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September 2017

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’. In preparation for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN has released documents related to its agenda items on Education, Environmental Conventions, and Social Development, as summarized here. A summary of UNGA 72 documents on Trade, Gender and Human Development is here, and a summary of documents on Globalization and 2030 Agenda, Technology and Innovation, and Water and Sanitation is here. The President of the 72nd session of the UNGA, Miroslav Laj?ák, identified the following six overarching priorities for his tenure following his election: making a difference in the lives of ordinary people; prevention and mediation for sustaining peace; migration; political momentum for the SDGs and climate; human rights and equality, including equal opportunities for genders; and quality of events organized by the Presidency. A summary of his opening statement as UNGA 72 President is here. A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 72nd session of the UNGA, including Global Goals Week 2017 and Climate Week NYC 2017.

dates: 12-25 September 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/ga/
http://undocs.org/en/A/72/100

Global Goals Week 2017

Global Goals Week 2017 is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. Global Goals Week was originally piloted in 2016 by organizing partners Project Everyone, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Foundation. Global Goals Week 2017 events include:

Climate Week will also take place at the same time.

dates: 16-23 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://globalgoalsweek.org/

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) is convening within one year of entry into force of the Convention. The Minamata Convention came into force on 16 August 2017 with ratification by over 50 countries. Delegates attending COP1 are expected to consider matters stipulated under the Convention, by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Minamata Convention, and by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, including mercury supply sources and trade, emissions, financial resources and mechanism, compliance and effectiveness evaluation.

dates: 25-29 September 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention phone: +41-22-917-8511 fax: +41-22-797-3460 e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org

Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 30th session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC 30) to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.  

dates: 25-29 September 2017 location: Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazan, Honduras www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/31106/en/

21st Session of the CCAC Working Group

The 21st session of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group will consider, among others: preparations for the CCAC High Level Assembly taking place in November 2017, on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); scaling up of CCAC initiatives; follow-up to the Marrakech Communique; and new funding proposals. The CCAC was first created by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the US, along with UN Environment (UNEP), who initiate the first efforts to treat short-lived climate pollutants pollutants as a collective challenge. The Working Group oversees the cooperative activities of the Coalition, and is the body in the Coalition making regular decisions on operational matters. Representatives of each Coalition partner participate in meetings of the Working Group, at least twice per year.

dates: 25-26 September 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/en

International Seminar on Open Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) are organizing an International Seminar on Data for Sustainable Development Goals: Data Disaggregation, to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 25-27 September 2017. The outcomes of this Seminar will provide inputs to the paper on Open Data that will be presented to the 49th Session of the Statistical Commission.

dates: 25-27 September 2017 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/sdg-seminar-seoul-2017/

Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2017

The International Trade Centre's (ITC) Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) programme organizes the Trade for Sustainable Development Forum, which brings together business people, researchers, standards organizations and international trade officials to discuss trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. In 2017, the event will consider 'Partnerships: Which model is yours?' with agenda items considering: why some models are more successful in achieving sustainability objectives; common elements of success when standards organizations, policy makers and private companies work well together; what we can expect from successful collaboration; and what issues should be considered when engaging in new partnerships. The 2017 edition of the T4SD Forum will be hosted in the headquarters of ITC from 25-26 September, and will feature a high-level session at the WTO Public Forum 2017 on 27 September.

dates: 25-27 September 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.intracen.org/itc/events/t4sd-forum-2017/

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

2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum

The Environment and Emergencies Forum (EEF) is a global event organized by UN Environment and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The EEF has been organized every two years since 1995, as requested by Member States through a 1993 UN Environment Governing Council Decision. This biennial forum brings together stakeholders from around the world to showcase innovations in environmental emergency preparedness and response, and to highlight current efforts on integrating environmental risk in humanitarian action. The 2017 Environment and Emergencies Forum will explore the nexus of environmental risk and humanitarian crisis against global trends. It will provide a platform for taking action to strengthen environmental resilience through an increased focus on the readiness of Member States, regional and national organizations, civil society and academia, to address the environmental dimensions of emergencies.

dates: 26-28 September 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20631/2...

Africa NDC Dialogue

The Africa NDC Dialogue is part of the fourth round of Regional NDC Dialogues, which have been convened to advance the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change since 2015. This Regional Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Africa is supported by the governments of Japan, Norway and the European Union, and is co-organized by the UNDP, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and the Government of Morocco in collaboration with GIZ and the NDC Partnership. The meeting will seek to: update participants on the planning status of NDC implementation, share experiences, best practices, and opportunities and associated challenges in the region; clarify capacity building gaps and needs on NDC implementation with a focus on Africa and provide recommendations on support priorities to address such gaps; discuss NDC implementation at the local authority level, considering policies and actions, and incentives; address climate finance needs for NDC implementation and strengthen the role of the private sector in the implementation of NDCs; and discuss entry points to integrate gender equality and women's empowerment into NDC implementation and planning.

dates: 26-28 September 2017 location: Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco www: http://www.undp.org/content/low-emission-capacity-building-p...

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

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 this high-level meeting. The resulting modalities resolution (A/RES/71/287), adopted on 4 May 2017, sets the date for 27-28 September 2017. In accordance with GA resolution 71/287 on the “Modalities, format and organization of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the appraisal of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons”, a High-Level Meeting of the plenary of the General Assembly will be convened to appraise progress achieved in the implementation of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (Resolution 64/293), in order to assess achievements, gaps and challenges, including in the implementation of the relevant legal instruments.

dates: 27-28 September 2017 location: New York City, US contact: Office of the UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/global-plan-of-action-...

World Tourism Day 2017

This celebration of World Tourism Day will take place during the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017), as designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) (A/RES/70/193). The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Day's celebrations will focus on the theme, “Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development".  

date: 27 September 2017   location: Qatar   contact: UNWTO   www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/world-tourism-...  

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

Leave No One Behind: WASH in Humanitarian Emergencies Workshop

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will co-host a technical workshop focused on operationalizing Member State commitments to ensure non-discriminatory access to sanitation, hygiene and safe water by refugees and migrants. WSSCC is conducting consultations in Ventimiglia, Italy and Assam, India with refugees and migrants with regard to their sanitation and hygiene needs in the humanitarian emergency context using the LNOB methodology. These case studies will be presented with other recent research from partners during this side-event to the Human Rights Council.

date: 27 September 2017 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://wsscc.org/2017/06/30/leave-no-one-behind-wash-humanit...

Promoting and Financing Energy Efficiency in Ireland and the United Kingdom

This event is organized in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the UN Environment Finance Initiative, in the frame of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums contract, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU. It aims to engage policymakers and stakeholders in an informed discussion on ways to upscale energy efficiency investments. This includes sharing best practice on how to reach out to and engage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in thinking about energy efficiency investments and presentation of the opportunities for unlocking the potential for energy efficiency investments in Ireland and the UK. The conference will feature plenary sessions as well as smaller interactive sessions in order to enable more detailed discussions.

date: 28 September 2017 location: Dublin, Ireland e-mail: paola.baldomero@un.org www: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/events/promoting-and-financin...

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...

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

2017 International Conference on SDG Statistics (ICSDGS)

The Philippines, through the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), in collaboration with the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), is organizing the 2017 International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals Statistics (ICSDGS) (Twitter: @2017ICSDGS). Among the event's objectives, the Conference will discuss methodologies, data gaps and use of other data sources, given the numerous SDG indicators that require data disaggregation (geographical, income, sectoral, age, sex, race, ethnicity or other characteristics). The Conference will facilitate a session on improving civil registration systems, administrative records and exploring Big Data, registers, citizen-generated data and other third-party data as potential sources of official statistics for the monitoring of SDGs. And the Conference will serve as a forum for identifying capacity building needs and possible collaboration with international development partners, among others.

dates: 4-6 October 2017 location: Manila, Philippines www: http://www.psa.gov.ph/ICSDGS

Our Ocean Conference 2017

The European Union (EU) will host the fourth ‘Our Ocean’ Conference, which will focus on issues related to the ocean and climate change, marine pollution, sustainable fishing, and sustainable blue growth, including tidal and wave technology. The Conference will also report on and review implementation of commitments made at previous ‘Our Ocean’ Conferences and seek new commitments.

dates: 5-6 October 2017 location: Malta contact: Ramon van Barneveld phone: +32 229-84602 e-mail: Ramon.VAN-BARNEVELD@ec.europa.eu www: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/vella/announcement...

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/

Fourth European Forest Week and Las2017 - Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Las2017 - a joint session of the 39th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 74th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Las2017, the 4th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe, under the theme 'Forests, our common good'.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Warsaw, Poland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/
http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/

Leading in Sustainable Development

The UN System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is organizing this executive leadership programme. The course was developed as a response to the call by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda. The programme seeks to enable senior leaders from the UN system, the private sector, and civil society to lead, coordinate, and deliver nationally owned results. The course will enable participants to understand key concepts, substantive focus, and nexus approaches of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change, learn approaches to policy integration and sustainable development programming, and have the opportunity to critically examine their respective organizational cultures and understand their own leadership styles.

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: Simona Costanzo-Sow e-mail: s.costanzo-sow@unssc.org www: http://bit.ly/LeadSustDev2

Second ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF2)

This second International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF) will aim to develop an ICAO Vision on Aviation Alternative Fuels. This Vision will encourage States to take action at national and international levels to further develop and deploy sustainable alternative fuels for aviation. The Conference will build upon the results of the ICAO Alternative Fuels Seminar, held in February 2017, and of the first ICAO CAAF, held in November 2009. The first CAAF endorsed the use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation as an important means of reducing aviation emissions and established the ICAO Global Framework for Aviation Alternative Fuels (GFAAF).

dates: 11-13 October 2017 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/CAAF2/Pages/default.aspx

International Day for Disaster Reduction

The UN General Assembly designated 13 October as the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. For 25 years, the IDDR has raised awareness and celebrated how people and communities around the world have reduced their exposure to disasters and the risks they face.

date: 13 October 2017 location: worldwide www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/international-day-disaster...
https://www.unisdr.org/we/campaign/iddr

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258
 http://www.centrescientifique.mc/en/  

UNEP FI Europe Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 16-18 October 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/europe-events/eu...

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2017

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment, UNDP, World Bank, IDB, OLADE, CAF and other partners, the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together representatives from the private and public sectors to discuss the state of climate change mitigation in the region and engage with cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. Under the theme, 'Advancing the Paris Agreement: From Targets to Action,' participants will discuss, among other issues: implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public?private partnerships; and innovative business models to fight climate change.

dates: 18-20 October 2017 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: http://www.latincarbon.com/
http://www.conferencemanager.dk/latincarbon2017/registration...

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: International Environment House, 2, 7-9 Chemin de Balexert 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

WMO Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment

The Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment will provide an opportunity to shape the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) research agenda, building on the closer collaboration between weather, climate, water and environment research. An additional focus of the Summit is to close the gap between research and the derived societal benefits. The Summit is structured into five thematic sessions that will address: developing and implementing a new interactive model for integrating research and operations; improving predictive capacity across weather, climate, water and environment; and planning and investing in future infrastructures. The sessions will also discuss: nurturing scientific talents by guaranteeing the sustainable development of science, breaking through geographical, gender and age barriers, and ensuring institutional continuity and transfer of knowledge; and catalyzing innovation and mobilizing resources in weather, climate, water and environment science globally and locally.

dates: 20-22 October 2017 location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia www: https://public.wmo.int/en/events/meetings/science-summit-sea...

IPBES 10th Bureau and MEP Meeting

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. Its mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. The tenth meeting of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) will be held the 22-26 October 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-5 can be viewed here.  

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/10th-bureau-and-mep-meeting

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 location: Sri Lanka www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)

The 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) will be held under the aegis of the new OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment on Tuesday, and will convene from 24-25 October 2017, at the OECD Conference Centre. The OECD has convened its annual Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) since 2014. At the 3rd GIFF event, the OECD launched the Centre on Green Finance and Investment to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The GIFF is the main annual global event for the OECD Centre, and will gather senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for action-oriented discussions to advance the global green finance agenda. The agenda for the 4th GIFF will include four main themes for discussion: from short-term actions to long-term ambition, to take stock of progress made since Paris (the action), and what to expect in the next 5-15 years (the ambition); opportunities for green investment; driving the low-carbon transition through a sustainable financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

International Investment Policies: The Way Forward

This event will: provide decision-makers from countries in transition with an opportunity to discuss the status of and the way forward in international investment law and policy; encourage new thinking on international investment policies and treaty making; contribute to consensus building on international investment issues and the reform of the International Investment Agreements regime; and enable exchange of experiences regarding the management of investment disputes. The event is being organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Government of Azerbaijan, among others.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 venue: Baku Business Center, 44 Neftchilar Ave location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://ipcbaku.com

Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

The Fourth Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) is expected to take place in Bali, Indonesia. Intergovernmental Review Meetings (IGR) are organised every 5 years. The IGR is a forum where governments and other stakeholders review the status of the implementation of the GPA and decide on action to be taken to strengthen its implementation. UNEP hosts the GPA Coordination Office.

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia contact: GPA Coordination Office www: https://www.unep.org/gpa/

Second Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This meeting will take place in conjunction with the IX Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Conference aims to promote the development of national policies on social development and international, regional and bilateral cooperation on social development, in order to examine multidimensional poverty and make progress on poverty measurement, inequality and structural gaps in LAC. Participants will exchange experiences and debate the challenges of social protection and the double challenge of economic and social inclusion in the region, among other topics. The Regional Conference is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.cepal.org/en/pressreleases/montevideo-will-host-s...
http://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/regional-conferenc...

Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR

Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’ Among other issues, the meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS), and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources. The Seventh Session of the Governing Body will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28 and 29 October 2017.

dates: 30 October - 3 November 2017 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: FAO www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/news/news-detail/en/c/902947...

39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference meets every two years, and is attended by Member States, associate Members and observers representing non-member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The General Conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization, and sets UNESCO’s programmes and budget. At its 39th session, the UNESCO General Conference is expected to consider, inter alia, a resolution on supporting member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 3 (good health and well-being), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 5 (gender equality) and 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 30 October - 14 November 2017 venue: 7, Place Fontenoy, Paris, 75007, France location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/general-conference/
http://en.unesco.org/events/general-conference-39th-session

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

CCAC High Level Assembly

The High Level Assembly of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place in November 2017, on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The CCAC was first created by the Governments of Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico, Sweden and the US, along with UN Environment (UNEP), who initiated the first efforts to treat short-lived climate pollutants as a collective challenge. The Coalition’s High Level Assembly provides strategic guidance and leadership for the Coalition. Government ministers from country partners and Heads of partner organizations participate in the Assembly.

date: 6 November 2017 [tentative] location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.ccacoalition.org/en
http://www.ccacoalition.org/en/content/high-level-assembly

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is expected to convene in Manama, Bahrain, from 11-14 November 2017. Members of the IAEG-SDGs will, inter alia, consider whether to re-classify the tier statuses of the SDG indicators, based on the documentation submitted by indicator custodian agencies. This meeting will follow the same format as previous IAEG-SDG meetings: a Members meeting will take place during the first two days (11-12 November) and a Plenary Session will take place during the second two days (13-14 November).

dates: 11-14 November 2017 location: Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-06/

Development & Climate Days 2017

The 15th annual Development & Climate Days (D&C Days) event will convene during UNFCCC COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, from 11-12 November 2017. The agenda for #DCdays17 will explore four themes: Resilience through empowerment and access; Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge; Transparency and downward accountability; and Shared resilience. The event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ), We Mean Business (WMB), and the German Development Institute (DIE). Contributing partners are Action on Climate Today (ACT), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

dates: 11-12 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/development-climate-days-2017-t...

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

This business-focused event will be held during the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to gather over 600 participants, including national and local policy makers, UN agencies representatives, business leaders, investors and international NGOs. Debate and discussions will be held around the following topics: renewable energy; circular economy; sustainable land and water management; carbon markets; climate finance; and climate innovation in emerging regions. The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP 23 is organized by Climate Action, in partnership with UN Environment (UNEP).

dates: 13-14 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.cop-23.org/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank. The Conference will convene under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, exhibitions, and the use of social media to reach a broader audience, including youth. It aims to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. This Conference follows an inaugural Conference held in November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 14-17 November 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa2017

International Conference on Quantitative Methods for Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Measurements

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are jointly organizing this International Conference to provide a platform for researchers, academics, professionals and decision-makers to define the state of the art for quantitative measurement of food and nutrition security by identifying the main practical challenges, sharing innovative methods and modelling techniques, and exploring best practices to scale up multi- and cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination at country, regional and global levels. The Conference will offer the opportunity for participants to forge innovative partnerships for the development and promotion of improved methodologies to support evidence-based food and nutrition security policy.

dates: 15-17 November 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/conference/methods-food-se...

World Toilet Day 2017

In 2013, the UN General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. The theme for World Toilet Day in 2017 is "wastewater." World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. The SDGs include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030.

date: 19 November 2017 location: worldwide www: http://wtd.unwater.org/2017/

Joint 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1985 and entered into force on 22 Sep 1988. In 2009, the Vienna Convention became the first Convention of any kind to achieve universal ratification. The objectives of the Convention were for Parties to promote cooperation by means of systematic observations, research and information exchange on the effects of human activities on the ozone layer and to adopt legislative or administrative measures against activities likely to have adverse effects on the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere, and thereby protect the earth’s fragile ozone Layer. The original Montreal Protocol was agreed on 16 September 1987 and entered into force on 1 January 1989.

dates: 20-24 November 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: Secretariat www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: Greening the Ocean Economy

The Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2017 (GGSD Forum) will focus on investment, innovation and employment aspects of ocean-based industries, together with policies to protect and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. Under the theme, 'Greening the Ocean Economy', this Forum will address implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), and will explore how economic development and conservation needs can be balanced through innovations in established and emerging ocean industries, as well as marine spatial planning instruments. The Forum will also cover issues such as national and international capacity for ocean industry oversight, the role of science and technology (including digitalisation) and responsible business conduct.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 venue: OECD Headquarters location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2017/home/

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...

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/africa-middle-ea...

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

The 4th Global Science conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) will be organized around the theme 'Catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate scaling up of CSA'. It has five objectives: highlight emerging science and innovations on climate-agriculture nexus issues with a focus on CSA innovations in defined agricultural landscapes and food systems; showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA; interrogate and share circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within the context of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change; enable networking and provide opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA; stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogue between scientists-researchers and practitioners including policy makers, business, civil society and farmers. The Conference is hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://csa2017.nepad.org/en/

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

International Conference on Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

Organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Government of Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment, with support from the European Union (EU), the event will bring together more than 200 experts from around the globe. The conference aims to: identify, discuss and recommend resilient solution packages suitable for mountain areas, approaching resilience building for transformative change in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region from a holistic perspective, seen in the context of multiple change processes in mountain areas; and deepen the commitment among stakeholders and decision makers to find and implement resilient solutions.

dates: 3-6 December 2017 location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal contact: ICIMOD Secretariat e-mail: resilient.hkh@icimod.org www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=16219

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December. The event consider the overarching theme of pollution. Outcomes are expected to include: a political declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution; voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet; and the Clean Planet Pledge, a collection of individual commitments to take personal action to end pollution in all its forms. UNEA-3 will be preceded on: 27-28 November, by the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum; 29 November - 1 December, by the Committee of Permanent Representatives; 2-3 December, by the Science Policy Forum; and 4-6 December 2017, by the Sustainable Innovation Expo.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: UN Office in Nairobi location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies phone: ?+254-20-7623431 e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21213/T...

World Soil Day 2017

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.  

date: 5 December 2017   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

International Mountain Day and High-Level Conference

The high-level conference on mountains, titled 'Mountains under Pressure,' will coincide with International Mountain Day and the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership. The conference will raise awareness of the need to place mountain ecosystems and peoples at the center of international negotiations, policies and investments, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It will launch a Declaration and a Call to Action to support concrete actions, put in place long lasting processes and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain peoples and environments. International Mountain Day is observed to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world. This year's theme for the Day is 'Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration.' The conference and the Day will be followed by the fifth General Assembly of the members of the Mountain Partnership, on 12-13 December 2017 also in Rome, Italy.

date: 11 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

Global Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation

This workshop is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=43633#/

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and the general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership and sustainable finance.

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Tokyo, Japan contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/asia-pacific-eve...

Mountain Partnership Fifth General Assembly

The fifth General Assembly of the members of the Mountain Partnership will be held following the High-level Conference on 'Mountains under Pressure' and celebration of International Mountain Day. The Mountain Partnership focal points are expected to take part in the General Assembly, which will focus on exchanging knowledge, thematic issues, resource mobilization, governance, work planning and Steering Committee matters.

dates: 12-13 December 2017 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

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...

Second Africa-EU Symposium on Renewable Energy Research and Innovation (RERIS 2018)

The Symposium is organized jointly with the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), the Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID), the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES), and Microenergy International. The first Symposium was held at the University of Abou Bekr Belkaïd Tlemcen/Algeria in 2016. Following up on this first event, RERIS 2018 aims to foster research cooperation on renewable energy between African and European academia, private and public sector.

dates: 23-26 January 2018 location: Maseru, Lesotho www: http://www.acp-hestr.eu/newsroom/second-africa-eu-renewable-...
https://www.africa-eu-renewables.org/2017/06/02/2nd-africa-e...

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 31 January to 4 February 2018, at a location to be determined.

dates: 31 January - 4 February 2018 location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
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February 2018

First Global Conference of Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax

The Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax plans to hold its first global conference on the theme of 'Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The conference aims to take forward the global dialogue on the role of tax in achieving the SDGs, and seek country insights on relevant challenges and opportunities. Thematic areas tentatively include: Domestic resource mobilization and the State; Role of tax in supporting sustainable economic growth, investment and trade; Tax and the social dimension: addressing poverty, inequality and health; Tax capacity development; and Tax cooperation and the SDGs. The concept note and agenda are under consideration. The Platform is a joint initiative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN and the World Bank Group, aiming to facilitate cooperation among the organizations.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/platform-for-tax-collab...

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

Co-organized by a diverse group of international, urban and scientific organizations, including UN-Habitat, UN Environment (UNEP), Cities Alliance, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Future Earth, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), this event will bring together representatives from national, city and regional governments, the academia, research organizations, and urban and climate change practitioners. The aim of the conference is to: identify key research and knowledge gaps related to cities and climate change; inspire global and regional research that will lead to peer-reviewed publications and scientific reports; and stimulate research on cities and climate change throughout the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) cycle. Its outcomes are anticipated to inform the upcoming IPCC reports, and support cities and citizens in building low-carbon, climate-resilient and sustainable cities towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 5-7 March 2018 location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada www: http://www.citiesipcc.org/
https://unfccc.int/files/adaptation/application/pdf/report_c...

49th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 49th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC 49) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York from 6?9 March 2018. The UNSC brings together Chief Statisticians from UN Member States, and is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities. The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the UN elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution.

dates: 6-9 March 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The sixth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-6) will discuss, inter alia, implementation of the work programme 2014-2018, deliverables and assessments. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day meant to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.

dates: 18-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

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

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will convene under the theme, ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’. The Commission assists the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council on various topics related to population and development; Monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels; and Providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Programme of Action. The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

17th Session of UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

The CEPA was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolution 2001/45, and is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among UN Member States. SDG Knowledge Hub reporting on CEPA 16 can be accessed through the "Related Articles" section here.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/Intergovernmental-Sup...

May 2018

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 11-15 May 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/65542/en/

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

Adaptation Futures 2018

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The conference will use its setting on the African continent to attract African and Global South delegates and forefront developing country adaptation contexts. The objectives of Adaptation Futures 2018 include to: facilitate dialogue between research and government, civil society, international agencies and business; continue the shift from problem diagnosis to solutions and innovations; and link adaptation action to sustainable development, investment and planning. PROVIA is a global initiative that aims to provide direction and coherence at the international level for research on vulnerability, impacts and adaptation (VIA). The PROVIA Secretariat is hosted by UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.

dates: 18-21 June 2018 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: http://adaptationfutures2018.capetown/

August 2018

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya   contact: GRASP Secretariat   www: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2803&...  

September 2018

Global Climate Action Summit

Convened by Governor Jerry Brown and the State of California, US, the Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders from government, business and the global community to inspire greater global ambition to act on climate change. Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Michael Bloomberg, and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra, will co-chair the Global Climate Action Summit.

dates: 12-14 September 2018 location: San Francisco, CA, US www: https://globalclimateactionsummit.org/

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

Second UN World Data Forum

The Second UN World Data Forum will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in October 2018, as indicated by the Chair of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017.  

date: 2 October 2018 [tentative]   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   contact: UN Statistics Division   www: http://undataforum.org  

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...

February 2019

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.  

dates: 18-22 February 2019   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-home/en/  

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

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

The French-based agricultural research institutes of CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) will host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. The Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 19-22 May 2019. Following the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 held in Delhi, India, this Congress will aim to raise the local, regional and global profile of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness, support, engagement and investment. It will aim to create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets. Since 2009, the World Agroforestry Centre of the CGIAR Consortium has led the Congress in partnership with host country governments and institutions.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France www: http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/eve...

October 2020

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...