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December 2019

UNFCCC COP 25 [rescheduled]

As announced by the UNFCCC Secretariat on 1 November 2019, the COP Bureau agreed that COP 25 will take place from 2-13 December, in Madrid, Spain.

The original hosting agreement for COP 25 with Chile was cancelled on 30 October 2019. At that time, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa announced that the Government of Chile had informed the UNFCCC Secretariat on 30 October of its decision not to host COP 25, in view of the difficult situation that the country is undergoing. 

The 2019 Climate Change Conference will feature the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, the 15th session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 15), the second session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 2), and the 51st sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 51) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 51). It was originally scheduled to convene from 2-13 December 2019, in Santiago, Chile, as the “Santiago Climate Change Conference,” with a pre-sessional period from 26 November to 1 December 2019. The location was decided at the conclusion of COP 24.

pre-COP meeting took place in Costa Rica, and aimed to act as a bridge between the UN Climate Action Summit and COP 25. It also provided an opportunity to discuss the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and unresolved issues from COP 24. Other pre-sessional meetings include the second meeting of the Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures (KCI) from 29-30 November, the second meeting of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP) Facilitative Working Group from 28-30 November and the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) review event on 1 December.

The 2019 Climate Change Conference will be informed by the outcomes of, among other meetings, the UN Climate Action Summit held in New York, US, in September 2019, as well as three Regional Climate WeeksAfrica Climate Week held in March, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week held in August, and Asia-Pacific Climate Week held in September.

Mandated events taking place during the Madrid Climate Change Conference include the technical part and the high-level part of the Pre-2020 Stocktake on 4 and 11 December, respectively, and a Global Climate Action (GCA) High-Level Event on 11 December.

The Presidency will convene, inter alia:

  • A UNFCCC, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Roundtable on 7 December;
  • A Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation Ambition on 10 December;
  • A Panel on Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Ambition on 6 December; and
  • A High Level Event on Forests on 5 December.

The Presidency will also launch the Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions (PSBOS) and the Platform of Latin American and Caribbean Agriculture Climate Action (PLACA) on 3 and 5 December, respectively.

Other prominent events taking place during the COP include roundtables on: the agri-food chain; SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land); circular economy in cities and buildings; circular economy in packaging and business models; resilience; and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). Action events will convene on industry, water, land use, oceans and coastal zones, energy, transport and human settlements. The SBSTA and the IPCC will hold joint special events on the SROCC and the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL).

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 

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dates: 2-13 December 2019 location: Madrid, Spain contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int www: https://unfccc.int/cop25
https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/Overview%20S...

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 17-19 December 2019. The GEF CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council opens. 

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: 16-19 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

January 2020

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting convenes in Davos, Switzerland, and brings together world leaders to discuss global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. In this regard, the Forum's mission – improving the state of the world – guides the design and development of the Annual Meeting's objectives.

The 50th annual meeting will  focus on global, regional and national initiatives that generate positive impact for all stakeholders. Four global issues that will feature prominently on the agenda are: 

  • How to address the urgent climate and environmental challenges that are harming our ecology and economy; 
  • How to transform industries to achieve more sustainable and inclusive business models as new
    political, economic and societal priorities change trade and consumption patterns; 
  • How to govern the technologies driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution so they benefit business and society while minimizing their risks to them; and 
  • How to adapt to the demographic, social and technological trends reshaping education, employment and entrepreneurship.

An SDG Knowledge Hub Policy Brief on the papers and article of focus at the 2019 Forum is available here. 

dates: 21-24 January 2020 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...

OECD Private Finance for Sustainable Development Conference 2020

The high-level conference on 'Aligning finance with the SDGs' will take place on 29 January 2020, with back-to-back workshops and seminars taking place on 28 and 30 January.

The Conference will convene public and private actors committed to promoting a better alignment of global financial flows with the SDGs. Participants will hear insights and examples from investors, CEOs, donors, policy makers, field actors and researchers active in the blended finance and social impact investing markets, as well as green and climate finance.

Discussions will address: directing development and commercial finance towards socially and environmentally sustainable projects; and ensuring business operations contribute to the Goals, through their employment, sourcing and marketing policies.

dates: 28-30 January 2020 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France contact: OECD e-mail: DCDPF4SD@oecd.org www: http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/de...

February 2020

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

7th Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020)

The Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Management’ (FTZ-NK) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, will convene the seventh Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020). Taking place exclusively on the internet, CLIMATE2020 is guided by and will contribute to SDG 13 (climate action). Specific themes to be addressed include:

  • Resilience and Capacity Building;
  • Intelligent Climate Policy and Governance;
  • Education, Awareness and Adaptation;
  • Climate Finance and Access to Funding;
  • Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries; and
  • Climate Change as a Threat to Biodiversity.

dates: 23-30 March 2020 location: virtual www: https://dl4sd.org/

June 2020

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/

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed that the organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place in June 2020 in Kazakhstan, which joined the WTO in 2015. 

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 Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.

dates: 8-12 June 2020 location: Kazakhstan additional: Nur-Sultan www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc12_e/mc12_e....

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 8-11 June 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/

July 2020

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20)

The VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas and the Caribbean will convene under the theme, ‘Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean,’ to raise awareness of the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the special challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).

As decided at the VI Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in June 2018, the Forum will by hosted by Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to host a regional platform. The event is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR AM).

dates: 8-10 July 2020 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: https://www.eird.org/americas/pr2020/index.html

August 2020

Our Ocean Conference 2020

The seventh Our Ocean Conference will draw partners globally to identify solutions to sustainably manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come. The six areas of focus at the conference will include climate change, marine pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security. 

The sixth Our Ocean Conference took place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.  The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary is available here. Summaries for previous years are also available for: 2017,  20162015 and 2014.

dates: 17-18 August 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

October 2020

Global Adaption Action Summit

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaption Summit in October 2020.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by the eighth UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 1 October 2020 [tentative] location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/global-commission-on-adaptation

November 2020

16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is expected to take place from 9-13 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IGF serves as a global venue for dialogue among 74 member country governments, as well as mining companies and industry associations. The IGF is a voluntary initiative committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.

dates: 9-13 November 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.igfmining.org/

December 2020

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 14-16 December 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/