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Sustainable Development


March 2018

FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and Caribbean (LARC)

The most recent FAO reports indicate that food insecurity has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last three years, and that rising overweight and obesity rates have become a major public health threat. The 35th session of the Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss how to strengthen the Food and Nutrition Security Plan of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (FSN-CELAC) and other strategies that can help countries of the region to achieve Zero Hunger, while also promoting food systems that favor healthy diets. The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.

dates: 5-8 March 2018 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/larc3...
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

WASH 2018 Symposium

The Colorado WASH Symposium provides a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in the context of development. The symposium will convene under the theme, 'A conversation with experts ensuring water, sanitation and hygiene services for everyone'. It will address the topics of: WASH in challenging contexts; the future of WASH research; market-based approaches; container-based sanitation; and anaerobic digestion for developing communities.

dates: 6-7 March 2018 location: Boulder, CO, US www: https://www.colorado.edu/washsymposium/

World Ocean Summit 2018

The Economist Events' fifth World Ocean Summit will convene in Mexico and will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative focused on five pillars: sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change, finance and technology. The event seeks to deepen engagement with the private sector, particularly private capital's involvement with the ocean. The 2018 Summit will feature: an extension of the Word Ocean Summit 2017, deepening on the issue of financing; a focus on measurement providing accountability of blue initiatives in the areas of fisheries, pollution and climate change; and the first business case of the blue economy that drives discussions on investments and growth in the blue economy. Speakers will include: Enrique Peña Nieto, President, Mexico; Luis Guillermo Solís, President, Costa Rica; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President, Iceland; Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador; Michael Eckhart, Citigroup; Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank; Matthew Arnold, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, United Nations; and Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

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   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 13-16 March 2018, in Paris, France. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 46 is here.

dates: 13-16 March 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
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IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The sixth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-6) will discuss, inter alia, implementation of the work programme 2014-2018, deliverables and assessments. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day meant to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.

dates: 17-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

Land and Poverty Conference 2018

The World Bank's 19th annual Conference on Land and Poverty will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be, 'Land Governance in an Interconnected World'.

dates: 19-23 March 2018 venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 location: Washington D.C., US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/08/07/land-and-pover...

International Day of Forests 2018

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, 'Forests for sustainable cities,' and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

date: 21 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

Preparatory Meeting for ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018

A high-level meeting will convene to prepare for the 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting, on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'.

dates: 26-27 March 2018 location: Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic contact: Permanent Mission of Czech Republic to UN www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/3371101

April 2018

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world. The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).

dates: 3-5 April 2018 location: Manchester, England, UK www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/biodiversity.htm...

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51)

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51) will convene under the theme, ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’. The Commission assists the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council on various topics related to population and development; Monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels; and Providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Programme of Action. The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CPD 50 is here.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

The development of agriculture, including crops, livestock, fisheries (blue growth) and forestry, have played a key role in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition across the Asia and the Pacific region. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific will discuss the lessons learned from these experiences to assess the prospects for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 2 on zero hunger, while tackling new and emerging challenges such as climate change, endemic and emerging diseases and pests or their vectors, urbanization, and ageing populations. In this context, delegates will exchange views, relate country experiences and share information on the food security situation in the region, and bring to the table ideas and suggestions for achieving the SDGs. The meeting will also focus on: climate action for agriculture; accelerating action on food security and nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and safe food for better nutrition and trade. The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: Nadi, Western, Fiji www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/aprc3...
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

Inaugural Meeting of the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability

UNEP convenes the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability, which aims to mobilize the resources and expertise of financial centers around the world to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. Its inaugural meeting will convene in Milan, Italy, from 12-13 April 2018. Priorities for possible early action by the Network include promoting, endorsing and implementing key standards, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD), and sharing experiences on green loans and green fintech. The Network will work to add value in seven strategic areas:

  • raising awareness in financial centers on climate change and sustainable development;
  • strengthening market practices by facilitating clarity and convergence on key definitions, taxonomies and standards and supporting their implementation;
  • promoting market expansion through cooperation between financial centers, including cross-border financial flows;
  • stimulating financial innovation through filling market gaps and developing; breakthrough approaches;
  • building capacity among financial center professionals;
  • providing an authoritative voice on effective ways to harness financial centers; and
  • enabling performance measurement by supporting data collection and analysis on the contributions of financial centers to sustainable development.

dates: 12-13 April 2018 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy contact: UNEP www: http://unepinquiry.org/news/financial-centre-action-for-sust...

Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

The second Nexus Conference: Water, Food, Energy, and Climate will focus on: the science-policy interface; partnerships and solutions; Sustainable Development Goal commitments; sharing of tools, indicators and methodologies; and the identification of gaps. The conference will seek to build on recognizing and respecting the work that sector experts are engaged with while also addressing some key challenges that will require a Nexus approach.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 location: US additional: Chapel Hill, North Carolina www: http://www.cvent.com/events/nexus-2018-water-food-energy-and...

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018

The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will have the theme, 'Towards a common future'. The focus will be on ensuring that the Commonwealth is "responsive to global challenges and delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all its citizens, particularly its young people". The organizers note that the urgent need for action on climate change is "particularly relevant for the Commonwealth as 38 of our 52 members are small or other vulnerable states". The meeting will begin with the Commonwealth Business Forum, People's Forum, Women's Forum, and Youth Forum. This article outlines expected areas of emphasis and key considerations ahead of the CHOGM.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 location: London, England, UK contact: Commonwealth Secretariat e-mail: info@commonwealth.int www: https://www.chogm2018.org.uk

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting April 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/coordination-and-ma...

FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC)

The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa will focus on: agricultural transformation in the Near East and North Africa Region and the challenge of youth employment and migration; agroecology: adapting to climate change in semi-arid areas for a sustainable agricultural development; one health: addressing transboundary plant, animal and fish pests and diseases: a case for regional cooperation; and other priorities for the region.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/nerc3...
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

Resilient Cities 2018

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. The 9th edition of the Resilient Cities congress series will take place on 26-28 April 2018.

dates: 26-28 April 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.iclei.org/details/article/resilient-cities-2018.h...

May 2018

Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution will serve as a step towards implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management. It will focus on preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils and food safety in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Symposium will aim to provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increased food security and nutrition, and ecosystem services, and promote the remediation of polluted sites. The specific objectives of the Symposium are to: examine the current scientific and technical understanding of soil pollution and its effects on food production and safety; critically reflect on the impact of land (and air and water) use decisions at the national level on soil pollution; identify limitations and prioritize key challenges related to restoring polluted sites; review existing international policies, agreements and frameworks addressing sources of pollution to agricultural land; and survey and review the use of soil thresholds for pollutants globally and explore additional research and policy needs. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the decision by the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to endorse the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) is here.

dates: 2-4 May 2018 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/global-symposium-on-soil-p...

Regional Political-Technical Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Nexus

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with funding from the EU and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this event will look at the nexus concept, its connection to the SDGs, its features in Latin America and the Caribbean and the difficulties in implementing it there, national case studies and regional priorities. The second day will focus on a proposal for public policy guidelines for better management of nexus linkages and a regional plan of action toward that end. The dialogue will be followed by a two-day training workshop on the issue organized by GIZ.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 venue: ECLAC Headquarters location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: Andrei Jouravlev, ECLAC e-mail: andrei.jouravlev@cepal.org

Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit

The objective of the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit is to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policy makers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.

dates: 15-16 May 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.csa-africa.aidforum.org/

FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC)

The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. This event will be the 31st session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC).

dates: 16-18 May 2018 location: Russian Federation additional: Voronezh www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

Meeting of G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 21-22 May 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

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 13th round of informal consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP/13) will convene from 22-23 May 2018.

dates: 22-23 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/convention...
http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018: Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all

The 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting will focus on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'. A high-level preparatory meeting will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 26-27 March 2018.

date: 23 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...

UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2018

The 2018 UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Lab will convene 1,000 cross-sectoral leaders under the age of 35 from around the world to design and deploy scalable solutions for the SDGs. At the end of the Innovation Lab, winning ideas will receive pro-bono technical support and be eligible for financial backing. There are eight themes for "SDG talents" to work on at this year's Innovation Lab: SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing); SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 6 (clean water); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 13 (climate action). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 UNLEASH Lab is here.

dates: 30 May - 6 June 2018 location: Singapore, Singapore www: https://unleash.org/innovation-lab-2018/

June 2018

European Development Days 2018

European Development Days 2018 (EDD 2018) will seek to bring together the European Union's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The overall theme for EDD 2018 is, 'Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest'. Three sub-themes will be considered: Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women; Promoting economic and social rights and Empowerment of Girls and Women; and Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation. In addition, the European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in EDD 2018 by participating to the Young Leaders Programme. This programme will gather 15 young people aged 21-26 who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field.

dates: 5-6 June 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eudevdays.eu/
https://eudevdays.eu/themes-and-topics

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting June 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 12-14 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-0

G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 15 June 2018 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

High-Level Conference on International Decade of Water for Sustainable Development

The International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action, 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2028 will be organized jointly by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN. It will facilitate the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2018, which was endorsed by the UN General Assembly resolution 71/222 on 21 December 2016. The primary goal of the Conference is a comprehensive discussion of the way forward with implementation of the Action Plan of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2018 at the global, regional and national levels. The event will also seek to develop practical recommendations for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG targets related to water resources. SDG 6 is one of the sub-set of SDGs that will receive special focus during the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018).

dates: 20-22 June 2018 location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan www: http://www.unwater.org/international-high-level-conference-i...
https://wsdconf2018.org/

July 2018

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2-3 July 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 2-3 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018

GEO Blue Planet Symposium

The 4th Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet Symposium will serve as a forum for discussion of ocean and coastal information needs for sustainable development, blue growth, and societal awareness. The symposium will bring together producers of ocean and coastal information and current and potential users of ocean and coastal information to share their experience with the audience. The themes of the symposium include: Ocean and coastal information in support of sustainable development; Ocean and coastal information in support of blue growth; and Societal awareness of the value of ocean and coastal information.

dates: 4-6 July 2018 location: Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France www: https://symposium.geoblueplanet.org/

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Final Preparations and Follow-up

A global workshop for the 48 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations. This workshop is the third in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. It will take place during the HLPF session.

The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The second workshop is being organized for March 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate the exchange of experiences among countries, including challenges and lessons learned.

date: 15 July 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/#vnrs

Science 20 Summit (S20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 24-25 July 2018 location: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 24-25 July 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 24-25 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-1

G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 28 July 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

August 2018

Civil 20 Summit (C20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 6-7 August 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

Youth 20 Summit (Y20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 13-19 August 2018 location: Cordoba, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

September 2018

G20 Education Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The day after this event, a joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting will take place in the same location.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 5 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

G20 Joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The day before this event, an Education Ministerial Meeting will take place, and the day after this event, an Employment Ministerial Meeting will take place.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 6 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

G20 Employment Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This event will be preceded by an Education Ministerial Meeting and a joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 6-7 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC14) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committe....

dates: 10-14 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org www: http://www.pic.int/

Think 20 Summit (T20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 16-18 September 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

October 2018

Women 20 Summit (W20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

G20 Health Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 4 October 2018 location: Cordoba, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45)

The 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45) will hold discussions on policy convergence on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, convene a Global Thematic Event on the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security, and celebrate World Food Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.

dates: 15-20 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat e-mail: cfs@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/

November 2018

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 meeting of the G20 Leaders' Summit will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 years after the first G20 Leaders' Summit took place in Washington, DC. Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. Meetings will take place throughout 2018 to prepare for the Leaders' Summit. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 30 November - 1 December 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en

December 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Poland. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 24 is here.

dates: 3-14 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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February 2019

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.  

dates: 18-22 February 2019   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-home/en/  

March 2019

Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4)

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will take place from 11-15 March 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017 (UNEP/EA.3/L.2). By the same text, the Assembly decided that following the 2019 session, UNEA will convene during the last week each February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. The President of UNEA-4 will be Estonia.

dates: 11-15 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus, on 28 August 2017, the draft resolution calling for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation to be held in Buenos Aires from 20-22 March 2019. The Conference will mark the fortieth anniversary of the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, which convened from 30 August to 12 September 1978, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That meeting adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA). In the preparations for the Second UN High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation, the UN Secretary-General has been requested to prepare a “comprehensive report, consistent with the overarching theme of the Conference, no later than August 2018, reviewing the trends in South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, including the progress made by the international community, in particular the United Nations, in supporting and promoting such cooperation and identifying new opportunities, as well as challenges and suggestions to overcome them." The Secretary-General was also requested to prepare a background note, "by the end of January 2018, including proposals for the overarching theme of the High-level Conference, taking into account the important role of South-South and triangular cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sub-themes for the interactive panel discussions, for the consideration of Member States”.

dates: 20-22 March 2019 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: http://undocs.org/A/71/L.83

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

The French-based agricultural research institutes of CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) will host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. The Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 19-22 May 2019. Following the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 held in Delhi, India, this Congress will aim to raise the local, regional and global profile of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness, support, engagement and investment. It will aim to create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets. Since 2009, the World Agroforestry Centre of the CGIAR Consortium has led the Congress in partnership with host country governments and institutions.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France www: http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/eve...

November 2019

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 11-22 November 2019, at a location to be determined.

dates: 11-22 November 2019 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
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October 2020

Expo 2020

The next World Expo takes place in 2020, hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 will take place from October 2020-April 2021, on the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. According to the organizers, the Expo will be a "festival of human ingenuity," in recognition of collaboration and partnership as today's engines of growth. The Expo's theme also recognizes that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions. Expo 2020 will have three sub-themes: Opportunity (reflecting the necessity of financial capital as a resource to support growth, and partnerships as a primary driver of innovation and employment), Mobility (physical mobility for individuals, access and distribution of goods and services, and virtual connectivity through information technology), and Sustainability (the need to use resources without compromising the ability of the planet to sustain future generations, in recognition of the role of natural and built habitats in ensuring human well-being and community resilience). Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.  

date: 1 October 2020   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   www: http://expo2020dubai.ae/default.aspx  

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...  

November 2020

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-20 November 2020, at a location to be determined.

dates: 9-20 November 2020 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 8-20 November 2021, at a location to be determined.

dates: 8-19 November 2021 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...