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April 2019

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2019

The third meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April, preceded by civil society activities from 22-23 April. It is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The programme is available here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 22-26 April 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
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2019 ECOSOC Special Meeting on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) special meeting on international cooperation in tax matters will take place on 29 April 2019, in New York, US.

The 2019 ECOSOC special meeting will provide opportunity to address emerging issues of tax policy and administration related to (i) digitalization of the economy, (ii) taxation and environmental protection, and (iii) taxation and inequality.

date: 29 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/event/ie-2019-ictm.html

UNECE Resource Management Week 2019

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Resource Management Week 2019 will focus on the theme, ‘Resources for Sustainable Development’.

Among other events, the Week will include: the tenth session of the Expert Group on Resource Management that is expected to discuss, inter alia, issues related to sustainable energy and development, maintenance and implementation of the UN Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and UN Resource Management System (UNRMS); and a workshop on UNFC and UNRMS that will address tools for managing resources for sustainable development.

dates: 29 April - 3 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.unece.org/energywelcome/areas-of-work/unfc-and-s...

May 2019

G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. Its main theme is: ‘Toward Sustainable Agro-Food Sector: Emerging Issues and Good Practices’.

Issues to be discussed include: fostering innovative human resources and new technologies; Food Value Chains (FVCs), facilitating farmers’ and other FVC stakeholders’ benefits; and pursuing a possible contribution to achieve the SDGs.

The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 11-12 May 2019 location: Niigata, Japan www: https://www.g20agrijapan.maff.go.jp/en/
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World Migratory Bird Day 2019

Organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), World Migratory Bird Day is an annual, global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Each year people and dedicated organizations around the world take action and organize hundreds of public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching. The theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2019 is ‘Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution’.

The Day is celebrated on second Saturday in May and October. In 2019, this Day will be celebrated on 11 May and 10 October.

date: 11 May 2019 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/
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Global Platform for DRR 2019

The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss, among other issues, the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR. It will convene under the theme, ‘Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies’.

Each of the three official days will focus on, respectively: taking stock of progress made since the last Global Platform; risk-informed public and private investments, including investments in infrastructure, and innovative investment modalities; and action on climate and disaster risk, including integrated national policies, strategies and planning, innovative financial and social instruments, and early warning awareness raising, disaster preparedness and community resilience.

The Global Platform will further: discuss monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR, in the context of trends in global risk, as well as stakeholders’ voluntary commitments; take stock of development and implementation of national and local strategies and plans for DRR, in line with the Sendai Target E, and in synergy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change; forge partnerships and share practice and knowledge on disaster risk-informed policies, programmes and investments, including on development and climate issues; and promote the integration of disaster risk management (DRM) in other relevant sectors.

The Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of the Senda... (DRR) will convene in parallel with the Global Platform for DRR 2019.

The outcomes of the meeting are expected to contribute to the deliberations of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UN General Assembly (UNGA) and other relevant UN bodies and processes, including the UN 2019 Climate Change Summit.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Global Platform on DRR is here.

dates: 13-17 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNISDR www: https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2019/globalplatform/home

GLF Kyoto 2019

Convening in Kyoto, Japan, back-to-back with the 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49), which is expected to release its Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will focus on sustainable landscapes as a critical part of the climate solution. GLF Kyoto 2019 will bring together experts from academia, policy and practice under the theme, ‘Climate, Landscapes and Lifestyles: It Is Not Too Late,’ to consider practical and immediate actions for a climate-smart future, such as changes in trade, food production, investments, lifestyle and diet.

The GLF is a multi-stakeholder platform with a global secretariat led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and core funding provided by the Government of Germany. GLF Kyoto 2019 is followed by GLF Bonn 2019 addressing the issue of land rights.

date: 13 May 2019 location: Kyoto, Japan www: https://events.globallandscapesforum.org/kyoto-2019/

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion

The 2019 Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19) will addresses soil erosion prevention, control and contrast for increased food security and ecosystem services in view of the achievement of SDGs 13 (climate action), 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 15 (life on land). It will focus on three themes: (1) use of data and assessment tools in soil erosion control; (2) policy in action to address soil erosion; and (3) the economics of soil erosion control and restoration of eroded land.

The Symposium will contribute to the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) in terms of minimizing the risk of soil erosion and provide concrete examples of effective Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) practices, techniques and instruments. The meeting is expected to produce an outcome document highlighting the scientific evidence on the status of soil erosion and its impacts and outlining an agenda for action in the framework of achieving the SDGs.

The Symposium is co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and the Joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/soil-erosion-symposium/abo...
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23rd International Transport and Air Pollution Conference

The 23rd International Transport and Air Pollution (TAP) Conference will bring together scientists, researchers, transport users and decision makers under the theme, ‘2020-2030: Transport in Critical Transition’.

Participants will consider ways for transport systems to meet their sustainability targets. Specific discussion areas include electromobility in the road sector, clean maritime shipping, fuels and energy decarbonization, air pollution/climate change trade-offs, low-emission engines and vehicles, and enhanced air quality modelling tools and their impacts on regulation and decision making.

The Conference is organized by the Labs of Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering of Aristotle University Thessaloniki and EMISIA SA.

dates: 15-17 May 2019 location: Thessaloniki, Greece www: https://www.tapconference.org/

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...

Urban Future Global Conference

The Urban Future Global Conference provides a forum for CityChangers – decision makers who seek to make cities more sustainable – to enable changes that are necessary to address climate change and social inequalities. The 2019 event will focus on urban mobility, built environment and architecture, leadership, and green business and innovation. The conference programme is organized around ten tracks: how to build sustainably; car-free city life; happy city; business and innovation; circular economy; cutting carbon emissions; green public procurement; leadership; metropolitan areas management; and electrification.

The 2019 Urban Future Global Conference will take place in Oslo, Norway, the European Green Capital 2019. It is organized with support from local, business and international partners including the City of Oslo, C40 Cities, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Europe, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and many others.

dates: 22-24 May 2019 location: Oslo, Norway www: https://www.urban-future.org/

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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Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2019

The 2019 edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) will address a series of issues related to promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally. Five panel discussions will address:

  • Ways to choose the best possible risk management option to regulate substances of very high concern;
  • Grouping of chemical substances and how to avoid regrettable substitution;
  • Ways to measure the performance of different chemical management systems;
  • Plastics and circularity: from pollution to a value-based proposition for all; and
  • The quality of and access to data on chemicals.

HCF 2019 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: 23-24 May 2019 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

Global Soil Week 2019

Global Soil Week (GSW) 2019 will bring together a diverse range of actors under the theme, ‘Creating Enabling Environments for Sustainable and Climate Resilient Agriculture in Africa,’ to initiate and strengthen policies and actions on sustainable soil management and responsible land governance. The event aims to, inter alia:

  • emphasize the role of enabling environments for smallholder farms in ending hunger in rural areas, enhancing adaptive capacity, achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN), and sustainably managing biodiversity and natural resources;
  • explore enabling environments for investments in sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture over time and at scale; and
  • enable dialogue between representatives of relevant regional initiatives, national governments, municipalities, and civil society on their respective roles and contributions.

The Global Soil Week is an initiative piloted by TMG Thinktank for Sustainability, with support from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Agroforestry Centre, Groupe de Recherche et d’Action sur le Foncier (GRAF) and Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) Development (CETRAD).

dates: 27-30 May 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://globalsoilweek.org/
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1st UN-Habitat Assembly

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) will hold the first session of the UN-Habitat Assembly at UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-31 May 2019, under the theme, ‘Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities’. The sub-theme for the meeting is ‘Accelerated Implementation of the New Urban Agenda towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals’.

The event will bring together UN Member States, UN specialized agencies, local authorities and non-State actors, including civil society, youth and women, the private sector and academia. States with observer status in the UN may participate as observers.

During its first session, the Assembly is expected to establish the Executive Board of UN-Habitat and elect its members, to review and approve the UN-Habitat Strategic Plan 2020-2025, and to review progress in implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), among other actions.

dates: 27-31 May 2019 venue: UN-Habitat headquarters location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unhabitat.org/habitatassembly/

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...

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. Priorities for the G20 finance track in 2019 are:

  • Global economy and associated risks and challenges, including: surveillance on global economic risks; global imbalances; and aging and its policy implications;
  • Actions towards robust growth, including: quality infrastructure investment; resilience against natural disasters; strengthening health financing to move towards universal health care (UHC) in developing countries; and debt sustainability and transparency of low-income countries (LICs); and
  • Response to structural changes caused by innovation and globalization, including: international taxation; addressing financial market fragmentation; and opportunities and challenges associated with financial innovation.

The other seven ministerial meetings that will take place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 8-9 June 2019 location: Fukuoka, Japan www: https://www.g20fukuoka2019.mof.go.jp/en/
https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 8-9 June 2019 location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

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 venue: Inter-American Development Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

18th Responsible Business Summit Europe 2019

The 18th Responsible Business Summit Europe 2019 will address six key themes: strategy, innovation and impact; climate action and investment; responsible supply chains; investor focus; measure, evidence and report; and communicate and engage.

The Summit will include a half-day Circular Economy Forum, on 10 June, as well as numerous workshops that will discuss issues such as integrating the SDGs in future business strategies, SDG reporting, and reducing, recycling and replacing plastics.

The Summit is organized by the Ethical Corporation with support from partners, including Connect4Climate, the Sustainability Consortium, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project).

dates: 10-12 June 2019 location: London, England, UK www: https://events.ethicalcorp.com/rbs/

Global NDC Conference 2019

The Global Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) Conference 2019 will take place in Berlin, Germany.

It is co-hosted by the NDC Partnership, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), NDC Support Cluster, Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement, and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

dates: 11-14 June 2019 location: Berlin, Germany www: https://climateactiontransparency.org/save-the-date-global-n...
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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 15-16 June 2019 location: Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

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

International Soil Congress 2019

The International Soil Congress on the theme, ‘Successful Transformation toward Land Degradation Neutrality: Future Perspective,’ will take place from 17-19 June 2019, marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

The meeting will bring together senior scientists, academics, experts, policy makers, young researchers and students from national and international institutions to analyze the current and future trends of soil and land resources, establish new policies based on the principles of land degradation neutrality (LDN) and develop a universal message for the sustainable use of soil and land resources. The main topics will include:

  • Successful transformation of agricultural sector for LDN through enhancing the soil health in the food production chain;
  • Successful transformation of forest sector for LDN through preventing forest loss;
  • Integrated planning approaches for sustainable use of land/soil resources;
  • Unlocking the investment for LDN;
  • Role of gender in LDN to achieve the SDGs; and
  • Sustainable value chains for LDN.

The forum is organized by the Soil Science Society of Turkey, General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion and Konya Food and Agriculture University, under the auspices of the UNCCD and Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

dates: 17-19 June 2019 location: Ankara, Turkey www: https://soil2019.gidatarim.edu.tr/tr
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Ecosystem Services Partnership Regional Conference Africa 2019

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Regional Conference Africa 2019 will convene under the theme, ‘Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Well-Being in Africa’.

The biennial conference aims to draw attention to the key role ecosystems play in the economy, human well-being and culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, and explore potential solutions to the threats they face. The conference is organized in partnership with the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and civil society organizations.

dates: 17-20 June 2019 location: Togo additional: Kpalimé www: https://www.espconference.org/africa2019#.W3WIEegzbcs

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019

The Asia-Pacific Forestry Week 2019 (APFW2019) will convene during the 28th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission under the theme, ‘Forests for Peace and Well-being’.

The event, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Korea Forest Service (KFS), will highlight the need to integrate forestry into the wider context of environment, society and sustainable development, where economic, social, human and cultural dimensions are considered in a holistic manner.

dates: 17-21 June 2019 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/apfc/asia-pacific-forestry-we...

G20 Summit Meeting

The G20 Summit will convene in Osaka, Japan, from 28-29 June 2019. Eight ministerial meetings will take place alongside the Summit:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the outcome from the 2018 G20 Summit is here. All SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the G20 is here.

dates: 28-29 June 2019 location: Osaka, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

July 2019

International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14

World Youth Foundation (WYF) will convene an International Conference on Youth, Ocean and SDG 14.

This five-day event will provide an opportunity for young people from around the globe to come together to discuss shared challenges, find solutions, share best practices and develop innovative projects on ocean issues pertaining to marine pollution, climate change-related impacts and sustainable blue economy, among others.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: Malacca, Melaka, Malaysia www: https://wyf.org.my/overview-youth-ocean-sdg14/

23rd Meeting of the GCF Board

The 23rd meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will convene from 6-8 July 2019. This is the second meeting of the GCF Board in 2019, the year of the Fund’s first replenishment.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on the Board’s 22nd meeting is here.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 6-8 July 2019 venue: GCF Headquarters location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/who-we-are/upcoming-engagement...

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2019 Convened by ECOSOC

The seventh session of the 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 one and a half 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.

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/2019

August 2019

Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Circular Economy and Waste-to-Energy

This meeting will focus on various solutions aimed at achieving a shift towards circular economy and the associated “triple win” – economic, environmental and employment. Circular economy solutions contribute to a number of SDGs, including SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) by helping meet the overall energy needs and SDG 13 (climate action) by enabling greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. They also advance SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) by creating job opportunities and closed loops in industries and industrial symbiosis, and recovering energy/material from waste.

The meeting is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). It will be held in conjunction with the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week 2019.

date: 23 August 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://unfccc.int/ttclear/events/2018_event7

G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019

The 2019 G7 Summit, presided over by France, will focus on fighting inequality. France has identified the following five objectives for the Summit:

  • fighting inequality of opportunity, promoting in particular gender equality, access to education and high quality health services;
  • reducing environmental inequality by protecting our planet through climate finance and a fair ecological transition, preserving biodiversity and the oceans;
  • strengthening the social dimension of globalization through more fair and equitable trade, tax and development policies;
  • taking action for peace against security threats and terrorism which weaken the foundations of our societies; and
  • tapping into the opportunities created by digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

The French Presidency will seek to bring to the table all relevant stakeholders by convening young people (Youth 7), women (Women 7), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (C7), unions (Labor 7), employers (Business 7), research centers (Think Tanks 7) and academies of science (Science 7).

The seven G7 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Represented jointly by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, the EU participates in all discussions as a guest. The US will take over the G7 Presidency from 1 January 2020.

dates: 24-26 August 2019 location: Biarritz, Aquitaine, France www: https://www.elysee.fr/en/g7
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September 2019

G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 1-2 September 2019 location: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

Korea International Water Week 2019

Korea International Water Week (KIWW) 2019 will convene in Daegu, Republic of Korea. It is organized by the Korea Water Forum, and hosted by the Ministries of Environment, and of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea, with Daegu Metropolitan City.

dates: 4-7 September 2019 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea www: https://www.kiww.org/fairDash.do?hl=ENG

Climate Action Summit 2019

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, ‘Climate Action Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win.’ It will 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.

In preparation for the Summit, nine coalitions have been established in order to ensure transformative outcomes, according to a briefing for Member States.

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.

The Climate Action Summit 2019 will take place the same week as the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) and the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens, among other high-level discussions and in parallel to the opening of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74).

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date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/

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 Tuesday, 24 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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October 2019

34th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 34th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will convene in Bonn, Germany.

The Adaptation Fund (AF) finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol to 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. In December 2018, the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) decided that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement as of 1 January 2019.

The Fund is supervised and managed by the AFB, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis.

dates: 8-11 October 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/34th-adaptation-fund-...

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

Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019

The ‘Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019’ will bring together non-State actors fighting climate change on the African continent, including local governments, businesses, trade unions, environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, women and youth organizations, researchers and other stakeholders in Accra, Ghana, to reinforce the operational roadmaps adopted at the 2018 edition of the Summit. The roadmaps on 1) adaptation, 2) agriculture, food and reforestation, 3) buildings, 4) education and training, 5) energy, 6) finance and 7) sustainable development cities provided a contribution to the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue.

The 2019 second edition of the Summit will focus on the following themes:

  • Access to climate finance in Africa;
  • Developing African cities in a sustainable way;
  • Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa;
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa;
  • Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa;
  • Adaptation and water in Africa;
  • Sustainable building and construction in Africa;
  • Education and training on climate change in Africa; and
  • Circular economy in Africa.

The Summit is organized by the Climate Chance Association and the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG).

dates: 16-18 October 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://www.climate-chance.org/en/climate-chance-africa-summ...

G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

This gathering is one of eight ministerial meetings taking place in Japan alongside the 2019 G20 Summit. The other seven ministerial meetings taking place alongside the Summit are:

  • G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting;
  • G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy;
  • G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth;
  • G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting; and
  • G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Invited guest countries are the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain and Thailand. Invited guest international organizations are the Economic Research Institute for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia (ERIA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, World Food Programme (WFP) and World Trade Organization (WTO).

dates: 25-26 October 2019 location: Hokkaido {greater region}, Japan additional: Kutchan www: https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

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/

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-...

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 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.

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

GEO Week 2019 and Ministerial Summit

Ministers from 105 Member governments of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), business leaders, heads of international non-profits and experts will meet in Canberra, Australia, for GEO Week 2019 and the GEO Ministerial Summit.

The Week’s events will focus on the role of Earth observation data in strategic economic decision making and day-to-day business, environmental and development decisions. Participants will explore how the integration of such data into digital economies can drive progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

dates: 4-9 November 2019 location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia www: http://www.earthobservations.org/geoweek19.php

December 2019

World Climate Summit: The Investment COP

‘World Climate Summit: The Investment COP’ is organized as a side event taking place in parallel to the climate negotiations.

The 2019 edition, held alongside the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC, will seek to strengthen bottom-up processes, collaboration across sectors and industries, create new deal flows and facilitate climate-related project development. The multi-stakeholder forum aims to support the UN Global Climate Action Agenda, and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

dates: 8-9 December 2019 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://worldclimatesummit.org/

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

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/

June 2020

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: 1-3 June 2020 [tentative] location: Kazakhstan www: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news18_e/minis_26jul18_e....