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December 2018

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/...

Agriculture and Aid for Trade: Opportunities for Aligning Policies and Programmes

This webinar is organized by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. RSVP to participate by emailing romy.sato (@) donorplatform.org.

Agriculture and Aid for Trade (AfT) are two key areas of development cooperation that share many synergies, but are still falling short of coordination. This gap is even larger if we compare agriculture and trade per se. The Donor Platform’s work stream on Inclusive Agribusiness & Trade has been committed to address these gaps and increase the dialogue between the trade/AfT and agriculture departments of donor agencies, resulting in the inclusion of trade issues into agriculture and rural development (ARD) programming and vice-versa.

The Donor Platform commissioned a study (in press) that looks into areas and opportunities to enhance alignment and cooperation between the ARD and Aid for Trade (donor) communities. The study was based on consultations with different informants from donor agencies and knowledge institutes, as well as review of documents. It aims to set the stage for practical, evidence-based exchanges about how to deal with the challenges of implementing policy coherence and complementarity between these two communities. And it provides examples of where alignment is already taking place, such as in the project Alliances for Action (by the International Trade Centre), FAO's Aid for Trade Africa programme, or the COMESA Regional Agricultural Investment Plan.

This webinar will share the results of this study and invite participants to share their own experiences in this field. The Platform would like to test the ideas of using ARD-AfT dialogues in specific development contexts (e.g. in specific countries) and exploring collaboration in specific development "chantiers", such as infrastructure development, productive capacity building, value chain organization, financial innovation and others.

date: 13 December 2018 time: 10:00 AM CET location: virtual www: https://www.donorplatform.org/inclusive-agribusiness-and-tra...

55th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 55th meeting of the GEF Council will take place form 17-20 December 2018.

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 17-20 December 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

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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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters convenes world leaders to discuss the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The World Economic Forum’s mission is to improve the state of the world, which has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

dates: 22-25 January 2019 location: Switzerland additional: Davos-Klosters www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...

March 2019

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2019, hosted by Climate Action in partnership with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will focus on the theme, ‘Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future’.

The Forum will bring together over 300 investment professionals looking to drive the move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy by scaling up low-carbon investment, and help the EU scale up its international climate finance contribution towards the goal of industrialized countries mobilizing US$100 billion per year by 2020.

date: 12 March 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

Africa Climate Week 2019

Africa Climate Week (ACW) 2019 will convene in the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019, bringing together diverse actors from the public and private sectors. Participants will focus on how engagement between Parties and non-Party stakeholders can be further strengthened in key sectors for Africa, including energy, agriculture and human settlements. The event will also showcase the role of future carbon markets to enhance climate action towards the goal of sustainable development, and seek to facilitate implementation of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and SDG 13 (climate action), among other Goals.

ACW is organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

dates: 18-22 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://unfccc.int/news/2019-dates-announced-for-africa-clim...
https://nfpartnership.org/

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

UNECE member States and key stakeholders will gather for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... to discuss implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting aims to contribute a regional angle to the theme of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'.

Stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector will share their experiences and discuss concrete solutions on how to meet the SDGs that will be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF, namely Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the RFSD in 2018 is here.

dates: 21-22 March 2019 venue: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/general-unece/2018/une...
http://www.unece.org/sustainable-development/rfsd2019.html

Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC

The Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will convene in Chengdu, China, from 28-31 March 2019.

dates: 28-31 March 2019 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China www: https://events.iadb.org/calendar/event/17663?lang=en

April 2019

2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

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dates: 12-14 April 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

May 2019

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...

CITES CoP18

The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 23 May to 3 June 2019.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP17 is here.

dates: 23 May - 3 June 2019 location: Colombo, Sri Lanka www: https://cites.org/eng/cop/index.php
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June 2019

World Circular Economy Forum 2019 (WCEF2019)

The third World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019) will convene in Helsinki, Finland.

The World Circular Economy Forum is a global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together business leaders, policymakers and experts to discuss how businesses can seize new opportunities and gain a competitive advantage through circular economy solutions, as well as how the circular economy contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 3-5 June 2019 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland contact: The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/world-circular-economy-foru...

56th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 56th meeting of the GEF Council is tentatively scheduled to take place from 10-13 June 2019. The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 10-13 June 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

Ninth Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS

The ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will convene in Rome, Italy, from 17-21 June 2019.

The Working Group will continue its deliberations on the revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and other issues within its mandate.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://enb.iisd.org/vol09/enb09711e.html

July 2019

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). According to decision E/2019/L.1 of 19 October 2018, the session will take place from Tuesday, 9 July, to Monday, 15 July 2019, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting convening from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, held jointly with ECOSOC's annual high-level segment.

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.

Fifty-one 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, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania and Vanuatu.

In addition, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Turkey will conduct VNRs for the second time.

Among other items, 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.

To receive all SDG Knowledge Hub updates on preparations for HLPF 2019 and other SDG-related events, sign up for our SDG Update newsletter.

dates: 9-18 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf
https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1

September 2019

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.

This Climate Summit will take place in parallel to the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). These events events on 23 September are taking place the day before the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens.

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

date: 23 September 2019 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 26 September 2019, the day after the meeting of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under UNGA auspices. This date has been updated from 23 September, per a letter circulated by the UNGA President on 27 November.

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: 26 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
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December 2019

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 9-12 December 2019. The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 9-12 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings