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Biodiversity and Wildlife


October 2019

III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas

The III Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas will be held under the theme, ‘Solutions for Welfare and Sustainable Development’. An initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the Congress provides a space for exchange of experience and debate on the formulation and implementation of public policies.

The meeting will address, inter alia: well-being and protected areas and linkages with the SDGs; protected areas’ contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation; and coastal and marine conservation and sustainability.

dates: 14-17 October 2019 location: Lima, Peru www: https://www.iucn.org/theme/protected-areas/about/congresses/...
https://www.areasprotegidas-latinoamerica.org/

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/

Tenth ESP Conference 2019

The tenth anniversary Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, ‘Ten Years Advancing Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice for a Sustainable Future’.

Organized by the ESP and local partners, the conference will bring together more than 600 delegates to discuss various themes related to ecosystem services. The event will feature a Business Day to encourage dialogue between business representatives and researchers to stimulate the application of the ecosystem services concept in business operations.

dates: 21-25 October 2019 location: Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany www: https://www.espconference.org/esp10

Liaison Group on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Liaison Group is to prepare a draft of the biosafety component of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be submitted to the Second Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB..., which will develop a preliminary text of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for further elaboration at the Third Post-2020 Working Group Meeting.

An introduction to the post-2020 process is here.

dates: 22-25 October 2019 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/CP-LG-2019-01

Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will convene a regional conference on the theme, ‘Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below’. The conference aims to:

  • Consult with countries and key stakeholders on progress towards achieving the Bonn Challenge, New York Declaration on Forests and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) restoration goals;
  • Feature successful community-led restoration initiatives along with policies, incentives and partnerships contributing to their success;
  • Consider forest landscape restoration (FLR) initiatives successfully linking ecology, the rights of men, women and youth and community land management practices that provide insights on forestry, agroforestory and agricultural initiatives that generate strong social and ecological co-benefits;
  • Showcase effective approaches to promoting tenure security, improving market incentives and access to supply chains for sustainably produced cocoa, coffee, shea and other products, and delivering technical assistance and access to markets and finance; and
  • Coordinate and increase international, national and private support for FLR.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/docs/news/Aout%202019/GLF-Accra-Concept...

November 2019

Communities of Ocean Action Meeting

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in their capacity as co-focal points for the Community of Ocean Action (COA) on Marine and Coastal Ecosys..., are organizing an in-person meeting of relevant COAs. The meeting will take place back-to-back with a consultation, convening from 6-8 November 2019, on the post-2020 biodiversity framework with a focus on marine and coastal biodiversity.

The COA meeting and the biodiversity consultation are part of the 2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting, taking place in Montreal, Canada, from 4-8 November 2019.

More information on the COAs is available here.

date: 3 November 2019 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Fifth European Forest Week and Forêt2019 – 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 Forêt2019 – a joint session of the 40th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 77th 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 Forêt2019, the 5th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe under the theme, ‘Forests and the Circular Economy’.

dates: 4-7 November 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/
http://www.unece.org/forests/forestsmeetings/timber-committe...

2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting: Charting the Course for a Sustainable Future for the Ocean

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other focal points of the Communities of Ocean Action, will convene the ‘2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting: Charting the Course for a Sustainable Future for the Ocean’.

This meeting will provide a platform for members of the Communities of Ocean Action to exchange experiences and lessons learned to support the implementation of voluntary commitments and to discuss key priorities for the 2020 UN Ocean Conference and the CBD post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.icriforum.org/meeting/2020-ocean-pathways-meetin...
https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-060-mari...

2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana will convene the 2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting at the Pontifical University Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting seeks to stimulate exchange among international, regional and local stakeholders interested in the decision-making processes, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in the region.

dates: 5-8 November 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/
https://cosmosjaveriana.wixsite.com/cosmos/events/2-foro-lat...

CBD Thematic Consultation on Ecosystem Restoration for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat with the Government of Brazil will convene a thematic consultation on ecosystem restoration, bringing together experts nominated by Parties to the CBD, other governments, relevant organizations, and indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs).

The outputs of the consultation will form the basis of a report, which will serve as input to the Second Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB..., which will develop a preliminary text of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for further elaboration at the Third Post-2020 Open-ended Working Group Meeting.

dates: 6-8 November 2019 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2019-11

European Business and Nature Summit

The European Business and Nature Summit, a two-day conference on business, biodiversity and natural capital, will bring together key representatives from businesses, governments and civil society in the EU to facilitate more decisive global action to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore healthy ecosystems.

The Summit will contribute to: implementation of the Action Agenda for Nature and People, launched at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in support of biodiversity and the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework; shaping the New Deal for Nature and People; and catalyzing voluntary actions in favor of biodiversity from the business sector.

The Summit is organized by the European Commission, the European Business and Biodiversity Platform, Ecoacsa, Fundación Empresa y Clima and Fundación Biodiversidad from Ministry for Ecological Transition, through the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IEEB).

dates: 7-8 November 2019 location: Madrid, Spain www: https://naturalcapitalsummiten.wordpress.com/european-busine...

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/...

Paris Peace Forum

The second annual Paris Peace Forum will bring together States, international organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens who seek to develop multilateral solutions for today’s challenges. The Forum focuses on identifying governance solutions under six major themes: Peace and Security; Development; Environment; New Technologies; Inclusive Economy; and Culture and Education.

The 2019 Forum will feature, inter alia, debate sessions on the flagship themes of the 2019 selected projects:

  • Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • Protection of Biodiversity;
  • The Role of Cultural Industries in Development;
  • Rethinking Drug Policy Worldwide;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Private Sector and the SDGs; and
  • Humanitarian Law Enforcement.

The Forum is organized in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the EU, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), among other international and local organizations.

The Forum’s second edition follows the first Paris Peace Forum, which took place in November 2018. Read the SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the inaugural Forum here.

dates: 11-13 November 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://parispeaceforum.org/

Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

The Seventeenth regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) aims to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa and ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner. AMCEN also supports the realization of social and economic development, including agricultural activities and practices that meet the food security needs of the region.

The seventeenth meeting will be held under the theme, 'Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa.'

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary will attend to present on the post-2020 process and road to the 15th meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP 15 or 202....

dates: 11-15 November 2019 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa www: https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/africa/african-ministe...

Thematic Consultation on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a thematic consultation on marine and coastal biodiversity for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a component of the 2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting, with financial support from the Government of Sweden.

This consultation is intended to gather views on elements related to marine and coastal biodiversity for inclusion in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which will be adopted at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the CBD in Kunming, China, in 2020. The outputs of the consultation will form the basis of a report, which will serve as input to the formal process and deliberations under the Convention on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 13-15 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2019-10

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/

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/

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/

2nd International River Summit 2019

The second International River Summit will convene in Allahabad, India, under the theme, ‘Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future Through Water’.

Organized by the River Water User Association (India) and the International River-Basin Foundation, the event will focus on: the development of integrated water resources and their management to achieve water and food security; climate change impacts; agricultural development; ways to achieve sustainability through latest technologies, information and communications technology (ICT) and resource mobilization. The summit’s seven themes seek to help achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, by addressing local issues in a changing climate:

  • Rivers as a Source of Inspiration and Life;
  • Valuing Rivers and Water;
  • Threats to Water Resources and Food Security;
  • Ecosystem Rejuvenation;
  • Feel the Vibration for Sustainable Life;
  • Science, Technology, ICT and Innovation as a Support System for Action; and
  • Policy Issues, Governance and Resource Mobilization.

The 2019 event follows the first International River Summit that took place in 2016.

dates: 28-30 November 2019 location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India www: https://rwua.org.in/Internationalriversummit2019/

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/

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 17-19 December 2019. The GEF CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council opens.

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: 16-19 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

February 2020

CMS COP 13

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

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

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

World Biodiversity Forum

In 2020, countries are expected to adopt a new global biodiversity framework, ‘New Deal for Nature,’ that will pave the way to achieving the 2050 vision of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’.

This conference, organized by University of Zurich and bioDISCOVERY, will contribute to this vision, and to the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, by viewing biodiversity through the lens of an Earth system approach. The event will investigate the interconnected impacts of drivers of global environmental change on biodiversity and ecosystems, and highlight the benefits and solutions biodiversity and ecosystems provide to sustainable development.

dates: 23-28 February 2020 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://biodiscovery.earth/2019/01/14/world-biodiversity-for...

Second Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will convene to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The negotiating process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020.

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group convened 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. It considered:

  • outcomes of regional and thematic consultations conducted and other contributions received regarding the post-2020 process;
  • potential elements of the structure and scope of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • future work programme of the Working Group on Post-2020; and
  • tasks that may be allocated to other intersessional bodies and processes, including the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

dates: 24-28 February 2020 location: China additional: Kunming www: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020

March 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...

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources

At the 14th meeting of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Parties decided to establish a science- and policy-based process on digital sequence information on genetic resources, and established an extended Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group.

The Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will consider the outcomes of the extended Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group, and make recommendations to COP 15 to be held in Kunming, China, on how to address digital sequence information on genetic resources in the context of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 17-20 March 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

7th Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020)

The Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Management’ (FTZ-NK) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, will convene the seventh Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020). Taking place exclusively on the internet, CLIMATE2020 is guided by and will contribute to SDG 13 (climate action). Specific themes to be addressed include:

  • Resilience and Capacity Building;
  • Intelligent Climate Policy and Governance;
  • Education, Awareness and Adaptation;
  • Climate Finance and Access to Funding;
  • Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries; and
  • Climate Change as a Threat to Biodiversity.

dates: 23-30 March 2020 location: virtual www: https://dl4sd.org/

May 2020

8th Global Nitrogen Conference

The 8th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2020) will convene in Berlin, Germany, from 3-7 May 2020. The triennial event will bring together scientists from around the world dealing with reactive nitrogen compounds in agriculture, industry, traffic, soil, water and air.

The conference is expected to stimulate an exchange among policymakers and other relevant stakeholders of results, ideas and visions to improve future holistic management of reactive nitrogen in order to further reduce hunger and poverty while avoiding further hazards for human health, biodiversity and environment, given that most of the SDGs are closely interlinked with the nitrogen cycle. A joint conference declaration based on the latest scientific knowledge is expected to catalyze further policy action towards effective integrated nitrogen management.

INI2020 is co-organized by the International Nitrogen Initiative and hosted by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency, with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

dates: 3-7 May 2020 location: Berlin, Germany www: https://ini2020.com/

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/

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

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

The Day’s 2020 edition is expected to be relevant to raising awareness and building momentum in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 22 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

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

World Environment Day 2020

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 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.

The 2020 edition of World Environment Day is expected to provide an opportunity for driving the momentum and public awareness of nature as a key aspect in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 5 June 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/?xv=1&c=1

World Oceans Day 2020

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 2020 location: worldwide contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea www: https://www.worldoceansday.org/

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...

July 2020

Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will convene to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The negotiating process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

The second meeting was held 24-28 February 2020.

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group convened 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. It considered:

  • outcomes of regional and thematic consultations conducted and other contributions received regarding the post-2020 process;
  • potential elements of the structure and scope of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework;
  • future work programme of the Working Group on Post-2020; and
  • tasks that may be allocated to other intersessional bodies and processes, including the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation.

dates: 27-31 July 2020 location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia www: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020

September 2020

Leaders’ Biodiversity Summit

In resolution A/RES/73/234, adopted on 20 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided “to convene a summit on biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government, within existing resources,” ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) in 2020, “in order to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity”.

Taking place on the margins of the opening of the UNGA, the Summit will seek to provide political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

date: 21 September 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-026-meet...
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/73...

68th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC68)

The IWC was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The preamble to the Convention states that its purpose is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.

An integral part of the Convention is its legally binding 'Schedule.' The Schedule sets out specific measures that the IWC has collectively decided are necessary in order to regulate whaling and conserve whale stocks. These measures include catch limits (which may be zero as it the case for commercial whaling) by species and area, designating specified areas as whale sanctuaries, protection of calves and females accompanied by calves, and restrictions on hunting methods.

The biennial Commission meeting of the IWC is attended by around 400 people including government delegates, observers from non-member governments, other inter-governmental organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and representatives of the media. IWC68 will take place from 25 September to 2 October 2020.

dates: 25 September - 2 October 2020 location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz www: https://iwc.int/biennial-meeting-of-the-international-whalin...

October 2020

Global Adaption Action Summit

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaption Summit in October 2020.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by the eighth UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 1 October 2020 [tentative] location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation

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.

As part of the process to develop the post-2020 framework, negotiations will be held in the context of an open-ended intersessional Working Group, co-chaired by Francis Ogwal (Uganda) and Basile van Havre (Canada). The first meeting of the Working Group is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-30 August 2019. Its second meeting will be held in Kunming, China, from 24-28 February 2020. The third meeting of the Working Group is expected to convene from 27-31 July 2020 in Colombia.

Additionally, the Convention’s other intersessional and subsidiary bodies, including the Working Group on Article 8(j), the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological A... (SBSTTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will address aspects of the post-2020 framework of relevance to their mandates.

A series of regional consultations have already taken place, including for Asia and the Pacific, Western Europe and Others Group and other members of the EU, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. A thematic consultation with focus on gender elements was also held in New York, US, and a consultation workshop among the biodiversity-related convent... took place from 10-12 June 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

The meeting is expected to take place in the final quarter of 2020 in Kunming, Yunnan, China. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub policy brief on the road to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference here.

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

dates: 5-10 October 2020 [tentative] location: China additional: Kunming, Yunnan www: https://www.cbd.int/cop/

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/