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Biodiversity and Wildlife


February 2019

TEEB for Agriculture and Food International Symposium

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will bring together stakeholders, partners and experts involved in various Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Agriculture and Food work streams, linked together by the cross-cutting theme of applying the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework in different country contexts, to assess the impacts of various agri-food systems and policy interventions.

Representatives from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Senegal, Tanzania and Thailand are expected to attend the event, present on and/or contribute to case studies. The event will provide an opportunity for different projects to share experiences and lessons learned, and discuss specific project activities and deliverables.

dates: 26-27 February 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://teebweb.org/agrifood/home/meetings-events/symposium-f...

March 2019

World Wildlife Day 2019

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 ‘Life below Water: for People and Planet’. World Wildlife Day 2019 aligns closely with SDG 14 (life below water), and will provide an opportunity to highlight the value of marine wildlife, celebrate successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and scale up support for future initiatives.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of statements and events marking World Wildlife Day 2018, which convened under the theme, ‘Big Cats: Predators under Threat,’ is here.

date: 3 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.wildlifeday.org/
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/20...

Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4)

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will take place from 11-15 March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017 (UNEP/EA.3/L.2). By the same text, the Assembly decided that following the 2019 session, UNEA will convene during the last week each February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. The President of UNEA-4 will be Estonia.

Under the overall theme, ‘Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production,’ UNEA-4 will address:

  • environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss;
  • life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; and
  • innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

dates: 11-15 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

One Planet Summit

The third edition of the One Planet Summit will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), on 14 March 2019.

During the One Planet Summit, Heads of State and non-State actors will come together to step up collective action for climate adaptation, protection of biodiversity and energy transition in Africa. Organized by the Government of France, with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Summit will be co-chaired by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the second One Planet Summit is here. The summary of the first One Planet Summit is here.

date: 14 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/events-16/one-planet-summi...

International Day of Forests 2019

In 2019, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, ‘Forests and Education.’ It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

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 (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the Day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

date: 21 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/timber/meetings/2018/2018...

Second Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

The second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) 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 the first session, which took place in September 2018.

Delegates are expected to consider, inter alia, a document by IGC President Rena Lee aiming to facilitate focused discussions and text-based negotiations.

dates: 25 March - 5 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

April 2019

Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Africa

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, will convene the Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Africa.

In decision 14/34, the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the CBD adopted a preparatory process for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, and requested the Executive Secretary to facilitate its implementation. The process includes organization of regional consultations to ensure a harmonized approach to the preparation of recommendations for the new framework and facilitate further discussions of its components at the meetings of the Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

dates: 2-5 April 2019 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-014-post...

Seventh Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-7)

The seventh session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-7) will consider, inter alia: the report of the Executive Secretary on the implementation of the first work programme for the period 2014-2018; the global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services; review of the Platform at the conclusion of its first work programme; the Platform’s next work programme; and institutional arrangements.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-6 is here.

dates: 29 April - 4 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-7-plenary

May 2019

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 14th round of informal consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP/14) will convene from 2-3 May 2019.

dates: 2-3 May 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...

UNESCO International Water Conference

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Water Conference will focus on the theme, ‘Leveraging Intersectorality for Sustainable Water Security and Peace’.

In light of the fact that many human activities depend on water, including food production, energy generation, industry and recreation, and that water management and governance affect the health of humans and ecosystems and reflect the regional conditions of poverty, gender equality, education and cultural diversity, the conference aims to:

  • discuss intersectoral approaches to the governance and management of water resources;
  • launch a Call for Action to foster intersectoral water management;

  • share good practices enabling participation, transparency and information sharing; and

  • provide evidence of the importance of interdisciplinarity and the integration of sciences to support countries in achieving the goals of water-related international agendas.

dates: 13-14 May 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://en.unesco.org/events/unesco-international-water-conf...

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion

The 2019 Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19) will addresses soil erosion prevention, control and contrast for increased food security and ecosystem services in view of the achievement of SDGs 13 (climate action), 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 15 (life on land). It will focus on three themes: (1) use of data and assessment tools in soil erosion control; (2) policy in action to address soil erosion; and (3) the economics of soil erosion control and restoration of eroded land.

The Symposium will contribute to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) in terms of minimizing the risk of soil erosion and provide concrete examples of effective Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) practices, techniques and instruments. The meeting is expected to produce an outcome document highlighting the scientific evidence on the status of soil erosion and its impacts and outlining an agenda for action in the framework of achieving the SDGs.

The Symposium is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and the Joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-erosion-symposium/abo...
http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

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...

International Day for Biological Diversity 2019

The UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme of the 2019 edition will be ‘Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health’. The theme aims to spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. The theme also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to SDG 15 (life on land), SDG 14 (life below water), SDG 2 (zero hunger) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being), as well as SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), among others.

date: 22 May 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

CITES CoP18

The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 23 May to 3 June 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP17 is here.

dates: 23 May - 3 June 2019 location: Colombo, Sri Lanka www: https://cites.org/eng/cop/index.php
https://cites.org/eng/news/pr/CITES_CoP18_will_be_held_in_Co...

June 2019

World Environment Day 2019

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) 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.

date: 5 June 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

World Oceans Day 2019

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 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldoceansday.org/

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 venue: Inter-American Development Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region.

One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

Ninth Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will convene in Rome, Italy, from 17-21 June 2019.

The Working Group will continue its deliberations on the revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and other issues within its mandate.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://enb.iisd.org/vol09/enb09711e.html

Ecosystem Services Partnership Regional Conference Africa 2019

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Regional Conference Africa 2019 will convene under the theme, ‘Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Well-Being in Africa’.

The biennial conference aims to draw attention to the key role ecosystems play in the economy, human well-being and culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, and explore potential solutions to the threats they face. The conference is organized in partnership with the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and civil society organizations.

dates: 17-20 June 2019 location: Togo additional: Kpalimé www: https://www.espconference.org/africa2019#.W3WIEegzbcs

July 2019

Ninth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The main focus of the ninth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity is to provide support for the ongoing discussions on a post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the latest and best available knowledge relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and to consider the implications of this knowledge for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Key topics include:

  • status and trends in biodiversity and ecosystem services and key drivers of change;
  • the 2050 Vision for biodiversity, and potential pathways for achieving it;
  • linkages between biodiversity and other societal needs and aspirations;
  • lessons learned from implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020;
  • plausible pathways to reduce, halt and reverse biodiversity loss;
  • biodiversity-based solutions to societal challenges; and
  • options for short- and long-term actions for achieving the level of response needed.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Government, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

dates: 2-5 July 2019 location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway www: https://trondheimconference.org/

Species on the Move 2019

The 2019 edition of the Species on the Move conference series will bring together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology. The interdisciplinary conference is co-convened by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania, Australia, and Rhodes University, South Africa, with support from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and others.

The conference will focus on species responses to climate change, and address 11 themes:

  1. Detection, attribution and prediction of changes in species distributions;
  2. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts;
  3. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity;
  4. The paleo-ecological perspective: species changes in distribution over deep time;
  5. Conservation paradigms and management strategies for a shifting future;
  6. Governance, legal and ethical issues for shifting species and changing ecosystems;
  7. Cultural, social and economic dimensions of changes in species distributions;
  8. Indigenous knowledge and species on the move;
  9. Implications of species on the move for human and animal health;
  10. Changes in species distribution and climate feedbacks; and
  11. The impacts of species on the move for global strategies and policies, including the SDGs, and biodiversity and climate change global processes.

dates: 22-26 July 2019 location: Limpopo {greater region}, South Africa additional: Kruger National Park www: http://www.speciesonthemove.com/

Twelfth 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 Twelfth 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 29-30 July.

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.

dates: 29-30 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/reference_files/calendar_of_meet...
https://www.un.org/regularprocess/

August 2019

G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019

The 2019 G7 Summit, presided over by France, will focus on fighting inequality. France has identified the following five objectives for the Summit:

  • fighting inequality of opportunity, promoting in particular gender equality, access to education and high quality health services;
  • reducing environmental inequality by protecting our planet through climate finance and a fair ecological transition, preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
  • strengthening the social dimension of globalization through more fair and equitable trade, tax and development policies;
  • taking action for peace against security threats and terrorism which weaken the foundations of our societies; and
  • tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

The French Presidency will seek to bring to the table all relevant stakeholders by convening young people (Youth 7), women (Women 7), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (C7), unions (Labor 7), employers (Business 7), research centers (Think Tanks 7) and academies of science (Science 7).

The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Represented jointly by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, the EU participates in all discussions as a guest. The US will take over the G7 Presidency from 1 January 2020.

dates: 24-26 August 2019 location: Biarritz, Aquitaine, France www: https://www.elysee.fr/en/g7
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/fren...

October 2019

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/

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...