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Biodiversity and Wildlife


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/
http://www.siwi.org/publications/world-water-week-programme-...

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

IBFRA18 - Cool Forests at Risk?

The theme of the International Boreal Forest Research Association Cool Forests Conference (IBFRA18) is the critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate. The event will launch an initiative to raise awareness, maintain and promote the multiple, critical values, provided by those ecosystems. The conference is hosted by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the International Boreal Forest Research Association, the Pan-Eurasian Experiment, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

dates: 17-20 September 2018 location: Laxenburg, Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), Austria www: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/research/researchPrograms/Ec...

Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

The Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), organized by UN Environment and the African Union (AU), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, will consider key issues to be discussed at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in 2019 and Africa’s common approach for engagement in the Assembly. Themed, ‘Turning Environmental Policies into Action through Innovative Solutions,’ the meeting will focus on how environmental challenges can be addressed through innovative solutions and interventions and by promoting sustainable consumption and production.

The special session will provide an opportunity for the continent to prepare for the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as UNFCCC COP 24.

The special session will be held back-to-back with the first meeting of the Africa Environment Partnership Platform, and will consist of a meeting of the expert group to be held from 17-18 September, and a ministerial segment on 19 September.

dates: 17-19 September 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/25896/...
https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/african-mini...

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: 9-12 October 2018 location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland www: https://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news...

Eighth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (OWG-EFMLS-8)

The eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (OWG-EFMLS-8) is scheduled to take place from 10-12 October. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) 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.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...

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: 11-12 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...

International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Regional Agreements

Mexico’s National Association of Environmental State Authorities (ANAAE) will convene the annual International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Regional Agreements to foster South-South cooperation between subnational governments towards more sustainable territories.

dates: 25-26 October 2018 location: Campeche, Mexico www: http://www.nrg4sd.org/international-conference-climate-chang...

November 2018

African Biodiversity Summit

The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Biodiversity Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference. The theme of the Summit is 'Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Restoration: Priorities for Increased Resilience in Africa'.

date: 13 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-055-afri...

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 14-15 November 2018. The CBD COP 14 and COP/MOPs are expected to meet in parallel from 17-29 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference (including CBD COP 13) is here.

dates: 14-29 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/
https://www.cbd.int/conferences/2018/cop-14/documents

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...

3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

The 3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOS3) will convene from 10-14 December 2018, in Monaco. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is the first global instrument for the conservation of migratory species of sharks.

dates: 10-14 December 2018 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.cms.int/sharks/en/meeting/sharks-mos3-3rd-meetin...

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/...

55th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 55th meeting of the GEF Council will take place form 17-20 December 2018. 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: 17-20 December 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

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...

June 2019

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 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

November 2019

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/...

December 2019

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

June 2020

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...