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February 2018

Civil Society Pre-Meeting to UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), which follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region, will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

UNECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 VNR Countries

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sixteen countries from the UNECE region volunteered to take part in VNRs at the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which will convene in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub story about the 2018 VNR countries is here. This Regional Preparatory Meeting for VNR countries of the UNECE is organized by the Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Participation is by invitation by UN DESA. This event will take place immediately before the 2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE....

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

March 2018

2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. The meeting will focus on the sub-set of SDGs to be reviewed at the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018): SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12, SDG 15. The Regional Forum will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations. In addition, the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will organize a Regional Preparatory Meeting for 2018 VNR countries of the UNECE region, on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

dates: 1-2 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html
http://www.unece.org/forests

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 www: http://www.citiesipcc.org/
https://unfccc.int/files/adaptation/application/pdf/report_c...

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - March 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The second session will convene from 12-15 March 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 12-15 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

Committee for Development Policy (CDP) 2018 Plenary Meeting

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary advisory body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The CDP advises ECOSOC on emerging economic, social and environmental issues that are relevant for the design and implementation of the UN's sustainable development agenda and for strengthening international development cooperation. CDP has a sub-group on 'Leaving no one behind,' which met in November 2017 to discuss conceptual issues, the relationship with inequality and sustainability, factors that push people behind, and policy implications. Every three years the CDP reviews the least developed countries to advise ECOSOC and the UNGA on countries that should be graduated from the list. The next Triennial Review will take place in 2018, and six countries are expected to meet the criteria for graduation: Bhutan, Kiribati, Nepal, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is currently preparing reports that assess the expected effects of graduation, referred to as 'Impact Assessments,' which will inform, among other inputs, the CDPs decision on recommending each country for graduation.

dates: 12-16 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA Development Policy and Analysis Division www: https://www.un.org/ldcportal/impact-assessments-what-happens...
https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/publication/egm-lea...

Land and Poverty Conference 2018

The World Bank's 19th annual Conference on Land and Poverty will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be, 'Land Governance in an Interconnected World'.

dates: 19-23 March 2018 venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 location: Washington D.C., US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/08/07/land-and-pover...

Global Compact on Refugees: Second Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States. The first consultation took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 February 2018, to consider the zero draft of the compact.

dates: 20-21 March 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will focus on the theme, 'Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies'. In addition to discussing the theme of the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018) as it relates to regional and subregional perspectives, this preparatory event will also review in depth the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be discussed at the 2018 HLPF: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2018, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 28-30 March 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5

April 2018

Fifth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The fifth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in April 2018.

date: 3 April 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - April 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The third session will convene from 3-6 April 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 3-6 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

2018 OECD Global Forum on Development

The 2018 OECD Global Forum on Development will focus on the theme, 'Empowering Youth and Women'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 OECD Global Forum on Development is here.

date: 5 April 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/site/oecdgfd/

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51)

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51) 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. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CPD 50 is here.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

The development of agriculture, including crops, livestock, fisheries (blue growth) and forestry, have played a key role in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition across the Asia and the Pacific region. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific will discuss the lessons learned from these experiences to assess the prospects for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 2 on zero hunger, while tackling new and emerging challenges such as climate change, endemic and emerging diseases and pests or their vectors, urbanization, and ageing populations. In this context, delegates will exchange views, relate country experiences and share information on the food security situation in the region, and bring to the table ideas and suggestions for achieving the SDGs. The meeting will also focus on: climate action for agriculture; accelerating action on food security and nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and safe food for better nutrition and trade. The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: Nadi, Western, Fiji www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/aprc3...
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

Global Compact on Refugees: Third Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 10-11 April 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018

The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This Forum, adopted by Member States as the regional mechanism to support the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, will include both substantive debates in line with the theme of the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), peer learning session for countries from the region on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and reports from ECLAC as well as from other stakeholders on the progress towards the SDGs. Prior to the meeting of the Forum, from 16-17 April, activities will be carried out in Santiago by civil society representatives and other relevant actors.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Forum is here.

dates: 18-20 April 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2018/en

2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

dates: 20-22 April 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC)

The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa will focus on: agricultural transformation in the Near East and North Africa Region and the challenge of youth employment and migration; agroecology: adapting to climate change in semi-arid areas for a sustainable agricultural development; one health: addressing transboundary plant, animal and fish pests and diseases: a case for regional cooperation; and other priorities for the region.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/nerc3...
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/regional-conferences/en/

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 24-26 April 2018 location: Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#prep

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 www: http://www.iclei.org/details/article/resilient-cities-2018.h...

May 2018

Global Compact on Refugees: Fourth Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 8-9 May 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - May 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The fourth session will convene from 14-18 May 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 14-18 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2018

The 2018 UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Lab will convene 1,000 cross-sectoral leaders under the age of 35 from around the world to design and deploy scalable solutions for the SDGs. At the end of the Innovation Lab, winning ideas will receive pro-bono technical support and be eligible for financial backing. There are eight themes for "SDG talents" to work on at this year's Innovation Lab: SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing); SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 6 (clean water); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 13 (climate action). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 UNLEASH Lab is here.

dates: 30 May - 6 June 2018 location: Singapore, Singapore www: https://unleash.org/innovation-lab-2018/

June 2018

Sixth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The sixth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in June/July 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

date: 4 June 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - June 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The fifth session will convene from 4-8 June 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 4-8 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

European Development Days 2018

European Development Days 2018 (EDD 2018) will seek to bring together the European Union's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The overall theme for EDD 2018 is, 'Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest'. Three sub-themes will be considered: Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women; Promoting economic and social rights and Empowerment of Girls and Women; and Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation. In addition, the European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in EDD 2018 by participating to the Young Leaders Programme. This programme will gather 15 young people aged 21-26 who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field.

dates: 5-6 June 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eudevdays.eu/
https://eudevdays.eu/themes-and-topics

2018 G7 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The five themes for discussion during Canada's presidency are: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women's empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 G7 Leaders' Summit is here.

dates: 8-9 June 2018 venue: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu location: La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada contact: Global Affairs Canada www: http://www.international.gc.ca/g7/index.aspx?lang=eng

Global Compact on Refugees: Fifth Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 12-13 June 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

July 2018

Global Compact on Refugees: Sixth Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 3-4 July 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - July 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The sixth session will convene from 9-13 July 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Partnership Exchange 2018

The Partnership Exchange is an annual gathering to review multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of SDG implementation. It takes place on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). The 2018 Partnership Exchange will take place on 13 July. Like the HLPF session, it will have the theme, 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,' with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. Initiatives can register or provide updates at the Partnership for SDGs online platform to be considered for review at the Exchange. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Partnership Exchange is here. The Partnership Exchange is one of four special events taking place alongside the 2018 HLPF. The other three events are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; the Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

date: 13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/PartnershipExchan...

August 2018

International Youth Day 2018

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

date: 12 August 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

October 2018

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 www: https://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news...

2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

The 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group will take place in Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia, in October 2018, following a vote by the Boards of Governors of the two institutions. The Annual Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, media and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, aid effectiveness and climate change. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual Meetings is here.

dates: 12-14 October 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45)

The 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45) will hold discussions on policy convergence on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, convene a Global Thematic Event on the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security, and celebrate World Food Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.

dates: 15-20 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat e-mail: cfs@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/

November 2018

World Forum on Urban Forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the City of Mantova, the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Politecnico di Milano have announced the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests. The Forum will bring a variety of stakeholders together to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of urban forestry strategies and the identification of nature-based solutions towards a greener, healthier, and happier future. The aim of this first Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches of cities with diverse cultures, forms, structures and histories, that have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement.

dates: 28 November - 1 December 2018 location: Mantova, Lombardia, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

December 2018

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. By a draft resolution agreed in November 2017, the Assembly reaffirms its decision that the Conference will result in the adoption of an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, titled ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration'. The scope of the Compact, the text recalls, is defined in an annex to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/RES/71/1). The text indicates that negotiations for the Compact will be concluded by July 2018, as previously agreed in resolution 71/280 on the modalities for the preparatory process.

The Conference will include eight consecutive plenary meetings and two dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings. The dialogues will be interactive and multi-stakeholder, and will seek to “exemplify ways and means to support the implementation of the Global Compact.” The topics will be: ‘Promoting action on the commitments of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; and ‘Partnerships and innovative initiatives for the way forward’. In the modalities resolution on the preparatory process, agreed in April 2017, UN Member States anticipated that the intergovernmental conference would take place at UN Headquarters in New York immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of UNGA 73, in September 2018, “unless otherwise agreed”. In October 2017, Italy and Morocco expressed interest in hosting the Conference in their countries. The offers were discussed in informal consultations, and the agreed draft resolution specifies that Morocco will host the meeting from 10-11 December 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 10-11 December 2018 location: Morocco contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration e-mail: gcmigration@un.org www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
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Human Rights Day 2018

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, which is the anniversary of the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2018, Human Rights Day will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

date: 10 December 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

March 2019

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 www: http://undocs.org/A/71/L.83

April 2019

2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

dates: 12-14 April 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/