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April 2017

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017   location: New York City, US   contact: PFII Secretariat   e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org   www: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/2016/15th-sess...
 https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/unpfii...  

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: http://synergies.pops.int/

Fourth Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation

The fourth meeting in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) consultations on the possible measures to enable the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN, requested in resolution 70/232 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will take place over two days, on 26 April and on 3 May, during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The consultations are expected to result in a draft text to be finalized and adopted by the UNGA during its 71st session. Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative of Finland, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana, Claire Winfield Ngamihi Charters, Pacific Region, and James Anaya, North America Region, serve as advisers to assist UNGA President Peter Thomson with the consultation process.

dates: 26 April - 3 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4 location: New York City, US contact: Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs e-mail: indigenous_un@un.org www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

May 2017

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold the Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development from 3-5 May 2017, in Rabat, Morocco.

dates: 3-5 May 2017 location: Rabat, Rabat-Sale, Morocco contact: ESCWA www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...

Global Conference on NDC Implementation

The Global Conference on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will be co-hosted by the GIZ Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA), the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB) and the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP). The event aims to support efforts in the implementation of NDCs and will include: LEDS GP’s Fifth Global Partnership Event; the Kick-off Conference of the German Environment Ministry’s IKI NDC Support Cluster; and the UNDP LECB Programme’s Sixth Annual Global Meeting.

dates: 3-6 May 2017 location: Berlin, Germany www: http://www.ndcconference2017.org/de/

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2017

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment for 2017 will convene on the theme, 'Making eradication of poverty an integral objective of all policies: what will it take?', chaired by Nabeel Munir, Vice-President of ECOSOC (Pakistan). The 2017 ECOSOC Integration Segment will serve as a platform for key stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges in developing integrated approaches to tackle poverty in a sustained, inclusive and sustainable manner. The meeting will consider best practices, lessons learned and recommendations at the national, regional and international levels, with a view to extract policy recommendations to guide integrated policymaking for poverty eradication as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its proceedings will be available for consideration by Member States in the 2017 ECOSOC High-level Segment and the 2017 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2017. Relevant policy recommendations may be reflected in the Ministerial Declaration as the main outcome document at the culmination of the ECOSOC cycle.  

dates: 8-10 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: ECOSOC Secretariat   e-mail: ecosocinfo@un.org   www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/984039
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/2017/L.11  

26th Session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council

The Governing Council (GC) serves as the decision-making body for the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and approves UN-HABITAT's biennial work programme and budget. The GC is also responsible for setting UN-HABITAT's policies by developing and promoting policy objectives, priorities and guidelines on existing and planned programmes of work on human settlements. The GC meets biennially and reports to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) through the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

dates: 8-12 May 2017 venue: UN Offices location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://unhabitat.org/about-us/governing-council/
https://unhabitat.org/gc26/

First 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 first thematic session will convene from 8-9 May 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address 'Human rights of all migrants, social inclusion, cohesion and all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance'. A procedural note and Issue Brief for the session were made available on 13 April by the co-facilitators for intergovernmental consultations and negotiations on issues related to the compact, the intergovernmental conference, and their preparatory processes, Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland. The procedural note provides information on the format and tentative agenda of the meeting.

dates: 8-9 May 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/sites/default/files/issue_bri...

Vienna Energy Forum 2017

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is a biennial, global and multi-stakeholder forum. Initiated in 2008, it is a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The VEF aims to explore how energy can contribute to meeting global developmental challenges. VEF 2017 will focus on the theme 'Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.'

dates: 9-12 May 2017 venue: Vienna International Centre and the Hofburg Palace location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/

2017 World Hydropower Congress

The 2017 World Hydropower Congress will focus on the theme, 'How to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world'. Building on the outcomes of the 2015 event in Beijing, China, the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will explore a diversity of perspectives and will examine how initiatives of governments, businesses, finance, civil society and academia can advance sustainable development. Congress partners include the World Bank Group, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Africa Union Comission (AUC), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).  

dates: 9-11 May 2017   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia   www: https://www.hydropower.org/news/2017-world-hydropower-congre...  

18th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 18th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 18) will take place in New York, US, from 15-19 May 2017.  

dates: 15-19 May 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: UNDOALOS   www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultativ...
 http://www.un.org/depts/los/  

Second Annual STI Forum

The Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) was created in 2016 as a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), which was mandated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The TFM is considered part of the means of implementation for the SDGs. It is to be convened once per year by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs. Also according to the mandate in the 2030 Agenda, the meetings of the STI Forum are to be co-chaired by two Member States, and result in a co-chairs' summary of discussions. For the 2017 STI Forum, the topic will be 'Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing World - Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14', in the context of the theme for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will have the theme, 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world' and will focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 in addition to SDG 17 that will be considered at each HLPF. The co-chairs of the second Forum are Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya and Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State of the US. The co-chairs work with the UN Inter-agency Task Team and the 10-Member Group to prepare for the Forum. The concept note, programme, side event and registration note for the 2017 STI Forum are available.

dates: 15-16 May 2017 location: New York City, US contact: UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT) www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2017
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

Held every two years, the Dresden Nexus Conference brings together individuals and organizations from diverse research disciplines, national and international organizations and actors who apply a "Nexus Approach" to resource management. The 2017 conference will address the theme, ‘SDGs and the Nexus Approach - Monitoring and Implementation,’ with a focus on multifunctional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities. The Dresden Nexus Conference was initiated by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development.  

dates: 17-19 May 2017   venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany   contact: Rachel Shindelar, UNU-FLORES   phone: + 49 (351) 8921 9377   e-mail: shindelar@unu.edu   www: https://flores.unu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/160301_DNC...
 http://www.dresden-nexus-conference.org  

UNGA High-Level Event on Innovation

Building on the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum), the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Peter Thomson, will convene a High-Level Event on Innovation and Connectivity. Leading innovators from major corporations will interact with Member States on how emerging technologies can transform efforts aimed at the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.

date: 17 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-in...

UNECA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will hold the annual Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) in preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The theme will be 'Ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for all'. Among the aims of the forum are to: garner international support to translate the SDGs and Agenda 2063 aspirations into measurable and shared prosperity; examine early results of implementing the two agendas; and strengthen national governments; implementation efforts and inform the global debate at HLPF. UNECA is organizing the ARFSD along with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other UN agencies.

dates: 18-19 May 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia contact: UNECA e-mail: ecainfo@uneca.org www: http://www.uneca.org/stories/regional-forum-sustainable-deve...
http://www.regionalcommissions.org/regional-forums-on-sustai...

9th Meeting of High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters

The High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP) was established to assist the international community, governments and stakeholders in mobilizing political will and resources. It will promote actions to raise awareness, ensure coordination and collaboration, establish common goals and targets, monitor progress, and take effective measucres aimed at addressing the issues of water and disasters.

dates: 18-20 May 2017 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China www: http://www.wateranddisaster.org/
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/nc/events/all-events/event/...

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is co-organized the Permanent Mission of Mexico and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The Global Platform, as recognized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA), is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The UNISDR is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

dates: 22-26 May 2017 location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico contact: UNISDR phone: +41 229178907-8 fax: +41 227339531 e-mail: isdr@un.org www: http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/2017/globalplatform/en

2017 World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Gregory Härtl, Spokesperson Coordinator   phone: +41 79 203 67 15   fax: + 41 22 791 31 11   e-mail: hartlg@who.int   www: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/  

2017 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FFD Forum)

The annual Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum) addresses the follow-up and review of financing for development (FFD) outcomes and the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2017 session will convene from 22-25 May 2017, and a tentative programme is available. The Forum is expected to place a major focus on reviewing and promoting the implementation of FfD outcomes, and on all the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Forum will include an interactive dialogue with a focus on fostering policy coherence in the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and other topics, such as for example, inequalities. It will begin with the Ministerial segment, comprising the Special High-level Meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, WTO and UNCTAD, the general debate and Ministerial roundtables, on 23 May, during which UN Member States and other stakeholders can share steps taken towards implementation of commitments contained in the AAAA and other FfD outcomes. On 24-25 May the Forum will convene an expert segment to review the implementation of the AAAA. The expert segment will include a panel discussion on the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) report; a stakeholder dialogue; an update on the progress made in fora mandated by the AAAA; and key voluntary initiatives launched at the Third International Conference on FFD. It will also include thematic round tables and expert discussions. The thematic round tables will discuss: (i) progress and gaps in the implementation of financing for development outcomes; (ii) policy recommendations for corrective actions; as well as (iii) new challenges and emerging issues. The expert discussions will be organized on “promoting international cooperation to combat illicit financial flows in order to foster sustainable development” and “the specific challenges to finance sustainable development for countries in special situations”. The ECOSOC President is expected to appoint two co-facilitators to prepare the draft of integovernmental conclusions and recommendations of the Forum.

dates: 22-25 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Dominika Halka phone: +1 212-963-6653 e-mail: halka@un.org www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd-follow-up/ecosoc-ffd-forum.htm...
https://www.un.org/esa/ffd/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-I...

International Day for Biological Diversity 2017

The 2017 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) will be celebrated under the theme, 'Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism'. The theme, indicated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), coincides with the designation of 2017 by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Celebration of the IDB under this theme is mean to raise awareness and action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism both to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The selected theme is also expected to contribute to ongoing initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns and to promote the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development.  

date: 22 May 2017   location: worldwide   www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2017/ntf-2017-007-idb-...
 https://www.cbd.int/idb/2017/  

Second 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 second thematic session will convene from 22-23 May 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the topic, 'Addressing drivers of migration, including adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters and human-made crises, through protection and assistance, sustainable development, poverty eradication, conflict prevention and resolution'.

dates: 22-23 May 2017 venue: UN Headquarters 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

4th Meeting of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW)

The UN Secretary-General and President of the World Bank Group convened a High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser, to provide the leadership required to champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and improving water and sanitation related services. The core focus of the Panel is the commitment to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, as well as to contribute to the achievement of the other SDGs that rely on the development and management of water resources. The fourth meeting of the HLPW will be held in Cancun, Mexico. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Mexico and Mauritius, other members include the Heads of State and Government from the Netherlands, Senegal, Hungary, Tajikistan, Jordan, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa and Peru.

date: 25 May 2017 location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/HLPWater

First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (the Agreement) was adopted by the FAO Conference in 2009. The main purpose of the Agreement is to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of robust port State measures. The Agreement envisages that parties, in their capacities as port States, will apply the Agreement in an effective manner to foreign vessels when seeking entry to ports or while they are in port. This meeting will review the status of the Agreement; review the requirements for the implementation of the Agreement; review Port State duties; and discuss the role of flag States and other States as well as the roles of FAO, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and other international organizations and bodies in implementation of the Agreement.

dates: 29-31 May 2017 location: Oslo, Norway contact: Matthew Camilleri e-mail: matthew.camilleri@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40910/en
http://www.fao.org/fishery/psm/agreement/en

EU Green Week

EU Green Week is organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment. The event will bring together policymakers, leading environmentalists, stakeholders and other interested parties from across Europe and the globe. It is organized around the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future' and will focus on how EU environmental policies are creating green jobs and contributing to economic, sustainable and socially-responsible growth in the EU. It will also highlight the demand for new types of green skills in many professional sectors. In addition to a high-level conference in Brussels, Belgium, the Week will also feature a series of partner events and actions taking place across Europe.

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium additional: Events also taking place in multiple cities across Europe www: http://www.eugreenweek.eu/
http://www.eugreenweek.eu/high-level-conference-brussels

International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond – Contributing to Development

The Conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved through IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme and to demonstrate how the programme can best contribute to the development and attainment of the SDGs in Member States. It will also enable Member States and other partners to explore collectively innovative means to further develop partnerships with other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors and the private sector, in order to enhance delivery of the TC programme.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2017   venue: IAEA Headquarters, Vienna International Centre   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria   contact: Martina Khaelss   phone: +43 1 2600 21315   e-mail: M.Khaelss@iaea.org   www: http://www-pub.iaea.org/iaeameetings/52858/International-Con...
 https://www.iaea.org/events/technical-cooperation-conference...  

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization

The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will organize this meeting to highlight the relevance of industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9). Resilient infrastructure and sustainable industrialization are key enablers of poverty eradication and can promote inclusion, connectivity and equality within societies. However, it can be complex and expensive to develop, especially in countries in Africa and countries in special situations. The Special Meeting will aim to bring the challenges involved to the attention of national, regional and international actors, and to forge solutions to bridge the gaps in infrastructure and industrialization across countries. This is an initiative supported by a range of UN entities including FAO, OHRLLS, OSAA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECA, UN-HABITAT, UNIDO and WIPO, and engaging other organizations such as the African Development Bank, the Africa Union, NEPAD and representatives from academia, civil society and the private sector. Two preparatory meetings will consider key messages and relevant practice and policy. The preparatory meetings take place on 26 March, in Dakar, Senegal, on the margins of the AU/ECA joint conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and from 24-26 April, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on the topic of 'Agriculture and Agro-industries Development towards Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems'.

date: 31 May 2017 location: New York City, US contact: President of ECOSOC www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/2017-special-meetin...

June 2017

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference)

The high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, and it will coincide with World Oceans Day 2017, on 8 June. The overarching theme of the Conference is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Guidelines for organizing side events are available at the Conference website.  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Permanent Missions of Fiji and Sweden   phone: 212-687-4130 (Fiji); 212-583-2500 (Sweden)   www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Con...
 https://oceanconference.un.org/sideevents  

2017 International Labour Conference

The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.  

dates: 5-17 June 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: ILO Secretariat   phone: +4 1(0) 22 799 6111   fax: +41 (0) 22 798 8685   e-mail: ilo@ilo.org   www: http://www.ioe-emp.org/international-labour-organization/int...
 http://www.ilo.org/ilc/AbouttheILC/lang--en/index.htm  

3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference (ECCA) 2017 will be organized around the theme ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. The Conference aims to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. It will bring together representatives from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers. On Thursday and Friday, excursions to showcase a range of inspiring adaptation projects and cultural sites across the region will be offered. ECCA 2017 is organized for the European Commission (EC) by three EU-funded projects: IMPRESSIONS, Helix, and RISES-AM.

dates: 5-9 June 2017 location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK contact: ECCA 2017 www: http://ecca2017.eu/conference/

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) from 7-9 June 2017, in New York, US. Agenda items will include: the role of the UN system in implementing the ministerial declaration of the high-level segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC (Item 10); the annual overview report of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) for 2016 (Item 12); a Dialogue with the CEB Secretary; and action on the recommendations contained in the report of the UN Statistical Commission (E/2017/24) (Item 18), among other issues.

dates: 7-9 June 2017 location: New York City, US contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Coordination and Support www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/about-the-cmm

UNEA 2017 Preparatory Activities

The Government of Costa Rica will host activities to engage stakeholders at different levels in support of the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). The planned events include: a regional consultative Civil Society Meeting, bringing together regional and local civil society organizations engaged in work relevant to UNEA's theme of pollution with a special focus on oceans, to provide inputs and feedback to the final draft of the Third UNEA's background document on pollution (7-8 June 2017); a Global Dialogue for engaging the private sector on protecting oceans and tackling land-based pollution, to bring together senior policy-makers from different ministries and leaders of the private sector to discuss how global and regional communities can partner to create policies and practices that ensure sustainability thrives (8-9 June 2017); and the Second Environment Assembly preparatory retreat, at which members of the bureaux of UNEA and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) and representatives from the regional and political groups will gather to finalize preparations of the Assembly (9-10 June 2017).

dates: 7-10 June 2017 location: Costa Rica www: http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/
http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/proposed-themes-2017-un-enviro...

Expo 2017: Future Energy

The international Expo 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and will aim to promote the most appropriate and viable sustainability-driven action plans to address the possibilities of future energy. It is organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions under the theme 'Future Energy' and the sub-theme 'Solutions for Tackling Humankind's Greatest Challenge.' The Expo will address future energy from several perspectives, including: exploration of stategies, programmes and technologies for sustainable energy development; promotion of energy security and efficiency; and the encouragement of renewable energy use. Venues for the World's Fairs and their themes are determined by taking into account political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. The history of World's Fairs extends back to “the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations,” which took place in London in 1851. The EXPO will also include an Energy Ministerial Conference, convening within the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development.

dates: 10 June - 10 September 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan contact: Expo 2017 Press Office phone: +7-7172-91-94-63 e-mail: info@expo2017astana.kz www: http://www.expo2017astana.com/en

Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Convening under the theme of 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy,' the Eighth Forum will combine a ministerial meeting followed by a high-level plenary session with parallel workshops and site visits. The Forum is organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions. The Fifth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development called for a long-term transition to a sustainable energy future. The Sixth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development set out five concrete steps the United Nations Regional Commissions could take. The Seventh Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development defined the challenges ahead and develop a concrete roadmap for the international community to achieve common goals. The 'Energy Ministerial: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy' will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June.

dates: 11-14 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: http://energyministerial.kz
http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=45625#/

Energy Ministerial: Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy

Organized by the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Regional Commissions, this energy ministerial conference will kick-off the Eighth Forum on 11 June 2017 and follow the official presidential opening of the EXPO 2017 'Future Energy' on 10 June 2017. The Ministerial Conference is organized around the theme 'Meeting the Challenge of Sustainable Energy: Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy'. The EXPO 2017 is expected to attract over five million visitors over three months, including participants from national governments, international organizations and representatives from the private sector.

date: 11 June 2017 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: http://energyministerial.kz/

WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) of the CGIAR Consortium and the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) are jointly organizing the WOCAT Symposium and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting under the theme, 'The role of SLM in contributing to achieve the SDGs'. The meetings will convene a wide range of WOCAT members and stakeholders such as NGOs, governments, international organizations, the donor community and other institutions to share and discuss their experiences and findings on how sustainable land management (SLM) and, in particular SLM tools and methods, can be used to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at different levels. The symposium and meeting will be structured into three main parts: WOCAT Symposium (Tuesday, 13 June); Field day to showcase SLM implementation and the application of WOCAT tools and methods in the surroundings of Cali (Wednesday, 14 June); and 18th WOCAT Network Meeting (Thursday 15 June - Friday 16 June).

dates: 13-16 June 2017 location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia www: http://www2.unccd.int/news-events/wocat-symposium-and-18th-w...

Third 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 third thematic session will convene from 19-20 June 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'International cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration'.

dates: 19-20 June 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

Fifth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is the main, annual meeting of the Partnership charged with reviewing and prioritizing GSP actions, and facilitating a balanced regional decision-making process. The GSP brings together members of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the GSP Executive Secretariat, and representatives and partners of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The fifth Plenary Assembly (PA) of the GSP will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 20-22 June 2017   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/soils-portal/events/detail/en/c/462873/
 http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/overview/plenary-...  

6th International UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics

The Sixth International UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics will address 'Measuring Sustainable Tourism'. This 6th conference takes 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).

date: 21 June 2017 location: Manila, Philippines contact: UNWTO www: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/
http://www.tourism4development2017.org/events/international-...

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017

The annual humanitarian affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) aims to improve effectiveness of the humanitarian response. After consultations with the ECOSOC Bureau, the theme for 2017 should remain: ‘Restoring Humanity and Leaving No One Behind: Working together to reduce people’s humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability’. The segment will include: a general debate (action on ECOSOC resolution); high-level interactive panels; and side events. The themes to be discussed during the interactive panels are still under discussion. The UN Secretary-General's report on ‘Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the UN’ is expected to be issued prior in late April 2017.

dates: 21-23 June 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/ecosoc-humanitarian...

UNGA High-Level Event on Education

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene a High-Level Event on Education in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The event will also elaborate on how to advance the incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the curricula of every school in the world. The event is part of a series of 'High-Level SDG Action Events' that will be convened to advance the theme of the 71st UNGA session, to deliver a universal push for implementation of the SDGs. In a letter to UN Member States, Thomson notes that each event in the series will place a special focus on leaving no one behind and advancing gender equality.  

date: 28 June 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-event-on-ed...
 http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF 2017)

The Africa Carbon Forum is organized by the Nairobi Framework partners, namely: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); UN Environment (UNEP), along with the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP); the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA); the World Bank Group (WBG); and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB). Under the overarching mandate of the Nairobi Framework, the Africa Carbon Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity and platform for African policymakers and practitioners to: discuss the latest developments related to climate change policy, carbon markets and finance; share knowledge on innovative solutions in the context of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and other strategies; and explore possibilities for collaboration on regional and global climate change initiatives.

dates: 28-30 June 2017 location: Cotonou, Atlantique, Benin www: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/

July 2017

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017. The theme of the session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year. The theme and these SDGs will be addressed in the first week (10-14 July). The second week will include a three-day ministerial meeting (17-19 July), as part of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC (17-20), during which 44 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The HLPF is expected to adopt the Joint Ministerial Declaration of the HLPF and ECOSOC High-level Segment and the report of the HLPF on 19 July at 5 pm. Subsequently, the ECOSOC High-level Segment is expected to adopt the Ministerial Declaration on 20 July at 5:30 pm. Inputs to this year's HLPF will include: SDG progress report of UN Secretary-General; VNR reports; reports from regional fora on sustainable development (ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA); reports from Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; contributions from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies on the theme and SDGs under consideration; report of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production; the Secretary-General's report on mainstreaming sustainable development into the UN system; reports from preparatory meetings of the SDGs under consideration; inputs from the UN system and other relevant organizations and stakeholders on the theme and SDGs under consideration; briefs on the SDGs under consideration prepared by the UN system; and outcomes of the Ocean Conference.

dates: 10-19 July 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee for the development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) will convene from 10-21 July 2017, in New York, US.

dates: 10-21 July 2017 location: New York City, US contact: UNDOALOS www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/biodiversity/prepcom.htm

Montreal Protocol OEWG 39

The 39th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11-14 July 2017. The meeting will be preceded by a workshop on safety standards relevant to the use of low-global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), to be held on 10 July, and the 58th meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol (ImpCom58), to be held on 9 July.

dates: 11-14 July 2017 venue: UN Conference Center, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Ozone Secretariat www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-39/SiteP...

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2017

The 2017 High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will begin with statements by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Secretary-General, and a keynote address. It will include a ministerial segment (17-19 July), which is the ministerial meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a general debate (convened in parallel from 17-19 July), a high-level policy dialogue with the international financial and trade institutions (20 July), and a thematic discussion on ECOSOC's annual theme, 'Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges' (20 July). The segment aims to effectively assess progress in eradication of poverty, and provide further policy guidance on SDG 1 (no poverty) and related goals. The aim is to commit to innovative measures that will advance the international poverty eradication agenda. Two reports of the UN Secretary-General are being prepared to inform deliberations during the Segment: the report on the 2017 main theme on the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, and the thematic report on eradicating multidimensional poverty. The High-level Segment represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work.

dates: 17-20 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2017/ecosoc-high-level-s...

CITES Animals and Plants Committees

The 29th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee will take place from 18-21 July, followed by a Joint Session with the CITES Plants Committee on 22 July. The 23rd Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee will take place on 24-27 July.  

dates: 18-27 July 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: CITES Secretariat   www: https://cites.org/eng/news/calendar.php
 https://cites.org/eng/disc/ac_pc.php  

IOM International Dialogue on Migration - 2017 Workshop 2

The International Dialogue on Migration, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) principal forum for migration policy dialogue, meets twice a year, bringing together migration policymakers, practitioners and other stakeholders, guided by an overarching theme selected by the IOM membership though a process of informal consultations. The 2017 workshops are dedicated to supporting the development of the global compact. The first workshop took place in April 2017. The second workshop, convening in July 2017, will focus on policy perspectives and practical aspects regarding the protection and assistance of migrants in vulnerable situations.

dates: 18-19 July 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.iom.int/idm
https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/our_work/ICP/IDM/IDM...

Fourth 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 fourth thematic session will convene from 24-25 July 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will address, 'Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits'.

dates: 24-25 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters 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

First 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 first hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, on 26 July 2017.

date: 26 July 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

Seventh Meeting of Negotiating Committee on Principle 10

The Negotiating Committee on the Principle 10 Agreement for Latin America and the Caribbean will convene its seventh meeting, to advance negotiations towards a regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development). The sixth version of the negotiating text, based on input from the sixth meeting of the Negotiating Committee, is available.

dates: 31 July - 4 August 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: http://www.cepal.org/en/principio-10
http://negociacionp10.cepal.org/6/en/documents/sixth-version...

August 2017

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Migration Global Compact

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold a three-day regional consultation to adopt an outcome document and final report to be transmitted as the Asia-Pacific input to intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.  

date: 3 August 2017 [tentative]   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand   contact: ESCAP   www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/rcnyo_migration.pdf  

September 2017

22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold its 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, China, in October 2017. The session 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).  

dates: 4-9 September 2017   location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China   contact: UNWTO   www: http://lmd.unwto.org/event/general-assembly-twenty-second-se...
 http://media.unwto.org/press-release/2015-09-16/china-host-2...  

48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting

The 48th PIF Leaders Meeting will take place from 4-8 September 2017, in Apia, Samoa. The gathering will include: the Smaller Islands States Leaders Meeting (4 September); the Pacific ACP Leaders Meeting (5 September); the Official Opening of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum (5 September); the Forum Leaders Dialogue with Civil Society Organisations and Private Sector (6 September); the 48th PIF Plenary Sessions with Associate Member and Forum Observers and Post Forum Dialogue Partners (7 September); and the Forum Leaders Retreat (8 September).

dates: 4-8 September 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa contact: PIF Secretariat e-mail: media@forumsec.org www: http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/newsroom/press-statements/...
http://spto.org/news/18-news/6407-dates-for-48th-pacific-isl...

Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

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

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

46th Session of the IPCC

The 46th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 46) will convene from 6-10 September 2017, in a location to be announced.

dates: 6-10 September 2017 [tentative] location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

Africa Regional Conference on Migration

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

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

Third Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas

The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) aims to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions for achieving a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment. The ECPA is supported by inter-American and regional institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), multilateral development banks such as the World Bank, private sector, civil society and academia. The third ECPA Ministerial will convene in Chile, from 7-8 September 2017. In preparation for the event, a Regional Preparatory Meeting was held in Miami, US, on 20 October 2016, bringing together representatives from 19 countries who took stock of the Partnership’s progress since the ECPA Ministerial held in Merida in 2015. Developments covered during the Preparatory Meeting included: the Partnership’s Steering Committee Guiding Principles and Action Plan; and the initiatives implemented by the Organization of American States (OAS) to strengthen this effort. The participating countries agreed to provide a one-page concept note, describing one specific area relating to sustainable energy deemed central nationally and/or regionally. The outcomes achieved as a result of cooperation will be reported to the Third ECPA Ministerial.

dates: 7-8 September 2017 location: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile contact: ECPA www: http://www.ecpamericas.org/Events/Default.aspx?id=644

UNGA High-level Debate on SDG 11

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson announced his intention to convene a high-level debate on SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable). The New Urban Agenda, adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), calls for a two-day High-level Meeting of the UNGA to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the positioning of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The New Urban Agenda further calls for the UN Secretary-General to submit to a report on the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and oversight of UN-HABITAT, including its mandate, governance structure, work and financial capabilities. The UNGA event is expected to bring together mayors, community administrators, city resilience leaders, and other stakeholders to focus on implementation of SDG 11 and to discuss the Secretary-General's report.

date: 9 September 2017 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/08/sdg-implementation-strat...
https://www2.habitat3.org/bitcache/99d99fbd0824de50214e99f86...

2017 International Renewable Energy Conference

Mexico will host the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), which will take place in Mexico City, from 11-13 September 2017. MEXIREC 2017 will focus on global renewable energy development with a special focus on Latin America. Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate governments every two years and convened by REN21.  

dates: 11-13 September 2017   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico   contact: REN21 Secretariat   e-mail: secretariat@ren21.net   www: http://www.ren21.net/irecs/  

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.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
 http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1  

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) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

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  

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

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-...  

October 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [tentative]

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held during Northern Fall in 2017.  

date: 1 October 2017   location: TBA   www: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/  

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

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

dates: 2-3 October 2017   location: New York City, US   contact: Office of the UNGA President   www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...  

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/

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/  

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: 23-27 October 2017   location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia   contact: GPA Coordination Office   www: http://unep.org/gpa/default.asp
 http://unep.org/gpa/About/IGR.asp  

November 2017

ITPGR Governing Body Session

The next session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Governing Body is provisionally scheduled to take place in October/November 2017.  

date: 14 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: FAO   www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/  

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

December 2017

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.

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/about/sgb/?
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/20356/R...

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...  

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-...  

March 2018

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/  

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

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  

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/  

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...