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August 2017

ECLAC Regional Consultation for Global Compact on Migration

In coordination with partners in the region, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold a two-day regional consultation, including experts from each sub-region. The outcome documents and/or summary reports of all the regional consultations held in preparation for the global compact on migration will be transmitted as inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the compact. Regional analysis and perspectives will also be made available and feed into the global preparatory meetings as they evolve.

dates: 30-31 August 2017 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC or RCNYO www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/mapping.pdf
http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf

September 2017

Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The fifth thematic session will convene from 4-5 September 2017, at the UN Office in Vienna, Austria, and will address, 'Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims'.

dates: 4-5 September 2017 venue: UN Office location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

UNGA High-level Meeting on UN-Habitat

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene this High-level Meeting to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), as called for in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The New Urban Agenda also calls for the UN Secretary-General to submit to a report on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-HABITAT, including its mandate, governance structure, work and financial capabilities. The UNGA event is expected to bring together mayors, community administrators, city resilience leaders, and other stakeholders to focus on implementation of SDG 11 and to discuss the Secretary-General's report. In April 2017 a high-level panel was announced to provide an assessment and recommendations for the future of UN-Habitat. In June 2017, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed reported that the panel met twice and consulted with governments, stakeholders, and UN agencies to inform its assessment and recommendations, followed by a third meeting on 14-15 June. The deadline for the Panel to submit its report is 30 July 2017, Mohammed said.

dates: 5-6 September 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/personnel-appointments/2...

Africa Regional Conference on Migration

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold a two-day conference with ministers, regional migration experts and civil society. The conference will aim to "validate" a regional report on migration, which will have been presented previously at an expert retreat with the African Union (AU) in mid-2017. The conference will also aim to help draft a common African position on migration, ahead of a special meeting of the AU expert committee dealing with migration in October/November 2017. The expert committee meeting will seek to adopt the common African position, which will then be presented at the AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2018.  

date: 7 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   contact: UNECA   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf  

Climate Week NYC 2017

The 9th annual Climate Week NYC will take place during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead us towards a net-zero emissions global economy. The Week will seek to demonstrate how non-state actors are embracing the opportunities of the clean economy and innovating to create jobs and prosperity for businesses and communities alike. Climate Week NYC 2017 will showcase the role that non-state actors are playing in ensuring the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Week is organized by The Climate Group, an international non-profit that works internationally with businesses, states and regions to deliver a world of net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and greater prosperity for all.

dates: 18-24 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://www.theclimategroup.org/ClimateWeekNYC

ESCWA Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, from 26-28 September 2017.

dates: 26-27 September 2017 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

UNGA High-level Meeting on Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons

On improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), following on a decision to appraise progress achieved in implementing the Global Plan of Action on a four-year basis starting at its 72nd session, to assess achievements, gaps and challenges, decided to convene a high-level meeting in October 2017, immediately after the 72nd general debate. In January 2017, UNGA President Peter Thomson appointed Catherine Boura, Permanent Representative of Greece, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, as co-facilitators to consult with Member States on the preparations for the high-level meeting. The resulting modalities resolution (A/RES/71/287), adopted on 4 May 2017, sets the date for 27-28 September 2017.

dates: 27-28 September 2017 location: New York City, US contact: Office of the UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

Mobilizing Local and Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Observations and Solutions: A Perspective from the Caribbean Region

This regional conference on local and indigenous knowledge and climate change is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It aims to contribute to the mobilization of local and indigenous knowledge in the Caribbean by: providing a regional overview of the state-of-the-art of local and indigenous knowledge of the environment in the Caribbean, including tools and methodologies for working with local and indigenous knowledge; and understanding the key regional issues, experiences and good practices for promoting local and indigenous knowledge in climate change assessment and action.

dates: 27-29 September 2017 location: Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana www: https://en.unesco.org/lik-climate-caribbean-conference

October 2017

Sixth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The sixth thematic session will convene from 2-3 October 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures'.

dates: 2-3 October 2017 venue: UN Office location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Global Meeting on Regional Consultative Processes on Migration Compact

A series of regional consultative meetings on migration will take place as part of Phase I of the preparatory process for the global compact, culminating in a global meeting of chairs and secretariats of the regional consultative processes, in Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2017.

date: 3 October 2017 [tentative] location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

Reducing Inequality in a Turbulent World: Scaling-up Strategies to Secure Indigenous, Community and Women’s Land Rights

This conference aims to advance joint efforts to secure the land and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and women. It is co-organized by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), and the International Foundation for Science (IFS). The event is held in collaboration with the Land Rights Now alliance, Interlaken Group, and LandMark.

dates: 3-5 October 2017 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://rightsandresources.org/en/event/scaling-up-strategies...

ESCWA Regional Consultation on Migration Compact

In collaboration with the League of Arab States, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold a two-day regional consultation, in October or November 2017, in Cairo, Egypt. The outcome documents and/or summary reports of all the regional consultations held in preparation for the global compact on migration will be transmitted as inputs to the intergovernmental negotiations on the compact. Regional analysis and perspectives will also be made available and feed into the global preparatory meetings as they evolve.

date: 4 October 2017 [tentative] location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt contact: RCNYO or ESCWA www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf

Second Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The second hearing is expected to convene in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4 October 2017.

date: 4 October 2017 [tentative] location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44)

The forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) will convene under the theme, 'Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition'. The agenda of the session will cover: CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); nutrition; policy convergence; workstreams and activity updates; an independent evaluation of CFS; and critical and emerging issues for food security and nutrition. The CFS aims to be an inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders working to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/plenary/cfs44/en/
http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/about/en/

World Health Summit

The ninth World Health Summit will address 'Science - Innovation - Policies'. The central topics include: Health Policy in the G7/G20: The Future of Global Health Governance; Global Health Security: Policy Responses to Planetary Challenges; Healthy and Resilient Cities: Rethinking Urban Transformation; Vaccination and Eradicating Disease: The Role of Research and Development; New Frontiers in Health Sciences: Remodeling Healthcare; and Big Data for Health Governance: Benefits, Frameworks & Ethics.

dates: 15-17 October 2017 venue: Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a location: Berlin, Germany www: https://www.worldhealthsummit.org

UNECA Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 19-20 October 2017.

dates: 19-20 October 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia contact: UNECA www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

EMG Nexus Dialogue 3: Environmental and Humanitarian Nexus

The third EMG Nexus Dialogue will focus on partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. Environmental disasters and degradation have contributed to the overwhelming number of internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees. The humanitarian sector must often react swiftly, whilst the environment timeline is often longer-term. There are possibilities to include the environment in operating procedures and training. Skills-sharing and institutional structures to foster joint work have been identified as entry points to this nexus. A technical segment on the humanitarian and environment nexus will focus on theory and on the process of applying nexus thinking in practice. The day's events will close with a high level segment featuring a panel discussion.

date: 19 October 2017 venue: Room XI, Building A, 3rd Floor, Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

November 2017

ESCAP Regional Preparatory Meeting for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include preparatory meetings by the UN Regional Commissions. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will organize a regional preparatory meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6-8 November 2017.

dates: 6-8 November 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/sites/default/files/regionalc...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

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 www: http://effectivecooperation.org/event/4th-busan-global-partn...

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 contact: lau@unglobalcompact.org www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1321-2017...

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   e-mail: intercultural.cities@coe.int   www: http://www.coe.int/en/web/interculturalcities/-/join-the-int...  

December 2017

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Urban Pollution and Health Nexus

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 EMG nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease.

date: 1 December 2017 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

Third 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 third hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, on 18 December 2017.

date: 18 December 2017 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

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/

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), 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. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. 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. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

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 www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic-social/meetings/2017...

February 2018

Fourth 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 fourth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in mid-February 2018.

date: 14 February 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

March 2018

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will take place in March 2018 and support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event will bring together representatives from academia, scientific institutions, IPCC experts, national, regional and local government representatives, urban and climate change practitioners and related networks. It aims to inspire global and regional research on cities and climate change over the cycle of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) in preparation for the future IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change.

date: 1 March 2018 [tentative] location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada www: http://www.c40.org/press_releases/edmonton-to-host-2018-citi...

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

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...

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.

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

September 2018

Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

UN Member States reached consensus on a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018. 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 UN General Assembly (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 UN General Assembly (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).  

date: 17 September 2018 [tentative]   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
 http://sdg.iisd.org/news/governments-reach-agreement-on-migr...  

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...