4th Busan Global Partnership Forum
The 4th Busan Global Partnership Forum will be held from 21-22 November 2017. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation was created at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 and came into effect in 2012. It brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector all committed to strengthening the effectiveness of their development co-operation.
The Global Partnership tracks progress in the implementation of Busan commitments for more effective development co-operation through its monitoring framework comprised of a set of 10 indicators. These indicators focus on strengthening developing country institutions, increasing transparency and predictability of development co-operation, enhancing gender equality, as well as supporting greater involvement of civil society, parliaments and private sector in development efforts. The monitoring framework is currently being refined to fully reflect the 2030 Agenda and will contribute to the review of targets for SDG 5 and 17 and implementation of the Financing for Development agreements.
dates: 21-22 November 2017
location: Busan, Pusan-Jikhalsi, Republic of Korea
2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum is 'Realizing Access to Remedy'. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.
dates: 27-29 November 2017
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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
Intercultural Cities 2017 Milestone Event
The Intercultural Cities Programme of the Council of Europe will hold its 2017 Milestone Event on the theme of 'Urban policies for inclusive integration and diversity advantage'. Since its launch in 2008 as a pilot initiative involving 11 cities, the Intercultural Cities (ICC) has developed into an influential coalition of over 100 cities across Europe and overseas, which advocates for "intercultural integration" - an asset-based approach to migrant inclusion policies. The event will use dynamic, interactive formats and experiential learning to enable participants to "live diversity and shape the diversity advantage". Participants also will engage in collaborative design sessions calling upon their knowledge and experience to work out concrete solutions for specific diversity and inclusion challenges.
dates: 28-29 November 2017
location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
contact: Council of Europe Intercultural Cities Programme
EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Realising the SDGs - Integrating the Environment and Health Agendas into Policies for Urban Settings
Global causes of illness and death are increasingly linked to the poor quality of the environment. In urbanized environments, environmental hazards include exposure to air, water, and chemical pollution. The SDGs play an important role in this nexus, highlighting that isolated actions to improve health are unsustainable, and that the environment must be an entry point into addressing global health.
Discussions during the fourth event in the Environment Management Group (EMG) nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease. This dialogue is co-hosted by the EMG, UN Environment, WHO and UN-Habitat.
Guest article by Hossein Fadaei, Head of EMG Secretariat, regarding the EMG Nexus Dialogue Series.
date: 3 December 2017
location: Nairobi, Kenya
Preparatory Stocktaking Meeting for a Global Compact on Migration
This meeting will take stock of preparations toward a global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration. The meeting takes place in accordance with the UN General Assembly's 6 April 2017 resolution on modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact (A/RES/71/280). The preparatory process leading to the adoption of the global compact comprises three phases: consultations from April-November 2017; stocktaking from November 2017 - January 2018; and intergovernmental negotiations from February-July 2018. The meeting will take stock of inputs received during the consultation phase and will also discuss means of implementation and mechanisms for follow-up and review. The Government of Mexico is hosting the meeting.
dates: 4-6 December 2017
venue: Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center, Av. Paseo de las Flores N. 505 Col. Villa las Flores,
location: Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
contact: Juan Jose? Go?mez-Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN
phone: +1 212-752-0220
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
International Forum on Migration Statistics 2018
The first regular International Forum on Migration Statistics will be hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and co-organized with the International Organization on Migration (IOM) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Forum's location will rotate among the three co-organizing agencies. The event will aim to enhance the exchange of information, promote mutual learning and facilitate cooperation among relevant stakeholders. It will bring together producers, analysts and users of migration statistics, and will create a community of interest focused on migration measurement issues. It will mobilize expertise from a wide range of disciplines - such as political science, economics, demography, development studies, migration studies, geospatial science, sociology, statistics, and information technology - that can contribute to an improved global understanding of international migration in all its dimensions.
dates: 15-16 January 2018
venue: OECD Conference Centre
location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France
International Water Summit 2018
The International Water Summit (IWS) is a global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions by bringing together world leaders, field experts, academics and business innovators to accelerate the development of new sustainable strategies and technologies. This event takes place as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
dates: 15-18 January 2018
location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9)
The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9), 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. WUF 9 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.
In the New Urban Agenda (NUA), adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016, participating States request the report of the implementation of the Agenda to incorporate, to the extent possible, the inputs of multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia, and to build on existing platforms such as the WUF, convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Themed ‘Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda,’ WUF 9 will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the NUA.
WUF 9 will seek to provide substantive inputs for the first report of the implementation of the NUA. The Forum is expected to enhance the common vision on sustainable urban development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by contributing to implementation of concrete solutions for the commitments made in the NUA, which are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The NUA commitments include ensuring: sustainable urban development for social inclusion and ending poverty; sustainable and inclusive urban prosperity and opportunities for all; and environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development.
WUF 9 will aim to, inter alia: raise awareness of sustainable urbanization among stakeholders; improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through open debates, sharing of lessons learned, and the exchange of urban solutions and good policies; increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the implementation of sustainable urbanization; and incorporate the inputs of multilateral organizations and stakeholders into the reporting of the NUA implementation.
The WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world.
dates: 7-13 February 2018
venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC)
location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
Cities and Climate Change Science Conference
Co-organized by a diverse group of international, urban and scientific organizations, including UN-Habitat, UN Environment (UNEP), Cities Alliance, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Future Earth, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), this event will bring together representatives from national, city and regional governments, the academia, research organizations, and urban and climate change practitioners.
The aim of the conference is to: identify key research and knowledge gaps related to cities and climate change; inspire global and regional research that will lead to peer-reviewed publications and scientific reports; and stimulate research on cities and climate change throughout the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) cycle. Its outcomes are anticipated to inform the upcoming IPCC reports, and support cities and citizens in building low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable cities towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
dates: 5-7 March 2018
location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development
The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will convene under the theme, ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’.
The Commission assists the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council on various topics related to population and development; Monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels; and Providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Programme of Action. The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution.
dates: 9-13 April 2018
location: New York City, US
Resilient Cities 2018
Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. The 9th edition of the Resilient Cities congress series will take place on 26-28 April 2018.
dates: 26-28 April 2018
location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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
Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
This conference is organized on the basis of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 71/280, which decided that an intergovernmental conference to adopt a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration would take place before the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA. The conference will be organized around eight plenary meetings and four interactive multi-stakeholder dialogues over two days.
According to the draft modalities resolution agreed on 31 January 2017, the conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of the 73rd session of the UNGA “unless otherwise agreed;” and outcomes will include an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the conference, and possible other components such as actionable commitments, means of implementation and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation. Member States will decide on additional modalities for the conference by January 2018, based on a note to be prepared by the UN Secretary-General. The modalities resolution will be brought to the UNGA for adoption once its programme budget implications have been reviewed by the UN Secretary-General, the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) and the UNGA’s Fifth Committee (administrative and budgetary).
dates: 23-24 September 2018
location: New York City, US
contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration
2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress
The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, will host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress. This Congress will build on the success of the first Congress, held in Trondheim, Norway, in 2014, and will bring together scientists, policy-makers, government officials, indigenous representatives, Traditional Knowledge holders, industry, non-governmental organizations and others to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity.
dates: 9-11 October 2018
location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus, on 28 August 2017, the draft resolution calling for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation to be held in Buenos Aires from 20-22 March 2019. The Conference will mark the fortieth anniversary of the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, which convened from 30 August to 12 September 1978, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That meeting adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA).
In the preparations for the Second UN High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation, the UN Secretary-General has been requested to prepare a “comprehensive report, consistent with the overarching theme of the Conference, no later than August 2018, reviewing the trends in South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, including the progress made by the international community, in particular the United Nations, in supporting and promoting such cooperation and identifying new opportunities, as well as challenges and suggestions to overcome them." The Secretary-General was also requested to prepare a background note, "by the end of January 2018, including proposals for the overarching theme of the High-level Conference, taking into account the important role of South-South and triangular cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sub-themes for the interactive panel discussions, for the consideration of Member States”.
dates: 20-22 March 2019
location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina