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SDG Implementation


April 2019

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...

Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April.

In 2019, events will focus on the theme, 'Protect Our Species'.

date: 22 April 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/earthd...

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

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

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 29 April 2019, in New York, US.

The 2019 ECOSOC special meeting will provide opportunity to address emerging issues of tax policy and administration related to (i) digitalization of the economy, (ii) taxation and environmental protection, and (iii) taxation and inequality.

date: 29 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/event/ie-2019-ictm.html

UNGA Multi-stakeholder Hearing for High-level Meeting on UHC

An interactive, multi-stakeholder hearing on universal health coverage (UHC) will convene on 29 April, in preparation for the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Meeting on UHC. The High-level meeting will take place on 23 September 2019.

The hearing is called for in the UNGA resolution on modalities for the high-level meeting, as part of its preparatory process (73/131). The UNGA President is requested to organize the hearing with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant partners.

The Assembly calls for the hearing to have the "active participation" of: appropriate senior-level representatives of UN Member States; UNGA observers; parliamentarians; representatives of local government; relevant UN entities; NGOs in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); invited civil society organizations; philanthropic foundations; academia; medical associations; the private sector and broader communities. The hearing should ensure "the participation and voices of women, children, youth and indigenous leadership."

The President is requested to prepare a summary of the hearing prior to the high-level meeting.

The permanent representatives of Hungary and Thailand are leading consultations on the political declaration to be adopted at the high-level meeting.

date: 29 April 2019 time: 9:00 am location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2019/02/13/high-level-meeting-on-u...

Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference

The third Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference (CAPP III) will discuss ways to accelerate climate action and achieve transformative changes in the Pacific to inspire action globally. The Conference will: highlight efforts made to increase resilience in Pacific island countries and linkages to international and regional climate action processes that are currently underway; support the work of the Pacific Resilience Partnership Taskforce; and help advance the work of the Regional Pacific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Hub and the Ocean Pathway.

CAPP III is held back-to-back with the Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM) and the EU-GCCA+ meeting. The Conference is organized with funding from the Governments of Germany, Australia and the UK and supporting development partners.

dates: 29-30 April 2019 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: https://cop23.com.fj/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/CAPP_III_Inf...
https://cop23.com.fj/capp-2019/

May 2019

Pacific Resilience Meeting and EU-GCCA+ Meeting

The Pacific Resilience Partnership (PRP) will convene the inaugural Pacific Resilience Meeting (PRM) under the theme, ‘Youth Futures in a Resilient Pacific’. The event will showcase inspiring examples of youth action, and communities and sectors working inclusively to save and improve lives and protect livelihoods.

The meeting will take stock of the implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP), and highlight how communities and countries in the Pacific are strengthening resilience in an era of escalating disaster and climate risks. It will support implementation of the FRDP goals focusing on: strengthened integrated adaptation and risk reduction to enhance resilience to climate change and disasters; low-carbon development; and strengthened disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

The PRM will be held in collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) Global Climate Change Plus flagship initiative (GCCA+) meeting, and will follow the third Climate Action Pacific Partnership Conference (CAPP III).

dates: 1-3 May 2019 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: http://www.resilientpacific.org/pacific-resilience-meeting/
http://www.gcca.eu/media/calendar

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/

World Migratory Bird Day 2019

Organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year people and dedicated organizations around the world take action and organize hundreds of public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching. The theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2019 is ‘Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution’.

The Day is celebrated on second Saturday in May and October. In 2019, this Day will be celebrated on 11 May and 10 October.

date: 11 May 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/
https://www.cms.int/en/news/world-migratory-bird-day-2019-pr...

Global Platform for DRR 2019

The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss, among other issues, the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR. It will convene under the theme, ‘Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies’. Each of the three official days will focus on, respectively: taking stock of progress made since the last Global Platform; risk-informed public and private investments, including investments in infrastructure, and innovative investment modalities; and action on climate and disaster risk, including integrated national policies, strategies and planning, innovative financial and social instruments, and early warning awareness raising, disaster preparedness and community resilience.

The Global Platform will further: discuss monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR, in the context of trends in global risk, as well as stakeholders’ voluntary commitments; take stock of development and implementation of national and local strategies and plans for DRR, in line with the Sendai Target E, and in synergy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change; forge partnerships and share practice and knowledge on disaster risk-informed policies, programmes and investments, including on development and climate issues; and promote the integration of disaster risk management (DRM) in other relevant sectors.

The outcomes of the meeting are expected to contribute to the deliberations of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UN General Assembly (UNGA) and other relevant UN bodies and processes, including the UN 2019 Climate Change Summit.

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/conference/2019/globalplatform/home

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...

GLF Kyoto 2019

Convening in Kyoto, Japan, back-to-back with the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49), which is expected to release its Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will focus on sustainable landscapes as a critical part of the climate solution. GLF Kyoto 2019 will bring together experts from academia, policy and practice under the theme, ‘Climate, Landscapes and Lifestyles: It Is Not Too Late,’ to consider practical and immediate actions for a climate-smart future, such as changes in trade, food production, investments, lifestyle and diet.

The GLF is a multi-stakeholder platform with a global secretariat led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and core funding provided by the Government of Germany. GLF Kyoto 2019 is followed by GLF Bonn 2019 addressing the issue of land rights.

date: 13 May 2019 location: Kyoto, Japan www: https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/kyoto-2019/

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/

Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to ensure a harmonized approach to the preparation of recommendations for the new framework and to facilitate further discussions of its components at the meetings of the Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The meeting is hosted by the Government of Uruguay.

dates: 14-17 May 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-029-post...

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

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.

dates: 21-23 May 2019 location: Oaxaca, Mexico contact: GIZ e-mail: partnersforreview@giz.de www: http://www.partners-for-review.de/

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. The theme of the 2019 edition will be ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’. The theme aims to spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. The theme also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to SDG 15 (life on land), SDG 14 (life below water), SDG 2 (zero hunger) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being), as well as SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), among others.

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

Urban Future Global Conference

The Urban Future Global Conference provides a forum for CityChangers – decision makers who seek to make cities more sustainable – to enable changes that are necessary to address climate change and social inequalities. The 2019 event will focus on urban mobility, built environment and architecture, leadership, and green business and innovation. The conference programme is organized around ten tracks: how to build sustainably; car-free city life; happy city; business and innovation; circular economy; cutting carbon emissions; green public procurement; leadership; metropolitan areas management; and electrification.

The 2019 Urban Future Global Conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, the European Green Capital 2019. It is organized with support from local, business and international partners including the City of Oslo, C40 Cities, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Europe, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and many others.

dates: 22-24 May 2019 location: Oslo, Norway www: https://www.urban-future.org/

International Conference on Climate Action – ICCA2019

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the City of Heidelberg will jointly host the International Conference on Climate Action – ICCA2019 – in Heidelberg, from 22-23 May 2019. The conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers from countries, regions and cities as well as stakeholders and experts from around the world.

ICCA2019 will be a key moment in preparation for the September 2019 Climate Action Summit. ICCA2019 is also a stand-alone event dedicated to necessary vertical dialogue and cooperation among all levels of government. The program highlights necessary levers for climate adaptation and protection from the perspective of the sectors, and focuses on financing and governance with a significance for the local level.

dates: 22-23 May 2019 location: Germany additional: Heidelberg www: https://www.icca2019.org/

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...

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2019

The 2019 edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) will address a series of issues related to promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally. Five panel discussions will address:

  • Ways to choose the best possible risk management option to regulate substances of very high concern;
  • Grouping of chemical substances and how to avoid regrettable substitution;
  • Ways to measure the performance of different chemical management systems;
  • Plastics and circularity: from pollution to a value-based proposition for all; and
  • The quality of and access to data on chemicals.

HCF 2019 is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

dates: 23-24 May 2019 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

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...

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 16

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: 27-29 May 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation
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Global Soil Week 2019

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 will bring together a diverse range of actors under the theme, ‘Creating Enabling Environments for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa,’ to initiate and strengthen policies and actions on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. The event aims to, inter alia:

  • emphasize the role of enabling environments for smallholder farms in ending hunger in rural areas, enhancing adaptive capacity, achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN), and sustainably managing biodiversity and natural resources;
  • explore enabling environments for investments in sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture over time and at scale; and
  • enable dialogue between representatives of relevant regional initiatives, national governments, municipalities, and civil society on their respective roles and contributions.

The Global Soil Week is an initiative piloted by TMG Thinktank for Sustainability, with support from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Agroforestry Centre, Groupe de Recherche et d’Action sur le Foncier (GRAF) and Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) Development (CETRAD).

dates: 27-30 May 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://globalsoilweek.org/
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1st UN-Habitat Assembly

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will hold the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly at UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-31 May 2019, under the theme, ‘Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities’. The sub-theme for the meeting is ‘Accelerated Implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals’.

The event will bring together UN Member States, UN specialized agencies, local authorities and non-State actors, including civil society, youth and women, the private sector and academia. States with observer status in the UN may participate as observers.

During its first session, the Assembly is expected to establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and to review progress in implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), among other actions.

dates: 27-31 May 2019 venue: UN-Habitat headquarters location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unhabitat.org/habitatassembly/

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/

Sub-regional Exchange for the Pacific on the Restoration of Forests and Other Ecosystems

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), will convene a sub-regional exchange workshop for the Pacific on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The workshop aims to support Parties in developing and implementing national plans on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems in the context of the short-term action plan on ecosystem restoration.

The workshop is one of a series organized through the implementation of the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) by the CBD Secretariat, with financial support from the Korea Forest Service of the Government of the Republic of Korea.

dates: 28-31 May 2019 location: Nadi, Western, Fiji www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-034-ecos...
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June 2019

CCICED Annual General Meeting 2019

This meeting will consider progress on the work of CCICED and discuss issues of priority as addressed under Special Policy Studies of the Council. It is taking place from 2-5 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.

dates: 2-5 June 2019 location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China www: http://www.cciced.net/cciceden/

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/

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. In 2019, China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on the theme, ‘Air Pollution’.

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

18th Responsible Business Summit Europe 2019

The 18th Responsible Business Summit Europe 2019 will address six key themes: strategy, innovation and impact; climate action and investment; responsible supply chains; investor focus; measure, evidence and report; and communicate and engage.

The Summit will include a half-day Circular Economy Forum, on 10 June, as well as numerous workshops that will discuss issues such as integrating the SDGs in future business strategies, SDG reporting, and reducing, recycling and replacing plastics.

The Summit is organized by the Ethical Corporation with support from partners, including Connect4Climate, the Sustainability Consortium, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).

dates: 10-12 June 2019 location: London, England, UK www: https://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs/

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...
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EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019

EAT Stockholm Food Forum is EAT’s annual flagship event that seeks to drive progress, share knowledge and help coordinate action across sectors and disciplines to embrace solutions that will transform the global food system. The 2019 event is the Forum’s sixth edition, which will be informed by the findings of the EAT-Lancet Commission’s report titled, ‘Food, Planet, Health’.

EAT is the science-based global platform for food system transformation.

dates: 12-13 June 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://eatforum.org/event/eatforum19/

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
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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...

ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE Conference: The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020

ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network and EKLIPSE: Knowledge and Learning Mechanism on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, with the European Commission, will convene their 2019 biennial conference on the theme, ‘The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020’. The conference will cover four specific sub-themes: envisaging plausible futures; probable changes in nature; new relationships; and policy responses.

dates: 17-19 June 2019 location: Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium www: http://www.alter-net.info/events/alter-net-conf-2019

European Development Days 2019

European Development Days 2019 (EDD 2019), convened by the European Commission, will bring the development community together under the overarching theme, ‘Addressing Inequalities: Building a World Which Leaves No One Behind’.

The EDD 2019 agenda will be organized around three main themes: why inequalities matter for sustainable development; understanding the structural causes of inequalities; and working better together through more effective policies to address inequalities.

In addition, the European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in EDD 2019 by participating to the Young Leaders Programme. This programme will invite 15 youth representatives to speak at the high-level panels of the forum and “bring fresh perspectives from the new generation”.

dates: 18-19 June 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eudevdays.eu/

Désertif’actions 2019

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), CARI Association (France) and SPONG (Burkina Faso) are co-organizing Désertif’actions 2019, an international civil society summit on land, biodiversity and climate. Through a series of plenary sessions and four themed workshops, the event will address, inter alia: the Great Green Wall for Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI); land tenure and land degradation neutrality (LDN); pastoralism; and water use in drylands.

The first three days of the summit, from 19-21 June, dedicated to debate, exchange of experiences and collective knowledge production, will be followed by a public day of “cultural manifestation and awareness” on 22 June.

dates: 19-22 June 2019 location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso www: https://desertif-actions.org/index.php/en/desertifactions/

GLF Bonn 2019

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn, Germany, will convene under the theme, ‘Rights in the Landscape,’ and focus on the issue of rights in addressing “the current environmental crisis.” Linking people to landscapes, GLF Bonn 2019 will explore the contributions of indigenous peoples, local communities, and rural and indigenous women and youth to achieving the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change, highlighting the transformative role of rights and rights-based approaches for securing a more just, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

The GLF is a multi-stakeholder platform with a global secretariat led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and core funding provided by the Government of Germany. GLF Bonn 2019 is preceded by GLF Kyoto 2019, focusing on climate, landscapes and lifestyles.

dates: 22-23 June 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/bonn-2019/

6th International Conference Energy and Meteorology

The 6th International Conference Energy and Meteorology (ICEM 2019) will convene under the theme ‘Exploiting the Latest Weather and Climate Technology to Tackle the Energy Transition’.

Hosted by the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), ICEM 2019 will bring together representatives from industry and academia from the global energy and meteorology sectors to explore ways in which meteorological and climate information can help the energy industry develop more resilient and cleaner energy systems to help mitigate the effects of climate change and global warming.

dates: 24-27 June 2019 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: http://www.wemcouncil.org/wp/icem2019/

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2019

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment enables Member States, UN entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues.

Per a Council decision in February, the Segment will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 24-26 June.

dates: 24-26 June 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/humanitarian-affairs-segment

European Urban Resilience Forum

The annual European Urban Resilience Forum 2019 will build around three streams: nature-based solutions for urban resilience; improving governance for inclusive and effective climate action; and implementing financing and monitoring strategies for urban resilience. The Forum will explore the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation, social justice in adaptation actions, strategic narratives for urban heat and health, and innovative schemes for municipal financing for resilience and nature-based solutions.

The event is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the European Environment Agency (EEA), with support from European partners, and is taking place in parallel with the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies and back-to-back with the Resilient Cities 2019 conference.

date: 25 June 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.urbanresilienceforum.eu/
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Resilient Cities 2019

Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities.

The tenth anniversary edition of the Resilient Cities congress series, co-hosted by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Federal City of Bonn, Germany, will take place from 26-28 June 2019, back-to-back with the European Urban Resilience Forum and in parallel to the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies.

dates: 26-28 June 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://resilientcities2019.iclei.org/

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/

23rd Meeting of the GCF Board

The 23rd meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will convene from 6-8 July 2019. This is the second meeting of the GCF Board in 2019, the year of the Fund’s first replenishment.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on the Board’s 22nd meeting is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 6-8 July 2019 venue: GCF Headquarters location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/who-we-are/upcoming-engagement...

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

Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) 2019

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science and policy making.

HESI is a partnership between the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN University (UNU), UN-HABITAT and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

HESI 2019 is one of several special events that will take place during the July 2019 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The other events include: the Partnership Exchange, the SDG Business Forum and the Local Authorities meeting.

date: 10 July 2019 time: 3-6 pm EST venue: ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019

2019 Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue

The annual Global Multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Dialogue will take place on 10 July 2019, on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

A February 2019 update on the SIDS Partnership Framework is available here.

date: 10 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Ola Goransson, DESA Division for Sustainable Development Goals e-mail: goranssono@un.org www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sids/partnershipframew...

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

50th Session of the IPCC

The 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 50) is expected to convene in August 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: 2-6 August 2019 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019

Latin America 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. The event is envisioned as a stepping stone to the UN 2019 Climate Summit.

LACCW is part of Regional Climate Weeks that are held annually in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Asia-Pacific. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs. The events’ global partners are the UNFCCC, Word Bank, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU Partnership), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Regional partners include the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Africa, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in LAC and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Asia-Pacific.

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

2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region

The University of Fiji, the University of South Pacific, the National University of Fiji, the Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP) will convene the 2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region (PACIFIC ADAPT 2019).

The Symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners and members of government agencies undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in the Pacific region to:

  • showcase their work in the field of climate change adaptation;
  • exchange information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate change adaptation projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the region;
  • discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects that aim to show how climate change adaptation may be implemented in practice; and
  • explore possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 21-22 August 2019 location: Fiji additional: Lautoka www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/fiji2019.html

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/

Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Circular Economy and Waste-to-Energy

This meeting will focus on various solutions aimed at achieving a shift towards circular economy and the associated “triple win” – economic, environmental and employment. Circular economy solutions contribute to a number of SDGs, including SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) by helping meet the overall energy needs and SDG 13 (climate action) by enabling greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. They also advance SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) by creating job opportunities and closed loops in industries and industrial symbiosis, and recovering energy/material from waste.

The meeting is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It will be held in conjunction with the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week 2019.

date: 23 August 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://unfccc.int/ttclear/events/2018_event7

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/

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 2-13 September 2019, at the India Expo Center and Mart in New Delhi, India.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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

dates: 2-13 September 2019 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

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 envisioned as a stepping stone to the UN 2019 Climate Summit.

APCW is part of Regional Climate Weeks that are held annually in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and Asia-Pacific. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs. The events’ global partners are the UNFCCC, Word Bank, UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UNEP Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU Partnership), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Regional partners include the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Africa, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in LAC and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Asia-Pacific.

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

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 31st session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 31) 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: 2-6 September 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

Korea International Water Week 2019

Korea International Water Week (KIWW) 2019 will convene in Daegu, Republic of Korea. It is organized by the Korea Water Forum, and hosted by the Ministries of Environment, and of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, with Daegu Metropolitan City.

dates: 4-7 September 2019 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea www: https://www.kiww.org/fairDash.do?hl=ENG

SADC Groundwater Conference

The Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), with the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation, will convene the second annual SADC Groundwater Conference under the theme ‘Groundwater Contribution to Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in SADC Region’.

Conference partners include the Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice (GRIPP) and Global Water Partnership (GWP) Southern Africa.

dates: 4-6 September 2019 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://sadc-gmi.org/sadc-groundwater-conference/

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/

North American Forest Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the North American 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: 9-12 September 2019 location: Missoula, MT, US www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31920/en/

3rd World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

The 3rd World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation will bring together representatives from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research and academia, the private sector and development agencies to discuss the role of climate change adaptation in addressing poverty and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. The event aims to:

  • showcase climate change adaptation-related work;
  • foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate change adaptation projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice;
  • discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects that aim to show how the principles of climate change adaptation may be implemented in practice; and
  • allow the participants to explore possibilities for cooperation.

The Symposium is a joint initiative by the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and the Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in cooperation with the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP).

dates: 11-13 September 2019 location: Lagos {greater region}, Nigeria additional: Akure www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/nigeria2019.html

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/

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Training Session on EBSAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene the CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, from 23-27 September 2019. The workshop will be preceded by a training session on EBSAs on 22 September.

The workshop is convened pursuant to CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) decision X/29, requesting the Executive Secretary to organize a series of regional workshops with a primary objective to facilitate the description of EBSAs through application of the scientific criteria in annex I of decision IX/20, and decision 14/9, in which the COP invited Parties to submit descriptions of areas that meet the criteria for EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic.

The workshop is organized in collaboration with the OSPAR Commission and the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), with financial support from the Governments of Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark. It is hosted by the Government of Sweden.

dates: 22-27 September 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-036-mari...

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

Climate Action Summit 2019

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, ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’ It will 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.

In preparation for the Summit, nine coalitions have been established in order to ensure transformative outcomes, according to a briefing for Member States.

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.

The Climate Action Summit 2019 will take place the same week as the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) and the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens, among other high-level discussions and in parallel to the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

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date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/

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 days before and after the HLPF under UNGA auspices convenes, two related events will take place, also at UN Headquarters in New York: the Climate Action Summit 2019 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

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

African Climate Risks Conference 2019

The African Climate Risks Conference 2019 (ACRC2019) will convene under the theme, ‘Dismantling Barriers to Urgent Climate Adaptation Action’. The conferences aims to:

  • Disseminate results and share insights from new and ongoing climate science and adaptation research in Africa;
  • Provide a forum to identify common priorities in African climate research for development through African-led discussions;
  • Contribute to efforts to ensure greater impact and legacy of ongoing research programmes by promoting the uptake of new data, tools and knowledge within planning and decision-making processes; and
  • Link researchers and other actors instrumental in moving research into policy and practice such as decision makers, national meteorological agencies, knowledge brokers, donors, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

The event is hosted by the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA), and will be held alongside the eighth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VIII).

dates: 7-9 October 2019 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: https://www.africanclimaterisksconference2019.org/?customize...

World Habitat Day 2019

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.

date: 7 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/background.shtml
https://unhabitat.org/world-habitat-day/

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

Budapest Water Summit 2019

The Budapest Water Summit 2019 will convene in Budapest, Hungary, under the patronage of Hungarian President János Áder. The 2019 Summit will build on the results of the Summit’s 2016 and 2013 editions.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 Budapest Water Summit is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2013 Budapest Water Summit is here.

dates: 15-17 October 2019 location: Budapest, Hungary www: http://www.sie-see.org/en/calendar/budapest-water-summit-201...

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

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/

OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2019

The annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Green Finance and Investment brings together leading actors across the green finance community to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emission and climate-resilient global economy. The Forum aims to contribute to the achievement of international climate goals and a broader set of environmental objectives linked to the SDGs.

The event is convened by the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

World Cities Day 2019

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

date: 31 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

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: Rome, Lazio, Italy 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

GEO Week 2019 and Ministerial Summit

Ministers from 105 Member governments of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), business leaders, heads of international non-profits and experts will meet in Canberra, Australia, for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.

The Week’s events will focus on the role of Earth observation data in strategic economic decision making and day-to-day business, environmental and development decisions. Participants will explore how the integration of such data into digital economies can drive progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

dates: 4-9 November 2019 location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia www: http://www.earthobservations.org/geoweek19.php

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/...

6th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 6th edition of the triennial UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will be the first UCLG Congress to coincide with the implementation phase of global agendas such as the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to present progress in the implementation of the SDGs and their impact at the local level and to evaluate the evolution of the role of local and regional governments in international policy.

For SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 5th UCLG Congress, click here.

dates: 11-15 November 2019 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/uclg-world-congress-and...
https://www.uclg.org/en/media/news/uclg-world-congress-2019

1st African Protected Areas Congress (APAC)

The first-ever African Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is a continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups that will assemble to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development and conserving the region’s cultural heritage and traditions. Meeting on the theme, ‘Protected Areas: Delivering Benefits for Nature and People,’ the Congress will address three focal areas: protected areas; people; and biodiversity. Its objectives include:

  • Promoting the role of protected areas in conserving nature, supporting sustainable development and human well-being, and making commitments to secure a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage;
  • Sharing experiences and best practices for harmonizing conservation and human development needs, and developing strategic mechanisms and partnerships for ensuring long-term sustainability;
  • Setting a common agenda and a shared vision for Africa’s protected areas, and ensuring they are included in the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063; and
  • Developing priorities and strategies on issues of common interest, and providing a strong African voice and consolidated input into the development of the post-2020 global framework for biodiversity.

APAC is organized with support from the Kenyan Government, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas and international and local partners.

dates: 18-23 November 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://apa-congress.org/

22nd Session of the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. This meeting is scheduled to take place in October 2019.

dates: 18-22 November 2019 location: South Africa additional: Skukuza Mpumalanga www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/91673/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...

11th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the CBD

The 11th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (WG8j) will meet prior to the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) is here.

dates: 20-22 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

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/

23rd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA reports regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. The 23rd meeting of the SBSTTA of the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada.

SBSTTA 23 will meet following the 11th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the CBD.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBSTTA 22 is here.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

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

The Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury is expected to discuss, inter alia, waste thresholds, releases, interim storage, contaminated sites, open burning of waste, review of Annexes A and B, and harmonized customs codes.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP2 is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP1 is here.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Meetings/COP3/tabid/7854/la...

December 2019

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 24th session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 1-5 December 2019 location: Sudan www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

Santiago Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The Santiago Climate Change Conference, which will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC and meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies, is expected to take place from 2-13 December 2019. The pre-sessional period will be from 26 November-1 December 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: 2-13 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/calendar
https://unfccc.int/santiago

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/...

World Climate Summit: The Investment COP

‘World Climate Summit: The Investment COP’ is organized as a side event taking place in parallel to the climate negotiations.

The 2019 edition, held alongside the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, will seek to strengthen bottom-up processes, collaboration across sectors and industries, create new deal flows and facilitate climate-related project development. The multi-stakeholder forum aims to support the UN Global Climate Action Agenda, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 8-9 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://worldclimatesummit.org/

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

Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed.

WUF10 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

Organized jointly with the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, along with partners including the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Executive Council, WUF10 will provide an opportunity to increase local and regional knowledge on sustainable urbanization issues, learn from global lessons and increase cooperation with stakeholders on a global scale.

WUF10 will address key action areas, including:

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities;
  • Innovative urban solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance;
  • Technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities;
  • Building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future, with a special focus on youth and women;
  • Empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and regulatory environments; and
  • The impact of migration on cities.

The conference will contribute to sustainable urban development and implementation of global commitments such as the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

dates: 8-13 February 2020 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://unhabitat.org/wuf10/

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

March 2020

CSW64 / Beijing+25

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 64) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York in March 2020.

CSW 64 takes place twenty-five years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, which met in Beijing, China, and adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). It also takes place five years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly (which conducted a five year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action). The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

date: 3 March 2020 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw64-2020

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 March 2020.

The Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will bring together international experts with the aim of reviewing the status of knowledge on soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity, and the contributions of soil organisms to the SDGs.

dates: 10-12 March 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

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.worldwatercongress.com:6446/index.php
https://www.iwra.org/savethedatexviiworldwatercongress/

24th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA reports regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. The 24th meeting of the SBSTTA of the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada.

SBSTTA 24 will take place in conjunction with the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the CBD.

dates: 18-23 May 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

In Decision XII/12, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) established the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) to replace the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision XII/26.

The four functions and core areas of work of SBI consist of: (a) review of progress in implementation; (b) strategic actions to enhance implementation; (c) strengthening means of implementation; and (d) operations of the convention and the Protocols. The Bureau of the COP serves as the Bureau of the SBI.

The second meeting of the SBI (SBI 2) took place from 9-13 July 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBI 2 is here. SBI 1 was held on 2-6 May 2016, in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBI 1 is here.

SBI 3 will convene in conjunction with the 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the CBD.

dates: 25-29 May 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

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

July 2020

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2020 [tentative]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2020.

As of 21 February 2019, fifteen countries had signed up to present Voluntary National Reviews at the 2020 session.

dates: 7-16 July 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

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  

Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world..

The functions of the ICCM are to: receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

dates: 5-9 October 2020 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

2020 UN Biodiversity Conference

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 10) and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 4) are expected to address a series of issues related to implementation of the Convention and its Protocols.

COP 15 will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference is here.

dates: 5-20 October 2020 [tentative] location: Kunming, Guizhou, China www: https://www.cbd.int/cop/

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/

March 2021

CGRFA 18

The 18th session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 18) 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.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CGRFA 17 is here.

dates: 1-5 March 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/en/

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