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Sustainable Development

October 2018

World Circular Economy Forum 2018

The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) is hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Sitra. The 2nd World Circular Economy Forum will consider the economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, energy and climate solutions for a circular economy, global value chains and circular trade, as well as shared mobility and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste. In addition, WCEF2018 will discuss the experience of Japan in becoming a leading circular economy nation, and Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together.

The World Circular Economy Forum is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together more than 1,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first World Circular Economy Forum is here.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/world-circular-economy-foru...

Seventh Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development

The seventh Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD), hosted by Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, will focus on key shelter and settlement challenges in the region, including urban and rural development, urban regeneration and slum upgrading, provision of basic services, housing and settlement finance, and disaster risk mitigation and management. The biennial conference seeks to promote sustainable development of human settlements in the Asia Pacific region.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Tehran, Iran www: http://www.apmchud.com/

World Mountain Forum 2018: Mountains in a Changing World

This forum will meet on the theme, 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'. It is the fourth in a series of World Mountain Forum (WMF) events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation.

The WMF brings together the global sustainable mountain development community and supports dialogue on development challenges. The forum will strive to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally, but with a special emphasis this year on the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

dates: 23-26 October 2018 location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan www: http://www.ucentralasia.org/Resources/Item/1640

EMG Nexus Dialogue Series 2018: Dialogue 1

The first Dialogue in the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) Nexus Dialogue Series 2018 will convene under the theme ‘Greening with Jobs: A Just Transition to Sustainability.’ The event aims to, inter alia, contribute to a common understanding of the concept of just transition, and establish a global platform to share national and international experiences in the practical application of greening with jobs and just transition in national context.

The Dialogue will explore the concept of just transitions within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and identify the interlinkages among the SDGs and associated targets related to the topic, including between SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth).

The event is organized in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Initiative.

Launched in April 2017, in Geneva, the Nexus Dialogue Series brings UN agencies and other stakeholders closer together in identifying further synergies and partnerships at the intersection of the different SDGs from an environmental perspective.

date: 23 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues/2018-nexus-dialogue-se...

Local Renewables Conference

The Local Renewables Conference on the theme, ‘Urban Transformation to a Circular Economy,’ will bring together cities, policymakers from European and national governments, businesses, and research and finance institutions for the ninth edition of the Local Renewables Series. Organized by the Cities of Freiburg and Basel, together with ICLEI Europe, the conference will showcase practical and innovative examples of how to reduce energy and resource use, and make ideal use of energy sources and other resources in the region.

The meeting will explore, inter alia: ways to ensure that global energy goals, including the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, are reached; potential of circularity of local renewables; transformation needed for cities to shift to a circular economy and ways to manage such transformation; investment and financing options; and engagement of relevant stakeholders, such as citizens, public authorities and the private sector, in the urban transformation.

dates: 24-26 October 2018 location: Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany additional: Basel, Switzerland(multiple cities) www: http://www.local-renewables-conference.org/freiburg-and-base...

International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Regional Agreements

Mexico’s National Association of Environmental State Authorities (ANAAE) will convene the annual International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Regional Agreements to foster South-South cooperation between subnational governments towards more sustainable territories.

dates: 25-26 October 2018 location: Campeche, Mexico www: http://www.nrg4sd.org/international-conference-climate-chang...

Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit

The inaugural Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit will convene ahead of the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit.

U20 is a diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration. It is supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), among others.

dates: 29-30 October 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/urban-20-summit-u20

7th Africa Water Week

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

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

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

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

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

Samoa Partnership Dialogue

The Samoa Partnership Dialogue will take place on 29 October 2018 in Apia, Samoa, as an integral part of the inter-regional preparatory meeting for the small island developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway mid-term review undertaken by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), with support from the Government of Italy, and under the overall guidance of the Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships.

The organization of the Samoa Partnership Dialogue marks the culmination of a broad consultative process through three regional SIDS partnership dialogues, held in the margins of the 2018 preparatory meetings of the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review in Mauritius for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS), in Tonga for the Pacific, and in Belize for the Caribbean SIDS.

Participants of the Samoa Partnership Dialogue will be able to provide feedback on the outcome of this process, the ‘SIDS Partnership Toolbox,’ which will be presented at the event in a draft form.

date: 29 October 2018 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sids/partnerships2018#...

Adaptation Committee Workshop: Fostering Engagement of the Agri-Food Sector in Resilience to Climate Change

Given the links between food security, trade and the need to adapt to climate change in the agri-food sector, the event will focus on how stakeholders can work towards fostering the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adapt to climate change. It aims at bringing together practitioners, experts and researchers in an interactive setting, designed to provide inspiration by presenting innovative solutions, foster the exchange and connections between participants and transfer knowledge.

The event is organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, under the guidance of the Adaptation Committee. It will address the climate resilience of the agri-food sector through three thematic plenary sessions and accompanying mini workshops and open labs: 1) assessing climate risks in the agri-food sector and preparing adaptation strategies; 2) implementing adaptation strategies, with a focus on SMEs, in the agri-food sector through accessing finance, technology, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and capacity building; and 3) designing policies and incentives for private sector investment in adaptation, including for formulating and implementing National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 29-31 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unfccc.int/node/182503/

World Cities Day 2018

The UN designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day. Events to mark the Day focus on promoting the international community’s interest in global urbanization, pushing forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. The 2018 World Cities Day global observance will be held in Liverpool, UK.

date: 31 October 2018 location: worldwide www: www: https://unhabitat.org/wcd/

4th International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) aims to support the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.

The event will bring together international experts from the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organizations. IOREC will take place as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singappore 018956 location: Singapore, Singapore contact: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) phone: +971 2 417 9000 e-mail: iorec@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Oct/International-Off-Grid-...

November 2018

Green Economy Congress

The second Green Economy Congress will emphasize growing circular economy potential in the fields of energy, agriculture and waste management. The first day is organized by the Green European Foundation with the support of Networked Serbia and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The second and third days are organized by Networked and Group for analysis and policy-making with support of numerous partners.

dates: 1-3 November 2018 location: Belgrade, Serbia www: https://www.greeneconomycongress.com/

76th Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

The 76th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will review and guide activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication. Convening under the title, ‘Building the Future with Forests,’ the meeting will focus on the transition towards a more sustainable society and a circular economy, based on the provision of forest products from sustainably managed forests.

In order to find tangible solution to these issues, the meeting will bring together experts, policy makers, business leaders as well as national delegates through a variety of panel discussions concentrating primarily on the challenges and opportunities for timber and forest product markets, as well as forests and circular economy.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: http://www.unece.org/forests/coffi2018.html

Barcelona Resilience Week

Barcelona Resilience Week aims to connect cities, while providing the opportunity to learn about ground breaking resilience topics. The Week will offer an opportunity to present, share and exchange experiences and best practices, and to gain practical knowledge.

dates: 11-16 November 2018 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: UN-Habitat's Urban Resilience Programme e-mail: info@cityresilience.org www: http://urbanresiliencehub.org/action

Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development seeks to provide policymakers and experts from various parts of the energy sector with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the fast-paced energy transition, review the activities to date and make further progress towards meeting the SDGs. It will follow up on the recommendations from the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in June 2017 and the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The forum will comprise an opening ministerial session, plenary sessions and parallel workshops under four main tracks: energy transition and decarbonization; robust systems and infrastructure; matchmaking and investor confidence; and “hot topics” and “deep dives.” It will also include the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency and Group of Experts on Renewable Energy.

The forum is co-organized by the Government of Ukraine and the five UN Regional Commissions, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the World Bank, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other stakeolders.

dates: 12-15 November 2018 location: Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=49144

Global Business and Biodiversity Forum

The Global Business and Biodiversity Forum 2018 will convene on the theme, ‘Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet’. The event will seek to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and catalyze action within the business sector for safeguarding biodiversity.

The Forum will gather businesses, government representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders that are taking strategic action to mainstream biodiversity and capitalize on the opportunities effective mainstreaming can attract and provide. The topics of the Forum include: state of biodiversity and relevance to business; mainstreaming in energy, manufacturing and processing, infrastructure and mining; tools for mainstreaming; partnership and effective engagement; finance and investing; access and benefit sharing; and innovation.

Co-organized by the Government of Egypt and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place from 14-15 November 2018, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, ahead of the opening of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the CBD.

dates: 14-15 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: https://www.cbd.int/business/meetings-events/2018/default.sh...

Workshop on Reporting on Global Forest Goals and Targets of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030

The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene a three-day workshop on reporting on progress made towards the achievement of the Global Forests Goals (GFGs) and targets of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2030 (UNSPF).

The workshop will provide an opportunity to review and clarify terms used in the Global Forest Goals and targets, and develop explanatory notes for national reporting to the Forum.

dates: 14-16 November 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/mar-workshop-nov-2018/i...

Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

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

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

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

2018 European Forum on DRR

Representatives of the European countries, stakeholder groups and partners will gather in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 November 2018, for the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). This year’s EFDRR will build on the outcomes of the 2017 EFDRR held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 Global Platform for DRR held in Cancun, Mexico, and aim to address key issues that can accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in coherence with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and move forward on local level resilience, economic risks and reaching the Sendai Framework 2020 priority targets.

dates: 21-23 November 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2018/efdrr

2018 CVF Virtual Climate Summit

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will convene a global political leaders’ summit to build increased support to safeguard those that are most vulnerable to the growing climate change impacts. Announced by President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine at the sixth meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Da Nang, Viet Nam, the Virtual Climate Summit is the first Heads of Government-level conference to be held entirely online, eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promoting inclusive dialogue. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit will follow the expected release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) in October 2018. The event will serve to: highlight new national efforts; share perspectives on climate risks and opportunities to be gained by putting the world on a safer 1.5oC pathway in terms of health, jobs and other benefits, while building wider international support; and help ensure that the necessary resources and finance are delivered to make this possible.

date: 22 November 2018 location: virtual www: https://thecvf.org/virtual-leaders-summit-to-raise-climate-a...

6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments

Convening under the theme, ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Urban and Regional Development,’ the Summit will provide a platform for national governments to engage with their local and subnational peers on their contribution to achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Strategic Plan 2011-2020 for Biodiversity, as well as on their role in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The Summit is expected to accelerate and further enable the mobilization of local and subnational governments to contribute to the achievement of the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets, giving particular attention to the challenges of urbanization in the African region.

The Summit is organized by the Cities Biodiversity Center of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat and the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), and convened by the South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, as an official parallel event to the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference.

A summary of the 5th Summit is here.

dates: 23-24 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: http://cbc.iclei.org/event/6thbiodiversitysummit/

UNEP FI Global Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will hold its biennial Global Roundtable to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system. UNEP FI is organizing its flagship event alongside the fourth Climate Finance Day, convened by Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the event will address, inter alia: the financial sector’s readiness to align capital allocations to science-based targets; advancing environmental risk management; SDG financing gap; and the Insurance Development Goals for Cities. The Roundtable will also feature the launch of the Banking Principles for Public Consultation, which seek to define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change to help shape a sustainable future.  

dates: 26-28 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/roundtables/paris2018/

Climate Finance Day

Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE on green and sustainable finance, will convene its fourth Climate Finance Day on 26 November 2018, to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system for the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change. The flagship event will take place alongside the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable, meeting from 26-28 November, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

date: 26 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.climatefinanceday.com/

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

Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24)

The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, along with meetings of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA). COP 24 is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP).

A High-Level Ministerial Dialogue (HLMD) on Climate Finance is expected to be held in conjunction with COP 24.

A number of mandated events will convene during the conference, including a workshop on the facilitative sharing of views (FSV) under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process for non-Annex I Parties will be held during SBI 49.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 24 is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the additional negotiating session in Bangkok, Thailand, is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of 2018 Bonn Climate Change Conference in here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here.

dates: 2-14 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...

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

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

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

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

Water Security and Climate Change Conference

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

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

dates: 3-7 December 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://watersecurity.info/

UNGA High-level Meeting on Middle-income Countries and 2030 Agenda

A high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly will discuss the gaps and challenges of middle-income countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Originally scheduled for 2 October 2018, UN Member States decided to postpone the meeting until 4 December 2018.

date: 4 December 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2018/09/27/mic-date/

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018

The ninth annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018 will convene on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, bringing together over 600 delegates engaged with fast tracking the global green economy.

The Forum will open with an innovation day that will focus on deep-dive discussion, capacity building and networking on four key drivers: circular economy, energy transition, sustainable mobility and climate finance. Day two will feature high-level policy discussion and debate, structured and informal networking and keynote speeches by ministers, heads of State, cities, multilateral organizations, investors and other stakeholders.

The event is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and Climate Action.

dates: 9-10 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: http://cop.climateactionprogramme.org/

International Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions

The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) is characterized by the coexistence of undernutrition (stunting, wasting, vitamin and mineral deficiency) along with overweight, obesity or diet-related NCDs, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life-course. The developmental and economic impacts of this double burden are serious and lasting, with low and middle income countries bearing the greatest burden. The DBM is united by shared drivers and solutions and therefore calls for integrated nutrition action. The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for estimating and further exploring the magnitude of the DBM, sharing evidence on biological pathways through which early nutrition influences overweight, obesity and NCDs, identifying knowledge gaps and research needs, reviewing efforts that have been undertaken so far to create nutrition enabling environments and discussing considerations for the design and contextualisation of relevant double-duty actions and policies. Finally, the symposium will identify considerations for policies and action plans to support Member States in achieving their defined nutrition commitments within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and SDG 2.

dates: 10-13 December 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.iaea.org/events/understanding-the-double-burden-...

Mountains 2018

Mountains 2018 is an international conference mean to stimulate and disseminate knowledge on mountain-related development issues. Discourse will be based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two axes: ‘III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions;’ and the ‘II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions’. The Workshop will focus on practical experiences related to sustainable development in mountain regions, gathering professionals and other stakeholders actively working towards this goal. The Conference will discuss issues related to scientific research and perspectives to enhance and disseminate knowledge on mountains.

dates: 11-15 December 2018 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: http://cimo.ipb.pt/LuMont/index.php/en/news/2-uncategorised/...

January 2019

Third Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference

The Third Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will focus on the theme, 'Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies'.

The event will bring together approximately 500 innovators and leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development organizations, media and the general public to advance the debate on how to simultaneously reduce poverty, create jobs, protect the environment and advance the economy. The meeting's agenda will include keynote conversations, parallel sessions, high level panel sessions, and exhibitions addressing the following themes: how to unlock green finance; strategies and policies for green economy; economic and social inclusion; and sustainable consumption and production/circular economy.

The PAGE Ministerial Conference is co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the PAGE partners, including UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), International Labor Organization (ILO); UN Development Programme (UNDP); UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the first and second PAGE Ministerial Conferences.

dates: 10-11 January 2019 venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa contact: PAGE Secretariat e-mail: page@un.org www: https://page2019.itcilo.org/

February 2019

1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on the theme, ‘Human Rights Based Solutions for Access to Water and Sanitation’.

The Summit will bring together governance leaders and funding agencies, and is expected to “set off a stream of chosen projects” that will address the challenges faced by those being left behind in the least developed countries (LDCs). These projects, along with tangible outcomes, will be presented as workable solutions at forthcoming high-level events.

The Summit is organized and sponsored by Water Lex, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). It is expected to convene annually, combining the ‘Leaving No One Behind’ topic with the annual UN-Water theme.

dates: 7-8 February 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.waterlex.org/summit/

World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism will focus on the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry and discuss possible responses in order to reduce its vulnerability. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and partners, the event aims to: provide tourism operators and organizations, research institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders with an opportunity to share their work in the field of climate change and tourism; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 13-15 February 2019 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/tourism2019.html


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

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 50th session from 5-8 March 2019. The UNSC brings together Chief Statisticians from UN Member States, and is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities. The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the UN elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 49th session is here.

dates: 5-8 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Statistics Division www: https://unstats.un.org/home/

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/

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2019, hosted by Climate Action in partnership with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will focus on the theme, ‘Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future’.

The Forum will bring together over 300 investment professionals looking to drive the move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy by scaling up low-carbon investment, and help the EU scale up its international climate finance contribution towards the goal of industrialized countries mobilizing US$100 billion per year by 2020.

date: 12 March 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

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

Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC

The Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will convene in Chengdu, China, from 28-31 March 2019.

dates: 28-31 March 2019 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China www: https://events.iadb.org/calendar/event/17663?lang=en

April 2019

Seventh Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-7)

The seventh session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7) will consider, inter alia: the report of the Executive Secretary on the implementation of the first work programme for the period 2014-2018; the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services; review of the Platform at the conclusion of its first work programme; the Platform’s next work programme; and institutional arrangements.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-6 is here.

dates: 29 April - 4 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-7-plenary

May 2019

14th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14)

The 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14) will discuss, inter alia: implementation of the UN strategic plan for forests 2017-2030, including voluntary announcement of voluntary national contributions and UN system-wide contributions to the implementation of the global forest goals and targets; monitoring, assessment and reporting, including progress on the development of global forest indicators; enhancing global forest policy coherence and a common international understanding of sustainable forest management; progress on the activities and operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network and availability of resources; and enhanced cooperation, coordination and engagement on forest-related issues.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 13 is available here.

dates: 6-10 May 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/index.html

Scenarios Forum 2019

The Scenarios Forum 2019 aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the framework on integrated climate change scenarios to share their experiences, progress and plans. The framework uses Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the SDGs. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives. The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado, US.

dates: 11-13 May 2019 location: Denver, CO, US www: https://www.scenariosforum2019.com/

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...


The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 23 May to 3 June 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP17 is here.

dates: 23 May - 3 June 2019 location: Colombo, Sri Lanka www: https://cites.org/eng/cop/index.php

July 2019

Species on the Move 2019

The 2019 edition of the Species on the Move conference series will bring together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology. The interdisciplinary conference is co-convened by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania, Australia, and Rhodes University, South Africa, with support from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and others.

The conference will focus on species responses to climate change, and address 11 themes:

  1. Detection, attribution and prediction of changes in species distributions;
  2. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts;
  3. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity;
  4. The paleo-ecological perspective: species changes in distribution over deep time;
  5. Conservation paradigms and management strategies for a shifting future;
  6. Governance, legal and ethical issues for shifting species and changing ecosystems;
  7. Cultural, social and economic dimensions of changes in species distributions;
  8. Indigenous knowledge and species on the move;
  9. Implications of species on the move for human and animal health;
  10. Changes in species distribution and climate feedbacks; and
  11. The impacts of species on the move for global strategies and policies, including the SDGs, and biodiversity and climate change global processes.

dates: 22-26 July 2019 location: Limpopo {greater region}, South Africa additional: Kruger National Park www: http://www.speciesonthemove.com/

September 2019

UN 2019 Climate Summit

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN 2019 Climate Summit will convene on the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

The Summit will build on the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, among others.

We will update this page as more information becomes available, including the dates for the event.

date: 23 September 2019 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml

XV IUFRO World Congress 2019

The 25th International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) World Congress 2019 will convene on the theme, ‘Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development.’ The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and is expected to allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.

dates: 29 September - 5 October 2019 location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil e-mail: info@iufro2019.com www: http://www.iufro2019.com/

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...

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...

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...