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, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).
SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.
dates: 9-18 July 2018
location: New York City, US
2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment
The theme for the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council is “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”.
The HLS will be held from 16-19 July 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is convened under the auspices of the Council.
dates: 16-19 July 2018
location: New York City, US
High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development 2018
This forum is organized by UN-Habitat and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) to discuss Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and provide an open platform for sharing good practice.
dates: 21-22 July 2018
location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
contact: Guan Jing, International Cooperation Division
Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning
The first Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning (GSUTP), convening under the theme ‘Improving Planning for More Sustainable Cities and Territories,’ will provide an opportunity to discuss in an international forum the role of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), following the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9) in February 2018, and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).
The symposium is organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of the Government of Japan, the City of Fukuoka and Seinan Gakuin University.
dates: 30 July - 1 August 2018
location: Fukuoka, Japan
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
Metropolis Annual Meeting 2018
Hosted by a different Metropolis member every year, this event promotes key political messages and declarations from the community of major metropolitan spaces worldwide. It showcases diverse good practices coming from the ground of metropolises; and seeks to enrich debate across different levels and stakeholders of urban management.
dates: 27-31 August 2018
location: Gauteng, South Africa
contact: Metropolis Secretariat General
Shelter Academy 2018
The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, will convene the eighth annual Shelter Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme ‘Adapting and Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities’.
Part of the World Urban Campaign, the Academy aims to increase knowledge of and improve responses to urban issues related to global climate change through improved economic, environmental and urban planning. During the course of the event, participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on urban development challenges related to climate change, and learn how cities are responding. The program is designed to use some of the unique features of the Netherlands as a “living classroom,” with technical visits to get a hands-on perspective on critical concerns such as coastal protection, water management and urban development.
dates: 3-7 September 2018
location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
additional: Rotterdam(multiple cities)
East Asia Air Quality Forum
The annual East Asia Air Quality Forum will bring together representatives from 13 Northeast Asian cities and provinces – Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Hunan, Jinan, Jilin, Sichuan and Tongren in China; Seoul in the Republic of Korea; Kitakyushu, Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan; and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia – as well as researchers, experts and representatives of international organizations. Participants will exchange knowledge and experiences on air quality improvement, seeking to gather ideas for future actions. The Forum is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and partners.
dates: 4-5 September 2018
location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea
International Day of Peace 2018
The International Day of Peace is observed each year on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme for the 2018 Day is 'The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70,' celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
date: 21 September 2018
Global Land Forum 2018
The Global Land Forum (GLF) will convene International Land Coalition (ILC) members, government representatives, and other stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding of the complex and dynamic political, economic, environmental and social linkages between land governance, food security, poverty and democracy. The GLF aims to creates opportunities for participants to learn from, and contribute to, land governance successes and challenges.
The programme is structured to provide opportunities to participants who may not commonly interact to debate, exchange, learn from each other’s experiences and successes and build linkages so that new perspectives can emerge. The Forum is also an opportunity for ILC’s 206 members to adopt a declaration with common commitments to action during their Assembly of Members.
Following a series of in-depth field visits, the main conference will open on the Indonesian National Peasants’ Day, 24th September, with a day focusing on Indonesia and Asia.
dates: 22-27 September 2018
location: Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
World Habitat Day 2018
World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.
date: 1 October 2018
www: www: http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday
UNECE Regional Conference on Enabling Choices: Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will convene this conference in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action, in 2019. The UNECE preparatory conference aims to assess progress and identify gaps in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the region.
The Conference will address policy concerns related to: population dynamics and sustainable development; families, sexual and reproductive health over the life course; and inequalities, social inclusion and rights. The regional review and conference will also serve to strengthen linkages between the ICPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, enhance integration of population dynamics into development planning, and reaffirm commitment to implementing the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region.
A regional report covering trends and developments since the last ICPD review, in 2013, will be presented and discussed at the Conference. The report and the Conference outcome, in form of a Rapporteurs’ summary, will feed into the global ICPD review to take place at the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 52) in 2019.
dates: 1-2 October 2018
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
2018 Climate Alliance International Conference
The annual Climate Alliance International Conference will bring together Climate Alliance members and other interested parties, including over 200 representatives of local-level administrative and technical staff, as well as mayors and high-level local decision makers from across Europe, to discuss hot topics in the field of climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local-level projects and initiatives. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Connecting Cities: Local Solutions for Global Challenges’.
In addition to a number of side events, excursions and working groups, the event incorporates the Climate Alliance General Assembly, where each member can have a say in network affairs. Founded in 1990, Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples is a network of local authorities committed to the protection of the world’s climate.
dates: 1-3 October 2018
location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
ATAG 2018 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit
The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), in cooperation with Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), will convene the tenth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit.
The event will bring together airlines, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), manufacturers, suppliers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and stakeholders to discuss sustainable mobility under the SDGs, aviation and climate change mitigation, sustainable alternative fuels, empowering employees to be sustainably responsible, gender equality, and noise and communities, among other issues. Workshops held during the summit will address, inter alia, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and wildlife and human trafficking.
dates: 2-3 October 2018
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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: 9-12 October 2018
location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
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
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
Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit
The inaugural Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit will convene ahead of the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit.
U20 is a diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration. It is supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), among others.
dates: 29-30 October 2018
location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
World Cities Day 2018
The UN designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day. Events to mark the Day focus on promoting the international community’s interest in global urbanization, pushing forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. The 2018 World Cities Day global observance will be held in Liverpool, UK.
date: 31 October 2018
www: www: https://unhabitat.org/wcd/
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
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
contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration
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
Barcelona Resilience Week
Barcelona Resilience Week aims to connect cities, while providing the opportunity to learn about ground breaking resilience topics. The Week will offer an opportunity to present, share and exchange experiences and best practices, and to gain practical knowledge.
dates: 10-14 December 2018
location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
contact: BCN Resilience Registration Office
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
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