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September 2017

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/  

Disciplining Fossil Fuel Subsidies for Climate Mitigation and SDGs: A Job for the Trade System?

Organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law and the Institute of International Law and Justice (IILJ) of the New York University School of Law, the event will discuss fossil fuel subsidies and their impact on climate change. It will explore the role of the trade system by discussing options for how the World Trade Organization (WTO) could become equipped to “discipline” the subsidies. This event takes place as part of Climate Week NYC 2017.

date: 22 September 2017 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/disciplining-fossil-fuel...

Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2017

The International Trade Centre's (ITC) Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) programme organizes the Trade for Sustainable Development Forum, which brings together business people, researchers, standards organizations and international trade officials to discuss trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. In 2017, the event will consider 'Partnerships: Which model is yours?' with agenda items considering: why some models are more successful in achieving sustainability objectives; common elements of success when standards organizations, policy makers and private companies work well together; what we can expect from successful collaboration; and what issues should be considered when engaging in new partnerships. The 2017 edition of the T4SD Forum will be hosted in the headquarters of ITC from 25-26 September, and will feature a high-level session at the WTO Public Forum 2017 on 27 September.

dates: 25-27 September 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.intracen.org/itc/events/t4sd-forum-2017/

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...
http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/migration-compact

Fourth European Forest Week and Las2017 - 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 Las2017 - a joint session of the 39th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) and the 74th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). The meeting will bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region and serve as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. In conjunction with Las2017, the 4th European Forest Week will be celebrated in Europe, under the theme 'Forests, our common good'.

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

Sixth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts

The sixth meeting of the UNFCCC Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) is expected to discuss, among other issues: supporting the implementation of the Paris outcomes through the Clearing House for Risk Transfer and Task Force on Displacement; recommendations to improve knowledge and capacity to address slow onset events and their impacts; development of activities for the ExCom’s five-year rolling workplan; awareness raising, outreach and sharing of information; and the ExCom’s report to the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23).

dates: 11-13 October 2017 venue: UN Campus location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://unfccc.int/files/na/application/pdf/excom_6_provision...
http://unfccc.int/adaptation/workstreams/loss_and_damage/ite...

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
 http://www.centrescientifique.mc/en/  

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/
http://igfmining.org/agm-2017/

UNEP FI Europe Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 16-18 October 2017 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/europe-events/eu...

Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)

The 4th OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) will be held under the aegis of the new OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment on Tuesday, and will convene from 24-25 October 2017, at the OECD Conference Centre. The OECD has convened its annual Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) since 2014. At the 3rd GIFF event, the OECD launched the Centre on Green Finance and Investment to help catalyze and support the transition to a green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. The GIFF is the main annual global event for the OECD Centre, and will gather senior policy makers and key actors in green finance and investment from around the world for action-oriented discussions to advance the global green finance agenda. The agenda for the 4th GIFF will include four main themes for discussion: from short-term actions to long-term ambition, to take stock of progress made since Paris (the action), and what to expect in the next 5-15 years (the ambition); opportunities for green investment; driving the low-carbon transition through a sustainable financial system; and channels for green finance and investment.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/cgfi/forum/

International Investment Policies: The Way Forward

This event will: provide decision-makers from countries in transition with an opportunity to discuss the status of and the way forward in international investment law and policy; encourage new thinking on international investment policies and treaty making; contribute to consensus building on international investment issues and the reform of the International Investment Agreements regime; and enable exchange of experiences regarding the management of investment disputes. The event is being organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Government of Azerbaijan, among others.

dates: 24-25 October 2017 venue: Baku Business Center, 44 Neftchilar Ave location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://ipcbaku.com

Second Meeting of the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

This meeting will take place in conjunction with the IX Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Conference aims to promote the development of national policies on social development and international, regional and bilateral cooperation on social development, in order to examine multidimensional poverty and make progress on poverty measurement, inequality and structural gaps in LAC. Participants will exchange experiences and debate the challenges of social protection and the double challenge of economic and social inclusion in the region, among other topics. The Regional Conference is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.cepal.org/en/pressreleases/montevideo-will-host-s...
http://www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/regional-conferenc...

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-...  

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2017

This business-focused event will be held during the 23rd session of the Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC. Now in its eighth year, the event is expected to gather over 600 participants, including national and local policy makers, UN agencies representatives, business leaders, investors and international NGOs. Debate and discussions will be held around the following topics: renewable energy; circular economy; sustainable land and water management; carbon markets; climate finance; and climate innovation in emerging regions. The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP 23 is organized by Climate Action, in partnership with UN Environment (UNEP).

dates: 13-14 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.cop-23.org/

World Smart City Forum 2017

World Smart City Forum 2017 will bring together leaders from cities worldwide, representatives of industry investors and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the rapidly evolving world of smart cities. Organized by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telegraph Union (ITU), the Forum seeks to help cities reach their “smart city” objectives faster and allow them to achieve better outcomes.

date: 15 November 2017 venue: Fira de Barcelona (Gran Via Venue), Avinguda Joan Carles I, 58 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain contact: Klaus Hatlanek phone: +41 79 752 08 25 e-mail: hatlanek@iso.org www: http://www.cvent.com/events/world-smart-cities-forum-2017/ev...
https://www.worldsmartcity.org/

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: Greening the Ocean Economy

The Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2017 (GGSD Forum) will focus on investment, innovation and employment aspects of ocean-based industries, together with policies to protect and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. Under the theme, 'Greening the Ocean Economy', this Forum will address implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), and will explore how economic development and conservation needs can be balanced through innovations in established and emerging ocean industries, as well as marine spatial planning instruments. The Forum will also cover issues such as national and international capacity for ocean industry oversight, the role of science and technology (including digitalisation) and responsible business conduct.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 venue: OECD Headquarters location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/ggsd-2017/home/

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...

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership, and sustainable finance.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/africa-middle-ea...

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....

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) Finance Initiative is establishing Regional Roundtables to provide an opportunity for members and actors in the sustainable finance community to come together locally to discuss the latest trends and innovations and share good practices. Representatives of financial institutions, industry associations, government, civil society, regulatory bodies, academia, and the general public will exchange insights in environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, market leadership and sustainable finance.

dates: 11-12 December 2017 location: Tokyo, Japan contact: UNEP FI Secretariat www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/regional-roundta...
http://www.unepfi.org/events/regions-events/asia-pacific-eve...

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: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-...
https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_rechauffement-climatique-ma...

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...