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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 www: https://landportal.org/event/2018/01/global-land-forum-glf?u...

Small City Resilience

A roundtable discussion on small and medium-sized cities’ climate resilience, hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College (New York, US), in partnership with the National League of Cities, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and CitiesIPCC, will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. Themed ‘Small City Resilience,’ the event will explore the opportunity for climate resilience that is offered by small and medium-sized cities around the world. Based on lessons from hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria in small cities in Louisiana, New York, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, expert practitioners and researchers will discuss, inter alia: enabling capacities to prioritize resilience that addresses immediate community needs; political drivers to engage elected and appointed officials; measurement tools to create pragmatic and incremental resilience plans; innovative models to finance and fund the “next era” of climate resilience; and collateral benefits to ensure judicious use of limited resources.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/small-city-resilience

Goalkeepers '18

The second annual Goalkeepers event will take place as world leaders gather for the 73rd UN General Assembly. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started Goalkeepers as a catalyst for action, bringing leaders from around the world to share what is working, what’s not and to forge new partnerships for action.

Goalkeepers ’18 will begin with the Global Goals Awards ceremony on the evening of 25 September, followed by a daytime event on 26 September.

This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

dates: 25-26 September 2018 venue: Jazz at Lincoln Center location: New York City, US www: https://www.globalgoals.org/goalkeepers

Bloomberg Global Business Forum

The second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum will convene global leaders from public and private sectors to discuss and address challenges to shared prosperity presented by, inter alia, worldwide population growth, economic inequality and climate change, and build crucial partnerships between business and government. Through a series of discussions and focused working groups, the meeting will provide an opportunity for presidents, prime ministers and CEOs to share their visions for sustainable economic development. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the day-long Forum will convene during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Following the Global Business Forum, French President Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Michael Bloomberg will bring together Heads of State, business leaders, and other non-state actors, for the second One Planet Summit to account for the implementation of commitments made at the first One Planet Summit and build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://gbf.bloomberg.org/

Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This event will explore the potential of voluntary standards as powerful tools in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will take place as a side session to the 41st ISO General Assembly (GA), and will bring together representatives of the standards community, UN agencies, corporate entities, diplomats and national policymakers. The event will present practical approaches for standards users (for example, mapping tools created by UNECE that link standards with the SDGs they can support), and examine four SDGs in detail: SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities); and SDG 13 (Climate action). Follow the conversation on twitter here: #StandardsfortheSDGs.

date: 26 September 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/sdgs-isoweek2018.html

October 2018

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 location: worldwide 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 contact: UNECE www: http://www.unece.org/pau/icpd25

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 www: http://www.climatealliance.org/events/international-conferen...

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 www: http://www.cvent.com/events/atag-2018-global-sustainable-avi...

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 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/

International Day for Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, following a call by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a day to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. Held on 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

The 2018 edition of the Day will focus on Target C of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.

date: 13 October 2018 location: worldwide www: https://www.unisdr.org/

Global Infrastructure Forum 2018

Hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum aims to enhance coordination among multilateral development banks (MDBs) and their development partners to better develop sustainable, accessible, resilient and quality infrastructure for developing countries. The Forum will consider the theme, ‘Unlocking Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Technology-driven Infrastructure,’ and focus on how governments and their working partners can attract more resources for infrastructure, and how efforts to develop infrastructure have contributed to the SDGs and Paris Agreement goals. The meeting will bring together representatives from governments, the private sector, academia, civil society, MDBs and other international organizations.

The Forum is organized by partners from MDBs, including the African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, in collaboration with the UN.

The meeting will take place in parallel with the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IM.... The 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) called on the MDBs to establish the Global Infrastructure Forum, to “improve alignment and coordination among established and new infrastructure initiatives.”

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the Global Infrastructure Forum from 2017 and 2016.

date: 13 October 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: https://www.adb.org/news/events/2018-global-infrastructure-f...

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: 15-19 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat e-mail: cfs@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/

Cities Conference II: Towards Safe, Affordable and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean

The annual Cities Conference provides a strategic platform for dialogue which supports the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), and the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), in Latin America and the Caribbean, while also contributing to fulfillment of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), among others global agendas.

Its 2018 edition themed, ‘Towards Safe, Affordable and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean,’ will address the need to better integrate urban planning, management and financing with mobility and transport systems in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable urban development. The conference aims to contribute to safe, affordable and sustainable urban mobility and transport by focusing on, among others: national urban mobility policies; sustainable urban mobility plans; equality and gender issues; health and active mobility; improving access to international and local financing; public-private partnerships (PPPs); smart urban mobility; and monitoring urban mobility.

The Cities Conference II is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities on Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), with the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and others.

dates: 16-19 October 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://www.cepal.org/en/events/cities-conference-ii-towards...

Seventh Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development

The seventh Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD), hosted by Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, will focus on key shelter and settlement challenges in the region, including urban and rural development, urban regeneration and slum upgrading, provision of basic services, housing and settlement finance, and disaster risk mitigation and management. The biennial conference seeks to promote sustainable development of human settlements in the Asia Pacific region.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Tehran, Iran www: http://www.apmchud.com/

EMG Nexus Dialogue Series 2018: Dialogue 1

The first Dialogue in the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) Nexus Dialogue Series 2018 will convene under the theme ‘Greening with Jobs: A Just Transition to Sustainability.’ The event aims to, inter alia, contribute to a common understanding of the concept of just transition, and establish a global platform to share national and international experiences in the practical application of greening with jobs and just transition in national context.

The Dialogue will explore the concept of just transitions within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and identify the interlinkages among the SDGs and associated targets related to the topic, including between SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth).

The event is organized in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Initiative.

Launched in April 2017, in Geneva, the Nexus Dialogue Series brings UN agencies and other stakeholders closer together in identifying further synergies and partnerships at the intersection of the different SDGs from an environmental perspective.

date: 23 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues/2018-nexus-dialogue-se...

Local Renewables Conference

The Local Renewables Conference on the theme, ‘Urban Transformation to a Circular Economy,’ will bring together cities, policymakers from European and national governments, businesses, and research and finance institutions for the ninth edition of the Local Renewables Series. Organized by the Cities of Freiburg and Basel, together with ICLEI Europe, the conference will showcase practical and innovative examples of how to reduce energy and resource use, and make ideal use of energy sources and other resources in the region.

The meeting will explore, inter alia: ways to ensure that global energy goals, including the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, are reached; potential of circularity of local renewables; transformation needed for cities to shift to a circular economy and ways to manage such transformation; investment and financing options; and engagement of relevant stakeholders, such as citizens, public authorities and the private sector, in the urban transformation.

dates: 24-26 October 2018 location: Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany additional: Basel, Switzerland(multiple cities) www: http://www.local-renewables-conference.org/freiburg-and-base...

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 www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/urban-20-summit-u20

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 location: worldwide www: www: https://unhabitat.org/wcd/

November 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: 12-18 November 2018 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: UN-Habitat's Urban Resilience Programme e-mail: info@cityresilience.org www: http://urbanresiliencehub.org/action

6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments

Convening under the theme, ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Urban and Regional Development,’ the Summit will provide a platform for national governments to engage with their local and subnational peers on their contribution to achieving the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Strategic Plan 2011-2020 for Biodiversity, as well as on their role in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

The Summit is expected to accelerate and further enable the mobilization of local and subnational governments to contribute to the achievement of the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets, giving particular attention to the challenges of urbanization in the African region.

The Summit is organized by the Cities Biodiversity Center of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat and the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), and convened by the South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, as an official parallel event to the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference.

A summary of the 5th Summit is here.

dates: 23-24 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: http://cbc.iclei.org/event/6thbiodiversitysummit/

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

Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

The Mandela 100 Festival will be the capstone event of Global Citizen’s year-long 'Be the Generation' campaign focused on achieving the Global Goals on ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and life below water. In honor of the late Nelson Mandela's life and call to end extreme poverty, the Global Citizen’s campaign aims to rally US$1 billion in new commitments, with US$500 million of that set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. The Festival and activities leading up to it will have a special focus, among other issues, on menstrual hygiene and ending open defecation.

Global Citizen has hosted festivals in New York City, US; Mumbai, India; and Hamburg, Germany. This event will be held in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. Participants can earn free tickets by taking actions related to the Goals on the Global Citizen social advocacy platform. As side events to the Mandela 100 festival, Global Citizen is also organizing 'Goalkeepers' on World AIDS Day, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Project Everyone, to engage people working to advance the SDGs, as well as an event with the 'SDG Advocates,' ahead of the 2019 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development convened by the UN General Assembly, also referred to as the "SDG report back."  

date: 2 December 2018 venue: First National Bank Stadium location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: Global Citizen www: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/global-citizen-fest...

Water Security and Climate Change Conference

The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) 2018 will bring together researchers, professionals, practitioners, politicians, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to advance discussions towards water secure societies. Special attention will be given to the current discourse on water security and related SDGs. Topics to be addressed include zero hunger and food security (SDG 2), ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation (SDG 6), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and combating climate change and its impacts (SDG 13).

The conference is organized by Kenyatta University (Kenya), Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) and partners, in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and EXCEED – Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

dates: 3-7 December 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://watersecurity.info/

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: 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/

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/

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/

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/

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/