Forests, Deserts, Land
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
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.
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.
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dates: 23-29 September 2019
location: New York City, US
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
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
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
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
Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will convene a regional conference on the theme, ‘Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below’. The conference aims to:
- Consult with countries and key stakeholders on progress towards achieving the Bonn Challenge, New York Declaration on Forests and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) restoration goals;
- Feature successful community-led restoration initiatives along with policies, incentives and partnerships contributing to their success;
- Consider forest landscape restoration (FLR) initiatives successfully linking ecology, the rights of men, women and youth and community land management practices that provide insights on forestry, agroforestory and agricultural initiatives that generate strong social and ecological co-benefits;
- Showcase effective approaches to promoting tenure security, improving market incentives and access to supply chains for sustainably produced cocoa, coffee, shea and other products, and delivering technical assistance and access to markets and finance; and
- Coordinate and increase international, national and private support for FLR.
dates: 29-30 October 2019
location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
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
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
CBD Thematic Consultation on Ecosystem Restoration for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat with the Government of Brazil will convene a thematic consultation on ecosystem restoration, bringing together experts nominated by Parties to the CBD, other governments, relevant organizations, and indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs).
The outputs of the consultation will form the basis of a report, which will serve as input to the Second Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB..., which will develop a preliminary text of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for further elaboration at the Third Post-2020 Open-ended Working Group Meeting.
dates: 6-8 November 2019
location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
The Seventeenth regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) aims to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa and ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner. AMCEN also supports the realization of social and economic development, including agricultural activities and practices that meet the food security needs of the region.
The seventeenth meeting will be held under the theme, 'Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa.'
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary will attend to present on the post-2020 process and road to the 15th meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP 15 or 202....
dates: 11-15 November 2019
location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
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
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
Soil and the SDGs: Challenges and Need for Action
Organized by the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission, the event will bring together policymakers, researchers, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders active in the protection of land and soil to discuss the challenges of soil and land degradation in the EU and the urgent need for action to implement the SDGs.
date: 25 November 2019
location: Brussels, Belgium
GLF Luxembourg 2019
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Luxembourg 2019 will be hosted by the GLF and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The three-day event will explore advances in sustainable finance, asset management industry breakthroughs in sustainable investment, and the evolving role of capital markets in a low-carbon future.
dates: 28-30 November 2019
venue: European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)
location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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
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
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
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
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
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
Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience
The theme of the 21st Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is ‘Institutions for Equity and Resilience’.
The conference will gather over 1,400 participants from governments, academics, civil society and the private sector to discuss the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world.
dates: 16-20 March 2020
location: Washington D.C., US
8th Global Nitrogen Conference
The 8th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2020) will convene in Berlin, Germany, from 3-7 May 2020. The triennial event will bring together scientists from around the world dealing with reactive nitrogen compounds in agriculture, industry, traffic, soil, water and air.
The conference is expected to stimulate an exchange among policymakers and other relevant stakeholders of results, ideas and visions to improve future holistic management of reactive nitrogen in order to further reduce hunger and poverty while avoiding further hazards for human health, biodiversity and environment, given that most of the SDGs are closely interlinked with the nitrogen cycle. A joint conference declaration based on the latest scientific knowledge is expected to catalyze further policy action towards effective integrated nitrogen management.
INI2020 is co-organized by the International Nitrogen Initiative and hosted by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency, with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
dates: 3-7 May 2020
location: Berlin, Germany
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
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
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
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