Forests, Deserts, Land
Drought Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa
This event series is organized in the margins of the “One World – No Hunger” Initiative by the UNCCD, the German Development Institute (DIE), the University of Bonn, German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Center of Development Research (ZEF), Deutsche Welle (DW), the Reconstruction Credit Institute (KfW) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The event series will seek to shed light on four interconnected topics around drought: What role does drought particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa play for food security, for livelihoods in rural areas, for local and regional conflicts and for migration; How can drought resilience be strengthened, which sectors have to be addressed and contribute, what solutions exist in the various areas; Given the multi-faceted nature and interconnectedness of drought related issues, how can integrated approaches and institutional coherence be found in order to identify solutions, minimize cross-sectoral trade-offs and harnessing synergies; and The complexity of the issues also means that a particularly close dialogue is needed between scientists and development practitioners in order to challenge conventional wisdoms, to evaluate old and find new solutions.
dates: 6 April - 13 July 2017
location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
12th Session of UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 12)
The 12th session of the UN Forum on Forests will convene from 1-5 May 2017, in New York, US.
dates: 1-5 May 2017
venue: UN Headquarters
location: New York City, US
contact: UNFF Secretariat
Dresden Nexus Conference 2017
Held every two years, the Dresden Nexus Conference brings together individuals and organizations from diverse research disciplines, national and international organizations and actors who apply a "Nexus Approach" to resource management. The 2017 conference will address the theme, ‘SDGs and the Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation,’ with a focus on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities. The Dresden Nexus Conference was initiated by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development.
dates: 17-19 May 2017
venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1
location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
contact: Rachel Shindelar, UNU-FLORES
phone: + 49 (351) 8921 9377
Global Soil Week 2017
Global Soil Week (GSW) 2017 or GSW'17 will convene under the theme 'Catalysing SDG Implementation through a Soil and Land Review' with the aim of contributing to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) 2017. It will conduct a pilot thematic review of the subset of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under focus by the HLPF this year from a soils and land perspective. The GSW'17 Lab, an open space for multi-stakeholder deliberation on gaps and synergies within and between the SDGs, will show how to look at SDG 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14, and 17 through the lens of soil and land. Three GSW'17 workshops will focus on: (1) Soil Rehabilitation for Zero Hunger: upscaling people’s technologies by sharing lessons and developing strategies; (2) Right to [defend] Land: strengthening accountability at the local level through thematic reviews; and (3) Competing Pressures on Soil and Land: securing our natural resource base for food security.
GSW'17 is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdamn.
dates: 22-24 May 2017
location: Berlin, Germany
contact: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
phone: +49 331-288223-00
fax: +49 331-288223-10
52nd Meeting of the GEF Council
The 52nd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 23-25 May 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 22 May. 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: 22-25 May 2017
location: Washington D.C., US
contact: GEF Secretariat
WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) of the CGIAR Consortium and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) are jointly organizing the WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting under the theme, 'The role of SLM in contributing to achieve the SDGs'. The meetings will convene a wide range of WOCAT members and stakeholders such as NGOs, governments, international organizations, the donor community and other institutions to share and discuss their experiences and findings on how sustainable land management (SLM) and, in particular SLM tools and methods, can be used to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at different levels. The symposium and meeting will be structured into three main parts: WOCAT Symposium (Tuesday, 13 June); Field day to showcase SLM implementation and the application of WOCAT tools and methods in the surroundings of Cali (Wednesday, 14 June); and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting (Thursday 15 June - Friday 16 June).
dates: 13-16 June 2017
location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia
World Day to Combat Desertification
The 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will focus on the linkages between land degradation, migration and security. Under the slogan, 'Our land. Our home. Our Future,' WDCD 2017 will explore how to strengthen the resilience of local communities in areas affected by land degradation, desertification and drought through investing in land productivity, food security and generating local employment. The global observance event will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 15 June, hosted by le Ministère de l'Environnement, de l'Economie Verte et du Changement Climatique (MEEVCC).
date: 17 June 2017
contact: UNCCD Secretariat
FCPF 16th Carbon Fund Meeting
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will convene the 16th Carbon Fund Meeting in order to consider Emission Reduction Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs), agree upon funding decisions and portfolio management, and discuss links with other funding programs. The FCPF is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF has two separate, but complementary funding mechanisms, the Readiness Fund and the Carbon Fund, to achieve its strategic objectives.
dates: 19-22 June 2017
location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly
The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main, annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the GSP will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.
dates: 20-22 June 2017
location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
UNCCD COP 13
The thirteen session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), along with the sixteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 16) and the thirteenth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 13), will convene in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, from 6-16 September 2017. A high-level segment will also take place during COP 13, from 11-12 September. At COP 13, UNCCD Parties are expected to adopt the Strategic Framework that will guide action under the Convention from 2018-2030, among other decisions. Meetings of the Regional Implementation Annexes in the preparation for COP13/CRIC16/CST13 are scheduled to take place on 4-5 September 2017.
dates: 6-16 September 2017
additional: Ordos, Inner Mongolia
contact: UNCCD Secretariat
IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.
dates: 18-22 September 2017
venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany
location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany
Forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44)
The forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) will convene under the theme, 'Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition'. The agenda of the session will cover: CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); nutrition; policy convergence; workstreams and activity updates; an independent evaluation of CFS; and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition. The CFS aims to be an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference.
dates: 9-13 October 2017
location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
contact: CFS Secretariat
53rd Meeting of the GEF Council
The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 5-7 December 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: 4-7 December 2017
location: Washington D.C., US
contact: GEF Secretariat
World Soil Day 2017
World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.
date: 5 December 2017
contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat
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 event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.
date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]
venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri
location: Nairobi, Kenya
contact: GRASP Secretariat
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