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April 2019

Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April.

In 2019, events will focus on the theme, 'Protect Our Species'.

date: 22 April 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/earthd...

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...

World Migratory Bird Day 2019

Organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year people and dedicated organizations around the world take action and organize hundreds of public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching. The theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2019 is ‘Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution’.

The Day is celebrated on second Saturday in May and October. In 2019, this Day will be celebrated on 11 May and 10 October.

date: 11 May 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/
https://www.cms.int/en/news/world-migratory-bird-day-2019-pr...

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...

GLF Kyoto 2019

Convening in Kyoto, Japan, back-to-back with the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49), which is expected to release its Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will focus on sustainable landscapes as a critical part of the climate solution. GLF Kyoto 2019 will bring together experts from academia, policy and practice under the theme, ‘Climate, Landscapes and Lifestyles: It Is Not Too Late,’ to consider practical and immediate actions for a climate-smart future, such as changes in trade, food production, investments, lifestyle and diet.

The GLF is a multi-stakeholder platform with a global secretariat led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and core funding provided by the Government of Germany. GLF Kyoto 2019 is followed by GLF Bonn 2019 addressing the issue of land rights.

date: 13 May 2019 location: Kyoto, Japan www: https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/kyoto-2019/

Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to ensure a harmonized approach to the preparation of recommendations for the new framework and to facilitate further discussions of its components at the meetings of the Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The meeting is hosted by the Government of Uruguay.

dates: 14-17 May 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-029-post...

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...

Global Soil Week 2019

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 will bring together a diverse range of actors under the theme, ‘Creating Enabling Environments for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa,’ to initiate and strengthen policies and actions on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. The event aims to, inter alia:

  • emphasize the role of enabling environments for smallholder farms in ending hunger in rural areas, enhancing adaptive capacity, achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN), and sustainably managing biodiversity and natural resources;
  • explore enabling environments for investments in sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture over time and at scale; and
  • enable dialogue between representatives of relevant regional initiatives, national governments, municipalities, and civil society on their respective roles and contributions.

The Global Soil Week is an initiative piloted by TMG Thinktank for Sustainability, with support from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Agroforestry Centre, Groupe de Recherche et d’Action sur le Foncier (GRAF) and Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) Development (CETRAD).

dates: 27-30 May 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://globalsoilweek.org/
https://globalsoilweek.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/GSW201...

Sub-regional Exchange for the Pacific on the Restoration of Forests and Other Ecosystems

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), will convene a sub-regional exchange workshop for the Pacific on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems to support the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The workshop aims to support Parties in developing and implementing national plans on the restoration of forests and other ecosystems in the context of the short-term action plan on ecosystem restoration.

The workshop is one of a series organized through the implementation of the Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) by the CBD Secretariat, with financial support from the Korea Forest Service of the Government of the Republic of Korea.

dates: 28-31 May 2019 location: Nadi, Western, Fiji www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-034-ecos...
https://www.cbd.int/meetings/ecr-om-2019-01

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. In 2019, China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on the theme, ‘Air Pollution’.

date: 5 June 2019 location: China (worldwide) www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release...

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

ALTER-Net and EKLIPSE Conference: The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020

ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network and EKLIPSE: Knowledge and Learning Mechanism on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, with the European Commission, will convene their 2019 biennial conference on the theme, ‘The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020’. The conference will cover four specific sub-themes: envisaging plausible futures; probable changes in nature; new relationships; and policy responses.

dates: 17-19 June 2019 location: Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium www: http://www.alter-net.info/events/alter-net-conf-2019

Désertif’actions 2019

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), CARI Association (France) and SPONG (Burkina Faso) are co-organizing Désertif’actions 2019, an international civil society summit on land, biodiversity and climate. Through a series of plenary sessions and four themed workshops, the event will address, inter alia: the Great Green Wall for Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI); land tenure and land degradation neutrality (LDN); pastoralism; and water use in drylands.

The first three days of the summit, from 19-21 June, dedicated to debate, exchange of experiences and collective knowledge production, will be followed by a public day of “cultural manifestation and awareness” on 22 June.

dates: 19-22 June 2019 location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso www: https://desertif-actions.org/index.php/en/desertifactions/

European Urban Resilience Forum

The annual European Urban Resilience Forum 2019 will build around three streams: nature-based solutions for urban resilience; improving governance for inclusive and effective climate action; and implementing financing and monitoring strategies for urban resilience. The Forum will explore the co-benefits of adaptation and mitigation, social justice in adaptation actions, strategic narratives for urban heat and health, and innovative schemes for municipal financing for resilience and nature-based solutions.

The event is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the European Environment Agency (EEA), with support from European partners, and is taking place in parallel with the 50th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies and back-to-back with the Resilient Cities 2019 conference.

date: 25 June 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.urbanresilienceforum.eu/
http://iclei-europe.org/calendar/?c=search&uid=3rBYfpeK

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...

September 2019

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 31st session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 31) 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: 2-6 September 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

North American Forest Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the North American 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: 9-12 September 2019 location: Missoula, MT, US www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31920/en/

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and Training Session on EBSAs

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene the CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, from 23-27 September 2019. The workshop will be preceded by a training session on EBSAs on 22 September.

The workshop is convened pursuant to CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) decision X/29, requesting the Executive Secretary to organize a series of regional workshops with a primary objective to facilitate the description of EBSAs through application of the scientific criteria in annex I of decision IX/20, and decision 14/9, in which the COP invited Parties to submit descriptions of areas that meet the criteria for EBSAs in the North-East Atlantic.

The workshop is organized in collaboration with the OSPAR Commission and the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), with financial support from the Governments of Sweden, Germany, France and Denmark. It is hosted by the Government of Sweden.

dates: 22-27 September 2019 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-036-mari...

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/...

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/

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 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

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...

May 2020

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/

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

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...

October 2020

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.

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

dates: 5-20 October 2020 [tentative] location: Kunming, Guizhou, China 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/