday.org/

Second Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The second 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 session, which took place in September 2018.

Delegates are expected to consider, inter alia, a document by IGC President Rena Lee aiming to facilitate focused discussions and text-based negotiations.

dates: 25 March - 5 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

April 2019

OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit

The OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit, themed, ‘Successes in Resilience, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainability,’ is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution, in coordination with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium.

The Summit will showcase ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability, and promote scalable solutions “across human, climate and ecological dimensions.”

dates: 1-4 April 2019 location: Atlanta, GA, US www: http://www.oceanvisions.org/oceanvisions19
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/fly...

WMU Third International Women’s Conference

The World Maritime University (WMU) will convene its Third International Women’s Conference from 4-5 April 2019 on the theme, ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

Governments, representatives from the maritime, port, ocean and fishing sectors, UN agencies, academia, research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders will come together to address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries. The conference is organized with support from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Celebrity Cruises, Seafarers’ Trust and The Nippon Foundation.

The conference will convene ahead of World Maritime Day 2019 on 26 September, which will focus on the same theme.

dates: 4-5 April 2019 location: Malmo, Skane Lan, Sweden www: http://conferences.wmu.se/maritimewomen2019/

May 2019

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 14th round of informal consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP/14) will convene from 2-3 May 2019.

dates: 2-3 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) will convene from 8-12 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: 8-12 May 2019 location: Kyoto, Japan www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

UNESCO International Water Conference

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Water Conference will focus on the theme, ‘Leveraging Intersectorality for Sustainable Water Security and Peace’.

In light of the fact that many human activities depend on water, including food production, energy generation, industry and recreation, and that water management and governance affect the health of humans and ecosystems and reflect the regional conditions of poverty, gender equality, education and cultural diversity, the conference aims to:

  • discuss intersectoral approaches to the governance and management of water resources;
  • launch a Call for Action to foster intersectoral water management;

  • share good practices enabling participation, transparency and information sharing; and

  • provide evidence of the importance of interdisciplinarity and the integration of sciences to support countries in achieving the goals of water-related international agendas.

dates: 13-14 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://en.unesco.org/events/unesco-international-water-conf...

June 2019

World Oceans Day 2019

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the ocean. 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. The Day is coordinated by The Ocean Project, a not-for-profit international community foundation.

date: 8 June 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/

UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 20th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-20) will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. It will take place prior to the 29th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which will convene from 17-19 June.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICP-19 is here.

dates: 10-14 June 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

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

At ISA 25, the International Seabed Authority Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The first part of ISA 25 will take 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

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

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

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/

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

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://ourocean2018.org/

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/

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.iwra.org/savethedatexviiworldwatercongress/

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...

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