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Biodiversity and Wildlife


April 2018

FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC)

The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa will focus on: agricultural transformation in the Near East and North Africa Region and the challenge of youth employment and migration; agroecology: adapting to climate change in semi-arid areas for a sustainable agricultural development; one health: addressing transboundary plant, animal and fish pests and diseases: a case for regional cooperation; and other priorities for the region.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/nerc3...
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 24-26 April 2018 location: Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#prep

Compliance Committee under the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The second meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing is scheduled to convene from 24-26 April 2018.

dates: 24-26 April 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/ABSCC-02

Deadline for HLPF 2018 Side Event Applications

The UN Division for Sustainable Development in DESA is accepting applications for side events during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Guidelines are provided for the application process.

date: 30 April 2018 location: virtual contact: DSD www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1781...
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018/sideevents

May 2018

Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the Context of Human Security and Wellbeing

The Environment Management Group's first Nexus Dialogue of 2018 will consider the theme, 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the context of Human Security and Wellbeing'. The EMG Nexus Dialogues discuss the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals from a nexus perspective. This event will consider how UN agencies and their partners can, in the forthcoming three years, enhance their collaborative and individual efforts to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the associated Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Nexus Dialogue will consist of two days of technical discussions, from 2-3 May 2018, at the International Environment House II, Geneva, Switzerland, and will be held in cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity.

dates: 2-3 May 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues/2018-nexus-dialogue-ser...

Cartagena Protocol Compliance Committee Meeting

The fifteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 14th meeting of the Compliance Committee is here.

dates: 8-10 May 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

The 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from May 13-16, 2018. This meeting will bring together scientists, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss and advance our understanding of the importance and current state of biodiversity in the marine environment. Conference themes include: Climate change impacts on marine biodiversity; Cumulative impacts of human activities on marine biodiversity; Marine ecosystem safety; Role of systematics in understanding ocean change; Bioinformatics and data delivery; Analytical approaches in marine biodiversity science; Integrative frameworks for linking environmental and biological drivers of biodiversity; Linking biodiversity to ecosystem function and services; Blue biotechnology and marine genetic resources; Marine policy and law; Marine biodiversity and human health; Marine biodiversity education and outreach; and Strategies for conservation of marine biodiversity.  

dates: 13-16 May 2018   location: TBA   www: http://www.wcmb2018.org/  

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 15: Progress and Prospects

The UN Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and partners are organizing an Expert Group Meeting on SDG 15 (life on land) and its role in advancing sustainable development through implementation of the 2030 Agenda, ahead of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The objectives of the meeting are to: take stock of progress towards SDG 15; share knowledge on success stories, good practices and challenges; identify particular areas of concern; and suggest ways forward in terms of policies, partnerships and coordinated actions at all levels. These messages will help inform the HLPF, assist in planning its sessions, and serve to influence collaborations and programmes of work going forward from 2018, according to the organizers. The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) concept note is available here, along with the latest draft programme. SDG 15 is one of the Goals to be reviewed in-depth at the 2018 session. The others are: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) (which is reviewed every year). EGMs on the other Goals are listed on the HLPF preparations webpage.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DSD www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=2717&typ...

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 13th round of informal consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP/13) will convene from 22-23 May 2018.

dates: 22-23 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/convention...
http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

International Day for Biological Diversity 2018

The 2018 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and highlight progress made in the achievement of its objectives at the national and global levels. The theme of the Day Is: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity. A summary of events marking International Day for Biological Diversity 2017 is here.

date: 22 May 2018 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/2018/
https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-025-idb-...

June 2018

21st 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 May 2018.

date: 1 June 2018 [tentative] location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal contact: Magnus Grylle, FAO e-mail: magnus.grylle@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/31908/en

July 2018

Twenty-Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice

The twenty-second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held the 2-7 July 2017. Article 25 of the 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.

dates: 2-7 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-22
https://www.cbd.int/sbstta

Second 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 first meeting of the SBI was held on 2-6 May 2016, in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first SBI is here. 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 Conference of the Parties serves as the Bureau of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: CBD Secretariat www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-02

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

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.

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

CITES AC30, PC24 and Joint AC-PC

Convening under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the thirtieth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC30) and twenty-fourth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (PC24) will hold separate sessions as well as a joint session.

dates: 16-27 July 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22- 917-81-39/40 e-mail: info@cites.org www: https://cites.org/eng/com/ac/index.php
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24th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority (Second Part)

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. The 24th Annual Session (ISA 24) will be held in two parts, the first in March 2018 and the second in July 2018. During the first part, the Council will meet the 5-9 March, while the Legal and Technical Commission will convene the 12-23 March. The dates for the second part are: 2-13 July for the Legal and Technical Commission; 9-12 July for the Finance Committee; 16-20 July for the Council; and 23-27 July for the Assembly. IISDRS will provide coverage of the Council and Assembly meetings. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority is here.

dates: 16-27 July 2018 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/sessions/24th-session-2018

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

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

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

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The XXVI IPS Congress convened from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.

dates: 19-25 August 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: GRASP Secretariat www: http://www.internationalprimatologicalsociety.org/meetings.c...

Eleventh 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 Eleventh 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 23-24 August.

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.

The Regular Process is expected to meet twice in 2018 to: approve an outline of the 'World Ocean Assessment;' and to provide recommendations to the UN General Assembly on the preparation of the assessment. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the ninth meeting of the Regular Process is here.

dates: 23-24 August 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
http://www.un.org/Depts/los/global_reporting/global_reportin...

World Water Week 2018

The 28th World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, will focus on the theme, 'Water, Ecosystems and Human Development'.

dates: 26-31 August 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.siwi.org/

September 2018

First Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The first session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) follows an organizational session (held in April 2018) and the conclusion of the fourth and concluding session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine BBNJ under UNCLOS, which was held in July 2017.

dates: 4-17 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

67th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC 67)

The 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC67) will convene in Brazil. The IWC67 plenary will take place from 10-14 September. The plenary will be preceded, from 4-5 September, by pre-meetings. From 6-8 September, Sub-Committee meetings will take place. And on 9 September, other meetings will take place. The International Whaling Commission was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IWC 66 is here.

dates: 10-14 September 2018 venue: Costao do Santinho Resort location: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil www: https://iwc.int/iwc67

October 2018

CITES SC70

The seventieth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC70) will take place in Sochi, Russian Federation.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russian Federation contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40 www: https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php

IUFRO 2018 Posadas

The IUFRO 2018 Posadas Conference on 'Adaptive Management for Forested Landscapes in transformation' will highlight the accelerated environmental changes in this era of the Anthropocene. The Conference will address issues arising from the transformation of forests in response to the pressures of globalization, population growth, resource scarcity and ecological degradation. It will also discuss how biodiversity is essential to human well-being, and the loss of species and degradation of ecosystems, as well as the status of the achievement of global goals on biodiversity. The Conference will also consider the ecological, economic, and functional values of landscapes with a view to improving planning and decision-making; and operational solutions that can reconcile biodiversity conservation in the light of increasing demands on natural resources and land.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Argentina additional: Posadas, Misiones www: http://iufro2018posadas.com/

2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, will host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress. This Congress will build on the success of the first Congress, held in Trondheim, Norway, in 2014, and will bring together scientists, policy-makers, government officials, indigenous representatives, Traditional Knowledge holders, industry, non-governmental organizations and others to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity.

dates: 9-11 October 2018 location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland www: https://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news...

Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018

The Government of the UK will host this conference, which will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The meeting will focus on three key themes. The first is tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime, looking to: increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption; strengthen networks of IWT law enforcement experts, helping front line countries to coordinate across the trade routes; and improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges. The second theme will be building coalitions, to: use levers of influence across illicit trade routes, through increased engagement with the private sector, NGOs, academia and new partners; harness technology; and share and scale up successful and innovative solutions. The third theme, closing markets, will investigate: sharing common challenges and solutions to make market closure as effective as possible, including tackling displacement to neighboring countries, and encouraging other countries to follow suit; and sharing successful approaches for reducing demand for other illegal wildlife products. SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014.

dates: 10-11 October 2018 location: London, England, UK www: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/london-conferen...

13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13)

The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13) will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 21-29 October 2018.

dates: 21-29 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: Ramsar Convention Secretariat e-mail: info@ramsar.org www: http://www.ramsar.org/about/the-conference-of-the-contractin...

November 2018

2018 UN Biodiversity Conference

The 14th meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (CBD COP 14, Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 9, and Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 3) are expected to address a series of issues related to implementation of the Convention and its Protocols. A High-Level Segment is expected to convene from 7-8 November 2018. The CBD COP 14 and COP/MOPs are expected to meet in parallel from 10-22 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (including CBD COP 13) is here.

dates: 7-22 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt contact: CBD Secretariat phone: +1-514-288-2220 e-mail: secretariat@cbd.int www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

December 2018

7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)

The 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 7) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) will take place in December 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 6 is here.  

dates: 4-8 December 2018 location: South Africa www: http://www.unep-aewa.org/en/meeting/7th-session-meeting-part...

Mountains 2018

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

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

February 2019

CGRFA 17

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

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

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

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

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