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Human Development

October 2019

Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

The seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF?7), co-organized by Urbanice Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), provides a platform to discuss and analyze the status of implementation of, as well as challenges and opportunities associated with, the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

APUF-7 will launch ‘The Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019’ in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the EU, The Rockefeller Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities. Based on the report’s focus, APUF-7 will address four main thematic tracks: (1) the future of urban and territorial planning; (2) dynamic governance and capacity development; (3) financing innovation in urban infrastructure investments; and (4) new data and technologies for smart cities.

SDG Knowledge Hub summary of APUF-6 is here.

dates: 15-17 October 2019 location: Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia www: https://www.unescap.org/events/apuf7

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

Venice City Solutions 2019

The ‘Venice Solutions 2030’ event will address the theme, ‘Creating Citizenship: The SDGs as an Opportunity for All’.

Second in the annual ‘Venice City Solutions’ series, the event will discuss issues that are key to SDG implementation at local level, with a specific focus on the role of local governments as key implementers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is co-organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and L’Associazione italiana per il Consiglio dei Comuni e delle Regioni d’Europa, with financial support from the EU and partners.

The 2018 edition brought together more than 140 participants from 36 countries to discuss the need to finance the SDGs at local level.

dates: 24-26 October 2019 location: Venice, Veneto, Italy www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/venice-city-solutions-2...

First Annual Urban Economy Forum

As part of celebrations marking World Cities Day 2019, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), International City Leaders (ICL) and the Urban Economy Forum Association will host the first Annual Urban Economy Forum in Toronto, Canada. The Forum will facilitate dialogue between cities, financial institutions and the private sector on ways to create sustainable development markets by enhancing the efficiency of urban economy.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada www: https://new.unhabitat.org/toronto-will-host-the-first-annual...

World Cities Day 2019

The UN designated every 31 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.

date: 31 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

November 2019

2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana will convene the 2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting at the Pontifical University Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting seeks to stimulate exchange among international, regional and local stakeholders interested in the decision-making processes, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in the region.

dates: 5-8 November 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

CBD Thematic Consultation on Ecosystem Restoration for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat with the Government of Brazil will convene a thematic consultation on ecosystem restoration, bringing together experts nominated by Parties to the CBD, other governments, relevant organizations, and indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs).

The outputs of the consultation will form the basis of a report, which will serve as input to the Second Meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CB..., which will develop a preliminary text of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework for further elaboration at the Third Post-2020 Open-ended Working Group Meeting.

dates: 6-8 November 2019 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/POST2020-WS-2019-11

6th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 6th edition of the triennial UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will be the first UCLG Congress to coincide with the implementation phase of global agendas such as the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to present progress in the implementation of the SDGs and their impact at the local level and to evaluate the evolution of the role of local and regional governments in international policy.

For SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 5th UCLG Congress, click here.

dates: 11-15 November 2019 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/uclg-world-congress-and...

1st African Protected Areas Congress (APAC)

The first-ever African Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is a continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens and interest groups that will assemble to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development and conserving the region’s cultural heritage and traditions. Meeting on the theme, ‘Protected Areas: Delivering Benefits for Nature and People,’ the Congress will address three focal areas: protected areas; people; and biodiversity. Its objectives include:

  • Promoting the role of protected areas in conserving nature, supporting sustainable development and human well-being, and making commitments to secure a sustainable future for Africa’s natural heritage;
  • Sharing experiences and best practices for harmonizing conservation and human development needs, and developing strategic mechanisms and partnerships for ensuring long-term sustainability;
  • Setting a common agenda and a shared vision for Africa’s protected areas, and ensuring they are included in the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063; and
  • Developing priorities and strategies on issues of common interest, and providing a strong African voice and consolidated input into the development of the post-2020 global framework for biodiversity.

APAC is organized with support from the Kenyan Government, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas and international and local partners.

dates: 18-23 November 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://apa-congress.org/

11th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the CBD

The 11th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) (WG8j) will meet prior to the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 23).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the tenth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) is here.

dates: 20-22 November 2019 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

December 2019

Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of Implementation of Vienna Programme of Action

The Vienna Programme of Action addresses the needs of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and covers the decade 2014-2024. The comprehensive high-level midterm review will culminate in a meeting from 5-6 December 2019.

Co-facilitators Doma Tshering, Permanent Representative of Bhutan, and Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria, led negotiations on the political declaration to be adopted at the high-level review meeting, which was agreed informally on 1 August 2019.

The high-level midterm review is referred to in UNGA resolution 72/232 on the follow-up to the second UN Conference on LLDCs. Per the resolution, the UNGA decides to convene a comprehensive high-level midterm review no later than December 2019, as called for in paragraph 78 of the VPoA. It also calls on the review to enable the sharing of best practices and lessons learned, and identify obstacles and constraints encountered, actions and initiatives needed to overcome them, and new challenges and emerging issues.

Preparations for the review, coordinated by OHRLLS, include:

  • national reviews from March to December 2018,
  • regional review meetings in February, March and July 2019, and
  • pre-conference thematic events from May 2018 through late 2019.

dates: 5-6 December 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: OHRLLS www: http://unohrlls.org/midterm-review-vienna-programme-action-l...

February 2020

Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), 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.

WUF10 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

Organized jointly with the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, along with partners including the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Executive Council, WUF10 will provide an opportunity to increase local and regional knowledge on sustainable urbanization issues, learn from global lessons and increase cooperation with stakeholders on a global scale.

WUF10 will address key action areas, including:

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities;
  • Innovative urban solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance;
  • Technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities;
  • Building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future, with a special focus on youth and women;
  • Empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and regulatory environments; and
  • The impact of migration on cities.

The conference will contribute to sustainable urban development and implementation of global commitments such as the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

dates: 8-13 February 2020 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://unhabitat.org/wuf10/

March 2020

Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience

The theme of the 21st Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is ‘Institutions for Equity and Resilience’.

The conference will gather over 1,400 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: 16-20 March 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2020/03/16/land-and-pove...

May 2020

8th Global Nitrogen Conference

The 8th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2020) will convene in Berlin, Germany, from 3-7 May 2020. The triennial event will bring together scientists from around the world dealing with reactive nitrogen compounds in agriculture, industry, traffic, soil, water and air.

The conference is expected to stimulate an exchange among policymakers and other relevant stakeholders of results, ideas and visions to improve future holistic management of reactive nitrogen in order to further reduce hunger and poverty while avoiding further hazards for human health, biodiversity and environment, given that most of the SDGs are closely interlinked with the nitrogen cycle. A joint conference declaration based on the latest scientific knowledge is expected to catalyze further policy action towards effective integrated nitrogen management.

INI2020 is co-organized by the International Nitrogen Initiative and hosted by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency, with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

dates: 3-7 May 2020 location: Berlin, Germany www: https://ini2020.com/

UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will convene the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from government, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport objectives.

The event will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to pave a way forward for sustainable transport to help reach the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDGs that are directly connected to sustainable transport through targets and indicators, such as SDG 3 (good health and well-being), which includes a target addressing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (3.6), and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), which includes a target on providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and on expanding public transport (11.2).

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub story on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference here.

dates: 5-7 May 2020 location: Beijing, China www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/transport2020

June 2020

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020)

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020) will convene on the theme, ‘Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society’. The conference seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. By placing an emphasis on how the “Nexus Approach” to water, soil and waste in the context of a circular economy can help achieve the SDGs, DNC2020 will directly contribute to, among others, SDG 2 (zero hunger), 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 13 (climate action).

The Dresden Nexus Conference, organized by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development, is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. It brings together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors to foster dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the SDGs.

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 took place in May 2017.

dates: 3-5 June 2020 location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany www: https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php

October 2020

Global Adaption Action Summit

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaption Summit in October 2020.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by the eighth UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 1 October 2020 [tentative] location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation