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August 2019

CITES CoP18

The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17-28 August 2019. Decisions taken in Geneva will have a real and immediate effect on the legislation, regulation, and operating practices across the globe for international trade in species listed on the CITES Appendices.

CoP18 was originally scheduled to take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 23 May to 3 June 2019. Following the events in Sri Lanka on 21 April, the Secretariat announced that the CoP had been postponed. The CoP was subsequently moved to Geneva.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP17 is here.

dates: 17-28 August 2019 venue: Palexpo location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://cites.org/eng/cop/index.php

First Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will convene from 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The negotiating process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the UN Biodiversity Conference in 2020.

dates: 27-30 August 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020/wg2020-01/documents
https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/1795/8d88/46e993a1c7295a80b9f05085...

September 2019

UNCCD COP 14

The fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) is scheduled to take place from 2-13 September 2019, at the India Expo Center and Mart in New Delhi, India.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNCCD COP 13 is available here.

dates: 2-13 September 2019 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India contact: UNCCD Secretariat phone: +49-228-815-2800 fax: +49-228-815-2898/99 e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int www: http://www.unccd.int
https://www.unccd.int/convention/conference-parties-cop

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 31st session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 31) 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: 2-6 September 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

Workshop on Pro-active Management of Forests to Combat Climate Change-driven Risks

Organized by Forest Europe and hosted by the Turkish General Directorate of Forestry, the workshop on pro-active management of forests to combat climate change-driven risks will bring together policymakers, researchers and practitioners from across the pan-European region to discuss policies and measures for increasing forest resilience and climate change adaptation.

dates: 3-4 September 2019 location: Istanbul, Turkey www: https://foresteurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Invitati...

Desertification Youth Forum

The Global Youth Caucus on Desertification and Land, a formal constituency to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in partnership with the UNCCD Secretariat, will convene a Desertification Youth Forum, in conjunction with the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UNCCD.

Held just prior to the High-level Segment (HLS) of COP 14, the event and will bring together heads of UN agencies, ministers and young people from different parts of the world to engage on desertification and land issues.

dates: 7-8 September 2019 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: https://www.desertification-youth-caucus.org/

International Mountain Conference 2019

The International Mountain Conference 2019 (IMC 2019) will convene in Innsbruck, Austria, to encourage in-depth cross-disciplinary discussions towards a new understanding of mountain systems, their vulnerabilities to climate change and adaptation strategies.

The conference is organized by Innsbruck University, with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) University Twinning and Networking Programme (UNITWIN) Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development, the University of Highlands and Islands, UK, and the Mountain Research Initiative, among other partners.

dates: 8-12 September 2019 location: Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria www: https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/imc2019/

North American Forest Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the North American 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: 9-12 September 2019 location: Missoula, MT, US www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31920/en/

51st Session of the IPCC

The 51st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 51) will convene from 20-23 September 2019.

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).

dates: 20-23 September 2019 location: Principality of Monaco, Monaco www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

Climate Week NYC 2019

Climate Week NYC 2019 will gather representatives from businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for a variety of panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars.

Events taking place during Climate Week NYC 2019 are organized into 11 categories: 1) Youth and Climate Activism; 2) Energy Transition; 3) Industry Transition; 4) Clean Transport, Buildings and Infrastructure; 5) Food, Land and Nature-based Solutions; 6) Climate Finance, Investment and Carbon Pricing; 7) National Government Policy and Commitment; 8) State, City and Local Action; 9) Health, Equality and Justice; 10) Sustainable Travel and Leisure; and 11) Resilience and Adaption to Climate Change.

Events include:

Climate Week NYC 2019 will convene on the side of the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), and support the UN Climate Action Summit by providing a space for organizations to extend week-long activities outside of the UN building and throughout the week. A High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) (23 September), the SDG Summit (24-25 September), the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) (26 September), and a High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway will also take place during the Week.

Launched by The Climate Group in 2009, Climate Week NYC seeks to drive climate action forward. Information about Climate Week NYC 2018 is here.

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 23-29 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/climate-week-nyc-2019

Equator Prize 2019 Award Ceremony

The Equator Prize recognizes outstanding local community and indigenous peoples initiatives from across the world that are advancing innovative on-the-ground solutions to climate change, environment and poverty challenges.

The Award Ceremony, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Equator Initiative, will convene celebrities, thought leaders, governments, civil society and media to present the awards to the winners, complemented by short films and a musical performance. Award categories will honor achievements and local innovation in the areas of climate change mitigation, adaptation and new economic models. Entrepreneurship, gender equality and advocacy for social and environmental justice are among the key themes of the evening.

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

date: 24 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/equator-prize-2019-awar...

Global Landscapes Forum NYC 2019

This one-day event will take place back-to-back with the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and shortly after the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. It will provide an opportunity to advance new action coalitions for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The event is organized by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).

The event is part of Climate Week NYC 2019.

date: 28 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/global-landscapes-forum...

XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019

The 25th International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) World Congress 2019 will convene on the theme, ‘Forest Research and Cooperation for Sustainable Development.’ The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and is expected to allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.

dates: 29 September - 5 October 2019 location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil e-mail: info@iufro2019.com www: http://www.iufro2019.com/

October 2019

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

High Mountain Summit

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will convene a High Mountain Summit to foster high-level dialogue and engage decision makers and local actors to develop a roadmap to science-based, user-driven knowledge and information systems supporting sustainable development and risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions.

dates: 29-31 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://highmountainsummit.wmo.int/en

November 2019

Fifth European Forest Week and Forêt2019 – Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Forêt2019 – a joint session of the 40th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 77th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Forêt2019, the 5th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe under the theme, ‘Forests and the Circular Economy’.

dates: 4-7 November 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/
http://www.unece.org/forests/forestsmeetings/timber-committe...

2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana will convene the 2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting at the Pontifical University Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting seeks to stimulate exchange among international, regional and local stakeholders interested in the decision-making processes, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in the region.

dates: 5-8 November 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/
https://cosmosjaveriana.wixsite.com/cosmos/events/2-foro-lat...

22nd 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 October 2019.

dates: 18-22 November 2019 location: South Africa additional: Skukuza Mpumalanga www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/91673/en/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2019)

The third edition of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa will convene under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption in the Land Sector: Sustainable Pathway for Africa’s Transformation’. This theme supports the designation by the African Union of 2018 as the Anti-Corruption Year under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.

Organized by the African Land Policy Centre, a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the conference will seek to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. It follows the second CLPA, which was held in November 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: https://www.uneca.org/clpa2019

December 2019

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 24th 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: 1-5 December 2019 location: Sudan www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

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

World Soil Day 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day, and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

World Soil Day 2019 will be held under the theme, ‘Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future’!

date: 5 December 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/...

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019

The tenth annual Sustainable Innovation Forum 2019 will convene on the sidelines of the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, bringing together over 600 delegates to explore four key pillars of low-carbon transition: climate finance; energy transition; sustainable mobility; and circular economy.

Day one will open with high-level policy discussion and keynote speeches from ministers, cities, multilateral organizations, investors and the private sector. Discussions on sustainable mobility will focus on electric vehicles, liquid fuels, planning technologies and user engagement. Under energy transition, participants will address renewables, hydrogen, battery storage, digitalization and efficiency. Under circular economy, delegates will focus on waste and water recycling, resource conservation and monitoring technologies. Bonds, banking systems, ratings and carbon markets and trading will be considered under climate finance.

Day two will be dedicated to innovation, and discuss the role of sustainable mobility, energy transition, circular economy and climate finance in ensuring forest, water and ocean health by protecting, managing and restoring the natural environment to combat climate change.

The Forum is convened by Climate Action and partners.

dates: 9-10 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://events.climateaction.org/sustainable-innovation-foru...

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 17-19 December 2019. The GEF CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council opens.

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: 16-19 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

March 2020

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 March 2020.

The Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will bring together international experts with the aim of reviewing the status of knowledge on soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity, and the contributions of soil organisms to the SDGs.

dates: 10-12 March 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

May 2020

15th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 15)

The 15th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 15) will address, inter alia, implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), monitoring, assessment and reporting, and means of implementation. UNFF 15 is expected to adopt the Quadrennial Programme of Work for 2021-2024.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 14 is available here.

dates: 4-8 May 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/index.html

June 2020

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020)

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020) will convene on the theme, ‘Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society’. The conference seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. By placing an emphasis on how the “Nexus Approach” to water, soil and waste in the context of a circular economy can help achieve the SDGs, DNC2020 will directly contribute to, among others, SDG 2 (zero hunger), 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 13 (climate action).

The Dresden Nexus Conference, organized 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, is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. It brings together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors to foster dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the SDGs.

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 took place in May 2017.

dates: 3-5 June 2020 location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany www: https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php

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...

September 2020

Leaders’ Biodiversity Summit

In resolution A/RES/73/234, adopted on 20 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided “to convene a summit on biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government, within existing resources,” ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) in 2020, “in order to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity”.

Taking place on the margins of the opening of the UNGA, the Summit will seek to provide political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

date: 21 September 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-026-meet...
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/73...