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May 2018

Development Cooperation Forum 2018

The 6th Biennial High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will convene from 21-22 May 2018. The DCF operates in two-year cycles, with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convening the High-level Meeting of the DCF every other year. The DCF is one of the key mechanisms at global level for follow-up and review of the means of implementation under the 2030 Agenda. The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and ECOSOC's Financing for Development Forum are mandated to take the DCF's work into account. The 2018 DCF will address the theme, 'The strategic role of development cooperation in achieving the 2030 Agenda: building sustainable and resilient societies'.

dates: 21-22 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/development-cooperation-forum
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/996604

EU Green Week 2018

The theme for #EUGreenWeek in 2018 is: Green Cities for a Greener Future. The 2018 edition of EU Green Week will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. Showcasing policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management, it will promote participatory approaches to urban development, networking schemes, and tools for sharing best practices, engaging local authorities and citizens, and encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future. The week will officially open on in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and will close in Madrid, Spain. A high level EU Green Cities Summit will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 22-24 May.

dates: 21-25 May 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium contact: European Commission www: www: https://www.eugreenweek.eu

71st 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. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 70th World Health Assembly is here.

dates: 21-26 May 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/

Think 7 (T7)

The Think 7 (T7) event will focus on six themes: the governance challenges of global skepticism about multilateralism, particularly for inclusive trade, job creation, gender inequality, migration, the environment and international security. Participants will produce recommendations to G7 Leaders on these subjects.

The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018.

The five themes for discussion during Canada's presidency are: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women's empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

dates: 21-23 May 2018 venue: Laval University location: Quebec, Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/

Regional NDC Dialogue for Eurasia

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNFCCC Dialogue will convene stakeholders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to exchange experiences on the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event aims to: exchange national experiences and views related to Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation planning, including linkages to the SDGs and other planning processes, as well as opportunities to advance gender equality; identify opportunities for translating NDCs into concrete actions, in particular in the energy sector; discuss finance considerations, including private sector engagement, in the context of NDC implementation; and consider future steps on NDCs in the context of the Talanoa Dialogue, raising ambition, and long-term development strategies (LTS). Hosted by the Government of Georgia, the event is supported by the EU and the Governments of Germany, Japan and Norway, in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.

dates: 21-23 May 2018 location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia www: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/LECB/events/2018/20180521-re...
http://www.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/home/ev...

ICT for SDGs ITU Academia Partnership Platform

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with support from the London School of Economics (LSE), will convene the information and communication technology (ICT) for SDGs ITU Academia Partnership Platform themed ‘ICT-enabled Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation for Sustainable Development’. The event will bring together some of the leading scholars and authors of the ITU book titled, ‘ICT-centric Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation,’ which highlights the challenges and opportunities that ICTs bring in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth by cutting across all the SDGs and enabling growth and sustainable development. The meeting will address, inter alia: accelerating digital transformation for the SDGs; the role of laws, regulations, policies and the public sector in harnessing ICTs for the SDGs; and ways forward for innovative research on ICTs for the SDGs.

dates: 22-23 May 2018 location: London, England, UK www: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Membership/Pages/events/2018/Pa...
https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Pages/IMPACT-STUDY.aspx

ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018: Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all

The 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting will focus on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'. A high-level preparatory meeting will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 26-27 March 2018.

date: 23 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...

Science 7 (S7): Arctic Sustainability Summit

The Science 7 (S7): Arctic Sustainability Summit will be hosted by the Royal Society of Canada and will bring together agencies, academies, and universities throughout Canada, the G7 member States and the European Union. This is the third meeting of the S7.

The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018.

The five themes for discussion during Canada's presidency are: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women's empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

dates: 23-24 May 2018 location: Montreal-Est, Quebec, Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/

Civil Society 7 (C7)

The Civil Society 7 (C7) meeting in will bring together delegates from all G7 member States and the European Union to discuss and form policy recommendations. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The Group of Seven (G7) presidency for 2018 has selected five themes to guide discussions during the year: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

dates: 28-29 May 2018 location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada www: https://g7.gc.ca/en/g7-presidency/events-calendar/

OECD Forum 2018

The OECD Forum 2018 will take place from 29-30 May 2018. The event will focus on the theme, 'What unites us?', with the objective of moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to bridge the divides that were discussed at the OECD Forum 2017. The OECD Forum was created in 2000 to discuss the key economic and social challenges on the international agenda. It is part of the annual OECD Week that also features the OECD main Ministerial meeting, and seminars linked to key international fora. The Forum is a public engagement event that gathers high-level government representatives, CEOs, leaders from civil society and trade unions as well as prominent members of academia and media.

dates: 29-30 May 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/forum/

Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics

In a resolution adopted at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), Member States agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group to examine options to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics from all sources, including through global legally binding mechanisms.  

dates: 29-31 May 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.cms.int/en/eventcalendar/ad-hoc-open-ended-exper...

UNGA High-level Event on Youth

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on youth. According to his briefing on 12 January 2018, the event will take the form of a dialogue with young people, with a focus on their experiences, challenges, and ideas. The format will include interactive chats, an open mic session, and virtual reality zones. Topics to be covered will include education, employment and opportunities, prevention of violent extremism and radicalization. The concept note for the Youth Dialogue was released on 8 March.

This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and SDG financing (in June).

date: 30 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/01/12/priorities-for-2018/

UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2018

The 2018 UNLEASH Sustainable Development Goals Innovation Lab will convene 1,000 cross-sectoral leaders under the age of 35 from around the world to design and deploy scalable solutions for the SDGs. At the end of the Innovation Lab, winning ideas will receive pro-bono technical support and be eligible for financial backing. There are eight themes for "SDG talents" to work on at this year's Innovation Lab: SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing); SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 6 (clean water); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 13 (climate action). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 UNLEASH Lab is here.

dates: 30 May - 6 June 2018 location: Singapore, Singapore www: https://unleash.org/innovation-lab-2018/

June 2018

21st Session of the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. This meeting is scheduled to take place in May 2018.

date: 1 June 2018 [tentative] location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal contact: Magnus Grylle, FAO e-mail: magnus.grylle@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/31908/en

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. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

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

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - June 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The fifth session will convene from 4-8 June 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 4-8 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Third STI Forum

The Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene on 5-6 June 2018. The co-chairs of the 2018 STI Forum are Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan, and Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico. The STI Forum is a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). It is convened once per year by the ECOSOC President to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs. The SDG Knowledge Hub story on the 2017 Forum is available here.

dates: 5-6 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2018
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1725...

European Development Days 2018

European Development Days 2018 (EDD 2018) will seek to bring together the European Union's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The overall theme for EDD 2018 is, 'Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest'. Three sub-themes will be considered: Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women; Promoting economic and social rights and Empowerment of Girls and Women; and Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation. In addition, the European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in EDD 2018 by participating to the Young Leaders Programme. This programme will gather 15 young people aged 21-26 who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field.

dates: 5-6 June 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://eudevdays.eu/
https://eudevdays.eu/themes-and-topics

World Environment Day 2018

India will serve as the global host of the 2018 World Environment Day, which will convene under the theme, 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The Day will raise awareness and urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and use of single-use plastic that pollutes oceans, damages marine life and threatens human health.

date: 5 June 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release...

Election of President of 73rd UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly will elect its president for the 73rd session (UNGA 73) on 5 June. The Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) has put forward two candidates: Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, Permanent Representative of Honduras, and Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Ecuador's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility. Interactive informal dialogues with the candidates are being convened for the first time, by the President of the 72nd UNGA, Miroslav Lajcak.

date: 5 June 2018 time: 10:00 am venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/pga-election

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate, Trinidad and Tobago

The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene the Third Global Conference on Climate and Health using an innovative, geographically dispersed approach. The Conference will be held in three locations: in the Pacific (Nadi, Fiji, from 15-16 March), the Indian Ocean (Port Louis, Mauritius, from 21-22 March) and the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago, from 6-7 June).

Together, the meetings will bring together government representatives from over 40 of the most vulnerable countries and territories in the world, with WHO, other UN partners and technical experts to advance global action on climate change and health.

The event will focus on four action areas: empowerment of health leadership in island countries to integrate health into national climate change planning; evidence production through country profiles of climate change and health; implementation by building climate-resilient health systems; and provision of resources through facilitating access to climate and health financing mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to support climate resilient health systems of island countries. The Conference will also constitute a formal launch in each of the regions of the special initiative on Climate Change and Health in small island developing States (SIDS), launched by WHO, in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of Fiji, at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in November 2017.

dates: 6-7 June 2018 location: Trinidad and Tobago www: http://www.who.int/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-h...

UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will convene an event titled 'Financing for SDGs--Breaking the Bottlenecks of Investment, from Policy to Impact'.

In a briefing on 12 January, Lajcak said the event "should act as a platform for stronger public-private partnerships" and will explore ways for the UN to better align with the "rapidly changing world of international finance, and support the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda". According to the provisional concept note, the event will focus on challenges and bottlenecks that block private investment towards SDG sectors, and elaborate the UN's role in strengthening public-private partnerships (PPPs). It also will provide an opportunity for relevant actors to showcase and share best practices of scaling up investment in SDG sectors.

This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and youth (mid-May).

date: 11 June 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/event-latest/financing-the-sustain...

Council of European Municipalities and Region (CEMR) Conference

The 2018 Council of European Municipalities and Region (CEMR) Conference on equality, diversity and inclusion will convene under the theme, ‘Equality, diversity & inclusion’. The city of Bilbao and the Basque association of municipalities will bring together local elected representatives, civil society, academia and CEMR associations to discuss the transformation of the social landscape in Europe.

dates: 11-13 June 2018 location: Bilbao, Pais Vasco, Spain phone: +34944255669 e-mail: info@cemrbilbao2018.eu www: www: https://www.cemrbilbao2018.eu

Sixth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly constitutes the main venue where all GSP partners come together to make important decisions about the global soil agenda. The meeting's main highlights will include:

  1. key achievements of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) in 2017-2018, the appointment of the new panel of members for another term of three years and the roadmap for 2018-2019;
  2. progresses under each pillar of actions of GSP, especially the presentation of the implementation plans for pillars one and three;
  3. GSP-induced activities, such as the organization of the past symposium on Soil Organic Carbon and Soil Pollution and the proposal for future symposiums;
  4. achievements of the Regional Soil Partnerships through Regional Implementation Plans (RIPs);
  5. communication campaign related to future World Soil Day celebrations and the 2018 Glinka World Soil Prize award; and
  6. organization of the side event: Afrisoils: boosting soil productivity for a food secured Africa.
The Plenary meetings of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Soil Partnership and the African Soil Partnership will be held during this session on 13 June. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 5th session of the GSP Plenary Assembly is here.

dates: 11-13 June 2018 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Roma, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/about/plenary-ass...

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting June 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 12-14 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-0

Global Compact on Refugees: Fifth Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 12-13 June 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 17

This preparatory meeting in support of the review of SDG 17 at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will focus on exploring and sharing best practices from innovative multi-stakeholder approaches and partnerships that advance the SDGs through the other means of implementation. Under the theme of “Multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies," the meeting will look at elements and systemic issues (from SDG 17) that can support sustainable and resilient societies, particularly those that spur the implementation of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15, while ensuring no one is left behind. The Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is organizing the preparatory Expert Group Meeting (EGM).

date: 12 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters Conference Rooms 11, C and 2 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=2801&typ...
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1829...

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/

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment enables Member States, UN entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues. A Transition Event that links discussions between the ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment and the Humanitarian Affairs Segment will take place before the opening of the Segment.

dates: 19-21 June 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/humanitarian-affair...

UNISPACE+50

The 61st session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) will include a special segment, UNISPACE+50, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 1968. The goal of the segment is to build a comprehensive Space2030 agenda for the contribution of space activities to the achievement of the SDGs, addressing overarching, long-term development concerns, and which is based on the peaceful exploration and uses of outer space. UNISPACE+50 will take into account the interdependencies in the space sector and foster international cooperation, paying special attention to the future space-faring and developing countries while carefully considering the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.

dates: 20-21 June 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria contact: UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) www: http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/copuos/current.html
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/unispaceplus50/index.h...

High-Level Conference on International Decade of Water for Sustainable Development

The International High-Level Conference on International Decade for Action, 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2028 will be organized jointly by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN. It will facilitate the implementation of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2018, which was endorsed by the UN General Assembly resolution 71/222 on 21 December 2016. The primary goal of the Conference is a comprehensive discussion of the way forward with implementation of the Action Plan of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Sustainable Development,' 2018-2018 at the global, regional and national levels. The event will also seek to develop practical recommendations for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG targets related to water resources. SDG 6 is one of the sub-set of SDGs that will receive special focus during the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018).

dates: 20-22 June 2018 location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan www: http://www.unwater.org/international-high-level-conference-i...
https://wsdconf2018.org/

VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

The VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas will discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and the media could promote the application and measurement of the expected results of the Sendai Framework for DRR in the Americas. Hosted by the Government of Colombia, in cooperation with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), the Regional Platform will represent an opportunity for governments, the private sector, civil society and others to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of the Regional Action Plan, agreed in March 2017 in Montreal, Canada, as a guide for the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Americas.

dates: 20-22 June 2018 location: Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/56633
http://eird.org/pr18/docs/nota-conceptual-pr18.pdf

July 2018

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2-3 July 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 2-3 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

The Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) will take place on the theme, ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’. AMCDRR 2018 will be the second ministerial conference to take place since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015. The conference will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework, and seek to strengthen coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting is expected to produce the ‘Ulaanbaatar Declaration,’ a 2018-2020 Action Plan for the Asia region, and voluntary commitments. Convened by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR) and the Government of Mongolia, the Conference will reflect on three years into the implementation of the Sendai Framework, review progress made against the commitments at the AMCDRR 2016, reaffirm political commitment on DRR, and strengthen coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates: 3-6 July 2018 location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia contact: UNISR www: http://www.unisdr.org/amcdrr2018/
https://www.preventionweb.net/events/view/56219

Global Compact on Refugees: Sixth Consultation

The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

dates: 3-4 July 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Volker Türk, UNHCR www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.unhcr.org/formal-consultations-on-the-global-comp...

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - July 2018

Intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will take place over several sessions between February and July 2018. In a letter of 22 December 2017, co-facilitators Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, and Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, announced the dates of the sessions. The sixth session will convene from 9-13 July 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 1 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 40th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties (OEWG 40) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9-14 July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 39 can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018

Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018 (APCW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of APCW 2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs. With Asia Pacific Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, APCW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the Asia Pacific Talanoa Dialogue. APCW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and others.

dates: 9-12 July 2018 location: Singapore www: https://nfpartnership.org/asia-pacific-climate-week/

Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) 2018

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) is a partnership between the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN University (UNU), UN-HABITAT and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science and policy making. HESI 2018 is one of four special events that will take place during the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018). The other events are: the Partnership Exchange, the SDG Business Forum and the Local Authorities meeting.

date: 11 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#special

Partnership Exchange 2018

The Partnership Exchange is an annual gathering to review multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of SDG implementation. It takes place on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). The 2018 Partnership Exchange will take place on 13 July. Like the HLPF session, it will have the theme, 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,' with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. Initiatives can register or provide updates at the Partnership for SDGs online platform to be considered for review at the Exchange. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Partnership Exchange is here. The Partnership Exchange is one of four special events taking place alongside the 2018 HLPF. The other three events are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; the Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

date: 13 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/PartnershipExchan...

Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Final Preparations and Follow-up

A global workshop for the 47 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations. This workshop is the third in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. It will take place during the HLPF session.

The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The second workshop will take place from 20-21 March 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate the exchange of experiences among countries, including challenges and lessons learned.

date: 15 July 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/#vnrs

Local and Regional Authorities Forum 2018

The Local and Regional Authorities Forum will take place on the margins of the ministerial segment of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), on 16 July. The event is one of four special events taking place alongside the HLPF. The others are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; a Partnership Exchange on 13 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

date: 16 July 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#special

24th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) and World Forest Week

The Committee on Forestry (COFO) is the highest Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO (held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy) bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the COFO 23 outcomes is here.

dates: 16-20 July 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofo/en/

2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment

The theme for the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council is “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”. The HLS will be held from 16-19 July 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is convened under the auspices of the Council.

dates: 16-19 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018/ecosoc-high-level-s...

SDG Business Forum 2018

The annual SDG Business Forum will convene during the ministerial segment of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The 2017 Business Forum was co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the UN Global Compact, and organized in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030. The event is one of four special events taking place alongside the HLPF. The others are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; a Partnership Exchange on 13 July; and a Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Business Forum is here.

date: 17 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#special

High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development 2018

This forum is organized by UN-Habitat and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) to discuss Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and provide an open platform for sharing good practice.

dates: 21-22 July 2018 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China contact: Guan Jing, International Cooperation Division e-mail: ganjing@ccud.org.cn www: http://www.ccud.org.cn/

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 24-25 July 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.

dates: 24-25 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-1

ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2018-2019

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold its organizational session regarding the programme of work of the Council from July 2018 to July 2019.

date: 26 July 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1
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August 2018

International Youth Day 2018

On 17 December 1999, in resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998), calling for 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

date: 12 August 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

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 XXVI IPS Congress convened from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.

dates: 19-25 August 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: GRASP Secretariat www: http://www.internationalprimatologicalsociety.org/meetings.c...

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of LACCW2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, LACCW2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the LAC Talanoa Dialogue. LACCW2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

dates: 20-23 August 2018 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: https://nfpartnership.org/latin-american-caribbean-climate-w...

29th UN-Water Meeting

This meeting will gather UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and will take place immediately prior to the annual World Water Week. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 28th UN-Water meeting is here.

dates: 24-25 August 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: http://www.unwater.org/

September 2018

Shelter Academy 2018

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Arcadis, a design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, will convene the eighth annual Shelter Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, under the theme ‘Adapting and Mitigating Climate Change: Options for Cities’. Part of the World Urban Campaign, the Academy aims to increase knowledge of and improve responses to urban issues related to global climate change through improved economic, environmental and urban planning. During the course of the event, participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge on urban development challenges related to climate change, and learn how cities are responding. The program is designed to use some of the unique features of the Netherlands as a “living classroom,” with technical visits to get a hands-on perspective on critical concerns such as coastal protection, water management and urban development.

dates: 3-7 September 2018 location: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands additional: Rotterdam(multiple cities) www: https://unhabitat.org/apply-now-for-the-8th-annual-shelter-a...
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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/

73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days.

On Monday, 24 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. The plenary will adopt a political declaration negotiated by Member States. In May 2018 the Permanent Representatives of South Africa and Ireland, serving as co-facilitators, began consulting with governments on the content of the declaration.

On Wednesday, 26 September, the UNGA will hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, as agreed by Member States in February 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub has reported on those consultations here.

On Thursday, 27 September, the UN will hold a one-day comprehensive review of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. Find SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of this process here.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 18 September - 5 October 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit: UNGA High-level Plenary on Global Peace

In UNGA resolution 72/243, adopted on 22 December 2017, UN Member States decided to hold a high-level plenary meeting on global peace in honor of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. In January 2018 UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak appointed Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa, and Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative of Ireland, to co-facilitate a consultative process with Member States to produce a political declaration for adoption at the plenary meeting.

date: 24 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

World Social Science Forum 2018

The World Social Science Forum 2018 is the fourth in a series of international, interdisciplinary social science conferences focusing on contemporary global challenges. The 2018 Forum will address the theme, 'Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures'. The series of World Social Science Fora is one of ISSC’s flagship activities in the context of the Framework Agreement between UNESCO and the International Social Science Council. The ISSC is an independent non-governmental organization established by UNESCO in 1952. It is the primary body representing the social, economic and behavioral sciences at an international level. Its mission is to strengthen social science to help solve global priority problems.

dates: 25-28 September 2018 location: Fukuoka, Japan e-mail: wssf2018@jimu.kyushu-u.ac.jp www: http://www.wssf2018.org/

High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis

The 71st UNGA decided to hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018. By resolution 71/159, adopted on 15 December 2016, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General, in close collaboration with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in consultation with Member States, to propose options and modalities for the conduct of such a meeting, including potential deliverables. Modalities were considered in February 2018, in a process co-facilitated by the Permanent Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda and Japan, and governments agreed to hold the meeting on the second day of the general debate for UNGA 73, which is 26 September 2018.

In May 2018, Lajcak said Member States are expected to begin negotiations on the outcome document "shortly." More information on the high-level meeting is available here.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
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Comprehensive Review of Progress in Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

By UN General Assembly resolution 68/300 of 10 July 2014, the General Assembly decided to hold a comprehensive review in 2018 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. In January 2018 UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak appointed Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy, and Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay, to co-facilitate open, transparent and inclusive consultations in preparation for the comprehensive review. Following informal consultations in March 2018, the modalities for the review meeting were agreed via silence procedure, indicating that the review will take place on the third day of the general debate for UNGA 73, which is 27 September 2018. In May, UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak said UN Member States will begin negotiations on the outcome document "shortly."

date: 27 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
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Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean Open for Signature

The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will open for signature of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on 27 September 2018. To enter into force, 11 State Parties are required to ratify the Regional Agreement. An event to mark the opening for signature will take place at UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the Annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly. Negotiations on the Agreement concluded on 4 March 2018, in Escazú, Costa Rica. The Regional Agreement aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process is here.

date: 27 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/acuerdo-regional-...
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October 2018

World Habitat Day 2018

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and people’s right to sufficient shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future next generations.

date: 1 October 2018 location: worldwide www: www: http://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday
https://unhabitat.org/world-habitat-day/

48th Session of the IPCC

The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 48) will convene from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea [tentative] www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

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...

Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

The eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10-12 October 2018. The Meeting of the Parties is the main governing body of the Convention. It comprises all Parties to the Convention. At its meetings, other Signatories and other States as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations participate as observers. The mandate of the Meeting of the Parties is to keep under continuous review the implementation of the Convention and take the necessary measures required to achieve the purposes of the Convention.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Astana, Kazakhstan www: https://www.unece.org/env/water/meetings/convention_meeting....

45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45)

The 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45) will hold discussions on policy convergence on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, convene a Global Thematic Event on the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security, and celebrate World Food Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.

dates: 15-20 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: CFS Secretariat e-mail: cfs@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-home/en/

Second UN World Data Forum

The UN World Data Forum 2018 will be hosted by Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, UAE, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Proposals for sessions to be considered for inclusion in the programme should be submitted by 31 January 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2017, is here.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates contact: UN Statistics Division www: http://undataforum.org

World Investment Forum 2018

The 2018 Forum will take place under the overall theme of 'Investing in Sustainable Development'. The UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent platform for investment-development stakeholders, including global leaders from business, government, international organizations, thought leaders, academia and civil society.

dates: 22-25 October 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNCTAD www: http://worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org

Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

The first Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health will consider the sub-theme, 'Improving air quality, combatting climate change - saving lives'. This event is organized by WHO, in collaboration with UNEP, WMO and UNFCCC.

dates: 30 October - 1 November 2018 venue: WHO Headquarters location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: WHO e-mail: aphconference@who.int www: http://www.who.int/airpollution/events/conference/en/

World Cities Day 2018

The UN designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day. Events to mark the Day focus on promoting the international community’s interest in global urbanization, pushing forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2018 location: worldwide www: www: https://unhabitat.org/wcd/

November 2018

30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 30th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 30) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 5-9 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 29 is here.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Ecuador www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

World Toilet Day 2018

The resolution declaring World Toilet Day titled, 'Sanitation for All' (A/RES/67/291), was adopted on 24 July 2013. The resolution urges UN Member States and relevant stakeholders to encourage behavioral change and the implementation of policies to increase access to sanitation among the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open-air defecation, which it deemed extremely harmful to public health. The theme for events marking World Toilet Day in 2018 will be: 'When nature calls'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of events marking World Toilet Day 2017 is here.

date: 19 November 2018 location: worldwide contact: UN-Water www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
http://www.unwater.org/world-toilet-day-2018-nature-calls/

6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

The sixth OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy will convene on the theme, 'The future of Well-being'. Focal areas are: The Digital Transformation. The changing role of governance; and Business and Well-being. The Forum is organized by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Statistics Korea.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 venue: Songdo ConvensiA location: Incheon, Republic of Korea contact: Secretariat for 6th OECD World Forum fax: 82-42-489-7382 e-mail: oecd2018@korea.kr www: http://www.oecd.org/general/measuringwell-beingandprogress-e...
https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/49th-session/documents/R...

Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum 2018

The OECD will convene its Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum under the theme, 'Inclusive solutions for the green transition'. The Forum will take place in conjunction with the 6th annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP). The GGSD Forum will address the political economy and low-carbon policy reforms, identify their distributional impacts, and explore inclusive solutions for households, workers, sectors and regions that may otherwise be hit hard by the transition to help them contribute to a greener future. Sessions will be developed around competitiveness, employment and distributional impacts of green policies.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/GGSD2018%20SaveTheDateA5.pdf...

World Forum on Urban Forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the City of Mantova, the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF) and the Politecnico di Milano have announced the 1st World Forum on Urban Forests. The Forum will bring a variety of stakeholders together to exchange experiences and lessons learned, and discuss possible long-term collaboration on the development of urban forestry strategies and the identification of nature-based solutions towards a greener, healthier, and happier future. The aim of this first Forum is to highlight positive examples of planning, design and management approaches of cities with diverse cultures, forms, structures and histories, that have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement.

dates: 28 November - 1 December 2018 location: Mantova, Lombardia, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 meeting of the G20 Leaders' Summit will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 years after the first G20 Leaders' Summit took place in Washington, DC. Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. Meetings will take place throughout 2018 to prepare for the Leaders' Summit. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 30 November - 1 December 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en

December 2018

Global Education Meeting

A Global Education Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 3-5 December 2018. The meeting will follow consultations in Bolivia, France, Kenya, Thailand and Tunisia on the in-depth review of SDG 4, taking place at the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

dates: 3-5 December 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium contact: UNESCO www: https://en.unesco.org/news/recommendations-sustainable-devel...

World Soil Day 2018

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of events marking World Soil Day 2017 is here.

date: 5 December 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/#

Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

This conference is organized on the basis of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 71/280. By a draft resolution agreed in November 2017, the Assembly reaffirms its decision that the Conference will result in the adoption of an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, titled ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration'. The scope of the Compact, the text recalls, is defined in an annex to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/RES/71/1). The text indicates that negotiations for the Compact will be concluded by July 2018, as previously agreed in resolution 71/280 on the modalities for the preparatory process.

The Conference will include eight consecutive plenary meetings and two dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings. The dialogues will be interactive and multi-stakeholder, and will seek to “exemplify ways and means to support the implementation of the Global Compact.” The topics will be: ‘Promoting action on the commitments of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; and ‘Partnerships and innovative initiatives for the way forward’. In the modalities resolution on the preparatory process, agreed in April 2017, UN Member States anticipated that the intergovernmental conference would take place at UN Headquarters in New York immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of UNGA 73, in September 2018, “unless otherwise agreed”. In October 2017, Italy and Morocco expressed interest in hosting the Conference in their countries. The offers were discussed in informal consultations, and the agreed draft resolution specifies that Morocco will host the meeting from 10-11 December 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 10-11 December 2018 location: Morocco contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration e-mail: gcmigration@un.org www: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...
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Human Rights Day 2018

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, which is the anniversary of the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2018, Human Rights Day will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

date: 10 December 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

International Mountain Day 2018

“#MountainsMatter” is the theme chosen for the 2018 celebration of International Mountain Day (IMD). The theme will highlight how mountains matter for youth, water, disaster risk reduction, food, indigenous peoples and biodiversity. International Mountain Day, which has been celebrated on 11 December since 2003, has its roots in the adoption of Chapter 13 of Agenda 21, titled 'Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development'. Subsequently, the UN General Assembly declared 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains, and designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is the coordinating agency for the IMD. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of observances of International Mountain Day 2017 is here.

date: 11 December 2018 location: worldwide contact: Water and Mountains Team, Forestry Department, FAO www: http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/index.shtml

Mountains 2018

Mountains 2018 is an international conference mean to stimulate and disseminate knowledge on mountain-related development issues. Discourse will be based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two axes: ‘III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions;’ and the ‘II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions’. The Workshop will focus on practical experiences related to sustainable development in mountain regions, gathering professionals and other stakeholders actively working towards this goal. The Conference will discuss issues related to scientific research and perspectives to enhance and disseminate knowledge on mountains.

dates: 11-15 December 2018 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: http://cimo.ipb.pt/LuMont/index.php/en/news/2-uncategorised/...

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

Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4)

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will take place from 11-15 March 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017 (UNEP/EA.3/L.2). By the same text, the Assembly decided that following the 2019 session, UNEA will convene during the last week each February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. The President of UNEA-4 will be Estonia.

dates: 11-15 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

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

Global Platform for DRR 2019

The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Global Platform on DRR is here.

dates: 13-17 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNISDR www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform

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...

July 2019

41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 41) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 1-5 July 2019, at a location to be announced.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019

The seventh UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on dates to be decided. HLPF 2019 will address the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), in addition to SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year. Among other things, HLPF 2019 will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which is issued every four years. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2018 is here. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 8-19 July 2019 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

September 2019

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level review to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway, in September 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Regional preparatory meetings of SIDS countries as well as an interregional meeting will take place in 2018 to review progress at the national and regional levels, as mandated by the UNGA in a resolution of December 2017 on the follow-up and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy. That resolution also requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the 73rd UNGA a report on the follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, including progress made and continuing challenges faced.

date: 3 September 2019 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://undocs.org/A/C.2/72/L.48
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74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74)

The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 30 September 2019.

In accordance with paragraph 6 (b) of UN General Assembly resolution 67/290, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) shall be convened by the President of the General Assembly for a period of two days at the beginning of the session of the Assembly. In paragraph 87 of its resolution 70/1, the Assembly decided that the next HLPF under the auspices of the UNGA would be held in 2019. In paragraph 132 of the annex to resolution 69/313, Heads of State and Government decided that the High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development of the Assembly would be held back -to back with the HLPF under the auspices of the Assembly when the HLPF is convened every four years.

We will add more information to this page regarding these events as it becomes available.

dates: 17-30 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/71/1

November 2019

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019, at a location to be determined. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

June 2020

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 29 June to 3 July 2020, at a location to be confirmed.

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

September 2020

75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75)

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2020. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2020 location: New York City, US

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...  

November 2020

Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA

February 2021

Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is expected to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.

dates: 1-5 February 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

September 2021

76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76)

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-30 September 2021 location: New York City, US

September 2022

77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will open on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 20 September 2022. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 13-27 September 2022 location: New York City, US

September 2023

78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) will open on Tuesday, 12 September 2023. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 25 September 2023. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 12-30 September 2023 location: New York City, US

September 2024

79th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79)

The 79th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79) will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2024. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2024. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 17-30 September 2024 location: New York City, US

September 2025

80th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80)

The 80th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80) will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2025. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 23 September 2025. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 16-30 September 2025 location: New York City, US

September 2026

81st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81)

The 81st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2026. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2026. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2026 location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1

September 2027

82nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82)

The 82nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82) is expected to open on Tuesday, 14 September 2027. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2027.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-27 September 2027 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1