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September 2018

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

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will open on 18 September 2018. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018, and is scheduled to last for nine working days. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), announced in July 2018 that the theme of the general debate will be, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.’ The list of speakers will be here.

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

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

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

A number of events will take place in parallel to the opening of the 73rd session of the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 and Climate Week NYC 2018.

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

Global Goals Week 2018

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

Global Goals Week was originally piloted in 2016 by organizing partners Project Everyone, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Foundation.

Global Goals Week 2018 events include:

Climate Week NYC 2018 will also take place at the same time.

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dates: 22-29 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://globalgoalsweek.org/

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, and consultations took place throughout June and July 2018. The second draft of the declaration was considered on 16 July.

The logistical arrangements and concept note are available here. The summit will take place on 24 September, the day before the start of the general debate for UNGA 73. Also on 24 September, in the afternoon, the UNGA will hold a high-level meeting on financing the 2030 Agenda.

date: 24 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/?s=mandela&et_pb_searchform_su...

High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda will take place immediately before the general debate of the UN General Assembly's 73rd session (UNGA 73).

According to remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on 27 July 2018, the programme of the high?level meeting will reflect three action areas: building momentum and political support at all levels; stepping up engagement with the private sector; and making the most of innovative solutions to finance the SDGs. She reported that the meeting will begin with an opening address by the Secretary?General, followed by three interactive, "Davos-style" panel discussions with heads of state and government, CEOs in the area of private finance, and technological innovators to address: aligning global financial and economic policies with the 2030 Agenda, to spur political momentum to foster the mobilization of resources; enhancing sustainable financing strategies and mobilizing private investment for sustainable development; and fintech efforts to advance financial inclusion on the ground, aiming to seize the potential of financial innovations, new technologies and digitalization to provide equitable access to finance. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to outline a new private investment strategy.

Mohammed added that the meeting also will call on stakeholders to act and report on progress to the UNGA's High?level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which will convene immediately before the UNGA-auspiced session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in September 2019.

date: 24 September 2018 time: 3:00-6:00 pm EDT venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Executive Office of UN Secretary-General www: https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/dsgsm1185.doc.htm
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/financing-2030/

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 will bring together an international community of leaders from business, investor groups, Government, the United Nations and civil society for a multi-stakeholder stocktaking on progress towards the achievement of the Global Goals at international, regional and local levels. This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US e-mail: leaderssummit@unglobalcompact.org www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1635-un-g...

24th Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 24)

The 24th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 24) of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will hold a “strategic discussion” on key emerging environmental issues warranting a collaborative response by the UN, including forming a UN coalition on sand and dust storms response, and engaging the UN in the environmental dimensions of China’s Green Belt and Road initiative. The meeting will also, inter alia, address coordination and collaboration on UN system-wide support for e-waste management. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

The SOM 24 Technical Segment will take place via audio-video conference on 17 September.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://unemg.org/emg-senior-officials-meetings/24thsenior-o...

Data to End Hunger

The Government of Kenya, the Government of Ghana, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host this high-level side event during UN General Assembly week.

The event (#data4sdgs) is expected to include an announcement on the largest-ever financial commitment on agricultural data for development, aligning with country visions to deliver SDG 2 (zero hunger) and grow enough food to feed the world. The event will also feature storytellers from The Moth Global Community Program.

date: 24 September 2018 time: 6:30-8:15 PM venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber location: New York City, US contact: Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data e-mail: info@data4sdgs.org www: http://www.data4sdgs.org/news/data-end-hunger-unga-side-even...

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/

Global Day of Action 2018

25 September 2018 marks the third anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs. To mark this historic event, the Global Day of Action (#Act4SDGs) will bring together individuals in every corner of the world to take action for the SDGs: to end poverty and inequalities, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

At UN Headquarters in New York, US, an SDG Media Zone session will take place from 1-2 pm EST, with speakers including: Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme; Federica Mogherini, European Commission (TBC); Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International; Namhla Mniki Mangaliso, African Monitor; and Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. The event is designed to feel like the Global Day "news room" and to bridge local actions with global conversations.

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

date: 25 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters, SDG Media Zone location: New York City, US (worldwide) www: http://sdgactioncampaign.org/2018/07/12/act4sdgs/
http://act4sdgs.org/

Forest-smart Mining to Advance the New York Declaration on Forests and SDGs

This side event at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) will seek to raise awareness about the relationship between mining and deforestation, present new research findings on forest-smart mining and provide an overview of the New York Declaration on Forests and its Global Platform. It will highlight examples of forest-smart policies, practices and partnerships, aiming to build a shared understanding of what changes, innovations and initiatives could accelerate action.

The organizing partners are the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, New York Declaration on Forests, PROFOR, Levin Sources, Swedish Geological AB, Fauna and Flora International and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2018/08/24/forest-smart-m...
https://www.profor.info/content/save-date-forest-smart-minin...

ACP Event on Blue Economy

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the Government of Seychelles will convene a joint event in the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York, US.

During the event, small island developing States (SIDS) will share experiences in harnessing the blue economy and identify areas for further development.

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.acp-indepthnews.net/index.php/news/145-seychelle...

High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis

The UNGA will hold a high-level meeting on 26 September 2018 on the theme, ‘United to End Tuberculosis: an Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic.’ The outcome document will take the form of a political declaration. A draft was placed under silence procedure on 20 July but the silence was broken, and “the next steps will be communicated to Member States in due course,” according to a letter from UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak.

More information on the high-level meeting is available here. The logistics note on the meeting is available here.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/71/...

Sustainable Investment Forum North America

Climate Action and UNEP-FI are organizing the third edition of 'Sustainable Investment Forum North America,' which will convene during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will bring together over 300 participants representing asset owners and managers, commercial banks, development institutions, and national policy makers. The event will seek to build knowledge and foster collaboration on how best to accelerate sustainable investment.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://northamerica.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

One Planet Summit

Heads of State and non-state actors, including business leaders, will come together for the second One Planet Summit to account for the implementation of 12 international commitments made at the inaugural One Planet Summit in December 2017, launched by French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim. The 12 commitments are: 1) responding to extreme events in island States; 2) protecting land and water against climate change; 3) mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate; 4) public procurement and access for local governments to green financing; 5) zero emissions target; 6) sectoral shifts to a decarbonized economy; 7) zero-pollution transport; 8) carbon pricing compatible with the Paris Agreement; 9) actions of central banks and businesses; 10) international mobilization of development banks; 11) commitment by sovereign funds; and 12) mobilizing institutional investors. Following on from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in the lead-up to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC and UN Secretary-General 2019 Climate Action Summit, the event will take place alongside the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Summit will aim to build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action, further engage public and private actors to raise their ambition, and demonstrate how high-level institutional decision makers as well as individual citizens can “work as one planet” to deliver climate change mitigation solutions and “invent our collective future.” The One Planet Summit is organized by the Government of France jointly with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/

Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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

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

Comprehensive Review of Progress in Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

By UN General Assembly resolution 68/300 of 10 July 2014, the General Assembly decided to hold a comprehensive review in 2018 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. The outcome of the meeting will be a political declaration, and consultations among Member States are under way in New York to decide on the text of the declaration, co-facilitated by the permanent representatives of Italy and Uruguay.

The zero draft of the declaration of June 2018 outlines 24 actions that Member States would commit to implementing.

As part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting, an interactive hearing took place on 5 July 2018. The hearing focused on four topics: scaling up action for the prevention and control of NCDs; financing for the prevention and control of NCDs; promotion of multi-sectoral partnerships for the prevention and control of NCDs; and political leadership and accountability.

The logistics note for the meeting is available here.

date: 27 September 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2018/0...

Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean Open for Signature

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

date: 27 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/acuerdo-regional-...
https://www.cepal.org/en/events/opening-signature-ceremony-r...

Launch of Report on Private Sector Accountability for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will not be achieved without the active and meaningful involvement of the private sector. But, can the private sector be held accountable for protecting women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health? And if so, who is responsible for holding them to account, and what are the mechanisms for doing so?

The UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (IAP) will discuss these issues and its recommendations for improving private sector accountability at the launch of its third annual report titled, 'Private Sector: Who Is Accountable?'. The report looks at three key areas of private sector engagement: health service delivery, the pharmaceutical industry, and the food industry and its significant influence on health and nutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The event is co-hosted by the Governments of Finland and South Africa, and co-organized by the IAP with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH).

date: 27 September 2018 time: 7:45-9:30 AM venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 3 location: New York City, US contact: Cheryl Toksoz, IAP phone: +1 571-318-2406 e-mail: cheryl@mavicoms.com

October 2018

World Habitat Day 2018

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

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

48th Session of the IPCC

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

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

UNECE Regional Conference on Enabling Choices: Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will convene this conference in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action, in 2019. The UNECE preparatory conference aims to assess progress and identify gaps in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the region. The Conference will address policy concerns related to: population dynamics and sustainable development; families, sexual and reproductive health over the life course; and inequalities, social inclusion and rights. The regional review and conference will also serve to strengthen linkages between the ICPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, enhance integration of population dynamics into development planning, and reaffirm commitment to implementing the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region.

A regional report covering trends and developments since the last ICPD review, in 2013, will be presented and discussed at the Conference. The report and the Conference outcome, in form of a Rapporteurs’ summary, will feed into the global ICPD review to take place at the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 52) in 2019.

dates: 1-2 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: http://www.unece.org/pau/icpd25
http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/pau/age/Icpd/ICPD-25/UNEC...

Third Meeting of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

At its third meeting, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation will continue to review the geopolitical implications of the expected energy transformation and the large scale deployment of renewable energies.

Launched by the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January 2018, the Commission is composed of senior and experienced individuals drawn from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds. Its mandate is to: review how energy transformation may change national and global politics; develop a knowledge framework on the geopolitical challenges and opportunities associated with energy transformation; develop conclusions for further discussion; and develop an action framework laying out how countries can thrive in the new energy economy under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. A summary of the first meeting is here.

The Commission is seeking views and perspectives by energy experts from academia, politics and the private sectors. Experts can submit written statements of up to 2000 words on the geopolitical implications of the energy transformation until 30 September 2018.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Reykjavik, Iceland contact: Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation e-mail: geopolitics@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Oct/3rd-Meeting-of-Global-C...
http://geopoliticsofrenewables.org/

Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is hosting the fifth Trade for Sustainable Development Forum at ITC headquarters in Geneva from 1-3 October 2018. The T4SD Forum 2018 will convene in parallel to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2018.

The fifth T4SD Forum will focus on SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and its relationship with sustainable trade in global value chains.

Sessions will address topics including: Sustainable Consumption: Challenges and Opportunities; the role of standards in driving sustainable production and consumption; Sustainable production practices in the textile and apparel sectors; The Future of Sustainable Consumption in Emerging Markets; Sustainable production for safeguarding biodiversity; and Sustainable Trade in the Connected Future.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.intracen.org/itc/events/t4sd-forum-2018/

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2018 (MENACW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of MENACW 2018 is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With MENA Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, MENACW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the MENA Talanoa Dialogue. MENACW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and others.

dates: 8-10 October 2018 location: TBA www: https://nfpartnership.org/middle-east-and-north-africa-clima...

2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity Working Group of the Arctic Council, and the Ministry of the Environment, Finland, will host the 2nd Arctic Biodiversity Congress. This Congress will build on the success of the first Congress, held in Trondheim, Norway, in 2014, and will bring together scientists, policy-makers, government officials, indigenous representatives, Traditional Knowledge holders, industry, non-governmental organizations and others to promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity.

dates: 9-12 October 2018 location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland www: https://www.arctic-council.org/index.php/en/our-work2/8-news...

Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

African and Arab States, as well as intergovernmental and UN organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, women, youth, civil society and other stakeholders, will come together for the first time to participate in the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), hosted by Tunisia, in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC), the League of Arab States (LAS) and the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR).

The forum will address the theme, ‘Towards Disaster Risk-informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development,’ and will take stock of progress made in, and reaffirm political commitment to achieving, implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR, thereby contributing to the realization of Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The platform will provide the regions with opportunities to share knowledge, experiences and best practices in advancing DRR. Its outcomes will inform the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the 2019 Global Platform for DRR.

dates: 9-13 October 2018 location: Tunis, Tunisia www: https://www.unisdr.org/files/57759_africaarabplatformconcept...
https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/events/57759

Eighth Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention

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

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

Science Forum 2018

Science Forum 2018 (SF18) will convene under the theme, ‘Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research,’ from 10-12 October 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The objective of SF18 is to identify substantial positive as well as negative interactions between the SDGs, the role of agricultural research in augmenting synergies and managing trade-offs, and the ensuing implications for the science-policy interface. Results will contribute to the discussion of developing research themes and frameworks in CGIAR.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/event/science-forum-2018/

Eighth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (OWG-EFMLS-8)

The eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit Sharing (OWG-EFMLS-8) is scheduled to take place from 10-12 October.

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001. The Treaty aims to: recognize the contribution of farmers to the diversity of crops that feed the world; establish a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials; and ensure that recipients share benefits they derive from the use of these genetic materials with the countries where they have been originated.

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...

Seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII)

The seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) on the theme, ‘Supporting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in Africa: From Policies to Action,’ will bring together stakeholders to examine Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to define actionable climate interventions.

Its specific objectives are to: provide space and facilitate science-practice-policy dialogue to unpack the options available for NDC implementation in Africa; address the missing links for enhanced uptake and use of climate information services (CIS) into development planning, policy and practice in the region, including sectoral NDCs; and understand the various options to finance climate actions, including the modalities for unlocking available and new forms of climate finance, such as leveraging market mechanisms for climate actions and sustainable economic development.

The Conference, organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), convenes each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of key African development institutions, including the UN Economic Commission (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.uneca.org/ccda7

International Day for Disaster Reduction

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

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

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

Global Infrastructure Forum 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Cairo Water Week 2018

The first Cairo Water Week (CWW), organized by Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources, in partnership with the EU, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Global Water Partnership, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and others, will focus on the theme, ‘Water Conservation for Sustainable Development.’ Specific themes to be addressed include: water scarcity, health and sanitation challenges and opportunities; science, technology and innovation; climate change and the environment; transboundary water governance and benefit sharing; and water management for sustainable development.

CWW aims to promote awareness of water conservation and sustainable development, foster new thinking to address water-related challenges, and support actions towards integrated water resources management (IWRM).

dates: 14-18 October 2018 location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt www: http://www.cairowaterweek.eg/

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.

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

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate, Grenada

The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene the Third Global Conference on Climate and Health using an innovative, geographically dispersed approach. The Conference will be held in three locations: in the Pacific (Nadi, Fiji, from 15-16 March), the Indian Ocean (Port Louis, Mauritius, from 21-22 March) and the Caribbean (Grenada, October 2018).

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

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

dates: 16-17 October 2018 location: Grenada www: http://www.who.int/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-h...

World Food Day 2018

World Food Day 2018 will mark the 73rd anniversary of FAO’s founding. Events organized by FAO country offices, governments, local authorities and other partners in over 130 countries across the world will call for increased action to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. The official World Food Day (WFD) ceremony on 16 October at FAO headquarters will be an opportunity for leaders and key global players in the drive to achieve Zero Hunger, to remind the world that Zero Hunger is still possible if we can come together and take account of lessons learned, best practices and all evidence available.

date: 16 October 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2018/home/en/

ESCAP Committee on Statistics, Sixth Session

The Committee on Statistics, Sixth Session will consider the theme, 'Navigating Policy with Data to Leave No One Behind'. The meeting will convene at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 16-19 October 2018.

ESCAP will organize this session, which aims to secure the high-level political commitment required to support the achievement of the collective vision on 'Advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a collective vision and framework for action by the Asia-Pacific statistical community,' and thereby support the realization of the vision of the Asia-Pacific statistical community that: by 2030, national statistical systems are enabled and empowered to lead development of and to deliver innovative, trusted and timely products and services for urgently needed and evolving statistical requirements of the 2030 Agenda.

The session aims to: strengthen the understanding and appreciation by high-level decision-makers of the importance of statistics, the necessity of linking data and policy more strongly and hence the need to transform national statistical systems for the successful implementation of SDGs and national development goals; identify and prioritize actions that should be taken by national statistical offices for the national statistical systems to be more responsive to policy needs; identify and prioritize the most relevant and effective action that should be taken by government and other stakeholders to advance official statistics and its use; and to commit to take those actions.

dates: 16-19 October 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP e-mail: stat.unescap@un.org www: https://www.unescap.org/intergovernmental-meetings/committee...
http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/Concept_note_for_...

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

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

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

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

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

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

GCOS Science Day

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Science Day aims at informing the regional and national community on activities related to systematic climate observations and their relevance to pressing environmental concerns. The 2018 Day will focus on local actions with regard to climate observations, science and adaptation in the Arctic region. The event will consist of four sessions: GCOS activities in global and regional context; the Arctic now and tomorrow; science-based information for decision makers; and climate change and observing initiatives.

GCOS is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the International Council for Science and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment).

date: 22 October 2018 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://ane4bf-datap1.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wmocms/s3fs...
https://public.wmo.int/en/programmes/global-climate-observin...

EMG Nexus Dialogue Series 2018: Dialogue 1

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

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

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

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

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

7th Africa Water Week

The seventh edition of the Africa Water Week (AWW-7) is dedicated to the theme, ‘Toward Achieving Water Security and Safely Managed Sanitation for Africa’. Convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Government of Gabon, AWW-7 represents a political commitment at the highest level.

Over 1,000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, will gather to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources and sanitation challenges.

Specific topics to be addressed include: the role of infrastructure, investments and innovation in achieving water security; choices, approaches and actions for safely managed sanitation in Africa by 2030; the nexus approach to water governance and re-engineering the integrated water resources management (IWRM); and financing Africa’s SDG 6 ambitions.

Held biennially, AWW seeks to build momentum on achieving the SDGs related to water security and sanitation by 2030 and the 2025 Africa Water Vision, and actualizing Africa’s Agenda 2063.

dates: 29 October - 2 November 2018 location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon www: https://africawaterweek.com/aww7/

Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health

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

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

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

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

This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in October 2017.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia contact: GPA Coordination Office www: https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/oceans-seas/wha...

World Cities Day 2018

The UN designated every 31st of October as World Cities Day. Events to mark the Day focus on promoting the international community’s interest in global urbanization, pushing forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. The 2018 World Cities Day global observance will be held in Liverpool, UK.

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

4th International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) aims to support the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.

The event will bring together international experts from the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organizations. IOREC will take place as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singappore 018956 location: Singapore, Singapore contact: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) phone: +971 2 417 9000 e-mail: iorec@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Oct/International-Off-Grid-...
http://iorec.irena.org/

November 2018

30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 30th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 30) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to convene from 5-9 November 2018. The meeting will be preceded, on 3 November, by the 61st Meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol, and on 4 November, by the Bureau Meeting of the Twenty-Ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 29 is here.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 venue: Centro de Convenciones QUORUM location: Ecuador additional: Cumbayá Quito www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Eighth Meeting of the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDG 8)

The eighth meeting of the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will convene in Stockholm, Sweden, from 5-8 November 2018, hosted by Statistics Sweden at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agenda (Sida).

As with the seventh meeting, IAEG-SDGs 8 will begin with a one-day meeting for members of the Group, on 5 November, followed by a three-day plenary session, from 6-8 November, to which all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited. The provisional agenda and information note are now available.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Review the tier classification;
  • Discuss the implementation plan for data flows and case studies on data flows for SDGs;
  • Review Tier III work plans and updates;
  • Review timeline and process for 2020 comprehensive review and additional indicators;
  • Discuss progress made on the work stream on data disaggregation; and
  • Share experiences on implementing monitoring of the SDGs.

dates: 5-8 November 2018 venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: Heather Page e-mail: pageh@un.org www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-08/

Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development seeks to provide policymakers and experts from various parts of the energy sector with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the fast-paced energy transition, review the activities to date and make further progress towards meeting the SDGs. It will follow up on the recommendations from the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in June 2017 and the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The forum will comprise an opening ministerial session, plenary sessions and parallel workshops under four main tracks: energy transition and decarbonization; robust systems and infrastructure; matchmaking and investor confidence; and “hot topics” and “deep dives.” It will also include the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency and Group of Experts on Renewable Energy.

The forum is co-organized by the Government of Ukraine and the five UN Regional Commissions, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the World Bank, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other stakeolders.

dates: 12-15 November 2018 location: Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=49144

African Biodiversity Summit

The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Biodiversity Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference. The theme of the Summit is 'Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Restoration: Priorities for Increased Resilience in Africa'.

date: 13 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2018/ntf-2018-055-afri...

World Toilet Day 2018

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

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

UN World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC)

The United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) will address the theme, 'The Geospatial Way to a Better World'. This event will bring together stakeholders at the highest level to address and ensure that geospatial information has its widest and fullest utility in service of social, economic and environmental development.

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), as the Secretariat for the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of China, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, will host the event.

The organization of UNWGIC follows from the mandate of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to the Committee of Experts to convene global forums to promote comprehensive dialogue on global geospatial information management with all relevant governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

In addition to the UNWGIC, which will convene from 19-21 November, events will take place from 19-23 November, including global and regional meetings, workshops and learning events, side events, and the annual (2018) plenary meeting of national representatives from Member States to the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), as well as the annual UN-GGIM Expanded Bureau meeting.

dates: 19-21 November 2018 location: China additional: Deqing, Zhejiang Province www: http://ggim.un.org/meetings/2018-1st_Congress_Deqing/

Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the custodian agencies of the Communities of Ocean Action and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean (tbc), will host an Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean.

The event will bring together member States, UN agencies, civil society, businesses and other ocean stakeholders to follow up on voluntary commitments for implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), build partnerships and engage in concerted regional action for a healthy ocean.

date: 20 November 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: https://www.unescap.org/events/asia-pacific-day-ocean

2018 European Forum on DRR

Representatives of the European countries, stakeholder groups and partners will gather in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 November 2018, for the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). This year’s EFDRR will build on the outcomes of the 2017 EFDRR held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 Global Platform for DRR held in Cancun, Mexico, and aim to address key issues that can accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in coherence with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and move forward on local level resilience, economic risks and reaching the Sendai Framework 2020 priority targets.

dates: 21-23 November 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2018/efdrr

UNEP FI Global Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will hold its biennial Global Roundtable to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system. UNEP FI is organizing its flagship event alongside the fourth Climate Finance Day, convened by Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the event will address, inter alia: the financial sector’s readiness to align capital allocations to science-based targets; advancing environmental risk management; SDG financing gap; and the Insurance Development Goals for Cities. The Roundtable will also feature the launch of the Banking Principles for Public Consultation, which seek to define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change to help shape a sustainable future.  

dates: 26-28 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/roundtables/paris2018/
http://www.unepfi.org/grt2018/agenda/

Climate Finance Day

Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE on green and sustainable finance, will convene its fourth Climate Finance Day on 26 November 2018, to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system for the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change. The flagship event will take place alongside the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable, meeting from 26-28 November, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

date: 26 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.climatefinanceday.com/

6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

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

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

Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum 2018

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

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

Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

At its fourth meeting, the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation will review its draft report on the geopolitical implications of the expected energy transformation and the large scale deployment of renewable energies.

Launched by the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in January 2018, the Commission is composed of senior and experienced individuals drawn from a range of geographical and professional backgrounds. Its mandate is to: review how energy transformation may change national and global politics; develop a knowledge framework on the geopolitical challenges and opportunities associated with energy transformation; develop conclusions for further discussion; and develop an action framework laying out how countries can thrive in the new energy economy under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. A summary of the first meeting is here.

The Commission is expected to publish its final report in January 2019 during the IRENA Assembly.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates contact: Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation e-mail: geopolitics@irena.org www: http://geopoliticsofrenewables.org/

World Forum on Urban Forests

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

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

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

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

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

December 2018

Global Education Meeting

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

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

World Soil Day 2018

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

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

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

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

The Conference will include eight consecutive plenary meetings and two dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings. The dialogues will be interactive and multi-stakeholder, and will seek to “exemplify ways and means to support the implementation of the Global Compact.” The topics will be: ‘Promoting action on the commitments of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; and ‘Partnerships and innovative initiatives for the way forward’.

In the modalities resolution on the preparatory process, agreed in April 2017, UN Member States anticipated that the intergovernmental conference would take place at UN Headquarters in New York immediately prior to the opening of the general debate of UNGA 73, in September 2018, “unless otherwise agreed”. In October 2017, Italy and Morocco expressed interest in hosting the Conference in their countries. The offers were discussed in informal consultations, and the agreed draft resolution specifies that Morocco will host the meeting from 10-11 December 2018.

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

dates: 10-11 December 2018 location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco contact: Office of the UNGA President and Office of the Special Representative for International Migration e-mail: gcmigration@un.org www: http://www.un.org/en/conf/migration/
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/intergovernmental-negotiation...

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 Symposium on Understanding the Double Burden of Malnutrition for Effective Interventions

The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) is characterized by the coexistence of undernutrition (stunting, wasting, vitamin and mineral deficiency) along with overweight, obesity or diet-related NCDs, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life-course. The developmental and economic impacts of this double burden are serious and lasting, with low and middle income countries bearing the greatest burden. The DBM is united by shared drivers and solutions and therefore calls for integrated nutrition action. The objective of this meeting is to provide a forum for estimating and further exploring the magnitude of the DBM, sharing evidence on biological pathways through which early nutrition influences overweight, obesity and NCDs, identifying knowledge gaps and research needs, reviewing efforts that have been undertaken so far to create nutrition enabling environments and discussing considerations for the design and contextualisation of relevant double-duty actions and policies. Finally, the symposium will identify considerations for policies and action plans to support Member States in achieving their defined nutrition commitments within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and SDG 2.

dates: 10-13 December 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.iaea.org/events/understanding-the-double-burden-...

International Mountain Day 2018

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

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

Mountains 2018

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

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

January 2019

Third Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference

The Third Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will focus on the theme, 'Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies'.

The event will bring together approximately 500 innovators and leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development organizations, media and the general public to advance the debate on how to simultaneously reduce poverty, create jobs, protect the environment and advance the economy. The meeting's agenda will include keynote conversations, parallel sessions, high level panel sessions, and exhibitions addressing the following themes: how to unlock green finance; strategies and policies for green economy; economic and social inclusion; and sustainable consumption and production/circular economy.

The PAGE Ministerial Conference is co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the PAGE partners, including UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), International Labor Organization (ILO); UN Development Programme (UNDP); UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the first and second PAGE Ministerial Conferences.

dates: 10-11 January 2019 venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa contact: PAGE Secretariat e-mail: page@un.org www: https://page2019.itcilo.org/
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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

OECPR 4

The Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) prepares for the Environment Assembly during a period of five days to “review the Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work and budget of the UN Environment Programme, in a manner coherent with the budgetary cycle of the United Nations, to be endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives and for the governing body’s approval, and to oversee their implementation and accountability by the Secretariat” pursuant of paragraph 11 of GC Decision 27/2. In March 2019, the OECPR will convene back-to-back with the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment (UNEA-4).

dates: 4-8 March 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://web.unep.org/about/cpr/meetings/overview
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50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 50th session from 5-8 March 2019. 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. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 49th session is here.

dates: 5-8 March 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Statistics Division www: https://unstats.un.org/home/

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

International Day of Forests 2019

In 2019, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, ‘Forests and Education.’ It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

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 (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the Day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

date: 21 March 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/timber/meetings/2018/2018...

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

49th Session of the IPCC

The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) is expected to convene from 14-18 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

dates: 14-18 May 2019 [tentative] location: Kyoto, Japan [tentative] www: http://www.ipcc.ch/scripts/_calendar_template.php?wg=8

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. In additional to the annual July session under ECOSOC auspices, HLPF will also convene for two days in September 2019, under UN General Assembly auspices. Only one outcome document will result from the two sessions.

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.

Forty-two countries will conduct Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) for HLPF 2019. The following countries will conduct VNRs for the first time in 2019: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania, and Vanuatu.

Azerbaijan, Chile, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines and Sierra Leone will conduct VNRs for the second time.

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. A final summary of HLPF 2018 is here.

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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. The HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices will take place from 24-25 September.

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. To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on preparations for this and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

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

UN 2019 Climate Summit

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will convene a summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels to advance climate action that will enable implementation of many of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN 2019 Climate Summit will convene on the theme ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and seek to challenge states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens to step up action in six areas: energy transition, climate finance and carbon pricing, industry transition, nature-based solutions, cities and local action, and resilience.

The Summit will build on the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, among others.

We will update this page as more information becomes available, including the dates for the event.

date: 17 September 2019 [tentative] location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml

High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development

The UN General Assembly will hold a high-level dialogue on financing for development (FfD) on 23 September 2019, one day prior to the meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under UNGA auspices.

The FfD meeting is mandated in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (para 132), which calls for it to convene back-to-back with the HLPF’s UNGA-level meeting every four years.

This meeting will also take place at the beginning of the UNGA session. The 74th session of the UNGA (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 30 September 2019.

date: 23 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: UN Financing for Development Office, DESA www: https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under UNGA Auspices

The UN General Assembly will hold a meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) at the level of Heads and State and Government, from 24-25 September 2019.

HLPF meetings under UNGA auspices take place every four years, and take place at the beginning of the UNGA session. The 74th session of the UNGA (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 30 September 2019.

According to Decision A/72/L.66, the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices will convene from 3:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, 24 September, and from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

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dates: 24-25 September 2019 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/A/72/L.66

High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

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

date: 27 September 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://undocs.org/A/C.2/72/L.48
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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

Eighth Session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The eighth session of the Governing Body to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will take place from 11-16 November 2019. The Session will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other related events. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3 November 2001. The Treaty aims to: recognize the contribution of farmers to the diversity of crops that feed the world; establish a global system to provide farmers, plant breeders and scientists with access to plant genetic materials; and ensure that recipients share benefits they derive from the use of these genetic materials with the countries where they have been originated. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of GB 7 is here.

dates: 11-16 November 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/meetings/meetings-detail/en/...

June 2020

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

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

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

September 2020

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

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

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

October 2020

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

November 2020

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

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

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA

February 2021

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

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

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

September 2021

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

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

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

September 2022

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

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

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

September 2023

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

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

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

September 2024

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

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

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

September 2025

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

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

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

September 2026

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

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

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

September 2027

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

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

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

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