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February 2018

Online Course for Policy Makers: Sustainable Energy for SIDS

This free online course for policy makers on 'Sustainable Energy for SIDS' is presented by The Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, a UNDP initiative based on Aruba, in collaboration with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). The course will cover current energy regimes and energy policies, and provide practical examples of ways that policy-making can improve energy access, energy security and/or energy efficiency in the main SIDS regions.

dates: 5 February - 11 March 2018 location: virtual contact: COE e-mail: contact@dl4sd.org www: https://dl4sd.org

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - February 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 first session will convene on 20, 22 and 23 February 2017, with 21 February devoted to a half-day informal, interactive, multi-stakeholder hearing organized and chaired by the President of the UN General Assembly. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 20-23 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters - Trusteeship Council Chamber (20 Feb), Conference Room 4 (22 Feb), ECOSOC Chamber (23 Feb) location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

Working Across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area: From Aspiration to Action

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG target 15.2, which calls for halting deforestation by 2020, among others. In addition, the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), which was adopted in 2017 by the UN General Assembly, calls for reversing the loss of forest cover and increasing forest area by 3 percent worldwide by 2030 (Global Forest Goal 1, Target 1.1). This international conference is organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the challenges of halting and reversing deforestation and to jointly explore ways to accelerate progress towards achieving in particular the SDG Target 15.2 and Target 1.1 of the UNSPF. The main objective of the conference is to provide substantive input, through UNFF 13, to the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF 2018). In 2018 the HLPF will review, among others, SDG 15.

dates: 20-22 February 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: Halting-Deforestation@fao.org www: http://www.cpfweb.org/93859/en/

Fourth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The fourth hearing will be a half-day event, and focus on the theme of 'Facts instead of perceptions: Promoting an evidence-based discussion on migration'. An updated provisional agenda was released on 12 February.

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

date: 21 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Energizing the 2030 Agenda: Global Preparatory Meeting for Review of SDG 7

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has announced that a global preparatory meeting will convene to support the review of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018). The meeting, convening on the theme 'Energizing the 2030 Agenda, will bring together key stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasized the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable energy and its multiple roles in supporting the achievement of the SDGs. The July 2018 session of the HLPF also will conduct an in-depth review of SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 15 (life on land), in addition to Goal 7.

dates: 21-23 February 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/EnergyConference

SME Ministerial Conference (SME 2018)

The SME Ministerial Conference (SME 2018) will offer an opportunity for Ministers and delegations from OECD countries and emerging economies to discuss recent trends in small and medium sized enterprise policies and how small businesses can become a vehicle of inclusive growth. The event will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening SMEs and entrepreneurship for productivity and inclusive growth'.

dates: 22-23 February 2018 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: http://www.oecd.org/cfe/smes/ministerial/

First Arab Land Conference

The Government of the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the Arab League and the Arab Union of Surveyors are have announced the first Arab Land Conference, which will be hosted by the Dubai Land Department. The conference aims to exchange knowledge, promote regional cooperation and develop capacities and innovation in land governance and real estate reforms to promote the social and economic development in the Arab region. Key topics to be addressed will focus on the Arab region and include: access to land for sustainable business and investment; the interlink between housing policy and land management; education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration; protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees to facilitate reconstruction; women, land and property rights; and new technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://arablandconference.com/en/

ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment 2018

The Operational Activities for Development Segment (OAS) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) reviews UN policies, including the implementation of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR), which guides the UN development system’s work with countries around the world in making progress on all dimensions of sustainable development.

dates: 27 February - 1 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/4430798
http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1

Civil Society Pre-Meeting to UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), which follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region, will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

UNECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 VNR Countries

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sixteen countries from the UNECE region volunteered to take part in VNRs at the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which will convene in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub story about the 2018 VNR countries is here. This Regional Preparatory Meeting for VNR countries of the UNECE is organized by the Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Participation is by invitation by UN DESA. This event will take place immediately before the 2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE....

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

Ninth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Ninth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held in San José, Costa Rica. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the Principle 10 agreement negotiation process is here.

dates: 28 February - 4 March 2018 location: San Jose, Costa Rica e-mail: principio10.lac@cepal.org www: https://www.cepal.org/en/node/45363
www.cepal.org/principio10

March 2018

2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. The meeting will focus on the sub-set of SDGs to be reviewed at the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018): SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12, SDG 15. The Regional Forum will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations. In addition, the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will organize a Regional Preparatory Meeting for 2018 VNR countries of the UNECE region, on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

dates: 1-2 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html
http://www.unece.org/forests

Engaging with the Global Platform of the New York Declaration on Forests

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Global Platform is an engagement and collaboration platform dedicated to supporting and accelerating achievement of the goals of the New York Declaration of Forests. This webinar session will provide an overview of the NYDF and an opportunity to contribute to the development of its 2018 workplan. The session will discuss how best to catalyze achievement of the Declaration's 10 goals. Registration for the event can be found here. The Secretariat for the NYDF Global Platform is provided by the UN Development Programme, in partnership with the Meridian Institute and Climate Advisers.

date: 1 March 2018 location: virtual additional: 9:00 am - 10:30 am EST e-mail: nydf@undp.org www: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/577652551806955315...
https://nydfglobalplatform.org/about-2/

Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

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

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

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 March 2018.

date: 5 March 2018 [tentative] location: TBA contact: Magnus Grylle, FAO e-mail: magnus.grylle@fao.org www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/afwc/31908/en

49th Session of UN Statistical Commission

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

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

Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Lessons and Challenges

A global workshop for the 48 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will facilitate the sharing of experiences among VNR countries, including lessons learned and challenges encountered. This workshop is the second in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The third workshop will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations.

date: 6 March 2018 location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/#vnrs

International Women's Day 2018

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

date: 8 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing: A European Strategy

The first European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) Forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are. Initiated by the EOOS Steering Group as the main forum for an integrated European Ocean Observing System, the event will discuss the EOOS strategy and seek feedback from the funders, implementers and users on the way forward. The meeting will: present and discuss the EOOS strategy delivered by the EOOS Steering Group further to the stakeholder survey on the EOOS consultation document; highlight the main opportunities and threats to the delivery of EOOS and the downstream services linked to the funding sustainability; demonstrate examples of national or EU funding commitments to EOOS-related infrastructures and services; discuss sensitivities and bottlenecks to sustainable and integrated EOOS; and promote the value of communications in achieving the EOOS objectives. The meeting will aim to produce: an EOOS strategy; a forum report; and conclusions that feed into the EOOS Conference in Brussels on 21-23 November 2018.

date: 8 March 2018 location: Brussels, Belgium www: http://www.eoos-ocean.eu/forum/

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/  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - March 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 second session will convene from 12-15 March 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 12-15 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62)

The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women will convene at UN Headquarters in New York. The session will consider, as a priority theme, 'Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls'. The session will consider, as a review theme, 'Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session)'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CSW 61 is here.

dates: 12-23 March 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018

Committee for Development Policy (CDP) 2018 Plenary Meeting

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary advisory body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The CDP advises ECOSOC on emerging economic, social and environmental issues that are relevant for the design and implementation of the UN's sustainable development agenda and for strengthening international development cooperation. CDP has a sub-group on 'Leaving no one behind,' which met in November 2017 to discuss conceptual issues, the relationship with inequality and sustainability, factors that push people behind, and policy implications. Every three years the CDP reviews the least developed countries to advise ECOSOC and the UNGA on countries that should be graduated from the list. The next Triennial Review will take place in 2018, and six countries are expected to meet the criteria for graduation: Bhutan, Kiribati, Nepal, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is currently preparing reports that assess the expected effects of graduation, referred to as 'Impact Assessments,' which will inform, among other inputs, the CDPs decision on recommending each country for graduation.

dates: 12-16 March 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA Development Policy and Analysis Division www: https://www.un.org/ldcportal/impact-assessments-what-happens...
https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/publication/egm-lea...

Drafting Group for a Practical Guide for Joint Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda

The drafting group for a practical guide for joint implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will take place from 12-13 March 2018.

dates: 12-13 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=47930

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 13-16 March 2018, in Paris, France. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 46 is here.

dates: 13-16 March 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

Organized by the Climate Action Partnership, the first Sustainable Investment Forum in Europe will bring together decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market. Held under the theme 'Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future,' the Forum will address, among other issues: climate risks and opportunities; governance for sustainable investment; financing the transition to a low-carbon economy; financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); technology for sustainable investment; and setting up an efficient carbon pricing system.

date: 13 March 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: Sustainable Investment Forum Europe phone: +44 (0)20 7871 0123 e-mail: blamblin@climateactionprogramme.org www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/
http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/register

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

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

dates: 17-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

Global Compact on Refugees: Second 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. The first consultation took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 February 2018, to consider the zero draft of the compact.

dates: 20-21 March 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...

International Day of Forests 2018

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, 'Forests for sustainable cities,' and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

date: 21 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

2018 Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is "powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign" with the support of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Festival will focus on three core themes in 2018: Innovation and disruptive change; Citizen engagement; and Communicating the SDGs. This second Festival will seek to recognize and celebrate "innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors" on the world's intractable development problems, and will showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation. The 2018 Festival will bring together a wide array of organizations and individuals to build synergies among different constituencies, increase mutual understanding, and approach problems and solutions from multiple angles. The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and mandated to support the UN system-wide and the Member States on advocacy and public engagement in the SDG implementation. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first Festival, the Global Festival of Ideas, is here.

dates: 21-23 March 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://globalfestivalofaction.org
http://sdgactioncampaign.org

Launch of International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028)

The UNGA will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on 22 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 youth and education (mid-May) and SDG financing (in June). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the accomplishments during the previous International Decade for Action, which focused on the theme, Water for Life, and took place from 2005-2015, is here.

date: 22 March 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...

World Water Day 2018

World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water – the UN’s inter-agency collaboration mechanism for all freshwater related issues – in collaboration with governments and partners. In 2018, the theme for World Water Day is “Nature for Water”. The UN General Assembly will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day 2018. According to UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak, outlining his priorities for 2018, the event will "contribute to the review of SDG 6" during the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

date: 22 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldwaterday.org/
http://www.un.org/en/events/waterday/

40th Session of the Joint UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

The 40th Session of the Joint UN Economic Commission for Europe/Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (UNECE/FAO) Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will consider: the next 2020 round of Forest Resources Assessment reporting; the results of Forest Ownership reporting; a revised structure of the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire; the next Forest Sector Outlook Study; the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2015; the mid-term review of the voluntary implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan; capacity building on criteria and indicators in the Caucasus and Central Asia; the Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge for the Caucasus and Central Asia; and reports from all the Teams of Specialists. The secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda on the meeting website.

dates: 22-23 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=46334

Preparatory Meeting for ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018

A high-level meeting will convene to prepare for the 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting, on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'.

dates: 26-27 March 2018 location: Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic contact: Permanent Mission of Czech Republic to UN www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/1...
https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/node/3371101

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will focus on the theme, 'Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies'. In addition to discussing the theme of the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018) as it relates to regional and subregional perspectives, this preparatory event will also review in depth the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be discussed at the 2018 HLPF: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2018, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 28-30 March 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5

April 2018

Fifth Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact

The preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearings. The fifth hearing is expected to convene in New York, US, in April 2018.

date: 3 April 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - April 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 third session will convene from 3-6 April 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 3-6 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

Second Asian and Pacific Energy Forum

The Asian and Pacific Energy Forum is a ministerial level platform for promoting regional cooperation for enhanced energy security and the sustainable use of energy in Asia and the Pacific. The first Asian and Pacific Energy Forum was convened at the ministerial level in Vladivostok, Russian Federation in May 2013 to review progress in addressing energy security challenges at the regional, national and household levels, and to facilitate dialogue among member States with a view to enhancing energy security and working towards sustainable development. APEF2 aims to focus on the region’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7). The Forum will review the progress achieved in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing energy security challenges, assess the outlook based on scenarios and discuss the policy options for keeping the region on track towards SDG 7. The Forum will also assess the interlinkages between SDG 7 and other SDGs.

dates: 3-5 April 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: Energy Division, ESCAP e-mail: escap-energy@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apef2

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the Partnership Forum on 4 April 2018, in New York, US. The 2017 session of the Partnership Forum took place under the theme, ‘Partnerships for promoting opportunities, increased prosperity and sustainable development for all,’ and discussed SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and the role of partnerships.

date: 4 April 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2018-4

2018 OECD Global Forum on Development

The 2018 OECD Global Forum on Development will focus on the theme, 'Empowering Youth and Women'. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 OECD Global Forum on Development is here.

date: 5 April 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/site/oecdgfd/

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51)

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51) will convene under the theme, ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’. The Commission assists the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council on various topics related to population and development; Monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels; and Providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Programme of Action. The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CPD 50 is here.

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

Seventh Meeting of UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs 7)

The seventh meeting of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs 7) will be hosted by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The meeting's objectives are to: review the tier classification of the indicators; discuss implementation of the guidelines on data flows/global data reporting; discuss developing a document on best practices in global data reporting; review proposals for additional indicators; discuss progress on data disaggregation; and share experiences in monitoring the SDGs. The members-only meeting will take place on 9 April, followed by a plenary session of three days (10-12 April) during which all countries, entities and stakeholders are invited to attend. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IAEG-SDGs 6 is here.

dates: 9-12 April 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria contact: UNStats www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-07/
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd66XKmNn14Pxi9456o...

Global Compact on Refugees: Third 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: 10-11 April 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...

Inaugural Meeting of the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability

UNEP convenes the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability, which aims to mobilize the resources and expertise of financial centers around the world to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. Its inaugural meeting will convene in Milan, Italy, from 12-13 April 2018. Priorities for possible early action by the Network include promoting, endorsing and implementing key standards, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD), and sharing experiences on green loans and green fintech. The Network will work to add value in seven strategic areas:

  • raising awareness in financial centers on climate change and sustainable development;
  • strengthening market practices by facilitating clarity and convergence on key definitions, taxonomies and standards and supporting their implementation;
  • promoting market expansion through cooperation between financial centers, including cross-border financial flows;
  • stimulating financial innovation through filling market gaps and developing; breakthrough approaches;
  • building capacity among financial center professionals;
  • providing an authoritative voice on effective ways to harness financial centers; and
  • enabling performance measurement by supporting data collection and analysis on the contributions of financial centers to sustainable development.

dates: 12-13 April 2018 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy contact: UNEP www: http://unepinquiry.org/news/financial-centre-action-for-sust...

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting April 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: 16-18 April 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/coordination-and-ma...

Workshop on National Reporting Platforms for Sustainable Development Goals

This workshop addresses reporting and communicating statistics for the SDGs. It is organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Statistics Division (UNSD). The workshop targets the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and South?East Europe (SEE), to enable the sharing of experiences and discuss common challenges related to the reporting and communication of SDG-related statistics. The meeting will provide an overview of progress and challenges for the UNECE region and the EECA and SEE sub-regions, based on a review carried out in February and March 2018. Discussion will focus particularly on global reporting of SDG indicators, and national needs for reporting and public communication. The Workshop will build on the Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data (Cape Town) and the CES Road Map on Statistics for SDGs, among other documents. The workshop takes place just prior to the Second Expert Meeting on Statistics for SDGs (18?19 April 2018), and will inform its discussions.

date: 17 April 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Jennifer Park, UNECE e-mail: jennifer.park@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=47905
http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/stats/documents/ece/ces/g...

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018

The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This Forum, adopted by Member States as the regional mechanism to support the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, will include both substantive debates in line with the theme of the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), peer learning session for countries from the region on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and reports from ECLAC as well as from other stakeholders on the progress towards the SDGs. Prior to the meeting of the Forum, from 16-17 April, activities will be carried out in Santiago by civil society representatives and other relevant actors.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Forum is here.

dates: 18-20 April 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2018/en

UNECE Expert Meeting on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Economic Commission for Europe will hold the second expert meeting on statistics for the SDGs, as part of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) work programme. The meeting is organized in collaboration with Eurostat and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The first expert meeting took place in 2017. This meeting will take place immediately after the Workshop on National Reporting Platforms for Sustainable Dev....

dates: 18-19 April 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Jennifer Park e-mail: jennifer.park@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=47533
http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/stats/documents/ece/ces/g...

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

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

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

Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 23-26 April 2018. The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the FfD Forum 2017 is here. A summary of the 2016 FfD Forum, which was the inaugural FfD Forum, is here. A summary of FfD3 is here.

dates: 23-26 April 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdforum/2018-ffd-forum.html

UNECE Resource Management Week 2018

The UNECE Resource Management Week 2018 will take place from 23-27 April 2018. The ninth session of the Expert Group on Resource Classification will take place during this week, from 25-27 April.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=47092

UNGA High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace

UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will convene a high-level meeting to assess efforts undertaken and opportunities to strengthen the UN's work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. As specific objectives, the meeting will reflect on how to: 1) Adjust to the new UN approach to peace with the emphasis on conflict prevention; 2) Strengthen operational and policy coherence within the United Nations system towards peacebuilding and sustaining peace; 3) Increase, restructure and better prioritize funding to United Nations peacebuilding activities; 4) Strengthen partnerships between the UN and key stakeholders in the field; 5) Address the root causes of conflict to sustain peace; 6) Address the role of women and youth in peacebuilding.

The meeting will begin with an opening segment and contributions from high-level speakers with experience on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. It then will convene a high-level plenary meeting of the UNGA, during which Member States will deliver statements. The event also will include four interactive dialogues, held in parallel to the high-level plenary meeting, which will focus on objectives mentioned above and take into account the report of the Secretary-General as per resolutions 70/262 and 2282 (2016) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. The dialogues are open to UN Member States as well as civil society representatives, private sector, regional and subregional organizations and UN entities.

dates: 24-25 April 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 24-26 April 2018 location: Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#prep

May 2018

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) integration segment will focus on the theme, ‘iCommunities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies’. The Integration Segment meets annually to help UN Member States and others map ways to achieve "the three pillars of sustainable development—economic, social and environmental," with an emphasis on current issues of global concern.

dates: 1-3 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/events/calendar/all/2018
http://undocs.org/E/RES/2018/1

Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution will serve as a step towards implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management. It will focus on preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils and food safety in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Symposium will aim to provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increased food security and nutrition, and ecosystem services, and promote the remediation of polluted sites. The specific objectives of the Symposium are to: examine the current scientific and technical understanding of soil pollution and its effects on food production and safety; critically reflect on the impact of land (and air and water) use decisions at the national level on soil pollution; identify limitations and prioritize key challenges related to restoring polluted sites; review existing international policies, agreements and frameworks addressing sources of pollution to agricultural land; and survey and review the use of soil thresholds for pollutants globally and explore additional research and policy needs. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the decision by the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to endorse the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) is here.

dates: 2-4 May 2018 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/global-symposium-on-soil-p...

WMO Global Conference: Prosperity through Hydrological Services

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will organize a Global Conference on ‘Prosperity through Hydrological Services’ to catalyze collaboration among key stakeholders in international programmes and to strengthen the delivery capabilities of National Hydrological Services, through initiatives such as the WMO Global Hydrological Status and Outlook System. The Conference is also expected to assist countries in their efforts to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the eleven Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water issues.

dates: 7-9 May 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.wmo.int/edistrib_exped/grp_permamission/_en/2017...

UNECA Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2018

The 2018 meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Regional Forum for Sustainable Development will serve as a preparatory event for the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is taking place in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 RFSD for Africa is here.

dates: 8-10 May 2018 location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#prep

Dialogues with Candidates for President of 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73)

UNGA Resolution 71/323, which was adopted in September 2017, calls for dialogues with candidates for president of the Assembly, starting with the election of the 73rd session's president. By that text, the exchanges will be "informal interactive dialogues," and the process will respect the principle of geographical rotation. The President of the 73rd session of the UNGA will be elected from the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC). The resolution calls on candidates to present vision statements, and invites Member States to consider presenting women as candidates. In a letter to Member States on 12 January 2017, President of UNGA 72 Miroslav Lajcak announced that he will convene the mandated dialogues in early May, and the election will take place in early June 2018.

date: 8 May 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Global Compact on Refugees: Fourth 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: 8-9 May 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...

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

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

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

16th Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters and Special Meeting

The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will take place from 14-17 May 2018, followed by the one-day special meeting of ECOSOC on international cooperation in tax matters, on 18 May 2018.

dates: 14-18 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: FFDO www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/category/tax-cooperation.ht...

Regional Political-Technical Dialogue on Water, Energy and Food Nexus

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) with funding from the EU and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this event will look at the nexus concept, its connection to the SDGs, its features in Latin America and the Caribbean and the difficulties in implementing it there, national case studies and regional priorities. The second day will focus on a proposal for public policy guidelines for better management of nexus linkages and a regional plan of action toward that end. The dialogue will be followed by a two-day training workshop on the issue organized by GIZ.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 venue: ECLAC Headquarters location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: Andrei Jouravlev, ECLAC e-mail: andrei.jouravlev@cepal.org

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - May 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 fourth session will convene from 14-18 May 2018. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process for a Global Compact can be found here.

dates: 14-18 May 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

OECD Social Policy Forum and Ministerial Meeting

At this OECD High-Level Policy Forum, participants will explore how rapidly changing economic and social environments present both challenges and opportunities for the design and implementation of social policy. On 15 May 2018, Ministers responsible for Social Policy in over 35 OECD and partner countries will exchange their views on their countries’ challenges, opportunities, and best practices in social protection, focused on the theme, 'Social Policy for Shared Prosperity: Embracing the Future'.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: http://www.oecd.org/social/ministerial/

Development Cooperation Forum 2018

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 session will be the sixth biennial meeting of the DCF.

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/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/file...

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...

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/

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.

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

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 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

UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on financing the SDGs in June. 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".

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).

dates: 11-18 June 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/

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

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/

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

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, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found 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...
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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

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).

date: 11 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi
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Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Final Preparations and Follow-up

A global workshop for the 48 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 is being organized for 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

Asia 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 various voluntary commitments.

dates: 16-19 July 2018 location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia contact: UNISR www: http://www.unisdr.org/amcdrr2018/
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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

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&...  

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/

September 2018

Global Climate Action Summit

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

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

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.

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.

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

dates: 18-30 September 2018 location: New York City, US

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 also 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. On 11 January 2018, UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak announced that the Permanent Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda and Japan will co-facilitate the holding of the meeting. On 29 January, he circulated proposed elements for a resolution on the modalities of the meeting, indicating that the meeting could take place 24 or 26 September 2018. The proposed elements will be considered in a consultation on 9 February. More information on the high-level meeting is available here.

date: 24 September 2018 [tentative] location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/01/15/highlights-of-press-bri...
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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/

October 2018

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...

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, UNEP and UNFCCC. We will add more information about this event as it becomes available.

dates: 30 October - 1 November 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: ambientair@who.int

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/
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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

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

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

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

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