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Sustainable Development


June 2018

ICLEI World Congress 2018

The ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – World Congress 2018 will assemble more than 1,200 local, regional and national governments, international agencies, researchers and private sector actors from around the world, with the aim of designing innovative ideas to steer the global urban agenda and strengthen collective action on sustainability worldwide.

dates: 19-22 June 2018 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada contact: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability phone: +49228/97629900 e-mail: world.congress@iclei.org www: https://worldcongress2018.iclei.org/

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

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

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

VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

The VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas will discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and the media could promote the application and measurement of the expected results of the Sendai Framework for DRR in the Americas. Hosted by the Government of Colombia, in cooperation with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), the Regional Platform will represent an opportunity for governments, the private sector, civil society and others to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of the Regional Action Plan, agreed in March 2017 in Montreal, Canada, as a guide for the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Americas.

dates: 20-22 June 2018 location: Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/56633
http://eird.org/pr18/docs/nota-conceptual-pr18.pdf

30th ESCWA Ministerial Session

The 30th Ministerial Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will convene under the theme, ‘Technology for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region’. The biennial meeting will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment (25-26 June), and the ministerial segment (27-28 June). The Ministerial Session will serve as a platform to discuss critical actions required from governments, the private sector and civil society in Arab countries in response to disruptive technologies. The goal is to maximize the benefits for sustainable development and lower risks of abuse and possible negative impact, working with governments in the Arab region. Three moderated roundtables will seek to generate discussions with policymakers, civil society leaders, as well as representatives from the private sector, academia and youth on: integrating technology and innovation into national development planning; the role of technology in tackling the challenges of the Arab region; and frontier technologies: opportunities, challenges and the way forward. The outcome of the Ministerial Session will be a declaration on the main theme of discussions, which is expected to set and renew commitments towards achieving development goals in the Arab region.

dates: 25-28 June 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/ministerial-session-30th

Caribbean Urban Forum 2018

Co-organized by the University of Technology, Jamaica, the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) and other regional and international organizations, the eighth Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF2018) will bring together land use practitioners, municipal managers, policy makers, academics and allied professionals in an effort to address urban issues in the region. The theme of CUF2018 is: ‘Forming the Informal’. This theme aims to address the notion of informality, including as recognized by the New Urban Agenda (NUA), by SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and target 8.3.1 measuring the proportion of informal employment in non-agriculture employment, by sex, and by SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and target 11.1.1 measuring the proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing. Presentations, workshops and discussions held during the Forum will seek to explore the evolution of cities and settlement in the Caribbean, examine the challenges and opportunities that arise from various modes of informality, and discuss methods of measuring formality and informality.

dates: 27-29 June 2018 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://unhabitat.org/events/caribbean-urban-forum-8/
http://www.utech.edu.jm/FOBE_CONF/index.html

LANDac Conference 2018

This LANDac Annual International Conference 2018 will convene under the theme, 'Land Governance and (Im)Mobility: Exploring the nexus between land acquisition, displacement and migration'. It will look at land investments through the lens of mobility, asking: What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people?; And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims? At the heart of the conference debates will be the Sustainable Development Goals – what is the role of land governance in the context of the ambition to “leave no one behind”?  

dates: 28-29 June 2018 location: Netherlands additional: Muntgebouw Utrecht contact: Dr. Griet Steel e-mail: landac2018@gmail.com www: https://landportal.org/event/2018/01/landac-conference-2018?...

Climate Chance – Africa 2018

The ‘Climate Chance – Africa 2018’ conference will convene non-state actors from all over Africa, including local governments, companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), unions, youth organizations, indigenous peoples, women, the scientific community, as well as UNFCCC representatives and associated networks. Organized by Association Climate Chance, an initiative supported by the Government of France and partners, the event aims to share examples of and support climate change action in Africa through actor coalitions brought together in ten thematic workshops which will highlight good practices, and define sectoral and operational roadmaps adapted to the context of the African continent.

dates: 28-29 June 2018 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: http://www.climate-chance.org/

July 2018

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2-3 July 2018

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

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

GEO Blue Planet Symposium

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

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

1st Global Land Degradation Neutrality Forum

As part of its efforts towards land degradation neutrality (LDN), the Government of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), proposed holding a 'Global LDN Forum'. The Forum will provide an opportunity to explore and discuss insights and experiences on how the global community can strengthen partnerships to support achieving LDN. It will also look into options to promote peace and security and improve the living conditions of communities in cross-border regions through LDN implementation, including through sustainable land management (SLM). The outcome of the Forum will be delivered to other global fora to forge decision making in the UNCCD and on LDN implementation. The Forum will: showcase collaboration and partnership building; contribute to the promotion of peace by facilitating the sharing of best practices and experience on transboundary cooperation in land management and rehabilitation; and share experiences on how LDN-relevant initiatives can best collaborate to maximize multiple benefits.

dates: 4-5 July 2018 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea additional: Koreana Hotel www: https://www.unccd.int/news-events/first-global-land-degradat...

World Forum on Intermediary Cities

The United Cities and Local Governments' (UCLG) World Forum on Intermediary Cities is a consultation and policy development process that culminates in an event every two years. The Forum process is led by the city of Chefchouen, Morocco, and supported by a core structure of pilot intermediary cities that include: Odienné, Cote d'Ivoire for Africa; Nevsehir, Turkey for Middle East and West Asia; Terrassa, Spain for Europe; and Cuenca, Ecuador for Latin America.

dates: 5-7 July 2018 location: Morocco additional: Chefchouen e-mail: intermediarycities@uclg.org www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/word-forum-intermediary...

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, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.

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

Global Workshop on Long-term Low Emission and Development Strategies 2018

The 2050 Pathways Platform, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Resources Institute (WRI), in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat, will convene a workshop to kick off discussion on the process of creating a long-term, low emission and development strategy. The workshop aims to: engage governments in the development of long-term strategies by outlining importance, advantages and urgency of such strategies; highlight emerging good practice, country experiences, and expert views on and support for developing long-term strategies, as well as related challenges and ways to overcome them; explore the relationship between long-term impacts and near-term climate actions and NDC implementation; and build a community of practitioners to support the development of long-term strategies.

dates: 10-11 July 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/home/ev...

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018 (APCW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of APCW 2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs. With Asia Pacific Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, APCW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the Asia Pacific Talanoa Dialogue. APCW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and others.

dates: 11-13 July 2018 location: Singapore www: https://nfpartnership.org/asia-pacific-climate-week/

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

A global workshop for the 47 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations. This workshop is the third in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. It will take place during the HLPF session.

The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The second workshop will take place from 20-21 March 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate the exchange of experiences among countries, including challenges and lessons learned.

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

24th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) and World Forest Week

The Committee on Forestry (COFO) is the highest Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO (held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy) bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the COFO 23 outcomes is here.

dates: 16-20 July 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofo/en/

2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment

The theme for the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council is “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”. The HLS will be held from 16-19 July 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is convened under the auspices of the Council.

dates: 16-19 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/ecosoc-high-level-s...

UNGA High-level Dialogue on Sand and Dust Storms

Pursuant to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 72/225 of 20 December 2017, a high-level dialogue on sand and dust storms (SDS) will be convened during the 72nd session of the UNGA. The dialogue will focus on action-oriented recommendations and challenges faced by affected countries, and discuss ways to improve policy coordination at the global level to address those challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A policy update on the SDG Knowledge Hub regarding SDS is here. A guest article on SDS in SDG implementation is here.

date: 16 July 2018 time: 15:00 - 18:00 venue: UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Transforming Our Economies and Lifestyles: Greener and Fairer for Future Generations

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) along with partners, will host an open debate and discussion around "where we are" with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how to transform economies and lifestyles for a greener, fairer world. The event is hosted by PAGE, the UN Children's Fund, Finland's Ministry of the Environment, Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Government of Norway, and the Government Offices of Sweden.

date: 16 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://nyc.un-page.org

High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development 2018

This forum is organized by UN-Habitat and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) to discuss Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and provide an open platform for sharing good practice.

dates: 21-22 July 2018 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China contact: Guan Jing, International Cooperation Division e-mail: ganjing@ccud.org.cn www: http://www.ccud.org.cn/

Science 20 Summit (S20 2018)

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

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

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 24-25 July 2018

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

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

Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference II

The second Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference, organized by the Fijian Presidency of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, will bring together leaders from Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), government representatives, civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), investors and financiers, regional organizations, international development partners and the private sector. The overall aim of the conference is to help mobilize the partnerships and investment needed to accelerate climate action in the Pacific, in support of the more ambitious target of keeping the global temperature increase to within 1.5°C and to achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible. The meeting will seek to: showcase and discuss the various opportunities and challenges in the Pacific in accelerating climate action; present Pacific issues, including high-level messages from participating Pacific SIDS leaders, to the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue; and firm up the Pacific climate action plans for the thematic areas.

dates: 25-27 July 2018 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: https://cop23.com.fj/capp-2018/

G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning

The first Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning (GSUTP), convening under the theme ‘Improving Planning for More Sustainable Cities and Territories,’ will provide an opportunity to discuss in an international forum the role of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), following the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9) in February 2018, and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The symposium is organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of the Government of Japan, the City of Fukuoka and Seinan Gakuin University.

dates: 30 July - 1 August 2018 location: Fukuoka, Japan www: http://gsutp.urbanpolicyplatform.org/#about
https://unhabitat.org/events/global-symposium-on-urban-and-t...

August 2018

Civil 20 Summit (C20 2018)

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

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

Youth 20 Summit (Y20 2018)

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

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

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of LACCW2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, LACCW2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the LAC Talanoa Dialogue. LACCW2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

dates: 20-23 August 2018 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: https://nfpartnership.org/latin-american-caribbean-climate-w...

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together key players from the private and public sectors to share the state of the art around climate change mitigation, and reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. The event will showcase opportunities in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change such as: implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public?private partnerships (PPPs); and innovative business models to fight climate change. LACCF is taking place during the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018), organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

dates: 21-23 August 2018 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/home/ev...

Metropolis Annual Meeting 2018

Hosted by a different Metropolis member every year, this event promotes key political messages and declarations from the community of major metropolitan spaces worldwide. It showcases diverse good practices coming from the ground of metropolises; and seeks to enrich debate across different levels and stakeholders of urban management.

dates: 27-31 August 2018 location: Gauteng, South Africa contact: Metropolis Secretariat General e-mail: metropolis@metropolis.org www: https://www.metropolis.org/metropolis-annual-meetings

Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference

Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.

This regional conference will focus on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, while paving the way forward for forest and landscape restoration implementation. The 2018 GLF Africa Conference will showcase and discuss local to regional success stories and challenges, emphasizing ways to strengthen human, technical and financial capacities.

As a platform for discussions between experts, eyewitnesses, policymakers and the local public, the event will build on the momentum to offer emerging but concrete plans for combating deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa. Social media: #thinklandscape #glfnairobi2018.

dates: 29-30 August 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://events.globallandscapesforum.org/nairobi-2018/

Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact

This conference will discuss the Sustainable Development Goal on zero hunger (SDG 2) and on partnerships (SDG 17). To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from governments, science, industry and civil society will discuss issues of governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, the evidence base for sustainable food systems, and future collaboration.

dates: 30-31 August 2018 location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands www: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Sustainable-developme...

September 2018

Shelter Academy 2018

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, will convene the eighth annual Shelter Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme ‘Adapting and Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities’. Part of the World Urban Campaign, the Academy aims to increase knowledge of and improve responses to urban issues related to global climate change through improved economic, environmental and urban planning. During the course of the event, participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on urban development challenges related to climate change, and learn how cities are responding. The program is designed to use some of the unique features of the Netherlands as a “living classroom,” with technical visits to get a hands-on perspective on critical concerns such as coastal protection, water management and urban development.

dates: 3-7 September 2018 location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands additional: Rotterdam(multiple cities) www: https://unhabitat.org/apply-now-for-the-8th-annual-shelter-a...
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G20 Education Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

G20 Joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

G20 Employment Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

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

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

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

Think 20 Summit (T20 2018)

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

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

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

Global Land Forum 2018

The Global Land Forum (GLF) will convene International Land Coalition (ILC) members, government representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy. The GLF aims to creates opportunities for participants to learn from, and contribute to, land governance successes and challenges. The programme is structured to provide opportunities to participants who may not commonly interact to debate, exchange, learn from each other’s experiences and successes and build linkages so that new perspectives can emerge. The Forum is also an opportunity for ILC’s 206 members to adopt a declaration with common commitments to action during their Assembly of Members. Following a series of in-depth field visits, the main conference will open on the Indonesian National Peasants’ Day, 24th September, with a day focusing on Indonesia and Asia.

dates: 22-27 September 2018 location: Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia www: https://landportal.org/event/2018/01/global-land-forum-glf?u...

Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018

The World Economic Forum will convene this event, which will bring together 700 business, government, civil society and academic leaders from more than 70 countries on the sidelines of the opening of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73). The Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018 aims to shape an agenda for action and serve as a platform to harness cutting-edge scientific, technological and digital innovations.

dates: 24-25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.weforum.org/events/sustainable-development-impac...

Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean Open for Signature

The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will open for signature of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on 27 September 2018. To enter into force, 11 State Parties are required to ratify the Regional Agreement. An event to mark the opening for signature will take place at UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the Annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly. Negotiations on the Agreement concluded on 4 March 2018, in Escazú, Costa Rica. The Regional Agreement aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process is here.

date: 27 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/acuerdo-regional-...
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October 2018

Women 20 Summit (W20 2018)

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

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

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

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate, Grenada

The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene the Third Global Conference on Climate and Health using an innovative, geographically dispersed approach. The Conference will be held in three locations: in the Pacific (Nadi, Fiji, from 15-16 March), the Indian Ocean (Port Louis, Mauritius, from 21-22 March) and the Caribbean (Grenada, October 2018).

Together, the meetings will bring together government representatives from over 40 of the most vulnerable countries and territories in the world, with WHO, other UN partners and technical experts to advance global action on climate change and health.

The event will focus on four action areas: empowerment of health leadership in island countries to integrate health into national climate change planning; evidence production through country profiles of climate change and health; implementation by building climate-resilient health systems; and provision of resources through facilitating access to climate and health financing mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to support climate resilient health systems of island countries. The Conference will also constitute a formal launch in each of the regions of the special initiative on Climate Change and Health in small island developing States (SIDS), launched by WHO, in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of Fiji, at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in November 2017.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 [tentative] location: Grenada www: http://www.who.int/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-h...

ATAG 2018 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit

The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), in cooperation with Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), will convene the tenth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. The event will bring together airlines, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), manufacturers, suppliers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and stakeholders to discuss sustainable mobility under the SDGs, aviation and climate change mitigation, sustainable alternative fuels, empowering employees to be sustainably responsible, gender equality, and noise and communities, among other issues. Workshops held during the summit will address, inter alia, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and wildlife and human trafficking.

dates: 2-3 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.cvent.com/events/atag-2018-global-sustainable-avi...

G20 Health Ministerial Meeting

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

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

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

Science Forum 2018

Science Forum 2018 (SF18) will convene under the theme, ‘Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research,’ from 10-12 October 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The objective of SF18 is to identify substantial positive as well as negative interactions between the SDGs, the role of agricultural research in augmenting synergies and managing trade-offs, and the ensuing implications for the science-policy interface. Results will contribute to the discussion of developing research themes and frameworks in CGIAR.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/event/science-forum-2018/

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

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

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

World Food Day 2018

World Food Day 2018 will mark the 73rd anniversary of FAO’s founding. Events organized by FAO country offices, governments, local authorities and other partners in over 130 countries across the world will call for increased action to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. The official World Food Day (WFD) ceremony on 16 October at FAO headquarters will be an opportunity for leaders and key global players in the drive to achieve Zero Hunger, to remind the world that Zero Hunger is still possible if we can come together and take account of lessons learned, best practices and all evidence available.

date: 16 October 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2018/home/en/

World Circular Economy Forum 2018

The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) is hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Sitra. The 2nd World Circular Economy Forum will consider the economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, energy and climate solutions for a circular economy, global value chains and circular trade, as well as shared mobility and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste. In addition, WCEF2018 will discuss the experience of Japan in becoming a leading circular economy nation, and Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together. The World Circular Economy Forum is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together more than 1,000 business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first World Circular Economy Forum is here.

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

World Mountain Forum 2018: Mountains in a Changing World

This forum will meet on the theme, 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'. It is the fourth in a series of World Mountain Forum (WMF) events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation. The WMF brings together the global sustainable mountain development community and supports dialogue on development challenges. The forum will strive to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally, but with a special emphasis this year on the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

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

Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit

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

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

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

World Cities Day 2018

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

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

November 2018

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

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

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

December 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24)

The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, along with meetings of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement. We will update this page as more information becomes available. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 24 is here.

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

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

dates: 10-14 December 2018 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: BCN Resilience Registration Office e-mail: bcnresilience@barter.es www: http://urbanresiliencehub.org

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

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

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

Mountains 2018

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

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

February 2019

World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

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

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

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

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scenarios Forum 2019

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

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

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

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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June 2020

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France. The last Congress convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

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

October 2020

Expo 2020

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

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

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

November 2020

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

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

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

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

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

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