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Trade and Investment

July 2017

Fourth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The fourth thematic session will convene from 24-25 July 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will address, 'Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits'.

dates: 24-25 July 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

September 2017

Ninth BRICS Summit

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will gather for the ninth BRICS summit. China intends to use the meeting in order to review successes in BRICS cooperation, plan a vision for future development, specify the direction of the BRICS mechanism, and expand cooperation, including with emerging markets and developing countries to forge a "platform for South-South cooperation with international influence."

dates: 3-5 September 2017 location: Xiamen, Fujian, China www: https://brics2017.org/English/China2017/BRICSCalendar/

4th International Conference on Research for Development

The Fourth International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2017) will address the theme, 'Evidence.Engagement.Policies,' focusing on four questions: How can we ensure that health, food systems, and sustainable agricultural systems mutually reinforce one another to better support people’s livelihoods and well-being; How can we deal with environmental sustainability while achieving economic development; How can we promote inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies; and How can we ensure that partnerships are transformative. ICRD 2017 will be co-hosted by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme, www.r4d.ch) – a joint funding initiative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – and by the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE, www.cde.unibe.ch). The conference seeks contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Conference contributions should facilitate knowledge stewardship in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and should improve our understanding of how evidence can support policies for sustainable development. Researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are jointly called upon to share sound and timely knowledge from their fields of expertise, and to engage in discussing synergies and trade-offs with other SDGs linked to their topics. Leading researchers, policymakers, and societal partners are invited to propose sessions that reflect the conference themes by 24 January 2017.  

dates: 5-8 September 2017   location: Bern, Switzerland   e-mail: icrd@cde.unibe.ch   www: https://www.icrd.ch/  

4th Water Research Conference

The 4th Water Research Conference is being organized by Elsevier in association with the International Water Association and The Water Institute – University of Waterloo. The conference will convene under the theme, 'The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy,' and will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC). The conference will address the technological, economic, social and governance dimensions underlying technology adoption and behavioral change towards the Blue Economy, with a focus on urban and rural water systems. It will highlight, discuss and advance thinking and research to support the transition towards a Blue Economy, in particular the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.  

dates: 10-13 September 2017   venue: Crowne Plaza Kitchener, 105 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8, Canada   location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada   www: http://www.waterresearchconference.com/

IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will hold its 125th Anniversary Congress to celebrate its accomplishments and establish a dialogue on the future of forestry and forest research. The Anniversary Congress will provide a platform for the exchange of scientific knowledge and a dialogue across the full range of forest-related topics and scientific disciplines. Discussions will focus on globally pressing topics such as how to enhance the contribution forest research will need to make towards mitigating climate change, conserving biodiversity, providing water, creating income and employment, and improving the quality of life. Issues such as how changes and disruptions in society and technologies are likely to impact on forests and people in the future will also be addressed.  

dates: 18-22 September 2017   venue: Concert Hall, Freiburg, Germany, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, 79098 Freiburg, Germany   location: Friedberg, Hessen, Germany   www: http://iufro2017.com/welcome-messages/  

UN Private Sector Forum 2017

The United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017, organized by the UN Global Compact, will focus on the theme of 'Financing the 2030 Agenda'. The organizers note that achieving the SDGs requires unlocking new forms of financing at an unprecedented scale, and ensuring the UN and its partners "make a strategic pivot" to facilitating financial innovation, catalyzing responsible business growth, and increasing private and public investment in the Goals. The annual Forum aims to bring the voice of business to intergovernmental debates, and to enable CEOs, heads of state and government, and UN and civil society leaders to explore partnerships to address challenges that no single organization or sector can take on alone.

date: 18 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1051-unit...

Arctic Energy Summit 2017

The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share best practices as they relate to a range of Arctic energy issues. It builds on the Sustainable Development Working Group’s legacy efforts to address energy as a fundamental element of the sustainable development of the Arctic, and occurs during Finland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2017-2019). The three-day Summit will focus on: oil and gas; geothermal, solar, wind, hydro and tidal energy; utilities; microgrids; energy policy and regulation; community impacts; energy finance and investment; climate change; and energy security. The Summit will be hosted by Alaska’s Institute of the North, in collaboration with the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

dates: 18-20 September 2017 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: http://arcticenergysummit.com/

Promoting and Financing Energy Efficiency in Ireland and the United Kingdom

This event is organized in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the UN Environment Finance Initiative, in the frame of the Sustainable Energy Investment Forums contract, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU. It aims to engage policymakers and stakeholders in an informed discussion on ways to upscale energy efficiency investments. This includes sharing best practice on how to reach out to and engage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in thinking about energy efficiency investments and presentation of the opportunities for unlocking the potential for energy efficiency investments in Ireland and the UK. The conference will feature plenary sessions as well as smaller interactive sessions in order to enable more detailed discussions.

date: 28 September 2017 location: Dublin, Ireland e-mail: paola.baldomero@un.org www: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/events/promoting-and-financin...

October 2017

Sixth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

The first phase of the preparatory process for the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will include a series of six informal thematic sessions, organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) President. The sixth thematic session will convene from 2-3 October 2017, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and will address, 'Irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualifications and other relevant measures'.

dates: 2-3 October 2017 venue: UN Office location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08...

Fourth European Forest Week and Joint Session of FAO/UNECE

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold a Joint Session of the 39th European Forestry Commission and the 74th UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry. 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. The fourth European Forest Week will be celebrated in conjunction.  

dates: 9-13 October 2017 location: Warsaw, Poland www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/efc/72568/en/

30th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

This meeting will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.The Fund is supervised and managed by the Adaptation Fund Board, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as trustee of the Adaptation Fund on an interim basis.  

dates: 10-13 October 2017   venue: UN Campus   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany   contact: Adaptation Fund Board Secretariat   phone: +1.202.458.7347   fax: +1.202.522.3240   www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/30th-adaptation-fund-...  

Third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

The third International Workshop on the Socioeconomic Impacts of Ocean Acidification will take place on the theme 'Bridging the gap between ocean acidification and economic valuation'. The workshop is organized by the Scientific Centre of Monaco and the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  

dates: 15-17 October 2017   location: Monaco   contact: IAEA   www: https://www.iaea.org/nael/page.php?page=2258

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.

dates: 16-20 October 2017 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: IGF Secretariat e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org www: http://igfmining.org/

November 2017

31st ASEAN Summit

The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 31st Summit will take place alongside related meetings and a special celebration of "ASEAN@50" with the Leaders. The ten members of ASEAN are: Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Viet Nam.  

dates: 10-14 November 2017   location: Philippines   additional: Clark   www: http://www.asean2017.ph/event/31st-asean-summit-and-related-...  

Fifth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will focus on the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure—understood to include water supply and sanitation, flood protection, roads and transport, energy and telecommunications—has major implications for a variety of development outcomes, at the household level (health, education and social mobility), at the firm level (productivity, industrial development), and at the global level (climate change, energy, forests, biodiversity, pollution). Ensuring affordable and reliable access remains a major challenge in developing countries, but one that is further complicated by both a changing climate and changing climate policies. The balancing act across the three dimensions of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – is increasingly central to the infrastructure challenge, even as the world appears to have made little progress in solving the infrastructure finance gap. The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be hosted by the World Bank and will seek to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant. This conference aims at taking stock of recent advances and research challenges. To do so, the event will seek to gather the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 venue: World Bank location: Washington D.C., US contact: World Bank e-mail: sustainableinfra@worldbank.org www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/fifth-green-growth...

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

December 2017

Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed that the organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will take place from 10-13 December in Argentina. The event will be chaired by Argentina's Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra. The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2015.

dates: 10-13 December 2017 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc11_e/mc11_e....

Climate Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that, two years after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, he will convene a summit to take further action on climate, notably on the financial front. Macron indicated that the Summit would aim to mobilize private and public financing for the projects committed to under the Paris Agreement.

date: 12 December 2017 location: TBA www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-20 December 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-bonn/

February 2018

First Global Conference of Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax

The Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax plans to hold its first global conference on the theme of 'Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The conference aims to take forward the global dialogue on the role of tax in achieving the SDGs, and seek country insights on relevant challenges and opportunities. Thematic areas tentatively include: Domestic resource mobilization and the State; Role of tax in supporting sustainable economic growth, investment and trade; Tax and the social dimension: addressing poverty, inequality and health; Tax capacity development; and Tax cooperation and the SDGs. The concept note and agenda are under consideration. The Platform is a joint initiative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN and the World Bank Group, aiming to facilitate cooperation among the organizations.

dates: 14-16 February 2018 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/platform-for-tax-collab...

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...