Go to IISD's website

IISD Reporting Services
bringing you the latest news, information and analysis from
international environment and sustainable development negotiations

Upcoming Meetings

Human Development

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.

To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

dates: 10-11 December 2018 location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration e-mail: gcmigration@un.org www: http://www.un.org/en/conf/migration/

January 2019

Third Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference

The Third Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will focus on the theme, 'Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies'.

The event will bring together approximately 500 innovators and leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development organizations, media and the general public to advance the debate on how to simultaneously reduce poverty, create jobs, protect the environment and advance the economy. The meeting's agenda will include keynote conversations, parallel sessions, high level panel sessions, and exhibitions addressing the following themes: how to unlock green finance; strategies and policies for green economy; economic and social inclusion; and sustainable consumption and production/circular economy.

The PAGE Ministerial Conference is co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the PAGE partners, including UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), International Labor Organization (ILO); UN Development Programme (UNDP); UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the first and second PAGE Ministerial Conferences.

dates: 10-11 January 2019 venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa contact: PAGE Secretariat e-mail: page@un.org www: https://page2019.itcilo.org/

February 2019

1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind will meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on the theme, ‘Human Rights Based Solutions for Access to Water and Sanitation’.

The Summit will bring together governance leaders and funding agencies, and is expected to “set off a stream of chosen projects” that will address the challenges faced by those being left behind in the least developed countries (LDCs). These projects, along with tangible outcomes, will be presented as workable solutions at forthcoming high-level events.

The Summit is organized and sponsored by Water Lex, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Water Resources Association (IWRA). It is expected to convene annually, combining the ‘Leaving No One Behind’ topic with the annual UN-Water theme.

dates: 7-8 February 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.waterlex.org/summit/

57th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The 57th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD57) will address the priority theme, 'Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies'. The Commission is the advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development.

In addition, the session will consider the following UN plans and programmes of action pertaining to the situation of social groups: Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; World Programme of Action for Youth; Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; and Family issues, policies and programmes.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSocD56 is here.

dates: 11-21 February 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...

March 2019

Africa Climate Week 2019

Africa Climate Week (ACW) 2019 will convene in the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019, bringing together diverse actors from the public and private sectors. Participants will focus on how engagement between Parties and non-Party stakeholders can be further strengthened in key sectors for Africa, including energy, agriculture and human settlements. The event will also showcase the role of future carbon markets to enhance climate action towards the goal of sustainable development, and seek to facilitate implementation of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and SDG 13 (climate action), among other Goals.

ACW is organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

dates: 18-22 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://unfccc.int/news/2019-dates-announced-for-africa-clim...

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

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

UNECE member States and key stakeholders will gather for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... to discuss implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting aims to contribute a regional angle to the theme of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'.

Stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector will share their experiences and discuss concrete solutions on how to meet the SDGs that will be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF, namely Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the RFSD in 2018 is here.

dates: 21-22 March 2019 venue: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/general-unece/2018/une...

Land and Poverty Conference 2019: Catalyzing Innovation

The theme of the 20th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is ‘Catalyzing Innovation.’ The conference will gather over 1,500 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: 25-29 March 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2018/08/13/land-and-pove...

April 2019

52nd Session of the Commission on Population and Development

This event will focus on a review and appraisal of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and its contribution to the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. General debate will also address actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the global, regional and national levels.

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

dates: 1-5 April 2019 location: New York City, US e-mail: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

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.

To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on events related to the Spring Meetings and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

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

June 2019

Ninth Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will convene in Rome, Italy, from 17-21 June 2019.

The Working Group will continue its deliberations on the revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and other issues within its mandate.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://enb.iisd.org/vol09/enb09711e.html

July 2019

Species on the Move 2019

The 2019 edition of the Species on the Move conference series will bring together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology. The interdisciplinary conference is co-convened by the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania, Australia, and Rhodes University, South Africa, with support from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and others.

The conference will focus on species responses to climate change, and address 11 themes:

  1. Detection, attribution and prediction of changes in species distributions;
  2. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts;
  3. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity;
  4. The paleo-ecological perspective: species changes in distribution over deep time;
  5. Conservation paradigms and management strategies for a shifting future;
  6. Governance, legal and ethical issues for shifting species and changing ecosystems;
  7. Cultural, social and economic dimensions of changes in species distributions;
  8. Indigenous knowledge and species on the move;
  9. Implications of species on the move for human and animal health;
  10. Changes in species distribution and climate feedbacks; and
  11. The impacts of species on the move for global strategies and policies, including the SDGs, and biodiversity and climate change global processes.

dates: 22-26 July 2019 location: Limpopo {greater region}, South Africa additional: Kruger National Park www: http://www.speciesonthemove.com/