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November 2018

2018 European Forum on DRR

Representatives of the European countries, stakeholder groups and partners will gather in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 November 2018, for the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). This year’s EFDRR will build on the outcomes of the 2017 EFDRR held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 Global Platform for DRR held in Cancun, Mexico, and aim to address key issues that can accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in coherence with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and move forward on local level resilience, economic risks and reaching the Sendai Framework 2020 priority targets.

dates: 21-23 November 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2018/efdrr

2018 CVF Virtual Climate Summit

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will convene a global political leaders’ summit to build increased support to safeguard those that are most vulnerable to the growing climate change impacts. Announced by President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine at the sixth meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Da Nang, Viet Nam, the Virtual Climate Summit is the first Heads of Government-level conference to be held entirely online, eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promoting inclusive dialogue.

Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit will follow the expected release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) in October 2018. The event will serve to: highlight new national efforts; share perspectives on climate risks and opportunities to be gained by putting the world on a safer 1.5oC pathway in terms of health, jobs and other benefits, while building wider international support; and help ensure that the necessary resources and finance are delivered to make this possible.

date: 22 November 2018 location: virtual www: http://www.virtualclimatesummit.org/

101st Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 101)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 101st meeting in Katowice, Poland, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

The CDM EB supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

dates: 26-29 November 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: https://unfccc.int/event/101st-meeting-of-the-cdm-executive-...

UNEP FI Global Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will hold its biennial Global Roundtable to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system. UNEP FI is organizing its flagship event alongside the fourth Climate Finance Day, convened by Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the event will address, inter alia: the financial sector’s readiness to align capital allocations to science-based targets; advancing environmental risk management; SDG financing gap; and the Insurance Development Goals for Cities. The Roundtable will also feature the launch of the Banking Principles for Public Consultation, which seek to define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change to help shape a sustainable future.  

dates: 26-28 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/roundtables/paris2018/
http://www.unepfi.org/grt2018/agenda/

Climate Finance Day

Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE on green and sustainable finance, will convene its fourth Climate Finance Day on 26 November 2018, to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system for the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change. The flagship event will take place alongside the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable, meeting from 26-28 November, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

date: 26 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.climatefinanceday.com/

Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum 2018

The OECD will convene its Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum under the theme, 'Inclusive solutions for the green transition'. The Forum will take place in conjunction with the 6th annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).

The GGSD Forum will address the political economy and low-carbon policy reforms, identify their distributional impacts, and explore inclusive solutions for households, workers, sectors and regions that may otherwise be hit hard by the transition to help them contribute to a greener future. Sessions will be developed around competitiveness, employment and distributional impacts of green policies.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2018/

Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

At its fourth meeting, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation will review its draft report on the geopolitical implications of the expected energy transformation and the large scale deployment of renewable energies.

Launched by the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January 2018, the Commission is composed of senior and experienced individuals drawn from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds. Its mandate is to: review how energy transformation may change national and global politics; develop a knowledge framework on the geopolitical challenges and opportunities associated with energy transformation; develop conclusions for further discussion; and develop an action framework laying out how countries can thrive in the new energy economy under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. A summary of the first meeting is here.

The Commission is expected to publish its final report in January 2019 during the IRENA Assembly.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates contact: Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation e-mail: geopolitics@irena.org www: http://geopoliticsofrenewables.org/

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2018

G-STIC aims to accelerate the development, dissemination, and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

G-STIC 2018 will build on the results of G-STIC 2017 and further discuss the policy changes needed for the technological transition to sustainable societies. In addition, the different thematic sessions will dive deeper into integrated technological solutions with significant impact on the SDGs, and further strengthen the multi-stakeholder communities around the different thematic clusters of G-STIC. G-STIC 2018 will take place from 28-30 November, in Brussels, Belgium.

The first edition of G-STIC took place in Brussels from 23-25 October, and was attended by more than 1.000 participants representing policymakers, technology researchers, business and industry captains, and civil society. A SDG Knowledge Hub summary of G-STIC 2017 is here.

The G-STIC series is hosted jointly by VITO (a leading independent and not-for-profit research and technology organization in Belgium) and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya), Fiocruz (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India).

dates: 28-30 November 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://www.gstic.org

December 2018

Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24)

The Katowice Climate Change Conference will include the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the third part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-3). The conference will also include the 49th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the seventh part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-7).

The conference is expected to finalize the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change under the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP). It will also include a number of high-level events, mandated events, action events and roundtables.

High-level events that will convene during the conference include: a High-level Global Climate Action Event on 4 December; a high-level part of the stocktake on pre-2020 implementation and ambition on 10 December; the third biennial Ministerial High-level Dialogue on Climate Fi... under the theme, ‘Translating Climate Finance Needs into Action,’ on 10 December; and the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue, with the opening of the dialogue and ministerial roundtables to be held on 11 December.

Other mandated events that will take place in Katowice include: the sixth facilitative sharing of views (FSV) under the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process; multilateral assessment working group session under the international assessment and review process; review of the work of the improved forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures; a workshop on the Koronivia joint work on agriculture; and the Nairobi work programme (NWP) Focal Point Forum on the theme of ‘Economic Diversification.’

In addition, action events on human settlements, industry, transport, water, oceans and coastal zones, energy, and land use will convene. Roundtables will be held on:

  • finance and climate action;
  • SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and climate;
  • SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and climate;
  • resilience and climate action;
  • land use, water and energy;
  • oceans and coastal zones and transport; and
  • SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and climate.

Other events will meet on, inter alia: intergenerational inquiry; the fashion industry charter for climate action; sports for climate action; and climate action and tourism. A high-level event on education and the Momentum for Change award ceremony will also take place.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 24 is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the additional negotiating session in Bangkok, Thailand, is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of 2018 Bonn Climate Change Conference in here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) is here.

dates: 2-14 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/katowice

Water Security and Climate Change Conference

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) 2018 will bring together researchers, professionals, practitioners, politicians, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to advance discussions towards water secure societies. Special attention will be given to the current discourse on water security and related SDGs. Topics to be addressed include zero hunger and food security (SDG 2), ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation (SDG 6), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and combating climate change and its impacts (SDG 13).

The conference is organized by Kenyatta University (Kenya), Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and partners, in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and EXCEED – Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

dates: 3-7 December 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://watersecurity.info/
https://www.iwra.org/event/water-security-and-climate-change...

High-level Global Climate Action Event

A High-level Event on Global Climate Action will convene during the Katowice Climate Change Conference on 4 December.

The event will: seek to strengthen high-level engagement on the implementation of policy options and actions; provide an opportunity for announcing new or strengthened voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions; and take stock of related progress, recognize new or strengthened voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions, and provide opportunities for effective high-level engagement of dignitaries of Parties, international organizations, international cooperative initiatives and non-Party stakeholders.

date: 4 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/information_...

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018

The ninth annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2018 will convene on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, bringing together over 600 delegates engaged with fast tracking the global green economy.

The Forum will open with an innovation day that will focus on deep-dive discussion, capacity building and networking on four key drivers: circular economy, energy transition, sustainable mobility and climate finance. Day two will feature high-level policy discussion and debate, structured and informal networking and keynote speeches by ministers, heads of State, cities, multilateral organizations, investors and other stakeholders.

The event is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) and Climate Action.

dates: 9-10 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: http://cop.climateactionprogramme.org/

3rd Biennial Ministerial High-Level Dialogue on Climate Finance

The third biennial Ministerial High-Level Dialogue on Climate Finance will convene during the Katowice Climate Change Conference on 10 December under the theme, ‘Translating Climate Finance Needs into Action’.

The Dialogue aims to provide a clear vision on how to ensure further progress on the mobilization of climate finance. It will focus on concrete efforts and initiatives on mobilizing finance and investments to translate climate finance needs into action and on enhancing developing countries’ access to climate finance.

date: 10 December 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/information_...

Mountains 2018

Mountains 2018 is an international conference mean to stimulate and disseminate knowledge on mountain-related development issues. Discourse will be based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two axes: ‘III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions;’ and the ‘II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions’. The Workshop will focus on practical experiences related to sustainable development in mountain regions, gathering professionals and other stakeholders actively working towards this goal. The Conference will discuss issues related to scientific research and perspectives to enhance and disseminate knowledge on mountains.

dates: 11-15 December 2018 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: http://cimo.ipb.pt/LuMont/index.php/en/news/2-uncategorised/...

55th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 55th meeting of the GEF Council will take place form 17-20 December 2018.

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 17-20 December 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

February 2019

World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism will focus on the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry and discuss possible responses in order to reduce its vulnerability. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and partners, the event aims to: provide tourism operators and organizations, research institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders with an opportunity to share their work in the field of climate change and tourism; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 13-15 February 2019 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/tourism2019.html

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference on Carbon Pricing

The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), an initiative that brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society to drive carbon pricing action around the world, will convene this international research conference on carbon pricing.

The event aims to drive innovative research and analysis from academics and practitioners on the effective design and implementation of carbon pricing policies. Relevant research themes include: learning from past and current experience; political economy of carbon pricing; carbon pricing and development; and the role of carbon pricing in decarbonization. The conference is expected to take place in late January 2019.

dates: 14-15 February 2019 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: https://www.carbonpricingleadership.org/news/2018/2/28/world...
https://mailchi.mp/carbonpricingleadership/cplc-newsletter-f...

2nd Latin American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

This event will seek to foster climate resilience in Latin America by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), with international and local partners, the symposium aims to: provide scholars, practitioners and members of governmental agencies undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in Latin America with an opportunity to present their work; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 20-21 February 2019 location: Lima, Peru www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/latinamerica2019...

March 2019

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 13

SDG 13 (climate action) will be reviewed in depth at the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). As part of this review, an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on climate action will convene in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 4-6 March 2019. Messages from the EGM will help inform the HLPF, assist in planning its sessions, and serve to influence collaborations and programmes of work going forward from 2019.

This EGM is part of a series of preparatory meetings for the SDGs under review.

dates: 4-6 March 2019 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019#preparation

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2019, hosted by Climate Action in partnership with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will focus on the theme, ‘Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future’.

The Forum will bring together over 300 investment professionals looking to drive the move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy by scaling up low-carbon investment, and help the EU scale up its international climate finance contribution towards the goal of industrialized countries mobilizing US$100 billion per year by 2020.

date: 12 March 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

UNECE member States and key stakeholders will gather for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... to discuss implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting aims to contribute a regional angle to the theme of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'.

Stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector will share their experiences and discuss concrete solutions on how to meet the SDGs that will be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF, namely Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the RFSD in 2018 is here.

dates: 21-22 March 2019 venue: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/general-unece/2018/une...
http://www.unece.org/sustainable-development/rfsd2019.html

April 2019

OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit

The OceanVisions2019: Climate Summit, themed, ‘Successes in Resilience, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Sustainability,’ is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution, in coordination with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO), the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium.

The Summit will showcase ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability, and promote scalable solutions “across human, climate and ecological dimensions.”

dates: 1-4 April 2019 location: Atlanta, GA, US www: http://www.oceanvisions.org/oceanvisions19
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SC/pdf/fly...

May 2019

Scenarios Forum 2019

The Scenarios Forum 2019 aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the framework on integrated climate change scenarios to share their experiences, progress and plans. The framework uses Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the SDGs. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives. The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado, US.

dates: 11-13 May 2019 location: Denver, CO, US www: https://www.scenariosforum2019.com/

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) is expected to convene from 14-18 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 14-18 May 2019 [tentative] location: Kyoto, Japan [tentative] www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10)

The Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) will be hosted by Canada during the week of 27 May 2019, alongside the 4th annual Mission Innovation (MI4). The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here, and the summary of CEM9 is here.

date: 27 May 2019 location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada www: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Ministerial-M...

June 2019

56th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 56th meeting of the GEF Council is tentatively scheduled to take place from 10-13 June 2019. The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 10-13 June 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 49th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will meet from 17-27 June 2019.  

dates: 17-27 June 2019   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: UNFCCC Secretariat   phone: (49-228) 815-1000   fax: (49-228) 815-1999   e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int   www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
 www.unfccc.int  

July 2019

41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 41) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 1-5 July 2019, at a location to be announced.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019

The seventh UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). According to decision E/2019/L.1 of 19 October 2018, the session will take place from Tuesday, 9 July, to Monday, 15 July 2019, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting convening from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, held jointly with ECOSOC's annual high-level segment.

In additional to the annual July session under ECOSOC auspices, HLPF will also convene for two days in September 2019, under UN General Assembly auspices. Only one outcome document will result from the two sessions.

HLPF 2019 will address the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

Fifty-one countries will conduct Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) for HLPF 2019. The following countries will conduct VNRs for the first time in 2019: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania and Vanuatu.

In addition, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Turkey will conduct VNRs for the second time.

Among other items, HLPF 2019 will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which is issued every four years. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2018 is here. A final summary of HLPF 2018 is here.

To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on preparations for HLPF 2019 and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

dates: 9-18 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1

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/

September 2019

UN 2019 Climate Summit

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN 2019 Climate Summit will convene on the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

The Summit will build on the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, among others.

This Climate Summit will take place in parallel to the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). These events events on 23 September are taking place the day before the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens.

To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on preparations for this and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml

October 2019

2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

The Assembly is held every October at Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic and is attended by heads of state and government, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others interested in the future of the Arctic.

dates: 11-13 October 2019 location: Reykjavik, Iceland www: http://www.arcticcircle.org/assemblies/future

2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

The Republic of Korea will host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (2019 IREC). Previous IREC conferences have been organized at approximately two-year intervals. MEXIREC convened from 11-13 September 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. SDG Knowledge Hub summaries of additional events are as follows: SAIREC 2015; ADIREC 2013; DIREC 2010; and WIREC 2008.

dates: 23-26 October 2019 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: http://www.ren21.net/

November 2019

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019, at a location to be determined. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

2019 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 25)

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 11-22 November 2019, at a location to be determined.

dates: 11-22 November 2019 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...
www.unfccc.int

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...

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 29 June to 3 July 2020, at a location to be confirmed.

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

November 2020

Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA

2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-20 November 2020, at a location to be determined.

dates: 9-20 November 2020 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

November 2021

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 8-20 November 2021, at a location to be determined.

dates: 8-19 November 2021 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 7-18 November 2022, at a location to be determined.

dates: 7-18 November 2022 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...