Biodiversity and Wildlife
72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’.
In preparation for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN has released documents related to its agenda items on Education, Environmental Conventions, and Social Development, as summarized here. A summary of UNGA 72 documents on Trade, Gender and Human Development is here, and a summary of documents on Globalization and 2030 Agenda, Technology and Innovation, and Water and Sanitation is here.
The President of the 72nd session of the UNGA, Miroslav Laj?ák, identified the following six overarching priorities for his tenure following his election: making a difference in the lives of ordinary people; prevention and mediation for sustaining peace; migration; political momentum for the SDGs and climate; human rights and equality, including equal opportunities for genders; and quality of events organized by the Presidency. A summary of his opening statement as UNGA 72 President is here.
A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 72nd session of the UNGA, including Global Goals Week 2017 and Climate Week NYC 2017.
dates: 12-25 September 2017
venue: UN Headquarters
location: New York City, US
IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.
dates: 18-22 September 2017
venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany
location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany
Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 30) to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.
dates: 25-29 September 2017
location: Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras
Our Ocean Conference 2017
The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.
dates: 5-6 October 2017
contact: Ramon van Barneveld
phone: +32 229-84602
Fourth European Forest Week and Las2017 - Joint Session of EFC and COFFI
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Las2017 - a joint session of the 39th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 74th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Las2017, the 4th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe, under the theme 'Forests, our common good'.
dates: 9-13 October 2017
location: Warsaw, Poland
Asia Pacific Regional Bio-Bridge Roundtable
The Bio-Bridge Initiative was established by the Government of the Republic of Korea at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2014, to enhance technical and scientific cooperation and technology transfer for the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
The objective of this roundtable is to raise awareness of the Bio-Bridge Initiative and facilitate interaction between Parties requiring technical assistance and Parties and/or organizations that could provide such assistance with a view to identifying matchmaking opportunities and fostering partnerships. The roundtable also seeks to identify opportunities for upscaling projects by leveraging additional support from relevant initiatives and mechanisms such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the Standards and Trade Development Facility and the Sustainable Development Goals Technology Facilitation Mechanism. The meeting is organized by the Secretariat of the CBD in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea and the National Institute of Biological Resources.
dates: 16-19 October 2017
location: Incheon, Republic of Korea
CMS COP 12
The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.
dates: 22-28 October 2017
location: Manila, Philippines
contact: CMS Secretariat
IPBES 10th Bureau and MEP Meeting
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. Its mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
The tenth meeting of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) will be held the 22-26 October 2017.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-5 can be viewed here.
dates: 22-26 October 2017
location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.
dates: 23-27 October 2017
location: Sri Lanka
Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR
Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’ Among other issues, the meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS), and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources. The Seventh Session of the Governing Body will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28 and 29 October 2017.
dates: 30 October - 3 November 2017
location: Kigali, Rwanda
Strategic Materials in a Low-Carbon World: From Resource Scarcity to Availability
This international conference is organized by the Veolia Institute in partnership with the Oxford Martin School. It will consider what the low carbon transition implies for materials demand, what the second order implications are for extractive industries, and how circular economy principles, resource efficiency and recycling will play a key part in connecting supply and demand. Participants will include high-level experts from the academic community, business leaders, and national and international policymakers and practitioners. Speakers will include Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics, and Sheila Khama, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank.
dates: 2-3 November 2017
location: Oxford, England, UK
Sixty-Ninth Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee
The 69th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will convene to discuss, inter alia: the revision and replacement of the CITES Strategic Vision: 2008-2020; existing resolutions and decisions; general compliance and enforcement; review of Significant Trade in specimens of Appendix-II species; trade control and traceability; identification of specimens in trade; and species specific matters. It will also consider Reports of the Secretariat on, inter alia: demand reduction; community awareness on wildlife trafficking; capacity-building needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition; follow-up of the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife and South Africa’s Youth Conservation Programme; enforcement matters; International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime; and combating wildlife cybercrime.
dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Sessions of the Associated Committees
The 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.
dates: 27 November - 2 December 2017
location: Lima, Peru
contact: Gerhard Dieterle
53rd Meeting of the GEF Council
The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.
dates: 28-30 November 2017
location: Washington D.C., US
contact: GEF Secretariat
Twenty-First 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 twenty-first meeting of the SBSTTA of the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada.
dates: 11-14 December 2017
location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
contact: CBD Secretariat
Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity
The tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in parallel to the twenty-first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice.
dates: 13-16 December 2017
location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
contact: CBD Secretariat
Global Landscapes Forum
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.
dates: 19-20 December 2017
location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The sixth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-6) will discuss, inter alia, implementation of the work programme 2014-2018, deliverables and assessments. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day meant to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.
dates: 18-24 March 2018
location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
contact: IPBES Secretariat
World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity
The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world. The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).
dates: 3-5 April 2018
location: Manchester, England, UK
Near East Forestry and Range Commission
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.
dates: 11-15 May 2018
location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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
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
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 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
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 event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.
date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]
venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri
location: Nairobi, Kenya
contact: GRASP Secretariat
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
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
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
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
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