Forests, Deserts, Land
21st Session of the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission
The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. This meeting is scheduled to take place in May 2018.
dates: 19-23 June 2018
location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal
contact: Magnus Grylle, FAO
Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge
The Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge will bring decision-makers from the Caucasus and Central Asia together to discuss challenges and identify solutions related to forest landscape restoration.
The meeting is organized jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and with the financial support of Germany.
dates: 21-22 June 2018
location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018
The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) together with the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) will convene the first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018 from 25-27 June. The event will bring together ministers, government officials, scientists, conservationists, educators, and business leaders to consider bamboo and rattan’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition, BARC2018 will provide a platform for south-south and south-south-north cooperation to shape future policies, build foundations for new partnerships and initiatives.
INBAR is a multilateral development organisation that supports its 43 Member States to include bamboo and rattan in their sustainable development action plans and green economy strategies.
dates: 25-27 June 2018
location: Beijing, China
Oslo Tropical Forest Forum
The goal of this Forum is to celebrate results and identify remaining challenges 10 years after reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) was included in the climate change negotiations, and to advance strategies for mobilizing forests to help achieve the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
dates: 27-28 June 2018
venue: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
location: Oslo, Norway
LANDac Conference 2018
This LANDac Annual International Conference 2018 will convene under the theme, 'Land Governance and (Im)Mobility: Exploring the nexus between land acquisition, displacement and migration'. It will look at land investments through the lens of mobility, asking: What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people?; And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims? At the heart of the conference debates will be the Sustainable Development Goals – what is the role of land governance in the context of the ambition to “leave no one behind”?
dates: 28-29 June 2018
additional: Muntgebouw Utrecht
contact: Dr. Griet Steel
1st Global Land Degradation Neutrality Forum
As part of its efforts towards land degradation neutrality (LDN), the Government of the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), proposed holding a 'Global LDN Forum'. The Forum will provide an opportunity to explore and discuss insights and experiences on how the global community can strengthen partnerships to support achieving LDN. It will also look into options to promote peace and security and improve the living conditions of communities in cross-border regions through LDN implementation, including through sustainable land management (SLM). The outcome of the Forum will be delivered to other global fora to forge decision making in the UNCCD and on LDN implementation.
The Forum will: showcase collaboration and partnership building; contribute to the promotion of peace by facilitating the sharing of best practices and experience on transboundary cooperation in land management and rehabilitation; and share experiences on how LDN-relevant initiatives can best collaborate to maximize multiple benefits.
dates: 4-5 July 2018
location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea
additional: Koreana Hotel
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018
The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment.
The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).
SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.
dates: 9-18 July 2018
location: New York City, US
Sixth UK Land Policy Forum
This Forum will discuss different models of outgrower production, lessons learnt from practical experience and their implications for land policy. It will provide a focus for debate, information and lesson sharing among UK stakeholders to inform the Department for International Development (DFID) and wider UK policy and programming for the strengthening of land governance and land rights protection.
date: 11 July 2018
location: London, England, UK
24th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) and World Forest Week
The Committee on Forestry (COFO) is the highest Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO (held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy) bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and non-governmental groups participate in COFO.
Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the COFO 23 outcomes is here.
dates: 16-20 July 2018
location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
UNGA High-level Dialogue on Sand and Dust Storms
Pursuant to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 72/225 of 20 December 2017, a high-level dialogue on sand and dust storms (SDS) will be convened during the 72nd session of the UNGA. The dialogue will focus on action-oriented recommendations and challenges faced by affected countries, and discuss ways to improve policy coordination at the global level to address those challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A policy update on the SDG Knowledge Hub regarding SDS is here. A guest article on SDS in SDG implementation is here.
date: 16 July 2018
time: 15:00 - 18:00
venue: UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber
location: New York City, US
XXVII International Primatological Society Congress
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The XXVI IPS Congress convened from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.
dates: 19-25 August 2018
venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri
location: Nairobi, Kenya
contact: GRASP Secretariat
Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference
Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.
This regional conference will focus on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, while paving the way forward for forest and landscape restoration implementation. The 2018 GLF Africa Conference will showcase and discuss local to regional success stories and challenges, emphasizing ways to strengthen human, technical and financial capacities.
As a platform for discussions between experts, eyewitnesses, policymakers and the local public, the event will build on the momentum to offer emerging but concrete plans for combating deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa. Social media: #thinklandscape #glfnairobi2018.
dates: 29-30 August 2018
location: Nairobi, Kenya
IBFRA18 - Cool Forests at Risk?
The theme of the International Boreal Forest Research Association Cool Forests Conference (IBFRA18) is the critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate. The event will launch an initiative to raise awareness, maintain and promote the multiple, critical values, provided by those ecosystems.
The conference is hosted by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the International Boreal Forest Research Association, the Pan-Eurasian Experiment, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
dates: 17-20 September 2018
location: Laxenburg, Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), Austria
Roundtable Meeting on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe
Following the Madrid Ministerial Decision adopted in October 2015, this meeting will address options for the procedural follow-up in order to explore possible ways to find common ground on a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.
dates: 19-20 September 2018
location: Bratislava, Slovakia
contact: Forest Europe Laison Unit Bratislava
phone: +421 45 5314 209
Global Land Forum 2018
The Global Land Forum (GLF) will convene International Land Coalition (ILC) members, government representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy. The GLF aims to creates opportunities for participants to learn from, and contribute to, land governance successes and challenges.
The programme is structured to provide opportunities to participants who may not commonly interact to debate, exchange, learn from each other’s experiences and successes and build linkages so that new perspectives can emerge. The Forum is also an opportunity for ILC’s 206 members to adopt a declaration with common commitments to action during their Assembly of Members.
Following a series of in-depth field visits, the main conference will open on the Indonesian National Peasants’ Day, 24th September, with a day focusing on Indonesia and Asia.
dates: 22-27 September 2018
location: Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
IUFRO 2018 Posadas
The IUFRO 2018 Posadas Conference on 'Adaptive Management for Forested Landscapes in transformation' will highlight the accelerated environmental changes in this era of the Anthropocene. The Conference will address issues arising from the transformation of forests in response to the pressures of globalization, population growth, resource scarcity and ecological degradation. It will also discuss how biodiversity is essential to human well-being, and the loss of species and degradation of ecosystems, as well as the status of the achievement of global goals on biodiversity.
The Conference will also consider the ecological, economic, and functional values of landscapes with a view to improving planning and decision-making; and operational solutions that can reconcile biodiversity conservation in the light of increasing demands on natural resources and land.
dates: 1-5 October 2018
additional: Posadas, Misiones
World Mountain Forum 2018: Mountains in a Changing World
This forum will meet on the theme, 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'. It is the fourth in a series of World Mountain Forum (WMF) events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation.
The WMF brings together the global sustainable mountain development community and supports dialogue on development challenges. The forum will strive to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally, but with a special emphasis this year on the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
dates: 23-26 October 2018
location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
54th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-54) and Sessions of the Associated Committees
The 54th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-54) and sessions of the four committees will take place in Yokohama, Japan.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ITTC-53 is here.
dates: 5-9 November 2018
location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
contact: ITTO Secretariat
Joint Conference on Forests and Water 2018
IUFRO will hold its Fifth Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment in conjunction with the Second Latin American Congress on Forests and Water. The conference will provide a forum for experts on forest hydrology, watershed ecosystem management, ecohydrology, climate, and environmental change, with the aim of promoting exchange of understanding and experience from the realms of research, policy, and public involvement.
dates: 5-9 November 2018
location: Valdivia, Los Lagos, Chile
African Biodiversity Summit
The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Biodiversity Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference.
The theme of the Summit is 'Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Restoration: Priorities for Increased Resilience in Africa'.
date: 13 November 2018
location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt
World Forum on Urban Forests
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the City of Mantova, the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Politecnico di Milano have announced the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests. The Forum will bring a variety of stakeholders together to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of urban forestry strategies and the identification of nature-based solutions towards a greener, healthier, and happier future.
The aim of this first Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches of cities with diverse cultures, forms, structures and histories, that have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement.
dates: 28 November - 1 December 2018
location: Mantova, Lombardia, Italy
World Soil Day 2018
The FAO Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of events marking World Soil Day 2017 is here.
date: 5 December 2018
International Mountain Day 2018
“#MountainsMatter” is the theme chosen for the 2018 celebration of International Mountain Day (IMD). The theme will highlight how mountains matter for youth, water, disaster risk reduction, food, indigenous peoples and biodiversity.
International Mountain Day, which has been celebrated on 11 December since 2003, has its roots in the adoption of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21, titled 'Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development'. Subsequently, the UN General Assembly declared 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains, and designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is the coordinating agency for the IMD.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of observances of International Mountain Day 2017 is here.
date: 11 December 2018
contact: Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Department, FAO
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
UNCCD CRIC 17
The Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and is an integral part of the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS). The 17th session of the CRIC is scheduled to take place in January 2019 in Guyana.
The 16th session of the CRIC was held in conjunction with the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UNCCD. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNCCD COP 13, including CRIC 16, is here.
dates: 25-30 January 2019 [tentative]
location: Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana
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]
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
25th IUFRO World Congress
The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.
date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]
location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
contact: Gerda Wolfrum
UNCCD COP 14
The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) is tentatively scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, in autumn 2019, or at another venue arranged by the Secretariat in consultation with the COP Bureau, in the event that no party makes an offer to host the session and meet the additional costs.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNCCD COP 13 is available here.
date: 15 October 2019 [tentative]
contact: UNCCD Secretariat
55th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-55) and Sessions of the Associated Committees
The 55th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-55) and Sessions of the Associated Committees will convene from 2-7 December 2019, in Lomé, Togo.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ITTC-53 is here.
dates: 2-7 December 2019
location: Lome, Togo
contact: ITTO Secretariat
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