Water, Oceans and Wetlands
IWRA XVI World Water Congress
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) organizes a World Water Congress every three years. The Congress provides a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research and developments in the field of water sciences around the world, bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders. The sixteenth Congress (XVI) will take place on the theme, 'Bridging Science and Policy.' Specific sub-themes to be addressed at the Congress include: water, sanitation and health; water quality, wastewater and reuse; water security in a changing world; water policy and governance; water ecosystems and physical regimes; and water and sustainable growth. The crosscutting issues of bridging science and policy, building capacity, and stakeholder participation will also be addressed. A call for papers is open from 16 March to 1 September 2016, and abstracts of less than 500 words may be submitted through the Congress website. An international scientific committee will review submissions. Full papers will be due on 1 January 2017, and proposals for side events should be submitted by 1 November 2016. The previous Congress took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.
dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017
venue: Cancun International Convention Centre, Punta Cancún
location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
contact: IWRA Executive Office
First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (the Agreement) was adopted by the FAO Conference in 2009. The main purpose of the Agreement is to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of robust port State measures. The Agreement envisages that parties, in their capacities as port States, will apply the Agreement in an effective manner to foreign vessels when seeking entry to ports or while they are in port. This meeting will review the status of the Agreement; review the requirements for the implementation of the Agreement; review Port State duties; and discuss the role of flag States and other States as well as the roles of FAO, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and other international organizations and bodies in implementation of the Agreement.
dates: 29-31 May 2017
location: Oslo, Norway
contact: Matthew Camilleri
High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference)
The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.
dates: 5-9 June 2017
location: New York City, US
contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden
phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)
UNEA 2017 Preparatory Activities
The Government of Costa Rica will host activities to engage stakeholders at different levels in support of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The planned events include: a regional consultative Civil Society Meeting, bringing together regional and local civil society organizations engaged in work relevant to UNEA's theme of pollution with a special focus on oceans, to provide inputs and feedback to the final draft of the Third UNEA's background document on pollution (7-8 June 2017); a Global Dialogue for engaging the private sector on protecting oceans and tackling land-based pollution, to bring together senior policy-makers from different ministries and leaders of the private sector to discuss how global and regional communities can partner to create policies and practices that ensure sustainability thrives (8-9 June 2017); and the Second Environment Assembly preparatory retreat, at which members of the bureaux of UNEA and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and representatives from the regional and political groups will gather to finalize preparations of the Assembly (9-10 June 2017).
dates: 7-10 June 2017
location: Costa Rica
Second Annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue
The second annual Global Multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Dialogue is being organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) in consultation with the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, co-chaired by Maldives and Italy. The dialogue is a component of the SIDS Partnership Framework, which aims to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. This event is organized on the occasion of the UN Ocean Conference, and will have a focus on ocean partnerships for SIDS, and aim to galvanize voluntary commitments for the implementation of SDG 14 among the SIDS partnership community.
date: 7 June 2017
venue: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters
location: New York City, US
contact: Ola Göransson, DESA
World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans. The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; the UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008.
date: 8 June 2017
Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change
This joint European conference in Bonn, Germany, will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues. The conference is divided into three main areas: science; practice and implementation; and policy and economy. It will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change. The conference is hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).
dates: 27-29 June 2017
location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017
The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017. The theme of the session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year. The theme and these SDGs will be addressed in the first week (10-14 July). The second week will include a three-day ministerial meeting (17-19 July), as part of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC (17-20), during which 44 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF is expected to adopt the Joint Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level Segment and the report of the HLPF on 19 July at 5 pm. Subsequently, the ECOSOC High-level Segment is expected to adopt the Ministerial Declaration on 20 July at 5:30 pm. Inputs to this year's HLPF will include: SDG progress report of UN Secretary-General; VNR reports; reports from regional fora on sustainable development (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA); reports from Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; contributions from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies on the theme and SDGs under consideration; report of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production; the Secretary-General's report on mainstreaming sustainable development into the UN system; reports from preparatory meetings of the SDGs under consideration; inputs from the UN system and other relevant organizations and stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; briefs on the SDGs under consideration prepared by the UN system; and outcomes of the Ocean Conference.
dates: 10-19 July 2017
location: New York City, US
Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ
The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.
dates: 10-21 July 2017
location: New York City, US
2017 World Water Week
2017 World Water Week will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 27 August-1 September 2017. In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme: water and waste – reduce and reuse.
dates: 27 August - 1 September 2017
location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Congress will take place under the theme, ‘MPAs: Bringing the ocean and people together’. The Congress will convene MPA scientists and practitioners to discuss a range of topics relevant to MPAs, including conservation, ecology, fisheries, climate change, monitoring, enforcement and management tools, and communications and education. The Government of Chile, through its Ministry of the Environment, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) are organizing IMPAC4.
dates: 4-8 September 2017
location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile
4th Water Research Conference
The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.
dates: 10-13 September 2017
venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada
location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.
dates: 18-22 September 2017
venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany
location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany
Our Ocean Conference 2017
The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.
dates: 5-6 October 2017
contact: Ramon van Barneveld
phone: +32 229-84602
Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification
The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
dates: 15-17 October 2017
Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities
The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Bali, Indonesia. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.
dates: 23-27 October 2017
location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
contact: GPA Coordination Office
53rd Meeting of the GEF Council
The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.
dates: 28-30 November 2017
location: Washington D.C., US
contact: GEF Secretariat
WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS)
The World Ocean Council (WOC) will host the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) under the theme, 'The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14): Business Leadership and Business Opportunities'. SOS 2017 will focus on: ocean business community leadership in achieving the SDG 14 on life below water; and business growth and investment opportunities of ocean sustainable development. SOS 2017 will also aim to advance the development of SDG targets and indicators being developed with and for the Ocean Business Community via the WOC; address the other SDGs and how they relate to the ocean and also create the need for business leadership and opportunities for business growth and development; and build on the results and momentum of the U.N. Ocean/SDG 14 Conference (June 2017) and other ocean events of 2017 by bringing these to the unique SOS ocean industry conference.
dates: 29 November - 1 December 2017
location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.
dates: 12-16 March 2018
location: San Diego, CA, US
8th World Water Forum
The World Water Forum is organized by the World Water Council (WWC) with the goal of enhancing dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource. Given its political, technical and institutional scope, one of the Forum’s main features is the open, democratic participation of actors drawn from different sectors. The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries on four different continents. Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.
dates: 18-23 March 2018
location: Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil
4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity
The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Conference themes include: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity; Cumulative impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity; Marine ecosystem safety; Role of systematics in understanding ocean change; Bioinformatics and data delivery; Analytical approaches in marine biodiversity science; Integrative frameworks for linking environmental and biological drivers of biodiversity; Linking biodiversity to ecosystem function and services; Blue biotechnology and marine genetic resources; Marine policy and law; Marine biodiversity and human health; Marine biodiversity education and outreach; and Strategies for conservation of marine biodiversity.
dates: 13-16 May 2018
13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13)
The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 14-23 October 2018.
dates: 14-23 October 2018
location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
contact: Ramsar Convention Secretariat