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SDG Implementation


February 2019

57th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The 57th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD57) will address the priority theme, 'Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies'. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.

In addition, the session will consider the following UN plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups: Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; World Programme of Action for Youth; Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; and Family issues, policies and programmes.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSocD56 is here.

dates: 11-21 February 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...

CGRFA 17

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

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

AfricaSan5

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

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

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

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

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

FSM5

Co-convening with the AfricaSan5 conference, the FSM5 conference will bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for faecal sludge management (FSM), in particular on the African continent. FSM5 will focus on practical solutions to sustainably manage the whole non-sewered sanitation service chain, covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse, as an essential component of city-wide urban sanitation services. The conference will seek to demonstrate that FSM as a utility service can be: structured and regulated by government; delivered in partnership with private service providers; and organized to attract investment from government, development partners, commercial banks and private entities.

FSM5 is co-convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (IPS), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and other partners.

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.africasan.com/
https://fsm5.susana.org/en/facts

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum: Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place

The European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General Climate Action and Directorate-General for Energy, and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Europe, will convene a two-day forum to present 30 successful projects in six thematic parallel strands of dedicated interactive workshops, featuring:

  • Sustainable energy planning;
  • Financing clean urban transport;
  • Financing energy efficiency in the public sector;
  • Home renovation schemes in cities and regions;
  • Financing climate adaptation; and
  • Innovative financing schemes facilitating the market for climate and sustainable energy finance.

Practitioners will showcase their concrete experiences in the planning and development of bankable sustainable energy investments and climate adaptation projects to stimulate and enable replication by others.

dates: 19-20 February 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/covenant-mayors-investment-...
https://eu.eventscloud.com/ehome/200185311/200445990/?&t=a7d...

2nd Latin American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

This event will seek to foster climate resilience in Latin America by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), with international and local partners, the symposium aims to: provide scholars, practitioners and members of governmental agencies undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in Latin America with an opportunity to present their work; 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: 20-21 February 2019 location: Lima, Peru www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/latinamerica2019...

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Annual Assembly 2019

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) will hold its annual assembly to: enable information exchange and networking; determine strategic vision; monitor progress; and approve updates on the Work Areas and Work Plan for unified global action in the buildings and construction sector of the governments of industry that make up GlobalABC’s membership.

The GlobalABC Assembly 2019 takes place in conjunction with Climate Action Week 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. GlobalABC Assembly 2019 is hosted by Natural Resources Canada.

dates: 20-21 February 2019 location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada contact: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction www: https://www.globalabc.org/newsß/event/328

World Resources Forum 2019

The 2019 Forum will consider the theme, 'Closing Loops: Transitions at Work', with a focus on the circular economy, cities and regions as laboratories for circular change.

WRF 2019 will be organized with the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM). OVAM is the principal authority in the Flanders Region of Belgium for sustainable management of waste, materials and soils. The conference will be organized in close cooperation with international partners such as UN Environment and the European Commission, and with local partners such as the City of Antwerp, local authorities, environmental companies, sector federations, civil society and universities and knowledge institutions from the Flanders region.

dates: 24-27 February 2019 location: Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium www: https://www.wrforum.org/event/world-resources-forum-2019/

25th Session of the ISA Council (Part I)

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention organize and control activities in the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. At Annual Sessions of the International Seabed Authority, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat.

At ISA 25, the International Seabed Authority Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The second part of ISA 25 will take place in July 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 24 is here.

dates: 25 February - 1 March 2019 location: Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/

Global Reporting Initiative Reporters' Summit: North America 2019

GRI is organizing its third Annual Reporters’ Summit, which will focus on the theme, 'Practical Solutions to Improve your Sustainability Reporting'.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the practicalities of sustainability reporting and get the latest news on innovation and the most recent developments in the field. The program includes a workshop on ‘SDG Reporting,’ during which guest speakers will share experiences and examples of company and sector initiatives to drive ambitious action for change.

date: 25 February 2019 venue: ASU Memorial Union location: US additional: Tempe, AZ contact: GRI www: https://www.grisummitnorthamerica.org

22nd Meeting of the GCF Board

The 22nd meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the first meeting of the Board in 2019, following the launch of its first replenishment at the Board’s 21st meeting in October 2018.

Board members will consider a range of issues related to new funding and accreditation proposals, with policies, strategy, replenishment and guidance from the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC also on agenda.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 26-28 February 2019 venue: GCF Headquarters location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/who-we-are/upcoming-engagement...
https://www.greenclimate.fund/documents/20182/1424894/GCF_B....

TEEB for Agriculture and Food International Symposium

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

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

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

35th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group

The 35th meeting of the Least Developed Country (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) will meet in South Tarawa, Kiribati.

The LEG was established in 2001 to provide technical support and advice to LDCs on national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the LDC work programme, and technical guidance and support to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process. The LEG meets twice a year and supports LDCs through, inter alia, training workshops, NAP Expos, the development of guides, tools, technical papers, publications and databases, and the review of draft NAPAs. The LEG is also mandated to provide technical guidance and advice on accessing funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for the process to formulate and implement NAPs, in collaboration with the GCF Secretariat.

dates: 26 February - 2 March 2019 location: Kiribati additional: South Tarawa www: https://unfccc.int/event/35th-meeting-of-the-least-developed...

12th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

This event will be co-hosted by the Government of Colombia, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre. The Forum will bring together senior-level negotiators and experts to discuss current trends and perspectives in investment negotiation, ensuring that investment supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Forum is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations. The Forum gives participants an opportunity to discuss emerging issues, review recent legal developments in the field and engage in peer learning with fellow negotiators.

dates: 27 February - 1 March 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: https://www.iisd.org/event/12th-annual-forum-developing-coun...

High-level Debate on International Migration and Development

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a high-level debate on international migration and development, mandated in UNGA resolution 73/241, on 27 February 2019.

The debate is expected to inform the HLPF’s review of migration-related Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, and is taking place “in lieu of the 2019 High-level Dialogue”.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration is here.

date: 27 February 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2019/01/02/one-day-high-level-deba...

Transport and Sustainable Urban Environments

Transportation plays an important role in the sustainability of the urban environment. With high rates of urbanization and sprawling metropolises, our modal choices have significant environmental, social, and economic impacts.

This CSIN webinar examines how we can promote sustainable transportation by encouraging sustainable commuting patterns. Two speakers will discuss new methods that can be used to identify opportunities for more efficient and convenient public transit systems:

  • Jennifer McGowan (Project Lead, Smart Commute – City of Toronto) will discuss Smart Commute and how it is promoting sustainable transportation by encouraging employees to reevaluate their commuting patterns;
  • Kyle Wiebe (IISD’s SDG Knowledge Program) will discuss new techniques to evaluate public transit systems and explore how these methods can lead to a fuller understanding of public transit ridership and encourage targeted public transit policies.

This webinar is free of charge and open to the public. To register for the event, click here.

date: 28 February 2019 location: virtual www: https://iisd.org/event/webinar-transport-and-sustainable-urb...

March 2019

World Wildlife Day 2019

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as UN World Wildlife Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’ s wild animals and plants.

The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is ‘Life below Water: for People and Planet’. World Wildlife Day 2019 aligns closely with SDG 14 (life below water), and will provide an opportunity to highlight the value of marine wildlife, celebrate successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and scale up support for future initiatives.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of statements and events marking World Wildlife Day 2018, which convened under the theme, ‘Big Cats: Predators under Threat,’ is here.

date: 3 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/20...

OECPR 4

The Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) prepares for the Environment Assembly during a period of five days to “review the Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work and budget of the UN Environment Programme, in a manner coherent with the budgetary cycle of the United Nations, to be endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives and for the governing body’s approval, and to oversee their implementation and accountability by the Secretariat” pursuant of paragraph 11 of GC Decision 27/2.

In March 2019, the OECPR will convene back-to-back with the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment (UNEA-4).

dates: 4-8 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/meetings/overview
http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/events/open-ended-cpr-oecpr/op...

Arab States Modern Land Administration for Sustainable Development Forum

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

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

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

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

The Future of Sustainability Planning in Canada: The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This seminar will consider what Canada needs to do to effectively coordinate and respond to domestic and international sustainable development planning opportunities at home and abroad.

This seminar takes place as Canada’s draft 2019-2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is open for public consultation while the act mandating the FSDS is under review in Parliament. The FSDS is the Government of Canada’s main tool for sustainable development planning and reporting. At the same time, Canada is developing a national whole-of-society approach to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a commitment adopted by all UN member countries in 2015.

During the seminar, a panel will address the following issues:

  • Overview of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) under consultation – Gail Haarsma, Acting Director, Sustainable Development Policy Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Overview of proposed amendments to the Federal Sustainable Development Act - Nathalie Trudeau, Director, Information and Indicators Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Lessons learnt from the audits on Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) and Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) - Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Auditor General Office
  • Development of Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy – Gail Mitchell, Director General, Intergovernmental Affairs, Employment and Social Development Canada

The event, which is organized under the umbrella of the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN-RCID), is open to all. IISD is organizing the event.

date: 4 March 2019 time: 8:30–11:45 a.m. location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada www: https://iisd.org/event/future-sustainability-planning-canada...

50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

The UNSC brings together Chief Statisticians from UN Member States, and is the highest decision-making body for international statistical activities. The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the UN elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution.

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 49th session is here.

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

World Ocean Summit 2019

The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative will convene the sixth World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and Department of Economic Development, the event will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multilaterals from across the globe to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives on the future of the ocean.

The overarching theme for the Summit is ‘Building Bridges,’ and featured topics are:

  • finance, including: the role of sovereign wealth funds; blue carbon systems; insurance; and Islamic finance and the ocean;
  • technology and innovation, including aquaculture and cities and waste management; and
  • governance, including illegal fishing and lessons from land economies.

dates: 5-7 March 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.woi.economist.com/world-ocean-summit/

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

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

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

Scenarios Forum 2019

The Scenarios Forum 2019 aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the framework on integrated climate change scenarios to share their experiences, progress and plans. The framework uses Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the SDGs.

By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives.

The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado, US.

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

63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) will have two themes. The priority theme is: 'Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls'. The review theme is: 'Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development'.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSW 62 is here.

dates: 11-22 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Women www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw63-2019

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

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

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

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

Women in Power Summit

UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces will organize a high-level event on 'Women in Power' on the occasion of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63). The event is dedicated to the promotion of women in leadership.

Espinosa first announced the event in October 2018, and provided the concept note and preliminary programme in this letter to Member States in November 2018.

date: 12 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Eva Schafer, Office of UNGA President e-mail: eva.schafer@un.org

33rd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 33rd meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will convene in Bonn, Germany.

The Adaptation Fund (AF) finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. In December 2018, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) decided that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement as of 1 January 2019.

The Fund is supervised and managed by the AFB, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis.

dates: 12-15 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/33rd-adaptation-fund-...

One Planet Summit

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

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

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

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

Africa Climate Week 2019

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

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

dates: 18-22 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://unfccc.int/news/2019-dates-announced-for-africa-clim...
https://nfpartnership.org/

Towards a Global Pact for the Environment: Second Substantive Session

At its second substantive session, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group will consider "possible options to address possible gaps in international environmental law and environment related instruments." The Co-Chairs (Lebanon and Portugal) agreed to provide delegations with elements to structure their discussion, taking into consideration all views expressed. Inputs are invited by 20 February 2019.

The draft agenda for the second session also includes a discussion on financing of the activities of the ad hoc open-ended working group, and on the provisional agenda and dates for the third substantive session.

The first substantive session took place from 14-18 January 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.

dates: 18-20 March 2019 venue: UN Office location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP e-mail: stadler.trengove@un.org www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/towards-glob...

15th Meeting of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee

The 15th meeting of the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee will convene in Bonn, Germany.

The Adaptation Committee seeks to promote the implementation of enhanced action on adaptation through, inter alia: providing technical support and guidance to Parties; sharing relevant information, knowledge, experience and good practices; promoting synergy and strengthening engagement with national, regional and international organizations, centers and networks; drawing on adaptation good practices, providing information and recommendations for consideration by the Conference of the Parties (COP) relating to finance, technology and capacity building; and considering information communicated by Parties on their monitoring and review of adaptation actions, as well as support provided and received.

dates: 19-21 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/fifteenth-meeting-of-the-adaptation...

1st WASAG International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

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

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

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

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

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

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

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

20th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 20)

The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will convene its 20th meeting (SCF 20) in Bonn, Germany.

The SCF assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the Financial Mechanism.

dates: 20-22 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/twentieth-meeting-of-the-standing-c...

International Day of Forests 2019

In 2019, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, ‘Forests and Education.’ It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the Day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

date: 21 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/timber/meetings/2018/2018...

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

UNECE member States and key stakeholders will gather for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... to discuss implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting aims to contribute a regional angle to the theme of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'.

Stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector will share their experiences and discuss concrete solutions on how to meet the SDGs that will be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF, namely Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the RFSD in 2018 is here.

dates: 21-22 March 2019 venue: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/general-unece/2018/une...
http://www.unece.org/sustainable-development/rfsd2019.html

Vietnam International Water Week (VACI2019)

The Vietnam Water Cooperation Initiative (VACI) will convene the Vietnam International Water Week (VACI2019) to share and co-create innovative water solutions with particular emphasis on Vietnam and tropical water issues. The event will take place under the auspices of the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

dates: 22-25 March 2019 location: Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam www: http://viww.vaci.org.vn/2019/
https://www.iwra.org/event/vaci2019/

World Water Day 2019

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

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

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

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

Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation

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

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

Second Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) follows the first session, which took place in September 2018.

Delegates are expected to consider, inter alia, a document by IGC President Rena Lee aiming to facilitate focused discussions and text-based negotiations.

dates: 25 March - 5 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

18th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 18)

The 18th meeting of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC 18) will convene in Bonn, Germany.

The TEC, which is the policy arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, meets at least twice per year.

dates: 25-27 March 2019 venue: UN City Campus location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: http://unfccc.int/ttclear/tec/meetings.html

Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators - Ninth Meeting

The ninth meeting of the UN's Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will include a one-day Members meeting on 25 March and a three-day Plenary meeting from 26-28 March.

The objectives of the meeting include reviewing the tier classifications, reviewing work plans for indicators in Tier III, discussing the 2020 comprehensive review of the indicator framework and additional indicators, discussing data disaggregation, and sharing experiences in SDG monitoring.

The meeting will be hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

The SDG Knowledge Hub's coverage of IAEG 8 is here.

dates: 25-28 March 2019 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: UN Statistics Division www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-09/

102nd Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 102)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 102nd meeting in Bonn, Germany.

The CDM EB supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

dates: 25-28 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/102nd-meeting-of-the-cdm-executive-...

Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will serve as regional preparations for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019). It will consider the set of SDGs to be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF: SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2019, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 27-29 March 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP www: https://www.unescap.org/2030-agenda/regional-processes-and-d...

13th Meeting of the CTCN Advisory Board

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board will hold is 13th meeting at UN City Copenhagen, Denmark.

The CTCN Advisory Board meets twice per year and provides direction on the CTCN’s fulfillment of the guidance provided by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC.

dates: 27-29 March 2019 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: https://www.ctc-n.org/calendar/events/13th-ctcn-advisory-boa...

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

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

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

High-level Meeting: Climate Protection for All

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

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

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

A concept note is available here.

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

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

April 2019

OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit

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

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

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

First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UNFCCC will convene the first global multi-stakeholder conference on synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change that will serve as an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on SDG 13 (climate action) ahead of in-depth review of SDG 13 by the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019.

The ‘Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference’ aims to promote action around the SDGs and climate change, and deliver a set of concrete recommendations for strengthening the interlinkages between the SDGs and climate action.

This EGM is part of a series of preparatory meetings for the SDGs under review.

On 28 March, a high-level meeting on ‘Climate Protection for All’ is intended to “provide a bridge” between the Katowice Climate Change Conference, the in-depth review of SDG 13 by the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the UN Secretary-General’s 2019 Climate Summit.

dates: 1-3 April 2019 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019#preparation
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/2149...

52nd Session of the Commission on Population and Development

This event will focus on a review and appraisal of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its contribution to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. General debate will also address actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the global, regional and national levels.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development is here.

dates: 1-5 April 2019 location: New York City, US e-mail: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

Third Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group for SAICM

The third meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is scheduled to take place from 2-4 April 2019, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The functions of the OEWG are to consider the implementation, development and enhancement of SAICM, including by: Reviewing and prioritizing proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation of the next session of the Conference; Continuing discussion on work on emerging policy issues; Considering proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; Considering initiatives that are being undertaken and addressing progress and gaps in achieving the goal that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment; Considering the outcomes of regional meetings; Identifying priority issues for consideration for inclusion in the agendas of the sessions of the Conference; and Undertaking such other activities as the Conference may direct.

The next meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) is expected to take place in October 2020.

dates: 2-4 April 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.saicm.org/About/OEWG/OEWG3/tabid/5984/language/en...

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 10

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

dates: 2-3 April 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&am...
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Africa

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, will convene the Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Africa.

In decision 14/34, the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the CBD adopted a preparatory process for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and requested the Executive Secretary to facilitate its implementation. The process includes organization of regional consultations to ensure a harmonized approach to the preparation of recommendations for the new framework and facilitate further discussions of its components at the meetings of the Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 2-5 April 2019 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-014-post...

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16 [tentative]

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

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

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

WMU Third International Women’s Conference

The World Maritime University (WMU) will convene its Third International Women’s Conference from 4-5 April 2019 on the theme, ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

Governments, representatives from the maritime, port, ocean and fishing sectors, UN agencies, academia, research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders will come together to address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries. The conference is organized with support from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Celebrity Cruises, Seafarers’ Trust and The Nippon Foundation.

The conference will convene ahead of World Maritime Day 2019 on 26 September, which will focus on the same theme.

dates: 4-5 April 2019 location: Malmo, Skane Lan, Sweden www: http://conferences.wmu.se/maritimewomen2019/

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 8

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

dates: 4-5 April 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will take place from 8-9 April 2019, as updated in a memo of the December 2018 meeting between the presidents of the UNGA and ECOSOC.

On 9 April, a town hall will focus on interlinkages between decent work and youth, peace and security.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2018 Youth Forum is here (opening segment) and here (full event).

The SDG Knowledge Hub features Generation 2030 articles on young adults' perspectives and initiatives here.

dates: 8-9 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-president-sets-out-plans-coord...

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

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

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

NAP Expo 2019

NAP Expo 2019 will convene as part of the Korea Global Adaptation Week. It is the sixth global NAP Expo since 2013.

The event is organized by the Least Developed Countries (LEG) Expert Group (LEG) under the UNFCCC, in collaboration with various bodies and organizations, to promote exchange of experiences and foster partnerships between a wide range of actors and stakeholders on how to advance National Adaptation Plans (NAPs).

The NAP process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement NAPs as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs.

dates: 8-12 April 2019 location: Republic of Korea additional: Songdo www: http://napexpo.org/2019/
https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/information_...

Korea Global Adaptation Week

The Korea Global Adaptation Week will be held from 8-12 April 2019. It includes NAP Expo 2019 organized by the Least Developed Countries (LEG) Expert Group (LEG) under the UNFCCC, the Adaptation Forum organized by the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee, and a regional Technical Expert Meeting on Adaptation (TEM-A) organized by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The Korea Global Adaptation Week is co-hosted by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea and co-organized with the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC) and the Incheon Metropolitan City.

dates: 8-12 April 2019 location: Republic of Korea additional: Songdo www: http://napexpo.org/2019/
https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/information_...

WSIS Forum 2019

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

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

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

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

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

High-level Event on Decent Work

UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces will convene a high-level meeting on decent work on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

date: 10 April 2019 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2018/10/26/briefing-with-member-st...

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the Partnership Forum on 11 April 2018, in New York, US.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2018 Partnership Forum is here.

date: 11 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/ecosoc-partnerships-forum

2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

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dates: 12-14 April 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 17

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

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

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

Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) fourth Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 15-18 April 2019, as decided by the 2018 Forum.

The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub reported on the FfD Forum 2018 here and here. For summaries of the previous Fora, see SDG Knowledge Hub summaries for 2017 and 2016. A summary of FfD3 is here.

dates: 15-18 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Financing for Sustainable Development Office, DESA www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/index.html

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 16-18 April 2019, in Beirut, Lebanon.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 16-18 April 2019 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/upcoming
http://sdg.iisd.org/events/high-level-political-forum-on-sus...

Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2019

The fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) will take place on the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. The Forum is convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with regional organizations and the UN System. The Forum seeks to advance implementation of both the SDGs and Africa's Agenda 2063.

The 2019 Forum will conduct in-depth reviews of the SDGs which will also be subject to review at the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and its outcomes will feed into the HLPF's deliberations. The SDGs are: 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals), as well as the corresponding goals of Agenda 2063.

The Forum will also enable the Africa region to articulate inputs to the September 2019 session of the HLPF held at the leaders' level, addressing Africa’s specific challenges in the implementation of the SDGs, gaps and levers of change to accelerate implementation.

The SDG Knowledge Hub's summary of the 2018 ARFSD is available here.

dates: 16-18 April 2019 location: Morocco contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
https://www.uneca.org/arfsd2019

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2019

The third meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April, preceded by civil society activities from 22-23 April. It is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The programme is available here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 22-26 April 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2019/en

18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII)

The 18th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will focus on the theme, 'Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection'.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNPFII 17 is here.

dates: 22 April - 3 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii...

UNGA High-level Event on Multilateralism

The UN General Assembly decided in December 2018 to declare 24 April as the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace.

The Assembly is expected to hold a high-level event on the topic on 24 April 2019.

date: 24 April 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-president-sets-out-plans-coord...
https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/ga12104.doc.htm

2019 ECOSOC Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) special meeting on international cooperation in tax matters will take place on 26 April 2019, in New York, US.

date: 26 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1

Festival to End Plastic Pollution

A festival to end plastic pollution will take place in Antigua and Barbuda as part of a global campaign, launched by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa with the Governments of Norway and Antigua and Barbuda in December 2018.

The campaign focuses on phasing out the use of single-use plastics and raising awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and human health. The festival will include a concert that will highlight efforts to tackle plastic pollution globally and feature internationally renowned artists and musicians.

date: 27 April 2019 location: Antigua and Barbuda www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2018/12/04/readout-meeting-with-th...
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/12/1027571

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

The 14th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the ninth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the ninth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2019. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 chemicals triple-COP is here.

dates: 29 April - 9 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: synergies.pops.int

Seventh Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-7)

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

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

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

May 2019

Partners for Review 6th Meeting

The German Corporation for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ) is expected to organize the sixth Partners for Review network meeting in May 2019.

The Partners for Review (P4R) network meets twice per year to convene government representatives and stakeholders from civil society, academia and the private sector who are involved in national processes to review and monitor action to achieve the SDGs.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fifth meeting is here.

date: 1 May 2019 [tentative] location: TBA contact: GIZ e-mail: partnersforreview@giz.de www: http://www.partners-for-review.de/berlin/

Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development 2019

The 2019 edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development will take place from 2-4 May 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the Festival from 2017 and 2018.

dates: 2-4 May 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://globalfestivalofaction.org/

Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

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

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

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

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

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

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

dates: 6-10 May 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/index.html
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/LTD/N18/136/29/PDF...

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) will convene from 8-12 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 8-12 May 2019 location: Kyoto, Japan www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

World Conference on Forests for Public Health

The World Conference on Forests for Public Health will bring together scientists from different disciplines to present research and state-of-the-art knowledge on the significance of the role of forests and green spaces in improving human health and well-being, and challenges the urban and landscape planning fields face in designing green infrastructure that benefits physical activities both in urban spaces and forests. The conference is co-organized by the Hellenic Agricultural Organization – Demeter, Korea Forest Service and International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

dates: 8-11 May 2019 venue: Athens War Museum location: Athens, Attiki, Greece www: https://fph2019.org/

G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Global Platform for DRR 2019

The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Global Platform on DRR is here.

dates: 13-17 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNISDR www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform

UNESCO International Water Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fourth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

The Fourth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene in New York, US, from 14-15 May 2019.

The third STI Forum is summarized here.

dates: 14-15 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm

World Hydropower Congress

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

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

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

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

10th Working Session of the ITPS

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in 2013. The ITPS is composed of 27 top soil experts representing all the regions of the world. The main function of the ITPS is to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the GSP primarily, and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions.

The ITPS will hold its tenth working session during the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution. The Global Symposium is taking place from 13-17 May 2019.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/...

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion

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

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

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

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

23rd International Transport and Air Pollution Conference

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

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

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

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

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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

Seventy-second World Health Assembly

The seventy-second World Health Assembly will take place from 20-28 May 2019. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

dates: 20-28 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/

Towards a Global Pact for the Environment: Third Substantive Session

An ad hoc open?ended working group to consider a technical and evidence-based report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation was established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 72/272 of 10 May 2018. The group is co-chaired by the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Lebanon to the UN.

The Group is expected to hold its third substantive session in Nairobi, Kenya, beginning on 20 May 2019, for 3-5 days.

The first substantive session took place from 14-18 January 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The second session was set for 18-20 March, also in Nairobi.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 venue: UN Office location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/governments-set-dates-for-global-pa...

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2019 Operational Activities for Development Segment will look at key elements of the response to the 2016 UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) (here) and the 2018 UNGA resolution on repositioning the UN development system (here).

dates: 21-23 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/12888943

2019 European Forum on Urban Forestry

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

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

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

International Day for Biological Diversity 2019

The UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

date: 22 May 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

CITES CoP18

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP17 is here.

dates: 23 May - 3 June 2019 location: Colombo, Sri Lanka www: https://cites.org/eng/cop/index.php
https://cites.org/eng/news/pr/CITES_CoP18_will_be_held_in_Co...

Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10)

The Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) will be hosted by Canada during the week of 27 May 2019, alongside the 4th annual Mission Innovation (MI4). The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here, and the summary of CEM9 is here.

date: 27 May 2019 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA 2019)

The 2019 European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA 2019) will address the following six themes: (1) data, methods and approaches in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR); (2) co-production of knowledge, solutions and services; (3) communication, data sharing and decision support; (4) institutions, governance, citizens and social justice; (5) global climate challenges; and (6) climate risk management and resilience.

The biennial conference is convened by EU-funded projects on behalf of the European Commission.

dates: 28-31 May 2019 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal www: https://www.ecca2019.eu/

AI for Good Global Summit

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

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

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

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

June 2019

World Circular Economy Forum 2019 (WCEF2019)

The third World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) will convene in Helsinki, Finland.

The World Circular Economy Forum is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together 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).

dates: 3-5 June 2019 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland contact: The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/world-circular-economy-foru...

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will take place 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.

The 2019 edition of the conference will focus on the theme, "Power. Progress. Change." Under this theme, discussions will address power, and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change. It will bring together speakers and host discussions on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century.

dates: 3-6 June 2019 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: https://wd2019.org/

CCICED Annual General Meeting 2019

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

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

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

A summary of the 2018 AGM is here.

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

Election for President of 74th UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly will elect its president for the 74th session (UNGA 74) on 4 June 2019.

In January, UNGA President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces announced her intention to convene interactive informal dialogues with candidates in early May, following a process initiated during the 72nd session.

Espinosa notes that the President of the 74th UNGA is to be elected from the African Group, following the practice of regional rotation of the office.

date: 4 June 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2019/02/12/election-of-the-preside...

Seventh Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly constitutes the main venue where all GSP partners come together to make important decisions about the global soil agenda. The meeting, which takes place annually, will seek to review and prioritize GSP actions while facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process.

dates: 5-7 June 2019 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/...

World Environment Day 2019

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

date: 5 June 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. Priorities for the G20 finance track in 2019 are:

  • Global economy and associated risks and challenges, including: surveillance on global economic risks; global imbalances; and aging and its policy implications;
  • Actions towards robust growth, including: quality infrastructure investment; resilience against natural disasters; strengthening health financing to move towards universal health care (UHC) in developing countries; and debt sustainability and transparency of low-income countries (LICs); and
  • Response to structural changes caused by innovation and globalization, including: international taxation; addressing financial market fragmentation; and opportunities and challenges associated with financial innovation.

The other seven ministerial meetings that will take place alongside the Summit are:

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

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

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

dates: 8-9 June 2019 location: Fukuoka, Japan www: https://www.g20fukuoka2019.mof.go.jp/en/
https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy

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

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

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

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

dates: 8-9 June 2019 location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

World Oceans Day 2019

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the ocean. The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008. The Day is coordinated by The Ocean Project, a not-for-profit international community foundation.

date: 8 June 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/

56th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 56th meeting of the GEF Council is tentatively scheduled to take place from 10-13 June 2019.

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 10-13 June 2019 venue: Inter-American Development Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 20th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-20) will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. It will take place prior to the 29th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which will convene from 17-19 June.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICP-19 is here.

dates: 10-14 June 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Global NDC Conference 2019

The Global Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Conference 2019 will take place in Berlin, Germany.

It is co-hosted by the NDC Partnership, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), NDC Support Cluster, Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement, and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

dates: 11-14 June 2019 location: Berlin, Germany www: https://climateactiontransparency.org/save-the-date-global-n...
http://www.ndcs.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/ho...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS

The Meeting of the States Parties is convened in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which provides, in article 319, paragraph 2 (e), that the Secretary-General “shall convene necessary meetings of States Parties in accordance with this Convention”. Resolutions 49/28 and 52/26 requested that the Secretary-General continue “preparing for and convening the Meetings of States Parties to the Convention and providing the necessary services for such meetings, in accordance with the Convention”.

Among other things, the Meeting elects the members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (election of one-third of the members takes place every three years) and the members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (election of all 21 members takes place every five years). It considers, annually, the report of the Tribunal, and deals with its budgetary and administrative matters. It receives information provided by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority and the Chairman of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the activities of these bodies and also receives the Report of the Secretary-General under article 319 for the information of States Parties on issues of a general nature, relevant to States Parties, that have arisen with respect to UNCLOS.

dates: 17-19 June 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

International Soil Congress 2019

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

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

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

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

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

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019

The 2019 edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week will take place from 17-21 June 2019.

The policy conference, which will take place from 18-20 June, is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders focus on sustainable energy issues, debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. Next to the conference, the Networking Village brings the EUSEW Community together to forge alliances whilst the EUSEW Awards celebrate outstanding projects and ideas.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eusew.eu/

Ecosystem Services Partnership Regional Conference Africa 2019

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Regional Conference Africa 2019 will convene under the theme, ‘Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Well-Being in Africa’.

The biennial conference aims to draw attention to the key role ecosystems play in the economy, human well-being and culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, and explore potential solutions to the threats they face. The conference is organized in partnership with the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and civil society organizations.

dates: 17-20 June 2019 location: Togo additional: Kpalimé www: https://www.espconference.org/africa2019#.W3WIEegzbcs

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019

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

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

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

World Day to Combat Desertification 2019

The 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Under the slogan, ‘Let’s Grow the Future Together,’ the Day will celebrate the 25 years of progress made by countries and people in sustainable land management (SLM), and look at the next 25 years where land degradation neutrality (LDN) “would hopefully be achieved” under SDG target 15.3.

The WDCD is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The Day aims to raise awareness that LDN is achievable through problem solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. The 2019 global observance of the Day will be hosted by Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Ankara. The event will be held in conjunction with the International Soil Congress 2019.

date: 17 June 2019 location: Ankara, Turkey (worldwide) www: https://www.unccd.int/actions17-june-world-day-combat-desert...

G20 Summit Meeting

The G20 Summit will convene in Osaka, Japan, from 28-29 June 2019. Eight ministerial meetings will take place alongside the Summit:

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

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the outcome from the 2018 G20 Summit is here. All SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the G20 is here.

dates: 28-29 June 2019 location: Osaka, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

July 2019

41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 41) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 1-5 July 2019, at a location to be announced.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

50th Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The 50th session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for seven weeks, from 1 July to 16 August 2019.

From 1-26 July, and from 5-9 August, the Subcommissions will meet. From 29 July to 2 August, and from 13-16 August, the Plenary will convene.

date: 1 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14

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

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

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

Ninth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The main focus of the ninth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity is to provide support for the ongoing discussions on a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the latest and best available knowledge relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and to consider the implications of this knowledge for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Key topics include:

  • status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services and key drivers of change;
  • the 2050 Vision for biodiversity, and potential pathways for achieving it;
  • linkages between biodiversity and other societal needs and aspirations;
  • lessons learned from implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;
  • plausible pathways to reduce, halt and reverse biodiversity loss;
  • biodiversity-based solutions to societal challenges; and
  • options for short- and long-term actions for achieving the level of response needed.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Government, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

dates: 2-5 July 2019 location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway www: https://trondheimconference.org/

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Integration Segment will take place on Monday, 8 July 2019, the day before the opening of the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019).

By a 2018 UNGA resolution on strengthening ECOSOC, the integration segment will “consolidate all the inputs of Member States, including case studies and lessons learned, the subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC, the UN system and other relevant stakeholders to promote the balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development” in order to bring together key messages on the main theme, along with action-oriented recommendations to feed into the HLPF.

Also per the resolution, the Council's integration segment, HLPF and high-level segment comprise the third group of meetings in ECOSOC's restructured annual calendar. This set of meetings aims to provide policy guidance and foster progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, contribute to the overall review of the 2030 Agenda at the HLPF and look to the future of the advancement of sustainable development.

date: 8 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1
http://sdg.iisd.org/news/unga-restructures-ecosoc-cycle-call...

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019 Convened by ECOSOC

The seventh session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). According to decision E/2019/L.1 of 19 October 2018, the session will take place from Tuesday, 9 July, to Monday, 15 July 2019, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting convening from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, held jointly with ECOSOC's annual high-level segment.

In additional to the annual July session under ECOSOC auspices, HLPF will also convene for one and a half days in September 2019, under UN General Assembly auspices. Only one outcome document will result from the two sessions.

HLPF 2019 will address the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

Fifty-one countries will conduct Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) for HLPF 2019. The following countries will conduct VNRs for the first time in 2019: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania and Vanuatu.

In addition, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Turkey will conduct VNRs for the second time.

The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2018 is here. A final summary of HLPF 2018 is here.

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dates: 9-18 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019

25th Session of the ISA Council (Part II)

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention organize and control activities in the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. At Annual Sessions of the International Seabed Authority, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat.

At ISA 25, the International Seabed Authority Council will continue discussions on, inter alia, the payment mechanism and the draft exploitation regulations. The first part of ISA 25 will take place in February-March 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 24 is here.

dates: 15-19 July 2019 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/events

Species on the Move 2019

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

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

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

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

Twelfth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process)

The Twelfth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) will convene from 29-30 July.

The General Assembly, in its resolution 71/257 of 23 December 2017, on ‘Oceans and the law of the sea,’ recalled that the Regular Process shall be overseen and guided by its Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, and decided that the Working Group shall facilitate the delivery of the outputs of the second cycle as outlined in the programme of work for the period 2017-2020 for the second cycle of the Regular Process.

dates: 29-30 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
https://www.un.org/regularprocess/

August 2019

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week 2019

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

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

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

31st UN-Water Meeting

The 31st UN-Water meeting will take place from 23-24 August 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. It will bring together UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and will take place immediately prior to the annual World Water Week.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 30th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 23-24 August 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.unwater.org/

G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019

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

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

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

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

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

World Water Week 2019

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

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

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

September 2019

G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

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

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

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

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

dates: 1-2 September 2019 location: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019

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

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

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

14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019)

The 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019) will convene on the theme, ‘Bridging Knowledge on Global Mercury with Environmental Responsibility, Human Welfare and Policy Response’.

The meeting will seek to assess implementation of solutions to reduce the emissions and exposure to mercury as a global environmental pollutant and test the efficiency of implementation of the Minamata Convention in various parts of the world.

The conference will bring together representatives from industry, government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to discuss, inter alia, options for low-mercury energy and industrial technologies and the concept of low-mercury society. The event will also showcase new equipment to measure mercury in various environmental samples, and technology to reduce mercury emissions and exposure.

The conference is organized under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Energy and the City of Krakow, among others.

dates: 8-13 September 2019 location: Kraków (Cracow), Lesser Poland, Poland www: https://mercury2019krakow.com/gb/information.html

International Mountain Conference 2019

The International Mountain Conference 2019 (IMC 2019) will convene in Innsbruck, Austria, to encourage in-depth cross-disciplinary discussions towards a new understanding of mountain systems, their vulnerabilities to climate change and adaptation strategies.

The conference is organized by Innsbruck University, with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) University Twinning and Networking Programme (UNITWIN) Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, the University of Highlands and Islands, UK, and the Mountain Research Initiative, among other partners.

dates: 8-12 September 2019 location: Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria www: https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/imc2019/

74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74)

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

During the week of the debate, several other high-level events also will convene (as of 27 November 2018):

  • On Monday, 23 September, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Climate Summit, and the UNGA will hold a one-day high-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC);
  • On Tuesday, 24 September, following the opening of the 74th General Debate, the UNGA will convene a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place on the afternoon of 24 September and all day on 25 September;
  • On Thursday, 26 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD), as well as a high-level meeting on the elimination of nuclear weapons.
  • On Friday, 27 September, the UNGA will hold the high-level meeting to review progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway.

We will add more information to this page regarding these events as it becomes available. To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on preparations for this and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

dates: 17-30 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

51st Session of the IPCC

The 51st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) will convene from 20-23 September 2019.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

dates: 20-23 September 2019 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) XXIII

International Congress of Supreme Audit Institutions (INCOSAI) XXIII is expected to convene from 23-29 September 2019, in the Russian Federation. INCOSAI meets every three years. It is the supreme organ of International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), and is composed of all members. INCOSAI offers all INTOSAI members an opportunity to share experiences, discuss issues, and pass resolutions and recommendations to improve government accountability worldwide. Participants include delegations of member SAIs as well as representatives of the United Nations, the World Bank and other international and professional organizations. The 2016 meeting of INCOSAI discussed the theme, "How INTOSAI can contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including good governance and strengthening the fight against corruption". INCOSAI XXII confirmed the interest of SAIs in carrying out audits and reviews with regard to the SDGs through the following four approaches:

  • Assessing the preparedness of national governments to implement the SDGs;
  • Undertaking performance audits in the context of the SDGs;
  • Contributing to the implementation of SDG 16, which envisages effective, accountable and transparent institutions; and
  • Possibilities for SAIs to act as models of transparency and accountability in their own operations.
A SDG Knowledge Hub story about the work of SAIs to audit national readiness to implement the SDGs is here.

dates: 23-29 September 2019 location: Russian Federation www: http://www.intosai.org/events/congresses-incosai/next-congre...
http://www.intosai.org/about-us/sdgs-sais-and-regions.html

UN 2019 Climate Summit

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN 2019 Climate Summit will convene on the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

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

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

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

High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

A high-level meeting on universal health coverage will focus on the theme, 'UHC: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World,’ and will approve a “concise and action-oriented political declaration” that will be agreed in advance by consensus through intergovernmental negotiations.

The one-day meeting will consist of an opening segment, a plenary segment, two multi-stakeholder panels and a closing segment.

The latest agreements on the meeting are contained in the draft resolution here.

date: 23 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US

UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under UNGA Auspices

The UN General Assembly will hold a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at the level of Heads and State and Government, from 24-25 September 2019.

HLPF meetings under UNGA auspices take place every four years, and take place at the beginning of the UNGA session. The 74th session of the UNGA (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 30 September 2019.

According to Decision A/72/L.66, the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices will convene from 3:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, 24 September, and from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

Among other items, HLPF 2019 will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which is issued every four years.

The day before the HLPF under UNGA auspices opens, two related events will take place, also at UN Headquarters in New York: the 2019 UN Climate Summit and the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD).

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dates: 24-25 September 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development

The UN General Assembly will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD) on 26 September 2019, the day after the meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under UNGA auspices. This date has been updated from 23 September, per a letter circulated by the UNGA President on 27 November.

The FfD meeting is mandated in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (para 132), which calls for it to convene back-to-back with the HLPF’s UNGA-level meeting every four years.

This meeting will also take place at the beginning of the UNGA session. The 74th session of the UNGA (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

date: 26 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Financing for Development Office, DESA www: https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66
https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

UNGA High-level Event on Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

The UN General Assembly will hold a high-level event to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, on 26 September 2019, per resolution 72/251.

This event will take place during the first week of the 74th session of the UNGA.

date: 26 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/wp-content/uploads/sites/53/2018/1...

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level review to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway (SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action). Regional preparatory meetings of small island developing States (SIDS) as well as an interregional meeting will take place in 2018 to review progress at the national and regional levels, as mandated by the UNGA in a resolution of December 2017 on the follow-up and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy. That resolution also requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the 73rd UNGA a report on the follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, including progress made and continuing challenges faced.

date: 27 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://undocs.org/A/C.2/72/L.48
https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

World Maritime Day 2019

To address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that the theme of World Maritime Day 2019 will be ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

This theme will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector.

date: 27 September 2019 location: worldwide additional: Worldwide(multiple cities) www: http://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/

October 2019

UNCCD COP 14

The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) is scheduled to take place from 7-18 October 2019.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNCCD COP 13 is available here.

dates: 7-18 October 2019 venue: Vigyan Bhavan conference centre location: New Delhi, Delhi, India contact: UNCCD Secretariat phone: +49-228-815-2800 fax: +49-228-815-2898/99 e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www.unccd.int
https://www.unccd.int/convention/conference-parties-cop

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development - 15th Annual General Meeting

The 15th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-11 October 2019.

The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates at the WSSD adopted the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which called for, inter alia, support for “efforts to address the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining, minerals and metals throughout their life cycle, including workers’ health and safety, and use a range of partnerships, furthering existing activities at the national and international levels, among interested governments, intergovernmental organizations, mining companies and workers, and other stakeholders, to promote transparency and accountability for sustainable mining and minerals development.” The WSSD also encouraged governments, civil society and private sector actors to enter into voluntary partnerships focused on sustainable development objectives.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Stacy Corneau e-mail: scorneau@iisd.ca www: https://www.igfmining.org/

International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power

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

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

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

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

34th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 34th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will convene in Bonn, Germany.

The Adaptation Fund (AF) finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. In December 2018, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) decided that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement as of 1 January 2019.

The Fund is supervised and managed by the AFB, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis.

dates: 8-11 October 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/34th-adaptation-fund-...

2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

The Assembly is held every October at Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic and is attended by heads of state and government, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others interested in the future of the Arctic.

dates: 11-13 October 2019 location: Reykjavik, Iceland www: http://www.arcticcircle.org/assemblies/future

G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting

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

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

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

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

dates: 19-20 October 2019 location: Okayama, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

biodiversity_next

The biodiversity_next conference will bring together international organizations, research scientists and policy makers to jointly identify socio-technical bottlenecks and horizon-scan opportunities around data-intensive biodiversity and geodiversity research.

The conference aims to: promote innovation in biodiversity and geodiversity information science and applications; share and enhance community data standards and information management practices; improve domain reach to new audiences; inspire new generations to embark on data-intensive science around biodiversity and geodiversity; and build community consensus on pivotal technical and sociocultural aspects of the community practices.

The conference is organized by Biodiversity Information Standards TDWG, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, Distributed System of Scientific Collections, Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities and Integrated Digitized Biocollections.

dates: 21-25 October 2019 location: Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands www: https://biodiversitynext.org/

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

The Republic of Korea will host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (2019 IREC).

Previous IREC conferences have been organized at approximately two-year intervals. MEXIREC convened from 11-13 September 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico.

SDG Knowledge Hub summaries of additional events are as follows: SAIREC 2015; ADIREC 2013; DIREC 2010; and WIREC 2008.

dates: 23-26 October 2019 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: http://www.ren21.net/

Our Ocean Conference 2019

The sixth Our Ocean Conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth Our Ocean Conference is here; the 2016 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; the 2015 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; and the 2014 Our Ocean Conference summary is here.

dates: 23-24 October 2019 location: Oslo, Norway www: http://ourocean2018.org/

G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

November 2019

18th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

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

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

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

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019, at a location to be determined. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2019)

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

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

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

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

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

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

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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

Eighth Session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The eighth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will take place from 11-16 November 2019. The Session will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other related events. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001. The Treaty aims to: recognize the contribution of farmers to the diversity of crops that feed the world; establish a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials; and ensure that recipients share benefits they derive from the use of these genetic materials with the countries where they have been originated. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of GB 7 is here.

dates: 11-16 November 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...

World Toilet Day 2019

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

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

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

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2019

G-STIC aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the SDGs.

Themed, ‘Creating an Impact on the Achievement of the SDGs,’ G-STIC 2019 will build on the results of previous editions, and further discuss the policy changes needed for the technological transition to sustainable societies. In addition, the different thematic sessions will dive deeper into integrated technological solutions with significant impact on the SDGs, and further strengthen the multi-stakeholder communities around the different thematic clusters of G-STIC.

The first edition of G-STIC took place in Brussels from 23-25 October 2017, and was attended by more than 1,000 participants representing policymakers, technology researchers, business and industry captains, and civil society. An SDG Knowledge Hub summary of G-STIC 2017 is here. A guest article on G-STIC 2018 is here.

The G-STIC series is hosted jointly by VITO, a leading independent not-for-profit research and technology organization in Belgium, and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya), Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India).

dates: 20-22 November 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://cdn.flxml.eu/r-b3a813c8ba7b41848067a3bff215ee01f6c5e...

G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

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

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

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

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

dates: 22-23 November 2019 location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

December 2019

55th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-55) and Sessions of the Associated Committees

The 55th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-55) and Sessions of the Associated Committees will convene from 2-7 December 2019, in Lomé, Togo. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ITTC-53 is here.

dates: 2-7 December 2019 location: Lome, Togo contact: ITTO Secretariat e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5400

World Soil Day 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day, and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

World Soil Day 2019 will be held under the theme, ‘Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future’!

date: 5 December 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/...

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 9-12 December 2019. The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 9-12 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

February 2020

CMS COP 13

The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 13) will convene to review implementation of the convention. CMS, also known as the Bonn Convention, recognizes that States must be the protectors of migratory species that live within or pass through their national jurisdictions and aims to conserve terrestrial, marine, and avian migratory species throughout their ranges.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CMS COP 12 is here.

dates: 15-22 February 2020 location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India www: http://www.cms.int
https://www.cms.int/en/meetings/conference-of-parties

May 2020

XVII World Water Congress

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

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

June 2020

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed that the organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place in June 2020 in Kazakhstan, which joined the WTO in 2015.

The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.

dates: 1-3 June 2020 [tentative] location: Kazakhstan www: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news18_e/minis_26jul18_e....

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...

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 29 June to 3 July 2020, at a location to be confirmed.

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

September 2020

75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75)

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2020 location: New York City, US

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 UN World Data Forum

The third UN World Data Forum will take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland.

Based on a recommendation in the report titled, 'A World That Counts,' which was presented in November 2014 by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the UN Statistical Commission agreed that a UN World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data (UN World Data Forum) would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as information technology, geospatial information managers, data scientists, and users, as well as civil society stakeholders.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here; the summary of the second Forum is here.

dates: 18-21 October 2020 location: Bern, Switzerland contact: UN Statistics Division, DESA www: https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/news/whats-new.assetdet...

November 2020

Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

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

dates: 9-20 November 2020 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

February 2021

Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is expected to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.

dates: 1-5 February 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

September 2021

76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76)

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-30 September 2021 location: New York City, US

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...

September 2022

77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will open on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 20 September 2022. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 13-27 September 2022 location: New York City, US

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 7-18 November 2022, at a location to be determined.

dates: 7-18 November 2022 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

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

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

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

September 2023

78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) will open on Tuesday, 12 September 2023. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 25 September 2023. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 12-30 September 2023 location: New York City, US

September 2024

79th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79)

The 79th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79) will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2024. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2024. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 17-30 September 2024 location: New York City, US

September 2025

80th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80)

The 80th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80) will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2025. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 23 September 2025. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 16-30 September 2025 location: New York City, US

September 2026

81st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81)

The 81st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2026. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2026. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2026 location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1

September 2027

82nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82)

The 82nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82) is expected to open on Tuesday, 14 September 2027. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2027.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-27 September 2027 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1