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Sustainable Development

September 2017

Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)

The fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) will meet in La Serena – Coquimbo, Chile, from 4-8 September 2017. A high-level meeting will take place on 9 September in Valparaiso, Chile. IMPAC4 will convene under the theme ‘Marine Protected Areas: Bringing the people and ocean together,’ underscoring the ocean-human relationship and the benefits of marine protected areas (MPAs) and the ocean for those who depend on their ecosystem services. The meeting will address: MPAs and global change, including climate change and ocean acidification; MPAs and coastal communities, including empowerment of women, and development and economic growth; successful MPA management, including sustainable development initiatives and finance for MPAs; and MPAs and shared visions, including marine spatial planning and youth-led collaborative action. The high-level meeting will aim to link a Valparaiso Declaration with Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 (on ensuring, by 2020, at least 17% of terrestrial and inland water, and 10% of coastal and marine areas, are conserved through protected areas and other conservation measures, and integrated into wider landscapes and seascapes) and Sustainable Development Goal 14 (life below water). IMPAC4 is being organized by the Chilean Ministry of the Environment and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

dates: 4-9 September 2017 location: La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile additional: Valparaiso(multiple cities) e-mail: impac4@mma.gob.cl www: http://impac.mma.gob.cl/

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in October 2017. The session will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 4-9 September 2017   location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China   contact: UNWTO   www: http://lmd.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-second-se...

4th International Conference on Research for Development

The Fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will address the theme, 'Evidence.Engagement.Policies,' focusing on four questions: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being; How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development; How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies; and How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative. ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme, www.r4d.ch) – a joint funding initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, www.cde.unibe.ch). The conference seeks contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Conference contributions should facilitate knowledge stewardship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and should improve our understanding of how evidence can support policies for sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are jointly called upon to share sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and to engage in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics. Leading researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are invited to propose sessions that reflect the conference themes by 24 January 2017.  

dates: 5-8 September 2017   location: Bern, Switzerland   e-mail: icrd@cde.unibe.ch   www: https://www.icrd.ch/  

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017

The first Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5-8 September 2017, and is jointly organized by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment. At the request of member States, the Ministerial Summit will bring together, for the first time, two UN ministerial-level meetings on the environment: the seventh Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific and the second session of UN Environment’s Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific. The Ministerial Summit will focus on addressing the linkages between resource efficiency and pollution reduction in Asia and the Pacific, under the theme ‘Towards a resource efficient and pollution free Asia-Pacific’. The Summit will review implementation of the outcomes of the sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2010. Ministers are expected to adopt a Ministerial Declaration to provide guidance for regional cooperation on environment and development issues. The meeting will also provide guidance regarding ESCAP's work programme on environment and development. Additionally, the meeting will review implementation of the 2016 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolutions in Asia and the Pacific and provide guidance on regional priorities and actions for the December 2017 UNEA, which will convened under the them, ‘Towards a Pollution-Free Planet’. The Summit is being jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Environment. On 4 September, a one-day meeting of civil society organizations (CSOs) will convene.

dates: 5-8 September 2017 venue: UN Conference Center, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://apministerialenv.org/


The thirteen session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), along with the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 16) and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 13), will convene in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, from 6-16 September 2017. A high-level segment will also take place during COP 13, from 11-12 September. At COP 13, UNCCD Parties are expected to adopt the Strategic Framework that will guide action under the Convention from 2018-2030, among other decisions. Meetings of the Regional Implementation Annexes in the preparation for COP13/CRIC16/CST13 are scheduled to take place on 4-5 September 2017.

dates: 6-16 September 2017 location: China additional: Ordos, Inner Mongolia contact: UNCCD Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www2.unccd.int/cop13

DCF Argentina High-level Symposium

The first preparatory symposium for the 2018 Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will take place on the theme of 'South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda. Building Innovative and Inclusive Partnerships'. The DCF Argentina High-level Symposium will also be a key milestone in the run-up to the 40th anniversary of the Buenos Aries Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA+40), adopted at the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries of 1978. The Symposium will bring together policymakers and development experts to advance South-South and triangular cooperation in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) era.

dates: 6-8 September 2017 venue: San Martín Palace location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/dcf-argentina-high-...

Informal Meeting of the UNGA on the Status of SDG Implementation

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is convening this informal meeting on the status of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and on outcomes and conclusions of the President's strategy. The informal dialogue will take stock of broader SDG implementation efforts undertaken during the year, and provide Member States with the opportunity to exchange views and reflect on results achieved. More specifically, the meeting will address: progress made in implementing the SDG strategy for the 71st session of the UNGA; overall progress and achievements by the UN Development System, World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others on the SDGs; and how collaborative platforms can more effectively implement and accelerate the delivery of the SDGs through global, regional and country initiatives.

date: 8 September 2017 time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017

The World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) will convene under the theme 'ICT for the SDGs'. The event will discuss the contribution of the ICT sector to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provide guidance on the future of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). WTDCs address topics, projects and programmes related to telecommunication development, define strategies and objectives for telecommunication/ICT development, and provide guidance to the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Development Sector.

dates: 9-20 September 2017 venue: Hilton Hotel Convention Centre location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/WTDC/WTDC17/Pages/d...

Sixth Session of Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, Third Session of the Meeting of the Parties to Protocol on PRTRs, Joint High-level Segment

The sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the third session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs), their joint High-level Segment and associated preparatory meetings will provide a platform for Parties, signatories, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges with regard to promoting effective access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in relation to a wide range of issues affecting the environment. At the joint High-level Segment, delegations will focus on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 11-15 September 2017 venue: Splendid Conference and SPA Resort location: Budva, Montenegro www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=44094#/

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.

dates: 12-25 September 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/

Global Goals Week 2017

Global Goals Week 2017 is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during UN General Assembly week and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. Global Goals Week was originally piloted in 2016 by organizing partners Project Everyone, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Foundation. Global Goals Week 2017 events include: Hult Prize Awards Ceremony; Social Good Summit (17 September); SDG Media Zone (18—22 September); Solutions Summit; UN Private Sector Forum (18 September); Global Citizen LIVE! (18 September); Climate Week Opening Ceremony (18 September); Concordia Annual Summit (18-19 September); World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit (18-19 September); International Conference on Sustainable Development (18-19 September); Global Citizen Movement Makers (19 September); Global Goals Awards Dinner (19 September); Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers (20 September); TED Global NYC (20 September); UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (21 September); We the Future (21 September); and Global Citizen Festival (23 September).

dates: 16-23 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://globalgoalsweek.org/

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.  

dates: 18-22 September 2017   venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany   location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

The Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) will take place on the theme, 'The World in 2050: Looking Ahead for Sustainable Development'. The 27 conference topics will cover all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a number of cross-cutting issues, including data, the role of universities in achieving the SDGs, and the arts as a tool to raise awareness of the SDGs.  

dates: 18-19 September 2017   venue: Columbia University, Lerner Hall   location: New York City, US   www: http://ic-sd.org  

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

dates: 25-29 September 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention phone: +41-22-917-8511 fax: +41-22-797-3460 e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 30) 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: 25-29 September 2017 location: Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31106/en/

International Seminar on Open Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) are organizing an International Seminar on Data for Sustainable Development Goals: Data Disaggregation, to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 25-27 September 2017. The outcomes of this Seminar will provide inputs to the paper on Open Data that will be presented to the 49th Session of the Statistical Commission.

dates: 25-27 September 2017 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/sdg-seminar-seoul-2017/

2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum

The Environment and Emergencies Forum (EEF) is a global event organized by UN Environment and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The EEF has been organized every two years since 1995, as requested by Member States through a 1993 UN Environment Governing Council Decision. This biennial forum brings together stakeholders from around the world to showcase innovations in environmental emergency preparedness and response, and to highlight current efforts on integrating environmental risk in humanitarian action. The 2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum will explore the nexus of environmental risk and humanitarian crisis against global trends. It will provide a platform for taking action to strengthen environmental resilience through an increased focus on the readiness of Member States, regional and national organizations, civil society and academia, to address the environmental dimensions of emergencies.

dates: 26-28 September 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20631/2...

World Tourism Day 2017

This celebration of World Tourism Day will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Day's celebrations will focus on the theme, “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development".  

date: 27 September 2017   location: Qatar   contact: UNWTO   www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/world-tourism-...  

October 2017

Our Ocean Conference 2017

The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.

dates: 5-6 October 2017 location: Malta contact: Ramon van Barneveld phone: +32 229-84602 e-mail: Ramon.VAN-BARNEVELD@ec.europa.eu www: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcement...

Forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44)

The forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) will convene under the theme, 'Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition'. The agenda of the session will cover: CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); nutrition; policy convergence; workstreams and activity updates; an independent evaluation of CFS; and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition. The CFS aims to be an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/plenary/cfs44/en/

Fourth European Forest Week and Las2017 - Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Las2017 - a joint session of the 39th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 74th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Las2017, the 4th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe, under the theme 'Forests, our common good'.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Warsaw, Poland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/

EMG Nexus Dialogue 3: Environmental and Humanitarian Nexus

The third EMG Nexus Dialogue will focus on partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. Environmental disasters and degradation have contributed to the overwhelming number of internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees. The humanitarian sector must often react swiftly, whilst the environment timeline is often longer-term. There are possibilities to include the environment in operating procedures and training. Skills-sharing and institutional structures to foster joint work have been identified as entry points to this nexus. A technical segment on the humanitarian and environment nexus will focus on theory and on the process of applying nexus thinking in practice. The day's events will close with a high level segment featuring a panel discussion.

date: 19 October 2017 venue: Room XI, Building A, 3rd Floor, Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues


The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines   contact: CMS Secretariat   e-mail: cms.secretariat@cms.int   www: http://www.cms.int/cop12  

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 location: Sri Lanka www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR

Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’ Among other issues, the meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS), and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources. The Seventh Session of the Governing Body will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28 and 29 October 2017.

dates: 30 October - 3 November 2017 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: FAO www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/news/news-detail/en/c/902947...

November 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is expected to convene in Manama, Bahrain, from 11-14 November 2017. Members of the IAEG-SDGs will, inter alia, consider whether to re-classify the tier statuses of the SDG indicators, based on the documentation submitted by indicator custodian agencies.

dates: 11-14 November 2017 [tentative] location: Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank. The Conference will convene under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, exhibitions, and the use of social media to reach a broader audience, including youth. It aims to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. This Conference follows an inaugural Conference held in November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 14-17 November 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa2017

International Conference on Quantitative Methods for Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Measurements

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are jointly organizing this International Conference to provide a platform for researchers, academics, professionals and decision-makers to define the state of the art for quantitative measurement of food and nutrition security by identifying the main practical challenges, sharing innovative methods and modelling techniques, and exploring best practices to scale up multi- and cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination at country, regional and global levels. The Conference will offer the opportunity for participants to forge innovative partnerships for the development and promotion of improved methodologies to support evidence-based food and nutrition security policy.

dates: 15-17 November 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/conference/methods-food-se...

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...

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: 27-29 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...

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, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

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

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Urban Pollution and Health Nexus

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 EMG nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease.

date: 1 December 2017 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

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/

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...  

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

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), 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. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. 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. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

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

March 2018

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: 18-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

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...

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/

February 2019


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/  

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...

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...