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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/

AfricaSan5

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

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

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

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

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

TEEB for Agriculture and Food International Symposium

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will bring together stakeholders, partners and experts involved in various Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Agriculture and Food work streams, linked together by the cross-cutting theme of applying the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework in different country contexts, to assess the impacts of various agri-food systems and policy interventions.

Representatives from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Senegal, Tanzania and Thailand are expected to attend the event, present on and/or contribute to case studies. The event will provide an opportunity for different projects to share experiences and lessons learned, and discuss specific project activities and deliverables.

dates: 26-27 February 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://teebweb.org/agrifood/home/meetings-events/symposium-f...

March 2019

Arab States Modern Land Administration for Sustainable Development Forum

The Arab Land Initiative will convene the Arab States Modern Land Administration for Sustainable Development Forum in Amman, Jordan.

Organized by the Jordanian Department of Land and Survey (DLS), in partnership with the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), in the context of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in follow-up to the First Arab Land Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2018, the Forum provides a platform for debate on the future of land administration in a sustainable and fit-for-purpose land administration system that suits the needs of society and environment as a whole.

The key themes of the Forum include: land policies for social and economic development; law for modern land administration; data acquisition in fit-for-purpose approaches; data sharing; and financing modern land administration.

dates: 4-6 March 2019 location: Amman, Jordan www: https://www.donorplatform.org/event-land-governance/rab-stat...

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 50th session on the theme, 'Better data, better lives'.

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 (ECOSOC) on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution.

During the 50th session, the discussion on data and indicators for the 2030 Agenda will include consideration of the Report of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) (E/CN.3/2019/2), the Report of the Secretary-General on the work for the review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (E/CN.3/2019/3), and the Report of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (E/CN.3/2019/4).

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/

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 March 2019 location: Denver, CO, US www: https://www.scenariosforum2019.com/

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/

One Planet Summit

The third edition of the One Planet Summit will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), on 14 March 2019.

During the One Planet Summit, Heads of State and non-State actors will come together to step up collective action for climate adaptation, protection of biodiversity and energy transition in Africa. Organized by the Government of France, with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Summit will be co-chaired by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the second One Planet Summit is here. The summary of the first One Planet Summit is here.

date: 14 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/events-16/one-planet-summi...

Africa Climate Week 2019

Africa Climate Week (ACW) 2019 will convene in the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019, bringing together diverse actors from the public and private sectors. Participants will focus on how engagement between Parties and non-Party stakeholders can be further strengthened in key sectors for Africa, including energy, agriculture and human settlements. The event will also showcase the role of future carbon markets to enhance climate action towards the goal of sustainable development, and seek to facilitate implementation of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and SDG 13 (climate action), among other Goals.

ACW is organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

dates: 18-22 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://unfccc.int/news/2019-dates-announced-for-africa-clim...
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1st WASAG International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

World Water Day 2019

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

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

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

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

Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation

The theme of the 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is ‘Catalyzing Innovation.’ The conference will gather over 1,500 participants from governments, academics, civil society and the private sector to discuss the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world.

dates: 25-29 March 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2018/08/13/land-and-pove...

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

High-level Meeting: Climate Protection for All

This meeting is organized following a mandate from the UN General Assembly (resolution 72/219) on the protection of the global climate for present and future generations, in the context of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The meeting is titled, 'Climate Protection for All: High-Level Meeting on the Protection of the Global Climate for Present & Future Generations of Humankind in the Context of the Economic, Social and Environmental Dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The meeting is intended to "provide a bridge" between:

  • the Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24) in December 2018;
  • the in-depth review of SDG 13 (climate action) taking place as part of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF); and
  • the UN 'Climate Action Summit' being convened by the UN Secretary-General and the HLPF session taking place under the UN General Assembly's auspices in September 2019.

A concept note is available here.

The High-level meeting will focus on the following themes: Synergies between the Climate and Sustainable Development Agendas; Long-term planning and the consideration of future generations in implementation; and Means of Implementation: Financing, capacity building, low-carbon technologies.

date: 28 March 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Hana Alhashimi, Office of UNGA President phone: (646) 799-1332 e-mail: hana.alhashimi@un.org www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

April 2019

OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit

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

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

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

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16 [tentative]

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

dates: 3-5 April 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&ty...

Forest Europe Workshop: Forests for Human Health – Challenges and Opportunities

Forest Europe will convene a two-day workshop on the theme, ‘Forests for Human Health – Challenges and Opportunities,’ in Vienna, Austria, from 8-9 April 2019.

dates: 8-9 April 2019 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://foresteurope.org/event/14512/

WSIS Forum 2019

To mark its tenth anniversary, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2019 will convene under the theme, ‘Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’.

WSIS is the world’ s largest annual gathering of the information and communications technology (ICT) for the development community. As a global multi-stakeholder platform, it facilitates the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing sustainable development.

The Forum is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in close collaboration with WSIS Action Line facilitators and other UN organizations, including the the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Women, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Labour Organization (ILO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), UN Regional Commissions and others.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of WSIS Forum 2018 is here.

dates: 8-12 April 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2019/

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 17

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) will convene in New York, US, on 12 April 2019.

The EGM is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

date: 12 April 2019 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

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

Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

The UN Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks entered into force on 11 December 2001.

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

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

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
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/LTD/N18/136/29/PDF...

G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. Its main theme is: ‘Toward Sustainable Agro-Food Sector: Emerging Issues and Good Practices’.

Issues to be discussed include: fostering innovative human resources and new technologies; Food Value Chains (FVCs), facilitating farmers’ and other FVC stakeholders’ benefits; and pursuing a possible contribution to achieve the SDGs.

The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 11-12 May 2019 location: Niigata, Japan www: https://www.g20agrijapan.maff.go.jp/en/
https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

UNESCO International Water Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Hydropower Congress

The 7th World Hydropower Congress will consider the theme, ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World,’ as well as hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs.

The event will bring together industry, government, finance and civil society representatives to set priorities for the future of the sector.

The Congress is organized by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and hosted in partnership with the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP).

dates: 14-16 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://congress.hydropower.org/

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion

The 2019 Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19) will addresses soil erosion prevention, control and contrast for increased food security and ecosystem services in view of the achievement of SDGs 13 (climate action), 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 15 (life on land). It will focus on three themes: (1) use of data and assessment tools in soil erosion control; (2) policy in action to address soil erosion; and (3) the economics of soil erosion control and restoration of eroded land.

The Symposium will contribute to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) in terms of minimizing the risk of soil erosion and provide concrete examples of effective Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) practices, techniques and instruments. The meeting is expected to produce an outcome document highlighting the scientific evidence on the status of soil erosion and its impacts and outlining an agenda for action in the framework of achieving the SDGs.

The Symposium is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and the Joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-erosion-symposium/abo...
http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

23rd International Transport and Air Pollution Conference

The 23rd International Transport and Air Pollution (TAP) Conference will bring together scientists, researchers, transport users and decision makers under the theme, ‘2020-2030: Transport in Critical Transition’.

Participants will consider ways for transport systems to meet their sustainability targets. Specific discussion areas include electromobility in the road sector, clean maritime shipping, fuels and energy decarbonization, air pollution/climate change trade-offs, low-emission engines and vehicles, and enhanced air quality modelling tools and their impacts on regulation and decision making.

The Conference is organized by the Labs of Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering of Aristotle University Thessaloniki and EMISIA SA.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 location: Thessaloniki, Greece www: https://www.tapconference.org/

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...

2019 European Forum on Urban Forestry

The 2019 European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF2019) will convene in Cologne, Germany, to explore urban forests as: the “healthy forest” for sport, well-being and human health; the “spiritual forest” for culture, religion and art; the “learning forest” for research, laboratories and education; and the “co-designed forest” for diverging interests, governance and urban forest management.

The conference is organized by the Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the State Nordrhein-Westfalen, City of Cologne, European Forest Institute (EFI) Bonn and academic partners.

dates: 22-25 May 2019 location: Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

CITES CoP18

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
https://cites.org/eng/news/pr/CITES_CoP18_will_be_held_in_Co...

AI for Good Global Summit

Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the UN specialized agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – in partnership with the XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and UN sister agencies, the annual AI for Good Global Summit will provide a platform for global and inclusive dialogue to identify ways for AI to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

Partner UN organizers include the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN University (UNU), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

An SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 AI for Good Global Summit is here.

dates: 28-31 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://aiforgood.itu.int/

June 2019

CCICED Annual General Meeting 2019

This meeting will consider progress on the work of CCICED and discuss issues of priority as addressed under Special Policy Studies of the Council. It is expected to convene in June 2019 in Hangzhou, China.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) brings together a high-level international advisory body comprising members and experts from government, businesses, international organizations, research institutions and social organizations from China and abroad. CCICED’s main tasks are to study critical environment and development issues facing China, and to provide policy recommendations to the Chinese Government.

By providing a platform for international exchange on sustainable development, the Council seeks to enable “the international community to understand China, and support China’s engagement in the world.” The Council pursues this aim by carrying out comprehensive, cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary research that integrates environmental, economic, and social concerns and draws on advanced international concepts, policies, technologies and best practices.

A summary of the 2018 AGM is here.

date: 4 June 2019 location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China www: http://www.cciced.net/cciceden/

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 15-16 June 2019 location: Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region.

One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

Ninth Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will convene in Rome, Italy, from 17-21 June 2019.

The Working Group will continue its deliberations on the revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and other issues within its mandate.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://enb.iisd.org/vol09/enb09711e.html

International Soil Congress 2019

The International Soil Congress on the theme, ‘Successful Transformation toward Land Degradation Neutrality: Future Perspective,’ will take place from 17-19 June 2019, marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The meeting will bring together senior scientists, academics, experts, policy makers, young researchers and students from national and international institutions to analyze the current and future trends of soil and land resources, establish new policies based on the principles of land degradation neutrality (LDN) and develop a universal message for the sustainable use of soil and land resources. The main topics will include:

  • Successful transformation of agricultural sector for LDN through enhancing the soil health in the food production chain;
  • Successful transformation of forest sector for LDN through preventing forest loss;
  • Integrated planning approaches for sustainable use of land/soil resources;
  • Unlocking the investment for LDN;
  • Role of gender in LDN to achieve the SDGs; and
  • Sustainable value chains for LDN.

The forum is organized by the Soil Science Society of Turkey, General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion and Konya Food and Agriculture University, under the auspices of the UNCCD and Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

dates: 17-19 June 2019 location: Ankara, Turkey www: https://soil2019.gidatarim.edu.tr/tr
https://www.unccd.int/news-events/international-soil-congres...

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019 (APFW2019) will convene during the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission under the theme, ‘Forests for Peace and Well-being’.

The event, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Korea Forest Service (KFS), will highlight the need to integrate forestry into the wider context of environment, society and sustainable development, where economic, social, human and cultural dimensions are considered in a holistic manner.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/apfc/asia-pacific-forestry-we...

July 2019

International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14

World Youth Foundation (WYF) will convene an International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14.

This five-day event will provide an opportunity for young people from around the globe to come together to discuss shared challenges, find solutions, share best practices and develop innovative projects on ocean issues pertaining to marine pollution, climate change-related impacts and sustainable blue economy, among others.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: Malacca, Melaka, Malaysia www: https://wyf.org.my/overview-youth-ocean-sdg14/

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/

August 2019

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week 2019

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW) 2019 is designed to advance regional climate action. It aims to support implementation of LAC countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

LACCW is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP) and partners. The 2019 event follows the first LACCW, which took place in 2018.

dates: 19-23 August 2019 location: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil www: https://unfccc.int/event/latin-america-and-the-caribbean-lac...
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G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019

The 2019 G7 Summit, presided over by France, will focus on fighting inequality. France has identified the following five objectives for the Summit:

  • fighting inequality of opportunity, promoting in particular gender equality, access to education and high quality health services;
  • reducing environmental inequality by protecting our planet through climate finance and a fair ecological transition, preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
  • strengthening the social dimension of globalization through more fair and equitable trade, tax and development policies;
  • taking action for peace against security threats and terrorism which weaken the foundations of our societies; and
  • tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

The French Presidency will seek to bring to the table all relevant stakeholders by convening young people (Youth 7), women (Women 7), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (C7), unions (Labor 7), employers (Business 7), research centers (Think Tanks 7) and academies of science (Science 7).

The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Represented jointly by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, the EU participates in all discussions as a guest. The US will take over the G7 Presidency from 1 January 2020.

dates: 24-26 August 2019 location: Biarritz, Aquitaine, France www: https://www.elysee.fr/en/g7
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/fren...

World Water Week 2019

The 29th World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, will focus on the theme, ‘Water for Society: Including All’.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of World Water Week 2018 is here.

dates: 25-30 August 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/world-water-week-2019-water-fo...

September 2019

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019

Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW) 2019 is designed to advance regional climate action. It aims to support implementation of Asia-Pacific countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

APCW is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP) and partners. The 2019 event follows the first APCW, which took place in 2018.

dates: 2-6 September 2019 location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China www: https://unfccc.int/event/asian-pacific-ap-climate-week-count...
https://nfpartnership.org/

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.

This Climate Summit will take place in parallel to the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). These events events on 23 September are taking place the day before the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens.

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

XXV 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/

October 2019

International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will convene the 2019 International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power.

The conference will bring together Member States, representatives of relevant low-carbon energy sectors, international organizations and other stakeholders to discuss the scientific and technical aspects of the role of nuclear power in combating climate change.

Specific topics include: challenges and opportunities for existing nuclear power plants with respect to their continuous contribution to the avoidance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; factors necessary to support high rates of deployment, including for advanced nuclear power technologies, consistent with achieving climate goals, including those established under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, particularly SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action); and the prospects for synergies between nuclear power and other low-carbon energy sources.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.iaea.org/atoms4climate

G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 25-26 October 2019 location: Hokkaido {greater region}, Japan additional: Kutchan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

November 2019

18th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 18th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The General Conference is UNIDO’s supreme policy making organ where all member States meet once every two years. It determines the guiding principles and policies of the Organization, and approves the budget and work programme of UNIDO. Every four years, the GC appoints the Director-General.

dates: 3-7 November 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.unido.org/resources/policymaking-organs/general-...

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2019)

The third edition of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa will convene under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption in the Land Sector: Sustainable Pathway for Africa’s Transformation’. This theme supports the designation by the African Union of 2018 as the Anti-Corruption Year under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.

Organized by the African Land Policy Centre, a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the conference will seek to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. It follows the second CLPA, which was held in November 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: https://www.uneca.org/clpa2019

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.

As decided at the conclusion of COP 24, COP 25 will take place in Chile, with a pre-COP meeting taking place in Costa Rica.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 11-22 November 2019 location: Chile contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

World Toilet Day 2019

The resolution declaring World Toilet Day titled, ‘Sanitation for All’ (A/RES/67/291), was adopted on 24 July 2013. The resolution urges UN Member States and relevant stakeholders to encourage behavioral change and the implementation of policies to increase access to sanitation among the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open-air defecation, which it deemed “extremely harmful” to public health.

The theme for events marking World Toilet Day in 2019 will be ‘Leaving No One Behind’. This is also the theme for World Water Day 2019.

date: 19 November 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/

May 2020

XVII World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will convene its XVII World Water Congress in Daegu, Republic of Korea, from 11-15 May 2020. The event is jointly organized with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Daegu Metropolitan City, K-water and the Korea Water Resources Association.

dates: 11-15 May 2020 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea www: https://www.iwra.org/savethedatexviiworldwatercongress/

June 2020

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France.

The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

dates: 11-19 June 2020 venue: Parc Chanot, Rond-Point du Prado, 13009 Marseille, France location: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France www: https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201805/france-host-iuc...

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: https://unfccc.int/calendar

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...

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

On 28 November 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade at UNGA 77 in 2023.

The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development,’ will take place from 22-24 March 2023, in New York, US, to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028.

dates: 22-24 March 2023 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwater.org/midterm-review-of-the-water-action-de...
https://undocs.org/A/C.2/73/L.24/Rev.1