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Sustainable Development


November 2017

4th Busan Global Partnership Forum

The 4th Busan Global Partnership Forum will be held from 21-22 November 2017. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation was created at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 and came into effect in 2012. It brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector all committed to strengthening the effectiveness of their development co-operation. The Global Partnership tracks progress in the implementation of Busan commitments for more effective development co-operation through its monitoring framework comprised of a set of 10 indicators. These indicators focus on strengthening developing country institutions, increasing transparency and predictability of development co-operation, enhancing gender equality, as well as supporting greater involvement of civil society, parliaments and private sector in development efforts. The monitoring framework is currently being refined to fully reflect the 2030 Agenda and will contribute to the review of targets for SDG 5 and 17 and implementation of the Financing for Development agreements.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 location: Busan, Pusan-Jikhalsi, Republic of Korea www: http://effectivecooperation.org/event/4th-busan-global-partn...

UNIDO LDC Ministerial Conference 2017

The 7th edition of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference will take place prior to the 17th session of UNIDO General Conference. Held under the theme ‘Building global partnerships: Enhancing growth and inclusiveness in LDCs,’ the conference will aim to identify innovative schemes and mechanisms by enabling partnership building and resource mobilization for sustainable industrial development in LDCs. It will discuss the role of multi-stakeholder partnership building, the importance of investment promotion and innovative financing solutions for LDCs’ industrial development, as well as the question of sustainability and the way forward to 2030 and beyond. The conference will promote UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) as a customized implementing instrument for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and advance SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 23-24 November 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.unido.org/ldc2017.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/LDC_Flyer_sep25.pd...

Transforming Our World: The Role of Science to Foster the Integration and the Implementation of the SDGs

The International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 will focus on the theme, 'Transforming Our World: The Role of Science to Foster the Integration and the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.

dates: 24-25 November 2017 location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://www.ijhsdr.com/Conference_About.aspx

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC. Agenda items will include the Work Program, the policies on Gender Equality and Stakeholder Engagement, the organization of the Sixth GEF Assembly, and the Vision to Enhance Civil Society Engagement with the GEF. Delegates will convene as the 23rd meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) on 30 November 2017. The Council meeting will be preceded by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) on Monday, 27 November 2017. This one-day discussion will consider, inter alia: programming directions for the seventh replenishment of the GEF (GEF-7); a proposed Updated Vision to enhance civil society engagement with the GEF; and updated GEF policies on Gender Equality and on Stakeholder Engagement in GEF projects and processes. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GEF is here.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-53rd-council-mee...
https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/ldcfsccf-council-mee...

Fifth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will focus on the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure—understood to include water supply and sanitation, flood protection, roads and transport, energy and telecommunications—has major implications for a variety of development outcomes, at the household level (health, education and social mobility), at the firm level (productivity, industrial development), and at the global level (climate change, energy, forests, biodiversity, pollution). Ensuring affordable and reliable access remains a major challenge in developing countries, but one that is further complicated by both a changing climate and changing climate policies. The balancing act across the three dimensions of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – is increasingly central to the infrastructure challenge, even as the world appears to have made little progress in solving the infrastructure finance gap. The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be hosted by the World Bank and will seek to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant. This conference aims at taking stock of recent advances and research challenges. To do so, the event will seek to gather the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: World Bank location: Washington D.C., US contact: World Bank e-mail: sustainableinfra@worldbank.org www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/fifth-green-growth...

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/africa-middle-ea...

Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House, this conference will address the latest challenges to the food security and sustainability agenda while assessing new policies, practices and technologies being devised to create a more resilient and sustainable food system. Issues to be discussed in Panel sessions include: food and geopolitics, producing more with less, risk and resilience in the food system, changing diets and patterns of food consumption, innovation and technology in food production, and changing trade agendas and food production.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: Chatham House location: London, England, UK e-mail: contact@chathamhouse.org www: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/sustainable-food-fu...

17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 17th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene under the theme ‘Partnering for impact - achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. UNIDO views inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) as a central issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), as well as the targets and indicators underpinning the other 16 SDGs. The conference will address, inter alia, UNIDO’s role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its activities related to: energy and the environment; agribusiness, trade capacity building and job creation; and the Vienna Ministerial Declaration for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), among other issues. The LDC Ministerial Conference 2017 will take place immediately before the General Conference, from 23-24 November.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.unido.org/gc17.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/PMO/GC.17/GC.17_1_...

Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), together with Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), will host a regional atmospheric scientists’ workshop, featuring discussions on the current state of knowledge and level of scientific consensus on a range of topics, such as: observations of aerosols and gases in urban and mountainous areas; emission measurements and inventories; health impacts of air pollution; impacts of air pollution on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems and agriculture; aerosol-cloud interactions; measurement, modeling and remote sensing technology; and social, economic and policy aspects of air pollution and its mitigation. The workshop’s goals include: community building among the region’s atmospheric scientists; consensus building among scientists on key topics and thematic areas; and fostering improved evidence-based policy making through improved two-way communication between scientists and policymakers.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 venue: ICIMOD Headquarters location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=28868
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

ESCAP SDG Week

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold a week dedicated to enhancing and deepening the understanding of the key challenges and solutions for effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. The event will convene under the theme ‘Innovation - Integration - Inclusiveness. Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.’ Over the course of five days, SDG Week will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the international community, civil society and the private sector, providing them with an enabling environment for knowledge sharing, building partnerships and engaging in technical discussions on sustainable development. The Week aims to strengthen capacity and increase momentum for SDG implementation in the region through the sharing of experiences and knowledge, and showcasing innovative, integrated and inclusive approaches. The event will seek to facilitate the discussion of tools, support and partnerships available, including from ESCAP, to overcome bottlenecks and enhance the understanding of opportunities for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in line with the regional road map for Asia and the Pacific. Adopted at the Fourth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017, the road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda identifies priority areas of regional cooperation for the means of implementation and partnerships, as well as six thematic areas, including leaving no one behind, climate change, connectivity, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience, management of natural resources, and energy.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.unescap.org/events/sdgweek2017

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

The 4th Global Science conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) will be organized around the theme 'Catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate scaling up of CSA'. It has five objectives: highlight emerging science and innovations on climate-agriculture nexus issues with a focus on CSA innovations in defined agricultural landscapes and food systems; showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA; interrogate and share circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within the context of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change; enable networking and provide opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA; stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogue between scientists-researchers and practitioners including policy makers, business, civil society and farmers. The Conference is hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://csa2017.nepad.org/en/

December 2017

Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

The independent group of scientists who are preparing the 2019 edition of the GSDR has requested inputs from scientific and non-scientific communities on four categories of research. Contributions should be publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies that address one of four topics: interactions among the SDGs and their targets; transformation pathways towards sustainable development; looking beyond the SDGs to major issues identified by research that are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs; and the role of science for sustainable development. Contributions should be peer reviewed scientific publications and other sources of knowledge that are or can be documented in written form.

date: 1 December 2017 location: virtual www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/gsdr-invites-inputs-on-four-areas-o...
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSjDMLFP44iwTf58-a...

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Realising the SDGs - Integrating the Environment and Health Agendas into Policies for Urban Settings

Global causes of illness and death are increasingly linked to the poor quality of the environment. In urbanized environments, environmental hazards include exposure to air, water, and chemical pollution. The SDGs play an important role in this nexus, highlighting that isolated actions to improve health are unsustainable, and that the environment must be an entry point into addressing global health. Discussions during the fourth event in the Environment Management Group (EMG) nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease. This dialogue is co-hosted by the EMG, UN Environment, WHO and UN-Habitat. Guest article by Hossein Fadaei, Head of EMG Secretariat, regarding the EMG Nexus Dialogue Series.

date: 3 December 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues
https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues/dialogue-4

3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

The 2017 edition of this conference will feature five core themes meant to reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security. The themes include: food creation; food safety and bio security; food loss and waste; food in a changing society; and food utilization. The event is organized by Elsevier in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, the University of the Western Cape and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.

dates: 3-6 December 2017 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: http://www.globalfoodsecurityconference.com/submit-abstract....

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December. The event consider the overarching theme of pollution. Outcomes are expected to include: a political declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution; voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet; and the Clean Planet Pledge, a collection of individual commitments to take personal action to end pollution in all its forms. UNEA-3 will be preceded on: 27-28 November, by the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum; 29 November - 1 December, by the Committee of Permanent Representatives; 2-3 December, by the Science Policy Forum; and 4-6 December 2017, by the Sustainable Innovation Expo.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: UN Office in Nairobi location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies phone: ?+254-20-7623431 e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21213/T...

2017 International Civil Society Week

Taking place three weeks after the conclusion of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, which will convene under the Fijian Presidency in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017, the 2017 International Civil Society Week (ICSW) will bring together civil society leaders from around the world to review COP 23 outcomes, plan civil society engagement in implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build solidarity among social and climate justice movements. Organized by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), the conference will convene under the theme is ‘Our Planet, Our Struggles, Our Future.’ The programme includes a youth assembly, numerous partner-led side events, a civil society fair, immersive cultural experiences, the CIVICUS World Assembly and the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards.

dates: 4-8 December 2017 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php
http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php/programme

World Soil Day 2017

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.  

date: 5 December 2017   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

Expert Group Meeting on Innovation and Technology for Achieving the 2030 Development Agenda

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the event will discuss innovation models and emerging technologies that can aid in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the Arab region. The discussions will focus on economic and social development, with an emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurship and the improvement of social well-being. Participants will consider selected international activities related to technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as case studies from the international, regional and national arenas, to stimulate the sharing of knowledge and lessons learned, and encourage partnership among various stakeholders to foster the role of innovation and technology for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates: 5-7 December 2017 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/sdg-innovation-technology-ara...
https://www.unescwa.org/sites/www.unescwa.org/files/events/f...

International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme

The International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes' (10YFP) Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) will convene on the theme, 'Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation'. The events are co-organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Governments of France, Morocco and the Republic of Korea as the lead and co-leads of the programme respectively, with the support of UN Environment and the 10YFP Secretariat.

dates: 7-9 December 2017 location: Kasane, North-West, Botswana e-mail: stp10yfp@unwto.org www: http://sdt.unwto.org/conference-10yfp-stp
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowering-tourism-destinations...

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and the general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership and sustainable finance.

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Tokyo, Japan contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/asia-pacific-eve...

ESP 9 World Conference

The 9th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) world conference will convene under the theme, 'restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature based solutions'. The event aims to bring both the national and international ecosystem services community together to achieve a more sustainable and eco-friendly society. The conference will address a broad range of topics on the latest state-of-the-art on the science, policy and practice of ecosystem services. Sessions will largely be determined by the participants and provide ample space for many ESP Working Groups, National Networks and service teams together for discussions. The conference is jointly organised by SUSTech and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP).

dates: 11-15 December 2017 location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China www: http://www.espconference.org/espconference2017

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

Organised by the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the 2017 Asia Pacific Carbon Forum (APCF 2017) will provide a platform to exchange of knowledge and information on carbon markets and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at regional level.

dates: 13-15 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.ieta.org/event-2362447

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-20 December 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-bonn/

January 2018

ESCWA Workshop on Sound Institutional Environment, Cooperation, Dialogue and Partnerships for the Production and Utilization of SDG Indicators

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) workshop will address the institutional environment for official statistics in support of monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including governance, leadership, coordination mechanisms and tools, as well as dialogue and partnership between producers and users of data and statistics. Participants will discuss institutional, organizational and managerial arrangements that can best sustain the transformation and modernization of official statistics in order to address emerging needs for high-quality and internationally comparable data and statistics, including for the follow up and review of progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The workshop will contribute to the development of guidelines, compilations of best practices and other training material at the global and regional levels.

dates: 16-18 January 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/workshop-sound-institutional-...

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will take place from 30-31 January 2018 (#YOUTH2030).

dates: 30-31 January 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/2641005

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 31 January to 4 February 2018, at a location to be determined.

dates: 31 January - 4 February 2018 location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
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February 2018

Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9)

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF 9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

In the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016, participating States request the report of the implementation of the Agenda to incorporate, to the extent possible, the inputs of multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, and to build on existing platforms such as the WUF, convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Themed ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,’ WUF 9 will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the NUA.

WUF 9 will seek to provide substantive inputs for the first report of the implementation of the NUA. The Forum is expected to enhance the common vision on sustainable urban development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by contributing to implementation of concrete solutions for the commitments made in the NUA, which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The NUA commitments include ensuring: sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty; sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development.

WUF 9 will aim to, inter alia: raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders; improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through open debates, sharing of lessons learned, and the exchange of urban solutions and good policies; increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the implementation of sustainable urbanization; and incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the NUA implementation.

The WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world.

dates: 7-13 February 2018 venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia www: http://wuf9.org/
http://wuf9.org/registration/

11th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators provides a platform for discussing trends and perspectives aimed at ensuring that investment agreements support sustainable development goals. The 11th Annual Forum will be co-hosted by the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre.

dates: 7-9 February 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.iisd.org/event/11th-annual-forum-developing-count...

2018 Winter Youth Assembly

The 21st session of the Youth Assembly at the UN will convene on the theme, 'Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World'. The event is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Mongolia and the Slovak Republic. In alignment with the upcoming 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), the conference will focus on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.youthassembly.nyc

March 2018

World Ocean Summit 2018

The fifth World Ocean Summit will address some of the ocean's most intractable problems--and explore new possibilities. Since 2012, The Economist Group has hosted the World Ocean Summit to convene diverse stakeholders and bridge the perspectives of business, government and civil society on ocean issues. The Summits aim to accelerate the transition to the sustainable use of the ocean.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Mexico additional: Riviera Maya www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

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

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

International Day of Forests 2018

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

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

April 2018

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

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

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

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development

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

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

Resilient Cities 2018

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

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

May 2018

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range 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: 11-15 May 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/65542/en/

July 2018

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

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

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

September 2018

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

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

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

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

December 2018

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Poland. Our SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here. We will update this page as information about COP 24 becomes available.

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

CGRFA 17

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

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

March 2019

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

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

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

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

November 2019

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

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

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

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

November 2020

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

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

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

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

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

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