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Forests, Deserts, Land


September 2018

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 www: https://landportal.org/event/2018/01/global-land-forum-glf?u...

24th Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 24)

The 24th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 24) of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will hold a “strategic discussion” on key emerging environmental issues warranting a collaborative response by the UN, including forming a UN coalition on sand and dust storms response, and engaging the UN in the environmental dimensions of China’s Green Belt and Road initiative. The meeting will also, inter alia, address coordination and collaboration on UN system-wide support for e-waste management. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

The SOM 24 Technical Segment will take place via audio-video conference on 17 September.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://unemg.org/emg-senior-officials-meetings/24thsenior-o...

African Forest Policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS 1)

Organized in cooperation with the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), with support from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and partners, the African Forest Policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS) conference series will seek to advance cutting-edge knowledge on the emergence and evolution of African forest governance.

AFORPOLIS 1 will feature 15 sessions on: 1) political economy of deforestation and forest plantations; 2) forestlands and agricultural commodities; 3) biodiversity and market-based instruments; 4) nature conservation policies; 5) forest and climate change; 6) forest concessions; 7) transnational and decentralized forest governance; 8) development, social equity and sustainability; 9) community forestry and local development; 10) forestland and political instability; 11) forestland use and informality; 12) territorial development; 13) livelihoods and non-timber forest products; 14) institutions and forest regulation; and 15) international forest governance initiatives.

AFORPOLIS 1 will also include three side events on: improving forest sustainability by agroforestry; forest policy and participatory development: lessons from Mozambique; and forest certification in Africa.

dates: 24-27 September 2018 location: Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/Mon-Febe-AFORPOLIS.html
file:///C:/Users/Elena%20Kosolapova/Downloads/AFORPOLIS%2020...

Forest-smart Mining to Advance the New York Declaration on Forests and SDGs

This side event at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will seek to raise awareness about the relationship between mining and deforestation, present new research findings on forest-smart mining and provide an overview of the New York Declaration on Forests and its Global Platform. It will highlight examples of forest-smart policies, practices and partnerships, aiming to build a shared understanding of what changes, innovations and initiatives could accelerate action.

The organizing partners are the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, New York Declaration on Forests, PROFOR, Levin Sources, Swedish Geological AB, Fauna and Flora International and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2018/08/24/forest-smart-m...
https://www.profor.info/content/save-date-forest-smart-minin...

One Planet Summit

Heads of State and non-state actors, including business leaders, will come together for the second One Planet Summit to account for the implementation of 12 international commitments made at the inaugural One Planet Summit in December 2017, launched by French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim. The 12 commitments are: 1) responding to extreme events in island States; 2) protecting land and water against climate change; 3) mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate; 4) public procurement and access for local governments to green financing; 5) zero emissions target; 6) sectoral shifts to a decarbonized economy; 7) zero-pollution transport; 8) carbon pricing compatible with the Paris Agreement; 9) actions of central banks and businesses; 10) international mobilization of development banks; 11) commitment by sovereign funds; and 12) mobilizing institutional investors. Following on from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in the lead-up to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC and UN Secretary-General 2019 Climate Action Summit, the event will take place alongside the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Summit will aim to build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action, further engage public and private actors to raise their ambition, and demonstrate how high-level institutional decision makers as well as individual citizens can “work as one planet” to deliver climate change mitigation solutions and “invent our collective future.” The One Planet Summit is organized by the Government of France jointly with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/

October 2018

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 location: Argentina additional: Posadas, Misiones www: http://iufro2018posadas.com/

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 www: http://www.ucentralasia.org/Resources/Item/1640

November 2018

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 phone: +81-45-223-1110 fax: +81-45-223-1111 e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5427

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 www: http://forestsandwater2018.cl/

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 www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-055-afri...

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 www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

December 2018

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 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#

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 location: worldwide contact: Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Department, FAO www: http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/index.shtml

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

January 2019

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 www: https://www2.unccd.int/news-events/cric17-take-place-georget...
https://www2.unccd.int/convention/committee-review-implement...

March 2019

International Day of Forests 2019

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

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the Day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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

May 2019

14th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14)

The 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14) will discuss, inter alia: implementation of the UN strategic plan for forests 2017-2030, including voluntary announcement of voluntary national contributions and UN system-wide contributions to the implementation of the global forest goals and targets; monitoring, assessment and reporting, including progress on the development of global forest indicators; enhancing global forest policy coherence and a common international understanding of sustainable forest management; progress on the activities and operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network and availability of resources; and enhanced cooperation, coordination and engagement on forest-related issues.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 13 is available here.

dates: 6-10 May 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/forum/index.html
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/LTD/N18/136/29/PDF...

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

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

The French-based agricultural research institutes of CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) will host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. The Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 19-22 May 2019. Following the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 held in Delhi, India, this Congress will aim to raise the local, regional and global profile of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness, support, engagement and investment. It will aim to create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets. Since 2009, the World Agroforestry Centre of the CGIAR Consortium has led the Congress in partnership with host country governments and institutions.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France www: http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/eve...

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

October 2019

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   e-mail: wolfrum@iufro.org   www: http://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/events/iwc19-press-r...  

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] location: TBA contact: UNCCD Secretariat phone: +49-228-815-2800 fax: +49-228-815-2898/99 e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www.unccd.int

December 2019

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 e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5400

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...