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Forests, Deserts, Land


November 2017

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. Agenda items will include the Work Program, the policies on Gender Equality and Stakeholder Engagement, the organization of the Sixth GEF Assembly, and the Vision to Enhance Civil Society Engagement with the GEF. Delegates will convene as the 23rd meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) on 30 November 2017. The Council meeting will be preceded by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) on Monday, 27 November 2017. This one-day discussion will consider, inter alia: programming directions for the seventh replenishment of the GEF (GEF-7); a proposed Updated Vision to enhance civil society engagement with the GEF; and updated GEF policies on Gender Equality and on Stakeholder Engagement in GEF projects and processes. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GEF is here.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-53rd-council-mee...
https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/ldcfsccf-council-mee...

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/...

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/...

ESP 9 World Conference

The 9th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) world conference will convene under the theme, 'restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature based solutions'. The event aims to bring both the national and international ecosystem services community together to achieve a more sustainable and eco-friendly society. The conference will address a broad range of topics on the latest state-of-the-art on the science, policy and practice of ecosystem services. Sessions will largely be determined by the participants and provide ample space for many ESP Working Groups, National Networks and service teams together for discussions. The conference is jointly organised by SUSTech and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP).

dates: 11-15 December 2017 location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China www: http://www.espconference.org/espconference2017

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/

February 2018

First Arab Land Conference

The Government of the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the Arab League and the Arab Union of Surveyors are have announced the first Arab Land Conference, which will be hosted by the Dubai Land Department. The conference aims to exchange knowledge, promote regional cooperation and develop capacities and innovation in land governance and real estate reforms to promote the social and economic development in the Arab region. Key topics to be addressed will focus on the Arab region and include: access to land for sustainable business and investment; the interlink between housing policy and land management; education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration; protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees to facilitate reconstruction; women, land and property rights; and new technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://arablandconference.com/en/

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: 17-24 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/

June 2018

World Day to Combat Desertification 2018

The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. WDCD aims to raise awareness that land degradation neutrality (LDN) is achievable through problem solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. In 2018, Ecuador will host the global observance of the Day.

date: 17 June 2018 location: Ecuador (worldwide) www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/ecuador-host-wdcd-2018
http://www2.unccd.int/actions/17-june-world-day-combat-deser...

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 three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. 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...