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February 2018

SWFI Institutional Investor Forum 2018

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is partnering with the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) to advance investment in the sustainable development of the world’s oceans. WOC and SWFI will bring together the institutional investment community and the ocean business community to discuss opportunities for supporting a sustainable ocean economy at the annual SWFI Institutional Investor Forum. On the 22 February, the Forum will feature an ‘Ocean Day’ programme with panels on aquaculture, renewable energy; port/coastal infrastructure resilience and adaptation; and investment opportunities in small islands and the Caribbean.

dates: 20-22 February 2018 location: US additional: Santa Monica, California www: https://www.iinvestorforum.com/

SME Ministerial Conference (SME 2018)

The SME Ministerial Conference (SME 2018) will offer an opportunity for Ministers and delegations from OECD countries and emerging economies to discuss recent trends in small and medium sized enterprise policies and how small businesses can become a vehicle of inclusive growth. The event will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening SMEs and entrepreneurship for productivity and inclusive growth'.

dates: 22-23 February 2018 location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico www: http://www.oecd.org/cfe/smes/ministerial/

World Bank Group Briefing: Maximizing Finance for Development

The World Bank Group will discuss its new approach to development finance, called "Maximizing Finance for Development" (MFD), and how it will help to meet the financing needs for the 2030 Agenda. MFD entails leveraging the private sector in ways that optimize the use of scarce public resources. It is part of the multilateral development banks' (MDBs) commitment to collectively increase private financing mobilized by 25-35% over the next three years (the Hamburg Principles). The briefing will include real-world examples and extract some early lessons. Speakers will include: Miroslav Lajcak, UNGA President; Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank; Hartwig Schafer, World Bank; Hans Peter Lankes, IFC; Merli Baroudi, MIGA; Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica; and Sima Sami Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan. The event will not be webcast.

date: 22 February 2018 time: 1:15 pm venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 location: New York City, US contact: Punjanit Leagnavar, World Bank e-mail: pleagnavar@worldbank.org www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/expert-stakeholder-and-regional-mee...
http://blogs.worldbank.org/ppps/coming-together-way-forward-...

First Arab Land Conference

The Government of the United Arab Emirates in partnership with the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the Arab League and the Arab Union of Surveyors are have announced the first Arab Land Conference, which will be hosted by the Dubai Land Department. The conference aims to exchange knowledge, promote regional cooperation and develop capacities and innovation in land governance and real estate reforms to promote the social and economic development in the Arab region. Key topics to be addressed will focus on the Arab region and include: access to land for sustainable business and investment; the interlink between housing policy and land management; education, research and capacity development on land policy, management, and administration; protection of land and property rights of displaced people and refugees to facilitate reconstruction; women, land and property rights; and new technologies to support land and real estate registration systems, property valuation and taxation policies.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://arablandconference.com/en/

Regional Bio-Bridge Initiative Round Table for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central Asian Republics

The Bio-Bridge Initiative, established by the Government of the Republic of Korea, aims to promote and facilitate technical and scientific cooperation under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Protocols with a view to enhancing the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets as well as the updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans. The Secretariat is convening the first regional Bio-Bridge Initiative round table for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central Asian republics to raise awareness of the Bio-Bridge Initiative and its operational modalities (including the project selection criteria and procedures), tools and services; provide updates on recent developments under the Initiative; and facilitate the sharing of experience and lessons learned with respect to technical and scientific cooperation. The round table also aims to facilitate interaction between Parties requiring technical assistance and Parties and/or organizations that could provide such assistance with a view to identifying matchmaking opportunities, fostering partnerships and finding joint solutions. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the CBD can be found here.

dates: 26-28 February 2018 location: Minsk, Belarus www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/TSCWS-2017-04
https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/37d8/7a9d/72bee1a9c6e7f79b0d736d81...

March 2018

World Ocean Summit 2018

The Economist Events' fifth World Ocean Summit will convene in Mexico and will expand into a wider, more ambitious World Ocean Initiative focused on five pillars: sustainable fisheries, pollution, climate change, finance and technology. The event seeks to deepen engagement with the private sector, particularly private capital's involvement with the ocean. The 2018 Summit will feature: an extension of the Word Ocean Summit 2017, deepening on the issue of financing; a focus on measurement providing accountability of blue initiatives in the areas of fisheries, pollution and climate change; and the first business case of the blue economy that drives discussions on investments and growth in the blue economy. Speakers will include: Enrique Peña Nieto, President, Mexico; Luis Guillermo Solís, President, Costa Rica; Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President, Iceland; Tarsicio Granizo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador; Michael Eckhart, Citigroup; Werner Hoyer, European Investment Bank; Matthew Arnold, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue; Peter Thomson, special envoy for the ocean, United Nations; and Paula Caballero, World Resources Institute.

dates: 7-9 March 2018 location: Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico www: https://events.economist.com/events-conferences/americas/wor...

Land and Poverty Conference 2018

The World Bank's 19th annual Conference on Land and Poverty will present the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world. The 2018 conference theme will be, 'Land Governance in an Interconnected World'.

dates: 19-23 March 2018 venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 location: Washington D.C., US www: http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2017/08/07/land-and-pover...

3rd Data Gaps Initiative Meeting (DGI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 21-22 March 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

40th Session of the Joint UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

The 40th Session of the Joint UN Economic Commission for Europe/Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (UNECE/FAO) Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will consider: the next 2020 round of Forest Resources Assessment reporting; the results of Forest Ownership reporting; a revised structure of the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire; the next Forest Sector Outlook Study; the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2015; the mid-term review of the voluntary implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan; capacity building on criteria and indicators in the Caucasus and Central Asia; the Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge for the Caucasus and Central Asia; and reports from all the Teams of Specialists. The secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda on the meeting website.

dates: 22-23 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=46334

April 2018

Inaugural Meeting of the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability

UNEP convenes the International Network of Financial Centres for Sustainability, which aims to mobilize the resources and expertise of financial centers around the world to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. Its inaugural meeting will convene in Milan, Italy, from 12-13 April 2018. Priorities for possible early action by the Network include promoting, endorsing and implementing key standards, such as the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD), and sharing experiences on green loans and green fintech. The Network will work to add value in seven strategic areas:

  • raising awareness in financial centers on climate change and sustainable development;
  • strengthening market practices by facilitating clarity and convergence on key definitions, taxonomies and standards and supporting their implementation;
  • promoting market expansion through cooperation between financial centers, including cross-border financial flows;
  • stimulating financial innovation through filling market gaps and developing; breakthrough approaches;
  • building capacity among financial center professionals;
  • providing an authoritative voice on effective ways to harness financial centers; and
  • enabling performance measurement by supporting data collection and analysis on the contributions of financial centers to sustainable development.

dates: 12-13 April 2018 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy contact: UNEP www: http://unepinquiry.org/news/financial-centre-action-for-sust...

2018 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

dates: 20-22 April 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2018

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 23-26 April 2018. The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the FfD Forum 2017 is here. A summary of the 2016 FfD Forum, which was the inaugural FfD Forum, is here. A summary of FfD3 is here.

dates: 23-26 April 2018 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdforum/2018-ffd-forum.html

May 2018

16th Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters and Special Meeting

The 16th session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will take place from 14-17 May 2018, followed by the one-day special meeting of ECOSOC on international cooperation in tax matters, on 18 May 2018.

dates: 14-18 May 2018 location: New York City, US contact: FFDO www: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/events/category/tax-cooperation.ht...

OECD Social Policy Forum and Ministerial Meeting

At this OECD High-Level Policy Forum, participants will explore how rapidly changing economic and social environments present both challenges and opportunities for the design and implementation of social policy. On 15 May 2018, Ministers responsible for Social Policy in over 35 OECD and partner countries will exchange their views on their countries’ challenges, opportunities, and best practices in social protection, focused on the theme, 'Social Policy for Shared Prosperity: Embracing the Future'.

dates: 14-15 May 2018 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: http://www.oecd.org/social/ministerial/

Meeting of G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 21-22 May 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

OECD Forum 2018

The OECD Forum 2018 will take place from 29-30 May 2018. The event will focus on the theme, 'What unites us?', with the objective of moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to bridge the divides that were discussed at the OECD Forum 2017. The OECD Forum was created in 2000 to discuss the key economic and social challenges on the international agenda. It is part of the annual OECD Week that also features the OECD main Ministerial meeting, and seminars linked to key international fora. The Forum is a public engagement event that gathers high-level government representatives, CEOs, leaders from civil society and trade unions as well as prominent members of academia and media.

dates: 29-30 May 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/forum/

4th Data Gaps Initiative Meeting (DGI) (G20 2018)

This meeting is organized under the framework of the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. This meeting is taking place under the Finance Track, which comprises all meetings with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and their deputies. Convening several times throughout the year, they focus on financial and economic issues, such as monetary, fiscal and exchange rate policies, infrastructure investment, financial regulation, financial inclusion and international taxation. The G20's yearly agenda includes over 50 meetings of ministers, foreign ministry emissaries (known as sherpas), central bank governors, and world leaders. Each year’s agenda cycle culminates in the Leaders Summit attended by heads of state or government, where they issue a joint declaration on the policy formed by the G20 meetings throughout the year. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 30-31 May 2018 location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendar

June 2018

2018 G7 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The five themes for discussion during Canada's presidency are: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women's empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 G7 Leaders' Summit is here.

dates: 8-9 June 2018 venue: Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu location: La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada contact: Global Affairs Canada www: http://www.international.gc.ca/g7/index.aspx?lang=eng

UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on financing the SDGs in June. In a briefing on 12 January, Lajcak said the event "should act as a platform for stronger public-private partnerships" and will explore ways for the UN to better align with the "rapidly changing world of international finance, and support the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda".

This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and youth (mid-May).

dates: 11-18 June 2018 location: New York City, US contact: Office of UNGA President www: http://www.un.org/pga/72/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2017/11...
https://www.un.org/pga/72/2018/01/12/priorities-for-2018/

G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 15 June 2018 location: Bariloche, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

July 2018

CITES AC30, PC24 and Joint AC-PC

Convening under the auspices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the thirtieth meeting of the CITES Animals Committee (AC30) and twenty-fourth meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (PC24) will hold separate sessions as well as a joint session.

dates: 16-27 July 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22- 917-81-39/40 e-mail: info@cites.org www: https://cites.org/eng/com/ac/index.php
https://cites.org/ https://eng/com/pc/index.php

Science 20 Summit (S20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 24-25 July 2018 location: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

G20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 28 July 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

August 2018

Civil 20 Summit (C20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 6-7 August 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

Youth 20 Summit (Y20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 13-19 August 2018 location: Cordoba, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

September 2018

G20 Education Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The day after this event, a joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting will take place in the same location.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 5 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

G20 Joint Education and Employment Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018. The day before this event, an Education Ministerial Meeting will take place, and the day after this event, an Employment Ministerial Meeting will take place.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 6 September 2018 location: Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

Think 20 Summit (T20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 16-18 September 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

October 2018

CITES SC70

The seventieth meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC70) will take place in Sochi, Russian Federation.

dates: 1-5 October 2018 location: Sochi, Krasnodar, Russian Federation contact: CITES Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-81-39/40 www: https://cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php

Women 20 Summit (W20 2018)

This event will take place as part of the Engagement Group track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

The G20 confers with a set of engagement groups, which comprise civil society organizations from the G20 countries that represent different sectors of society. Each engagement group is independent and chaired by one of its national members, and each group develops a set of policy recommendations that are formally submitted to the G20 ahead of the summit. The current engagement groups of the G20 are the following: Business (B20), Civil Society (C20), Labour (L20), Science (S20), Think Tanks (T20), Women (W20) and Youth (Y20). Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar?agenda=afinidad

G20 Health Ministerial Meeting

This event will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, which is to be hosted by Argentina at the end of 2018.

Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

date: 4 October 2018 location: Cordoba, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

The 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group will take place in Bali Nusa Dua, Indonesia, in October 2018, following a vote by the Boards of Governors of the two institutions. The Annual Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, civil society, media and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, aid effectiveness and climate change. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual Meetings is here.

dates: 12-14 October 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: https://www.imf.org/external/am/

World Investment Forum 2018

The 2018 Forum will take place under the overall theme of 'Investing in Sustainable Development'. The UN Conference on Trade and Development's (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent platform for investment-development stakeholders, including global leaders from business, government, international organizations, thought leaders, academia and civil society.

dates: 22-25 October 2018 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNCTAD www: http://worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org

November 2018

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit

The 2018 meeting of the G20 Leaders' Summit will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 years after the first G20 Leaders' Summit took place in Washington, DC. Argentina has selected the theme, 'Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,' for the 2018 G20 Leaders' Summit, and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. Meetings will take place throughout 2018 to prepare for the Leaders' Summit. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

dates: 30 November - 1 December 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en

April 2019

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

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Spring Meetings is here.

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

May 2019

4th World Congress on Agroforestry

The French-based agricultural research institutes of CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) and INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) will host the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry. The Congress will take place in Montpellier, France, from 19-22 May 2019. Following the World Congress on Agroforestry 2014 held in Delhi, India, this Congress will aim to raise the local, regional and global profile of agroforestry and significantly increase awareness, support, engagement and investment. It will aim to create a deliberate and tangible legacy in terms of recognition, partnerships, investments and impact, and produce a global roadmap for agroforestry with clear targets. Since 2009, the World Agroforestry Centre of the CGIAR Consortium has led the Congress in partnership with host country governments and institutions.

dates: 20-25 May 2019 location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France www: http://www.cirad.fr/en/news/all-news-items/articles/2017/eve...

July 2019

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

The seventh UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), on dates to be decided. 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. Among other things, HLPF 2019 will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which is issued every four years. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of HLPF 2018 is here. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 8-19 July 2019 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf