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Climate and Atmosphere

October 2017

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258

Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa

A Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa will convene under the theme ‘Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies to Enhance Food Security in the African Continent’. The event is organized by Strathmore University, Kenya; the Research and Transfer Centre ‘Applications of Life Sciences’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). It will focus on building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa. The symposium will mobilize aid workers, donors, scholars, social movements, practitioners, and members of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It will seek to: provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, government agencies and enterprises from across Africa with an opportunity to display and present their work on climate change adaptation and droughts resilience; foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation.

dates: 16-18 October 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/soils/docs/Nairobi....

Global Green Growth Week 2017

Global Green Growth Week 2017 (#GGGWeek2017) will focus on the theme, 'Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential'. Participants will discuss ways to scale up green growth in Africa and around the world. The meeting is jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Ethiopia, and will bring together over 300 high-level ministers, thought leaders, institutional investors and decision makers to catalyze creative solutions for transformational green growth in Africa and the world over. The discussions will revolve around achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 17-20 October 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.gggweek2017.org/

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2017

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment, UNDP, World Bank, IDB, OLADE, CAF and other partners, the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together representatives from the private and public sectors to discuss the state of climate change mitigation in the region and engage with cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. Under the theme, 'Advancing the Paris Agreement: From Targets to Action,' participants will discuss, among other issues: implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public?private partnerships; and innovative business models to fight climate change.

dates: 18-20 October 2017 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: http://www.latincarbon.com/

WMO Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment

The Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment will provide an opportunity to shape the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) research agenda, building on the closer collaboration between weather, climate, water and environment research. An additional focus of the Summit is to close the gap between research and the derived societal benefits. The Summit is structured into five thematic sessions that will address: developing and implementing a new interactive model for integrating research and operations; improving predictive capacity across weather, climate, water and environment; and planning and investing in future infrastructures. The sessions will also discuss: nurturing scientific talents by guaranteeing the sustainable development of science, breaking through geographical, gender and age barriers, and ensuring institutional continuity and transfer of knowledge; and catalyzing innovation and mobilizing resources in weather, climate, water and environment science globally and locally.

dates: 20-22 October 2017 location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia www: https://public.wmo.int/en/events/meetings/science-summit-sea...

International Workshop on Middle East (Regional) Dust Sources and Their Impacts

As part of the Ankara Initiative adopted during the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs of Turkey will organize this workshop. Meeting participants will exchange information and share experiences to support the evaluation of Middle East dust sources and impacts within the scientific framework. Specifically, the workshop will focus on: dust sources and monitoring change in these sources over the Middle East; dust-climate interaction in the Middle East; dust forecast and modelling; and monitoring and impacts of dust transport affecting the Middle East. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary from UNCCD COP 12 is here.

dates: 23-25 October 2017 location: Istanbul, Turkey www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/international-workshop-mid...

GEO Week 2017

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will gather in Washington, DC, US, for GEO Week 2017, which will include the GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibitions. The Week will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering the GEO Week 2017 theme, 'Insight for a changing world'. The Plenary is GEO's highest decision-making body. The GEO-XIV Plenary will update delegates on developments in Earth observation services that impact both public sector decision making and the commercial sector. It will highlight the progress and projects in GEO's priority work in the service of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 venue: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php

Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)

The 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) will be held under the aegis of the new OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment on Tuesday, and will convene from 24-25 October 2017, at the OECD Conference Centre. The OECD has convened its annual Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) since 2014. At the 3rd GIFF event, the OECD launched the Centre on Green Finance and Investment to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The GIFF is the main annual global event for the OECD Centre, and will gather senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for action-oriented discussions to advance the global green finance agenda. The agenda for the 4th GIFF will include four main themes for discussion: from short-term actions to long-term ambition, to take stock of progress made since Paris (the action), and what to expect in the next 5-15 years (the ambition); opportunities for green investment; driving the low-carbon transition through a sustainable financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

Introduction to Resilience for Development

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Pronatura, ECOSUR, NBSAP Forum and The Nature Conservancy, is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the following topic: Introduction to Resilience for Development. The course will be facilitated in English, French, and Spanish, and is offered free of charge. The course is designed for policymakers and practitioners working in the sustainable development and conservation planning sectors. The course will be organized in two sections. Part 1 will address the theme, 'Understanding Resilience Thinking,' and will take place between 31 October and 27 November 2017. Part 2 will address the theme, 'Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity and Development Plans,' and will take place between 23 January and 13 February 2018. More information on the course theme is included in the SDG Knowledge Hub guest article titled, 'Resilience Thinking: A Catalyst to National Biodiversity Plans'.

date: 31 October 2017 location: virtual www: http://mailchi.mp/nbsapforum/resilience_mooc?e=53e1e12558

November 2017

Strategic Materials in a Low-Carbon World: From Resource Scarcity to Availability

This international conference is organized by the Veolia Institute in partnership with the Oxford Martin School. It will consider what the low carbon transition implies for materials demand, what the second order implications are for extractive industries, and how circular economy principles, resource efficiency and recycling will play a key part in connecting supply and demand. Participants will include high-level experts from the academic community, business leaders, and national and international policymakers and practitioners. Speakers will include Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics, and Sheila Khama, Practice Manager, Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank.

dates: 2-3 November 2017 location: Oxford, England, UK www: https://www.resourceavailability2017.org/

People’s Climate Summit 2017

This event will take place immediately prior to, and in parallel with, the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. The People's Climate Summit will provide a space for networking and information exchange that inspires and strengthens work on issues related to climate justice. Evening panels will take place on 3-5 November, addressing the following topics: Global Climate Justice, Leave it in the ground: how to go on with decarbonization, and Who is making the transition? On 6-7 November, over 50 workshops will debate how to put a social-ecological transition into practice, will consider global struggles for climate justice, and will share skills and build networks.

dates: 3-7 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://pcs2017.org/en/


The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. Presided over by the Government of Fiji, the UN Climate Change Conference will include the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 13) and the 47th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 47) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 47). It will also include the fourth part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1-4) and the second part of the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1-2). The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary of UNFCCC COP 22 (Marrakech Climate Change Conference) is here. The SDG Knowledge Hub has been covering events and initiatives leading up to the COP, including: the UN and Germany signing the host country agreement; the Rabat Meeting advancing views on 2018 Facilitative Dialogue; a Canada, China and EU Ministerial on advancing implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change; and the Secretariat publishing provisional agendas for the meetings. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of meetings of UNFCCC constituted bodies taking place in preparation for COP 23 includes the Adaptation Committee (AC), the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM), the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of events leading up to and taking place at COP 23 is here.

dates: 6-17 November 2017 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://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop23bonninformationhub/

CCAC High Level Assembly

The High Level Assembly of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place in November 2017, on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The CCAC was first created by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the US, along with UN Environment (UNEP), who initiated the first efforts to treat short-lived climate pollutants as a collective challenge. The Coalition’s High Level Assembly provides strategic guidance and leadership for the Coalition. Government ministers from country partners and Heads of partner organizations participate in the Assembly.

date: 6 November 2017 [tentative] location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/en

Development & Climate Days 2017

The 15th annual Development & Climate Days (D&C Days) event will convene during UNFCCC COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, from 11-12 November 2017. The agenda for #DCdays17 will explore four themes: Resilience through empowerment and access; Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge; Transparency and downward accountability; and Shared resilience. The event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ), We Mean Business (WMB), and the German Development Institute (DIE). Contributing partners are Action on Climate Today (ACT), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

dates: 11-12 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/development-climate-days-2017-t...

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

This business-focused event will be held during the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to gather over 600 participants, including national and local policy makers, UN agencies representatives, business leaders, investors and international NGOs. Debate and discussions will be held around the following topics: renewable energy; circular economy; sustainable land and water management; carbon markets; climate finance; and climate innovation in emerging regions. The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP 23 is organized by Climate Action, in partnership with UN Environment (UNEP).

dates: 13-14 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.cop-23.org/

SSE Green Finance Dialogue

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is convening a high-level dialogue on Green Finance alongside the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 23). The full-day event will bring together ministers of finance, chief capital market regulators and CEOs of stock exchanges, investors and issuers to help chart the path forward for stock exchanges and their contribution to achieving climate goals. Stock exchanges are uniquely placed to promote standards, guide issuers and investors, and enable growth in green finance. To facilitate these contributions, following a year of consultations with an international advisory group, the SSE will be launching a new guidance on green finance. This guidance will outline the role that exchanges can play in greening capital markets and promoting green financial products. It will identify clear action points and provide examples of best practice for use by stock exchanges worldwide. During the morning, this event will feature a high-level leadership forum for CEOs and government officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities of green finance. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will focus on technical workshops. The UN SSE initiative is co-organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the UNEP Finance Initiative. Launched in 2009 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the SSE initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges can promote responsible investment for sustainable development. Stock exchanges around the world are invited to join the initiative by signing a voluntary public commitment to promote sustainable business practices in their market.

date: 16 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.sseinitiative.org/cop23/

Joint 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1985 and entered into force on 22 Sep 1988. In 2009, the Vienna Convention became the first Convention of any kind to achieve universal ratification. The objectives of the Convention were for Parties to promote cooperation by means of systematic observations, research and information exchange on the effects of human activities on the ozone layer and to adopt legislative or administrative measures against activities likely to have adverse effects on the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere, and thereby protect the earth's fragile ozone Layer. The original Montreal Protocol was agreed on 16 September 1987 and entered into force on 1 January 1989.

dates: 20-24 November 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: Secretariat www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House, this conference will address the latest challenges to the food security and sustainability agenda while assessing new policies, practices and technologies being devised to create a more resilient and sustainable food system. Issues to be discussed in Panel sessions include: food and geopolitics, producing more with less, risk and resilience in the food system, changing diets and patterns of food consumption, innovation and technology in food production, and changing trade agendas and food production.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: Chatham House location: London, England, UK e-mail: contact@chathamhouse.org www: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/sustainable-food-fu...

Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), together with Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), will host a regional atmospheric scientists’ workshop, featuring discussions on the current state of knowledge and level of scientific consensus on a range of topics, such as: observations of aerosols and gases in urban and mountainous areas; emission measurements and inventories; health impacts of air pollution; impacts of air pollution on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems and agriculture; aerosol-cloud interactions; measurement, modeling and remote sensing technology; and social, economic and policy aspects of air pollution and its mitigation. The workshop’s goals include: community building among the region’s atmospheric scientists; consensus building among scientists on key topics and thematic areas; and fostering improved evidence-based policy making through improved two-way communication between scientists and policymakers.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 venue: ICIMOD Headquarters location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=28868

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

The 4th Global Science conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) will be organized around the theme 'Catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate scaling up of CSA'. It has five objectives: highlight emerging science and innovations on climate-agriculture nexus issues with a focus on CSA innovations in defined agricultural landscapes and food systems; showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA; interrogate and share circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within the context of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change; enable networking and provide opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA; stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogue between scientists-researchers and practitioners including policy makers, business, civil society and farmers. The Conference is hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://csa2017.nepad.org/en/

Africa Renewable Energy Forum

The second edition of the Africa Renewable Energy Forum will explore practical solutions to clean energy project financing, climate-smart solutions and innovative community-owned projects. It will bring together representatives of the public and private sectors to discuss how the development of renewable energy projects in Africa can be supported. The event will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to announce new renewable energy projects across the continent; discuss opportunities for investments in renewable energy projects in Africa; and exchange views and experience about technology innovation and energy efficiency. The event will also provide a venue to discuss the outcomes of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

dates: 30 November - 1 December 2017 venue: Hyatt Regency, Casablanca location: Casablanca, Morocco phone: +44 (0) 20 7384 8018 e-mail: Valeria@energynet.co.uk www: http://www.energynet.co.uk/event/africa-renewable-energy-for...

December 2017

2017 International Civil Society Week

Taking place three weeks after the conclusion of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, which will convene under the Fijian Presidency in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017, the 2017 International Civil Society Week (ICSW) will bring together civil society leaders from around the world to review COP 23 outcomes, plan civil society engagement in implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build solidarity among social and climate justice movements. Organized by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), the conference will convene under the theme is ‘Our Planet, Our Struggles, Our Future.’ The programme includes a youth assembly, numerous partner-led side events, a civil society fair, immersive cultural experiences, the CIVICUS World Assembly and the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards.

dates: 4-8 December 2017 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php

Global Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation

This workshop is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=43633#/

World Efficiency Solutions

World Efficiency Solutions (WE) aims to contribute to finding solutions to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will provide a global market place for public and private stakeholders committed to accelerating low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions. The event will seek to identify solutions to advance the SDGs related to: energy efficiency; eco-design; eco-building, eco-renovation and eco-exploitation; resource-efficient urban planning; and actions, tools and services to preserve and develop biodiversity. WE's objective is to foster interactions among businesses, cities, governments and financiers by delivering fruitful contacts, demos, inspiration, expertise and previews through a dedicated platform and event. WE is organized with a range of partners, including the French Government.

dates: 12-14 December 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://www.world-efficiency.com/en/

Climate Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, he will convene a summit to take further action on climate, notably on the financial front. Macron indicated that the Summit would aim to mobilize private and public financing for the projects committed to under the Paris Agreement.

date: 12 December 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

Organised by the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the 2017 Asia Pacific Carbon Forum (APCF 2017) will provide a platform to exchange of knowledge and information on carbon markets and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at regional level.

dates: 13-15 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.ieta.org/event-2362447

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-20 December 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-bonn/

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

World Future Energy Summit 2018

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is an annual event that is dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. WFES brings together over 30,000 visitors from 175 countries attracting government leaders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. WFES is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

dates: 15-18 January 2018 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/

Second Africa-EU Symposium on Renewable Energy Research and Innovation (RERIS 2018)

The Symposium is organized jointly with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), and Microenergy International. The first Symposium was held at the University of Abou Bekr Belkaïd Tlemcen/Algeria in 2016. Following up on this first event, RERIS 2018 aims to foster research cooperation on renewable energy between African and European academia, private and public sector.

dates: 23-26 January 2018 location: Maseru, Lesotho www: http://www.acp-hestr.eu/newsroom/second-africa-eu-renewable-...

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 31 January to 4 February 2018, at a location to be determined.

dates: 31 January - 4 February 2018 location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch

February 2018

Second World Symposium on Climate Change Communication

This event will focus on the challenges in communicating climate change across various audiences by addressing climate change communication research and practice. It will seek to catalyze further action to better communicate climate change by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change communication among various settings and audiences. The Symposium is organized by: the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; University of Graz, Austria; and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), in collaboration with partners. An interdisciplinary event, the Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of government agencies undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change communication around the world.

dates: 7-9 February 2018 location: Graz, Steiermark (Styria), Austria www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/communication.ht...

March 2018

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

Co-organized by a diverse group of international, urban and scientific organizations, including UN-Habitat, UN Environment (UNEP), Cities Alliance, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Future Earth, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), this event will bring together representatives from national, city and regional governments, the academia, research organizations, and urban and climate change practitioners. The aim of the conference is to: identify key research and knowledge gaps related to cities and climate change; inspire global and regional research that will lead to peer-reviewed publications and scientific reports; and stimulate research on cities and climate change throughout the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) cycle. Its outcomes are anticipated to inform the upcoming IPCC reports, and support cities and citizens in building low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable cities towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 5-7 March 2018 location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada www: http://www.citiesipcc.org/

April 2018

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world. The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).

dates: 3-5 April 2018 location: Manchester, England, UK www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/biodiversity.htm...

NAP Expo [rescheduled]

The national adaptation plan (NAP) process was established under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF). It enables Parties to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs) as a means of identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs and developing and implementing strategies and programmes to address those needs. The NAP Expo aims to catalyze actions and support for the NAP process. It is conducted by the least developed countries expert group (LEG) and supported by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with relevant organizations. This event was originally scheduled to take place in April 2017.

date: 10 April 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat www: http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/national_adaptation...

Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

The Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses will features research addressing the following annual themes: scientific evidence; the assessment of impacts in divergent ecosystems; human impacts and impacts on humans; technical, political and social responses. Conference partners include: the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM); the Vietnam National University (VNU); VNU University of Science; and the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI).

dates: 20-21 April 2018 venue: University of California at Berkeley location: US additional: Berkeley www: http://on-climate.com/2018-conference

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 48th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in April-May 2018.  

dates: 30 April - 10 May 2018   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...

May 2018

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2018

Organized by the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Partnership, this annual event provides a marketplace for leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss ideas for providing access to affordable and clean energy for all and supporting a revolution in energy productivity. The event will also feature the launch of the fourth edition of the Global Tracking Framework on trends in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

dates: 2-3 May 2018 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal e-mail: Forum@SEforALL.org www: http://www.seforall.org/content/sustainable-energy-all-forum...

June 2018

Adaptation Futures 2018

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The conference will use its setting on the African continent to attract African and Global South delegates and forefront developing country adaptation contexts. The objectives of Adaptation Futures 2018 include to: facilitate dialogue between research and government, civil society, international agencies and business; continue the shift from problem diagnosis to solutions and innovations; and link adaptation action to sustainable development, investment and planning. PROVIA is a global initiative that aims to provide direction and coherence at the international level for research on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA). The PROVIA Secretariat is hosted by UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.

dates: 18-21 June 2018 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: http://adaptationfutures2018.capetown/

September 2018

Global Climate Action Summit

Convened by Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California, US, the Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders from government, business and the global community to inspire greater global ambition to act on climate change. Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, will co-chair the Global Climate Action Summit.

dates: 12-14 September 2018 location: San Francisco, CA, US www: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/

November 2018

Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development [rescheduled]

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

date: 8 November 2018   location: Boston, MA, US   contact: University of Massachusetts Boston   phone: 617-287-7112   e-mail: crscad@umb.edu   www: https://www.umb.edu/crscad/events/equitable_development  

December 2018


The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Poland.

dates: 3-14 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: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

June 2019

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...

October 2019

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


The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in 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...