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February 2018

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central Asian Republics

The Bio-Bridge Initiative, established by the Government of the Republic of Korea, aims to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Protocols with a view to enhancing the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as the updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans. The Secretariat is convening the first regional Bio-Bridge Initiative round table for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central Asian republics to raise awareness of the Bio-Bridge Initiative and its operational modalities (including the project selection criteria and procedures), tools and services; provide updates on recent developments under the Initiative; and facilitate the sharing of experience and lessons learned with respect to technical and scientific cooperation. The round table also aims to facilitate interaction between Parties requiring technical assistance and Parties and/or organizations that could provide such assistance with a view to identifying matchmaking opportunities, fostering partnerships and finding joint solutions. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the CBD can be found here.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Minsk, Belarus www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/TSCWS-2017-04
https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/37d8/7a9d/72bee1a9c6e7f79b0d736d81...

Civil Society Pre-Meeting to UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), which follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region, will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

UNECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 VNR Countries

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sixteen countries from the UNECE region volunteered to take part in VNRs at the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which will convene in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub story about the 2018 VNR countries is here. This Regional Preparatory Meeting for VNR countries of the UNECE is organized by the Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Participation is by invitation by UN DESA. This event will take place immediately before the 2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE....

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

Tenth 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 Tenth 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 28 February to 1 March 2018. 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: 28 February - 1 March 2018 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...

March 2018

2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. The meeting will focus on the sub-set of SDGs to be reviewed at the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018): SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12, SDG 15. The Regional Forum will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations. In addition, the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will organize a Regional Preparatory Meeting for 2018 VNR countries of the UNECE region, on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

dates: 1-2 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html
http://www.unece.org/forests

World Wildlife Day 2018

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March - the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) - as UN World Wildlife Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is 'Big Cats'. Using the expanded definition of big cats, the Day will raise awareness on the conservation of the lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar, as well as the cheetah, snow leopard, puma, clouded leopard and related species.

date: 3 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
https://cites.org/eng/protecting_big_cats_is_the_call_of_Wor...

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 March 2018.

date: 5 March 2018 [tentative] location: TBA contact: Magnus Grylle, FAO e-mail: magnus.grylle@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/31908/en

24th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority (First 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. IISDRS will cover the Council meeting. 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. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority is here.

dates: 5-9 March 2018 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/sessions/24th-session-2018

World Ocean Summit 2018

The Economist Events' fifth World Ocean Summit will convene in Mexico and will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative focused on five pillars: sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change, finance and technology. The event seeks to deepen engagement with the private sector, particularly private capital's involvement with the ocean. The 2018 Summit will feature: an extension of the Word Ocean Summit 2017, deepening on the issue of financing; a focus on measurement providing accountability of blue initiatives in the areas of fisheries, pollution and climate change; and the first business case of the blue economy that drives discussions on investments and growth in the blue economy. Speakers will include: Enrique Peña Nieto, President, Mexico; Luis Guillermo Solís, President, Costa Rica; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President, Iceland; Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador; Michael Eckhart, Citigroup; Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank; Matthew Arnold, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, United Nations; and Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

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: 17-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

Third Meeting of the Informal Advisory Committee on Capacity-building for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol

The third meeting of the Informal Advisory Committee on Capacity-building for the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 20-22 March 2018.

dates: 20-22 March 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

International Day of Forests 2018

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, 'Forests for sustainable cities,' and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

date: 21 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will focus on the theme, 'Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies'. In addition to discussing the theme of the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018) as it relates to regional and subregional perspectives, this preparatory event will also review in depth the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be discussed at the 2018 HLPF: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2018, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 28-30 March 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5

April 2018

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 www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/biodiversity.htm...

Organizational Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under UNCLOS on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The organizational 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 will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This session follows 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 biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under UNCLOS, which concluded with the adoption of an outcome by consensus. The outcome included non-exclusive elements of a draft ILBI text that generated convergence among most delegations, a list of main issues on which there is a divergence of views, with the indication that both do not reflect consensus. It also included a recommendation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to take a decision, as soon as possible, on the convening of an intergovernmental conference (IGC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth PrepCom is here.

dates: 16-18 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018

The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This Forum, adopted by Member States as the regional mechanism to support the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, will include both substantive debates in line with the theme of the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), peer learning session for countries from the region on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and reports from ECLAC as well as from other stakeholders on the progress towards the SDGs. Prior to the meeting of the Forum, from 16-17 April, activities will be carried out in Santiago by civil society representatives and other relevant actors.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Forum is here.

dates: 18-20 April 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2018/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 [tentative]

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

dates: 24-26 April 2018 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

May 2018

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/

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 www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/65542/en/

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/  

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-...

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, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found 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
https://cites.org/ https://eng/com/pc/index.php

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

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 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   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...  

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...

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...

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/

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...