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December 2019

UNFCCC COP 25 [rescheduled]

As announced by the UNFCCC Secretariat on 1 November 2019, the COP Bureau agreed that COP 25 will take place from 2-13 December, in Madrid, Spain.

The original hosting agreement for COP 25 with Chile was cancelled on 30 October 2019. At that time, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa announced that the Government of Chile had informed the UNFCCC Secretariat on 30 October of its decision not to host COP 25, in view of the difficult situation that the country is undergoing. 

The 2019 Climate Change Conference will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, the 15th session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 15), the second session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2), and the 51st sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 51) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 51). It was originally scheduled to convene from 2-13 December 2019, in Santiago, Chile, as the “Santiago Climate Change Conference,” with a pre-sessional period from 26 November to 1 December 2019. The location was decided at the conclusion of COP 24.

pre-COP meeting took place in Costa Rica, and aimed to act as a bridge between the UN Climate Action Summit and COP 25. It also provided an opportunity to discuss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and unresolved issues from COP 24. Other pre-sessional meetings include the second meeting of the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures (KCI) from 29-30 November, the second meeting of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) Facilitative Working Group from 28-30 November and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) review event on 1 December.

The 2019 Climate Change Conference will be informed by the outcomes of, among other meetings, the UN Climate Action Summit held in New York, US, in September 2019, as well as three Regional Climate WeeksAfrica Climate Week held in March, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week held in August, and Asia-Pacific Climate Week held in September.

Mandated events taking place during the Madrid Climate Change Conference include the technical part and the high-level part of the Pre-2020 Stocktake on 4 and 11 December, respectively, and a Global Climate Action (GCA) High-Level Event on 11 December.

The Presidency will convene, inter alia:

  • A UNFCCC, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Roundtable on 7 December;
  • A Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation Ambition on 10 December;
  • A Panel on Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Ambition on 6 December; and
  • A High Level Event on Forests on 5 December.

The Presidency will also launch the Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions (PSBOS) and the Platform of Latin American and Caribbean Agriculture Climate Action (PLACA) on 3 and 5 December, respectively.

Other prominent events taking place during the COP include roundtables on: the agri-food chain; SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land); circular economy in cities and buildings; circular economy in packaging and business models; resilience; and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). Action events will convene on industry, water, land use, oceans and coastal zones, energy, transport and human settlements. The SBSTA and the IPCC will hold joint special events on the SROCC and the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL).

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 

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dates: 2-13 December 2019 location: Madrid, Spain contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/cop25
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February 2020

Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed.

WUF10 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

Organized jointly with the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, along with partners including the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Executive Council, WUF10 will provide an opportunity to increase local and regional knowledge on sustainable urbanization issues, learn from global lessons and increase cooperation with stakeholders on a global scale.

WUF10 will address key action areas, including:

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities;
  • Innovative urban solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance;
  • Technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities;
  • Building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future, with a special focus on youth and women;
  • Empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and regulatory environments; and
  • The impact of migration on cities.

The conference will contribute to sustainable urban development and implementation of global commitments such as the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

dates: 8-13 February 2020 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://unhabitat.org/wuf10/

March 2020

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 www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2020/03/16/land-and-pove...

May 2020

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 www: https://ini2020.com/

UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will convene the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from government, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport objectives.

The event will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to pave a way forward for sustainable transport to help reach the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDGs that are directly connected to sustainable transport through targets and indicators, such as SDG 3 (good health and well-being), which includes a target addressing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (3.6), and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), which includes a target on providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and on expanding public transport (11.2).

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub story on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference here.

dates: 5-7 May 2020 location: Beijing, China www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/transport2020

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

July 2020

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20)

The VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas and the Caribbean will convene under the theme, ‘Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean,’ to raise awareness of the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the special challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).

As decided at the VI Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in June 2018, the Forum will by hosted by Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to host a regional platform. The event is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR AM).

dates: 8-10 July 2020 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: https://www.eird.org/americas/pr2020/index.html

World Population Day 2020

World Population Day, which calls attention to the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in 1989. It was an outgrowth of the interest generated by the 'Day of Five Billion,' which was observed on 11 July 1987.

date: 11 July 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

August 2020

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2020

Indigenous peoples, today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and ways of life.

To raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982.

date: 9 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

International Youth Day 2020

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) calling for 12 August tp be declared International Youth Day. 

The Day is commemorated every year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. 

date: 12 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

World Humanitarian Day 2020

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. Last year, the Day focused on female humanitarians, sharing the stories of 24 women who had affected change in cities and towns and villages globally. 

date: 19 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldhumanitarianday.org/about/

October 2020

Global Adaption Action Summit

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaption Summit in October 2020.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by the eighth UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 1 October 2020 [tentative] location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation

World Cities Day 2020

The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239.

The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/