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Forests, Deserts, Land


March 2017

FCPF Twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank will hold its twenty-third Participants Committee Meeting in Washington, DC, US. The Participants Committee is made up of an equal number of forest (REDD+) countries (14) and financial contributors (14), and is also comprised of observers representing indigenous peoples, civil society, international organizations, the UN-REDD Programme, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the private sector. The Committee, which meets twice a year, is the main decision-making body of the FCPF. It reviews country submissions, decides on grant resource allocation, approves budgets, among other actions.  

date: 27 March 2017   location: Washington D.C., US   e-mail: fcpfsecretariat@worldbank.org   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/meetings-0
 https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/PC23  

GEF-7 Replenishment: 1st Meeting

At its 51st meeting in October 2016, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council requested the Trustee, in cooperation with the Secretariat, to initiate discussions on the seventh replenishment of resources of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7). The replenishment meetings provide an opportunity for Contributing Participants to review GEF performance and evaluate progress, assess future funding needs, and agree on a financing framework. The first official meeting of the 7th Replenishment of the GEF will be held in Paris.  

dates: 28-30 March 2017   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France   contact: GEF Secretariat   www: https://www.thegef.org/events/gef-7-replenishment-1st-meetin...  

April 2017

XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference

The XIX Commonwealth Forestry Conference is organized by India’s Forest Research Institute and the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, with support from the Indian Government and the Commonwealth Forestry Association. The Conference will convene under the theme of ‘Forests for Prosperity and Posterity’. Sub-themes include biodiversity conservation and management, good governance in forestry, forests and climate change, and forests and water.  

dates: 3-7 April 2017   location: Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal, India   contact: Dr. Savita, Chief Coordinator   phone: +91-135-275-5277   fax: +91-135-275-6865   e-mail: cfc207india@gmail.com   www: http://www.cfc2017.in/  

May 2017

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   www: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/events/unff-12/index.html  

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   e-mail: shindelar@unu.edu   www: https://flores.unu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/160301_DNC...
 http://www.dresden-nexus-conference.org  

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 e-mail: info@iass-potsdam.de www: http://globalsoilweek.org

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   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings  

June 2017

Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [tentative]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council, which was to be held in parallel to the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was postponed from 21-24 November 2016. It will now take place in mid-2017. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda. The GRASP Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

date: 1 June 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]   contact: GRASP Secretariat   phone: +254 20762 3842   e-mail: info@un-grasp.org   www: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=756c25b7498b33eecd1c114e...
 http://council2016.un-grasp.org/en/council/  

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   location: worldwide   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www2.unccd.int/our-land-our-home-our-future-wdcd-17-j...
 http://www2.unccd.int/sites/default/files/relevant-links/201...  

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   www: http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/  

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   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/events/detail/en/c/462873/
 http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/overview/plenary-...  

September 2017

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 4-15 September 2017. A high-level segment is scheduled to take place from 11-12 September 2017. 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.  

dates: 4-15 September 2017   location: China   additional: Ordos, Inner Mongolia   contact: UNCCD Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int   www: http://www2.unccd.int/cop13  

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

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   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

December 2017

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   www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings  

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...  

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&...  

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...