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October 2019

Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

The seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF?7), co-organized by Urbanice Malaysia, the Government of Malaysia and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), provides a platform to discuss and analyze the status of implementation of, as well as challenges and opportunities associated with, the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

APUF-7 will launch ‘The Future of Asia-Pacific Cities Report 2019’ in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the EU, The Rockefeller Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities. Based on the report’s focus, APUF-7 will address four main thematic tracks: (1) the future of urban and territorial planning; (2) dynamic governance and capacity development; (3) financing innovation in urban infrastructure investments; and (4) new data and technologies for smart cities.

SDG Knowledge Hub summary of APUF-6 is here.

dates: 15-17 October 2019 location: Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia www: https://www.unescap.org/events/apuf7

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) raises awareness and promotes actions to address the human health effects of lead exposure, especially for children. During the Week, governments, academia, industry and civil society advance efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning, and specifically laws to eliminate lead in paint.

The 2019 ILPPW aims to:

  • Raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning;
  • Highlight countries and partners’ efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning; and
  • Urge further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at country level.

By eliminating lead paint, countries contribute to the achievement of SDG target 3.9 (By 2030 substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination) and SDG target 12.4 (By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment).

The Week is organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paint.

dates: 20-26 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/ipcs/lead_campaign/objectives/en/
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10th Meeting of the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)

The UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will hold its tenth meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 21-24 October 2019, hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The meeting will have a particular focus on preparations for the 2020 Comprehensive Review, including to review the proposals for revising, replacing, adding and deleting global indicators from the SDG framework. The full provisional agenda is here.

The first day will be open to IAEG members only, followed by a three-day plenary session to which all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited.

The IAEGs is currently chaired by the lead statistical officials from Sweden and Tanzania.

dates: 21-24 October 2019 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-10/

Venice City Solutions 2019

The ‘Venice Solutions 2030’ event will address the theme, ‘Creating Citizenship: The SDGs as an Opportunity for All’.

Second in the annual ‘Venice City Solutions’ series, the event will discuss issues that are key to SDG implementation at local level, with a specific focus on the role of local governments as key implementers of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event is co-organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and L’Associazione italiana per il Consiglio dei Comuni e delle Regioni d’Europa, with financial support from the EU and partners.

The 2018 edition brought together more than 140 participants from 36 countries to discuss the need to finance the SDGs at local level.

dates: 24-26 October 2019 location: Venice, Veneto, Italy www: https://www.uclg.org/en/media/events/venice-city-solutions-2...

OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2019

The annual Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Green Finance and Investment brings together leading actors across the green finance community to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emission and climate-resilient global economy. The Forum aims to contribute to the achievement of international climate goals and a broader set of environmental objectives linked to the SDGs.

The event is convened by the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

First Annual Urban Economy Forum

As part of celebrations marking World Cities Day 2019, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), International City Leaders (ICL) and the Urban Economy Forum Association will host the first Annual Urban Economy Forum in Toronto, Canada. The Forum will facilitate dialogue between cities, financial institutions and the private sector on ways to create sustainable development markets by enhancing the efficiency of urban economy.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada www: https://new.unhabitat.org/toronto-will-host-the-first-annual...

High Mountain Summit

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will convene a High Mountain Summit to foster high-level dialogue and engage decision makers and local actors to develop a roadmap to science-based, user-driven knowledge and information systems supporting sustainable development and risk reduction in mountain and downstream regions.

dates: 29-31 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://highmountainsummit.wmo.int/en

Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will convene a regional conference on the theme, ‘Restoring Africa’s Landscapes: Catalyzing Action from Above and Below’. The conference aims to:

  • Consult with countries and key stakeholders on progress towards achieving the Bonn Challenge, New York Declaration on Forests and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) restoration goals;
  • Feature successful community-led restoration initiatives along with policies, incentives and partnerships contributing to their success;
  • Consider forest landscape restoration (FLR) initiatives successfully linking ecology, the rights of men, women and youth and community land management practices that provide insights on forestry, agroforestory and agricultural initiatives that generate strong social and ecological co-benefits;
  • Showcase effective approaches to promoting tenure security, improving market incentives and access to supply chains for sustainably produced cocoa, coffee, shea and other products, and delivering technical assistance and access to markets and finance; and
  • Coordinate and increase international, national and private support for FLR.

dates: 29-30 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/docs/news/Aout%202019/GLF-Accra-Concept...

World Cities Day 2019

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

date: 31 October 2019 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

November 2019

18th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 18th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The General Conference is UNIDO’s supreme policy making organ where all member States meet once every two years. It determines the guiding principles and policies of the Organization, and approves the budget and work programme of UNIDO. Every four years, the GC appoints the Director-General.

dates: 3-7 November 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.unido.org/resources/policymaking-organs/general-...

Communities of Ocean Action Meeting

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in their capacity as co-focal points for the Community of Ocean Action (COA) on Marine and Coastal Ecosys..., are organizing an in-person meeting of relevant COAs. The meeting will take place back-to-back with a consultation, convening from 6-8 November 2019, on the post-2020 biodiversity framework with a focus on marine and coastal biodiversity.

The COA meeting and the biodiversity consultation are part of the 2020 Ocean Pathways Meeting, taking place in Montreal, Canada, from 4-8 November 2019.

More information on the COAs is available here.

date: 3 November 2019 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019.

The meeting will be preceded by two associated meetings: the 63rd meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol and the meeting of the Bureau of the Thirtieth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol.

The 41st meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 41), which convened in July 2019, laid the groundwork for decisions to be taken at MOP 31.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/mop/mop-31/SitePag...

Fifth European Forest Week and Forêt2019 – Joint Session of EFC and COFFI

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will organize Forêt2019 – a joint session of the 40th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 77th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Forêt2019, the 5th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe under the theme, ‘Forests and the Circular Economy’.

dates: 4-7 November 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/
http://www.unece.org/forests/forestsmeetings/timber-committe...

2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana will convene the 2nd Latin America Urban Forestry Meeting at the Pontifical University Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting seeks to stimulate exchange among international, regional and local stakeholders interested in the decision-making processes, best practices, lessons learned and opportunities for the proper design, establishment, maintenance and restoration of urban forests and green spaces in the region.

dates: 5-8 November 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/en/
https://cosmosjaveriana.wixsite.com/cosmos/events/2-foro-lat...

European Business and Nature Summit

The European Business and Nature Summit, a two-day conference on business, biodiversity and natural capital, will bring together key representatives from businesses, governments and civil society in the EU to facilitate more decisive global action to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore healthy ecosystems.

The Summit will contribute to: implementation of the Action Agenda for Nature and People, launched at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in support of biodiversity and the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework; shaping the New Deal for Nature and People; and catalyzing voluntary actions in favor of biodiversity from the business sector.

The Summit is organized by the European Commission, the European Business and Biodiversity Platform, Ecoacsa, Fundación Empresa y Clima and Fundación Biodiversidad from Ministry for Ecological Transition, through the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IEEB).

dates: 7-8 November 2019 location: Madrid, Spain www: https://naturalcapitalsummiten.wordpress.com/european-busine...

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/...

Paris Peace Forum

The second annual Paris Peace Forum will bring together States, international organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens who seek to develop multilateral solutions for today’s challenges. The Forum focuses on identifying governance solutions under six major themes: Peace and Security; Development; Environment; New Technologies; Inclusive Economy; and Culture and Education.

The 2019 Forum will feature, inter alia, debate sessions on the flagship themes of the 2019 selected projects:

  • Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • Protection of Biodiversity;
  • The Role of Cultural Industries in Development;
  • Rethinking Drug Policy Worldwide;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Private Sector and the SDGs; and
  • Humanitarian Law Enforcement.

The Forum is organized in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the EU, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), among other international and local organizations.

The Forum’s second edition follows the first Paris Peace Forum, which took place in November 2018. Read the SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the inaugural Forum here.

dates: 11-13 November 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://parispeaceforum.org/

Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

The Seventeenth regular session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) aims to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa and ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner. AMCEN also supports the realization of social and economic development, including agricultural activities and practices that meet the food security needs of the region.

The seventeenth meeting will be held under the theme, 'Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa.'

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary will attend to present on the post-2020 process and road to the 15th meeting of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP 15 or 202....

dates: 11-15 November 2019 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa www: https://www.unenvironment.org/regions/africa/african-ministe...

22nd Session of the FAO African Forestry and Wildlife Commission

The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission is one of the six Regional Forestry Commissions established by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. This meeting is scheduled to take place in October 2019.

dates: 18-22 November 2019 location: South Africa additional: Skukuza Mpumalanga www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/91673/en/

World Toilet Day 2019

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 2019 will be ‘Leaving No One Behind’. This is also the theme for World Water Day 2019.

date: 19 November 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2019)

The third edition of the Conference on Land Policy in Africa will convene under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption in the Land Sector: Sustainable Pathway for Africa’s Transformation’. This theme supports the designation by the African Union of 2018 as the Anti-Corruption Year under the theme, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.

Organized by the African Land Policy Centre, a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the conference will seek to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. It follows the second CLPA, which was held in November 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 25-29 November 2019 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire www: https://www.uneca.org/clpa2019

Soil and the SDGs: Challenges and Need for Action

Organized by the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission, the event will bring together policymakers, researchers, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders active in the protection of land and soil to discuss the challenges of soil and land degradation in the EU and the urgent need for action to implement the SDGs.

date: 25 November 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: http://www.inspiration-h2020.eu/actualites/soil-and-sdgs-cha...

GLF Luxembourg 2019

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Luxembourg 2019 will be hosted by the GLF and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The three-day event will explore advances in sustainable finance, asset management industry breakthroughs in sustainable investment, and the evolving role of capital markets in a low-carbon future.

dates: 28-30 November 2019 venue: European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL) location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg www: https://worldagroforestry.org/event/glf-luxembourg-2019

December 2019

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 24th session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 1-5 December 2019 location: Sudan www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/46199/en/

World Soil Day 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, endorsed World Soil Day, and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th session of the UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

World Soil Day 2019 will be held under the theme, ‘Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future’!

date: 5 December 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/...

Comprehensive High-level Midterm Review of Implementation of Vienna Programme of Action

The Vienna Programme of Action addresses the needs of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and covers the decade 2014-2024. The comprehensive high-level midterm review will culminate in a meeting from 5-6 December 2019.

Co-facilitators Doma Tshering, Permanent Representative of Bhutan, and Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria, led negotiations on the political declaration to be adopted at the high-level review meeting, which was agreed informally on 1 August 2019.

The high-level midterm review is referred to in UNGA resolution 72/232 on the follow-up to the second UN Conference on LLDCs. Per the resolution, the UNGA decides to convene a comprehensive high-level midterm review no later than December 2019, as called for in paragraph 78 of the VPoA. It also calls on the review to enable the sharing of best practices and lessons learned, and identify obstacles and constraints encountered, actions and initiatives needed to overcome them, and new challenges and emerging issues.

Preparations for the review, coordinated by OHRLLS, include:

  • national reviews from March to December 2018,
  • regional review meetings in February, March and July 2019, and
  • pre-conference thematic events from May 2018 through late 2019.

dates: 5-6 December 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: OHRLLS www: http://unohrlls.org/midterm-review-vienna-programme-action-l...
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February 2020

Preparatory Meeting for the 2020 UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

The UN Secretary-General requested the President of the General Assembly to appoint two co-facilitators, one from a developing country and one from a developed country, to oversee the preparatory process of the 2020 UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustaina...; and to conclude the intergovernmental consultations on the declaration by May 2020.

The UN Secretary-General also requested the President of the General Assembly to convene a two-day preparatory meeting, in February 2020, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to be chaired by the two co-facilitators, with a view to considering the themes for the interactive dialogues and elements for the declaration, in particular the call for a brief, concise, action-oriented and intergovernmentally agreed declaration.

date: 1 February 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/A/73/L.82

Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed.

WUF10 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies.

Organized jointly with the Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, along with partners including the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and General Secretariat of the Executive Council, WUF10 will provide an opportunity to increase local and regional knowledge on sustainable urbanization issues, learn from global lessons and increase cooperation with stakeholders on a global scale.

WUF10 will address key action areas, including:

  • Innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable cities;
  • Innovative urban solutions in housing, mobility, planning and governance;
  • Technology and data as enablers for sustainable cities;
  • Building human and social capital to build a sustainable urban future, with a special focus on youth and women;
  • Empowering cities as open investment platforms to harness an enabling business and regulatory environments; and
  • The impact of migration on cities.

The conference will contribute to sustainable urban development and implementation of global commitments such as the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

dates: 8-13 February 2020 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://unhabitat.org/wuf10/

March 2020

CSW64 / Beijing+25

The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 64) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York in March 2020.

CSW 64 takes place twenty-five years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, which met in Beijing, China, and adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). It also takes place five years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The main focus of the session will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly (which conducted a five year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action). The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

dates: 9-20 March 2020 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw64-2020

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 March 2020.

The Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will bring together international experts with the aim of reviewing the status of knowledge on soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity, and the contributions of soil organisms to the SDGs.

dates: 10-12 March 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

May 2020

52nd Session of the IPCC

The 52nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 52) will convene from 5-9 May 2020.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. In addition to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), during this cycle, the Panel will have produced 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) released in October 2018; the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) issued in August 2019; and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) due for release in September 2019.

dates: 5-9 May 2020 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will convene the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from government, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport objectives.

The event will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to pave a way forward for sustainable transport to help reach the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDGs that are directly connected to sustainable transport through targets and indicators, such as SDG 3 (good health and well-being), which includes a target addressing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (3.6), and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), which includes a target on providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and on expanding public transport (11.2).

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub story on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference here.

dates: 5-7 May 2020 location: Beijing, China www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/transport2020

Fifth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

The Fifth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene in New York, US, from 12-13 May 2020.

The Fourth STI Forum is summarized here.

dates: 12-13 May 2020 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/tfm

Sustainable Energy for All Forum 2020

Focusing on the theme, 'Building Speed, Reaching Scale, Closing the Gap,' the 2020 edition of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum will provide a global platform to mobilize resources, connect partners and showcase action to realize the promise of the sustainable energy revolution for everyone.

The event will bring together a diverse group of energy stakeholders to take stock of progress towards implementing SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and provide an opportunity to develop new partnerships, launch new financial instruments to close energy access gap, and connect with energy leaders from communities, cities, politics, business and finance.

The event will also seek to raise ambition under the next round of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 26-28 May 2020 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: SEforALL Secretariat e-mail: Forum@seforall.org www: http://seforallforum.org/forum-2020
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June 2020

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference) 2020

The 2020 High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (life below water) will convene in Lisbon, Portugal. The overarching theme of the Conference is, ‘Scaling Up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions’.

Co-hosted by the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, the Conference is expected to adopt an intergovernmental declaration on science-based and innovative areas of action, along with a list of voluntary commitments, to support SDG 14 implementation.

This meeting takes place three years after the first Ocean Conference. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the Ocean Conferences is here.

dates: 2-6 June 2020 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal www: https://oceanconference.un.org/

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020)

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020) will convene on the theme, ‘Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society’. The conference seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. By placing an emphasis on how the “Nexus Approach” to water, soil and waste in the context of a circular economy can help achieve the SDGs, DNC2020 will directly contribute to, among others, SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 13 (climate action).

The Dresden Nexus Conference, organized by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development, is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. It brings together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors to foster dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the SDGs.

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 took place in May 2017.

dates: 3-5 June 2020 location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany www: https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2020

The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) will convene from 4-5 June 2020. HCF 2020 is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

dates: 4-5 June 2020 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

World Environment Day 2020

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

The 2020 edition of World Environment Day is expected to provide an opportunity for driving the momentum and public awareness of nature as a key aspect in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 5 June 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/?xv=1&c=1

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

The 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) is expected to focus on the need for local and inclusive action to build community resilience in the face of growing disaster risks. It will bring together more than 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries, primarily from Asia Pacific – the most disaster-prone region in the world, with seven of the ten countries with the highest number of disaster-related deaths in 2018.

APMCDRR, organized by the Government of Australia, in partnership with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), is the ninth regional Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It is expected to produce a political declaration on DRR and an updated regional action plan.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the last ministerial conference, hosted by Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar in July 2018, is here.

dates: 23-26 June 2020 location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia www: https://www.unisdr.org/archive/64661

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

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

July 2020

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2020

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene the 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from Tuesday, 7 July, to Thursday, 16 July 2020. Following the first five-days, the HLPF's three-day ministerial segment takes place jointly with ECOSOC's high-level segment from Tuesday-Thursday, 14-16 July 2020. The ECOSOC high-level segment concludes on 17 July 2020.

As of 10 October 2019, there are 50 countries intending to participate in the VNRs in 2020. Additional countries had volunteered to present, but the ECOSOC Bureau agreed to give priority to first- and second-time presenters, and those that did not present in 2019.

By a letter from the ECOSOC President on 12 September 2019, the VNRs will begin on Monday, 13 July 2020 and proceed for the three days of the ministerial segment of HLPF (14-16 July 2020). In accordance with past practice, countries presenting a VNR for the first time will be allocated 30 minutes each in the programme; countries presenting a VNR for the second time will be allocated 20 minutes each in a panel format.

The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of preparations for the HLPF 2020 can be found here.

dates: 7-16 July 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2020/1

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

Leaders’ Biodiversity Summit

In resolution A/RES/73/234, adopted on 20 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided “to convene a summit on biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government, within existing resources,” ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) in 2020, “in order to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity”.

Taking place on the margins of the opening of the UNGA, the Summit will seek to provide political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

date: 21 September 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-026-meet...
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/73...

Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN

By a modalities resolution adopted by UN Member States on 14 June 2019, the UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, 21 September 2020 on the theme, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'. The text was agreed through intergovernmental consultations led by the Permanent Representatives of Singapore and Iceland.

Also related to the 75th anniversary commemoration, a Youth Plenary will be convened in conjunction with the 2020 ECOSOC Youth Forum and include a “youth-driven, global” dialogue on the theme of the commemoration event.

The resolution also says Member States will commemorate the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June 2020 and UN Day on 24 October 2020 through observance ceremonies in New York, in addition to marking the anniversary in September.

The President of the 74th UNGA is requested to appoint co-facilitators for intergovernmental negotiations on the declaration that will be adopted at the high-level meeting. The declaration should be agreed by June 2020.

date: 21 September 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US

UNGA High-level Meeting to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Beijing Women's Conference

On 22 May 2019, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to convene a high-level meeting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), which took place in Beijing, China in September 1995. UNGA resolution 73/249 calls for a one-day meeting on the margins of the general debate of the 75th UNGA session, which will convene in September 2020.

By the text, UN Member States recommend that the UNGA President conduct consultations to finalize the organizational arrangements for the meeting. The Permanent Representative of New Zealand, Craig John Hawke, and the Permanent Representative of Qatar, Sheikha Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, were appointed to conduct consultations on arrangements for the meeting.

In 1995, by the report of the Fourth World Conference on Women, governments adopted a 38-paragraph declaration and the 129-page Beijing Platform for Action. The Platform identifies 12 "critical areas of concern": poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, economy, power and decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, and the girl child.

The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has conducted periodic reviews of the Platform's implementation, in 2000, 2005 and 2010, and will hold a 25-year review and appraisal in March 2020.

date: 23 September 2020 [tentative] location: New York City, US contact: UNGA President's Office www: https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/ga12146.doc.htm

October 2020

Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world..

The functions of the ICCM are to: receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

dates: 5-9 October 2020 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

53rd Session of the IPCC

The 53rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 53) will convene from 6-10 October 2020.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. In addition to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), during this cycle, the Panel will have produced 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) released in October 2018; the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) issued in August 2019; and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) due for release in September 2019.

dates: 6-10 October 2020 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

Third UN World Data Forum

The third UN World Data Forum will take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland.

Based on a recommendation in the report titled, 'A World That Counts,' which was presented in November 2014 by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the UN Statistical Commission agreed that a UN World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data (UN World Data Forum) would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as information technology, geospatial information managers, data scientists, and users, as well as civil society stakeholders.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here; the summary of the second Forum is here.

dates: 18-21 October 2020 location: Bern, Switzerland contact: UN Statistics Division, DESA www: https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/en/home/news/whats-new.assetdet...

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 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 23-27 November 2020, at a location to be decided.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 23-27 November 2020 location: TBA www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings

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: 22-26 February 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

March 2021

CGRFA 18

The 18th session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 18) 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.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CGRFA 17 is here.

dates: 1-5 March 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/en/

May 2021

Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10

The 15th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2021.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 chemicals triple-COP is here.

dates: 17-28 May 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.brsmeas.org/

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

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

On 28 November 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade at UNGA 77 in 2023.

The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development,’ will take place from 22-24 March 2023, in New York, US, to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028.

dates: 22-24 March 2023 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwater.org/midterm-review-of-the-water-action-de...
https://undocs.org/A/C.2/73/L.24/Rev.1

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