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October 2017

South-East Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on specifically: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South-East Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

dates: 18-19 October 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

IPBES 10th Bureau and MEP Meeting

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. Its mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. The tenth meeting of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) will be held the 22-26 October 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-5 can be viewed here.  

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/10th-bureau-and-mep-meeting

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 location: Sri Lanka www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

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...

Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

South Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that will be focused on during HLPF 2018: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

date: 31 October 2017 [tentative] location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

November 2017

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/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank. The Conference will convene under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, exhibitions, and the use of social media to reach a broader audience, including youth. It aims to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. This Conference follows an inaugural Conference held in November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 14-17 November 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa2017

53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Sessions of the Associated Committees

The 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.

dates: 27 November - 2 December 2017 location: Lima, Peru contact: Gerhard Dieterle e-mail: itto@itto.int www: http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=4991
http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/international-tropical-...

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
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

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

December 2017

International Conference on Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

Organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment, with support from the European Union (EU), the event will bring together more than 200 experts from around the globe. The conference aims to: identify, discuss and recommend resilient solution packages suitable for mountain areas, approaching resilience building for transformative change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region from a holistic perspective, seen in the context of multiple change processes in mountain areas; and deepen the commitment among stakeholders and decision makers to find and implement resilient solutions.

dates: 3-6 December 2017 location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal contact: ICIMOD Secretariat e-mail: resilient.hkh@icimod.org www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=16219

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   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

International Mountain Day and High-Level Conference

The high-level conference on mountains, titled 'Mountains under Pressure,' will coincide with International Mountain Day and the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership. The conference will raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the center of international negotiations, policies and investments, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It will launch a Declaration and a Call to Action to support concrete actions, put in place long lasting processes and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments. International Mountain Day is observed to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world. This year's theme for the Day is 'Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration.' The conference and the Day will be followed by the fifth General Assembly of the members of the Mountain Partnership, on 12-13 December 2017 also in Rome, Italy.

date: 11 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

Mountain Partnership Fifth General Assembly

The Mountain Partnership Global Meeting will be held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters, from 11-13 December 2017. The event will convene in conjunction with the International Mountain Day, and will be followed by a two-day training course on the Mountain Green Cover Index on 14-15 December 2017. The meeting will consider the theme, 'Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration,' and will focus on the challenges and the opportunities in sustainable mountain development. The event will launch a political process to support concrete actions and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments.

dates: 11-13 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/events/event-detail/...

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/

March 2018

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The sixth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-6) will discuss, inter alia, implementation of the work programme 2014-2018, deliverables and assessments. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day meant to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.

dates: 18-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

International Day of Forests 2018

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, 'Forests for sustainable cities,' and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits. 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.

date: 21 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

May 2018

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 11-15 May 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/65542/en/

July 2018

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 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, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

August 2018

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   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...  

May 2019

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...

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...