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February 2019

FSM5

Co-convening with the AfricaSan5 conference, the FSM5 conference will bring together professionals working in the sector, including utilities, service providers, cities, governments, academics, scientists, consultants, donors and industries, to support the global initiative of disseminating sustainable solutions for faecal sludge management (FSM), in particular on the African continent. FSM5 will focus on practical solutions to sustainably manage the whole non-sewered sanitation service chain, covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse, as an essential component of city-wide urban sanitation services. The conference will seek to demonstrate that FSM as a utility service can be: structured and regulated by government; delivered in partnership with private service providers; and organized to attract investment from government, development partners, commercial banks and private entities.

FSM5 is co-convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (IPS), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and other partners.

dates: 18-22 February 2019 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: https://www.africasan.com/
https://fsm5.susana.org/en/facts

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum: Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place

The European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General Climate Action and Directorate-General for Energy, and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), in collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Europe, will convene a two-day forum to present 30 successful projects in six thematic parallel strands of dedicated interactive workshops, featuring:

  • Sustainable energy planning;
  • Financing clean urban transport;
  • Financing energy efficiency in the public sector;
  • Home renovation schemes in cities and regions;
  • Financing climate adaptation; and
  • Innovative financing schemes facilitating the market for climate and sustainable energy finance.

Practitioners will showcase their concrete experiences in the planning and development of bankable sustainable energy investments and climate adaptation projects to stimulate and enable replication by others.

dates: 19-20 February 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/covenant-mayors-investment-...
https://eu.eventscloud.com/ehome/200185311/200445990/?&t=a7d...

Climate Change and Oceans Preservation

The Government of Belgium will convene an international conference on the theme, ‘Climate Change and Oceans Preservation,’ to take stock of current issues and give countries, sectors and organizations the opportunity to sign the Brussels Declaration, reaffirming their commitment to future generations and highlighting: sustainable development, climate change and ocean biodiversity; ocean energy and marine conservation; and climate change and international shipping.

The conference is an initiative of Marie Christine Marghem, Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, and Philippe De Backer, Minister of the North Sea.

date: 19 February 2019 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://climateoceans.eu/

22nd Meeting of the GCF Board

The 22nd meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the first meeting of the Board in 2019, following the launch of its first replenishment at the Board’s 21st meeting in October 2018.

Board members will consider a range of issues related to new funding and accreditation proposals, with policies, strategy, replenishment and guidance from the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC also on agenda.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 26-28 February 2019 venue: GCF Headquarters location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/who-we-are/upcoming-engagement...
https://www.greenclimate.fund/documents/20182/1424894/GCF_B....

TEEB for Agriculture and Food International Symposium

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will bring together stakeholders, partners and experts involved in various Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Agriculture and Food work streams, linked together by the cross-cutting theme of applying the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework in different country contexts, to assess the impacts of various agri-food systems and policy interventions.

Representatives from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Senegal, Tanzania and Thailand are expected to attend the event, present on and/or contribute to case studies. The event will provide an opportunity for different projects to share experiences and lessons learned, and discuss specific project activities and deliverables.

dates: 26-27 February 2019 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://teebweb.org/agrifood/home/meetings-events/symposium-f...

12th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

This event will be co-hosted by the Government of Colombia, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre. The Forum will bring together senior-level negotiators and experts to discuss current trends and perspectives in investment negotiation, ensuring that investment supports the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Forum is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations. The Forum gives participants an opportunity to discuss emerging issues, review recent legal developments in the field and engage in peer learning with fellow negotiators.

dates: 27 February - 1 March 2019 location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia www: https://www.iisd.org/event/12th-annual-forum-developing-coun...

March 2019

World Ocean Summit 2019

The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative will convene the sixth World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and Department of Economic Development, the event will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multilaterals from across the globe to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives on the future of the ocean.

The overarching theme for the Summit is ‘Building Bridges,’ and featured topics are:

  • finance, including: the role of sovereign wealth funds; blue carbon systems; insurance; and Islamic finance and the ocean;
  • technology and innovation, including aquaculture and cities and waste management; and
  • governance, including illegal fishing and lessons from land economies.

dates: 5-7 March 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.woi.economist.com/world-ocean-summit/

Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

The Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2019, hosted by Climate Action in partnership with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will focus on the theme, ‘Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future’.

The Forum will bring together over 300 investment professionals looking to drive the move towards a sustainable and low-carbon economy by scaling up low-carbon investment, and help the EU scale up its international climate finance contribution towards the goal of industrialized countries mobilizing US$100 billion per year by 2020.

date: 12 March 2019 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://europe.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

33rd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 33rd 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: 12-15 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/33rd-adaptation-fund-...

Africa Climate Week 2019

Africa Climate Week (ACW) 2019 will convene in the lead-up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019, bringing together diverse actors from the public and private sectors. Participants will focus on how engagement between Parties and non-Party stakeholders can be further strengthened in key sectors for Africa, including energy, agriculture and human settlements. The event will also showcase the role of future carbon markets to enhance climate action towards the goal of sustainable development, and seek to facilitate implementation of countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and SDG 13 (climate action), among other Goals.

ACW is organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

dates: 18-22 March 2019 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana www: https://unfccc.int/news/2019-dates-announced-for-africa-clim...
https://nfpartnership.org/

1st WASAG International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), with the Governments of Cabo Verde and Italy and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will convene its 1st International Forum on Water Scarcity in Agriculture, to coincide with the celebrations of the World Water Day 2019.

The forum aims to identify concrete practical, innovative and collaborative solutions to address water scarcity in agriculture in a changing climate, with a focus on Cabo Verde, small island developing States (SIDS) and West African countries. The forum’s focus areas are water and migration, drought preparedness, financing mechanisms for sustainable management of water resources, water and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, water use, and saline agriculture.

WASAG is an FAO-hosted partnership, which aims to support governments and stakeholders in the achievement of the water-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with particular emphasis on SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 2 (zero hunger). WASAG also contributes to SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 15 (life on land), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

dates: 19-22 March 2019 location: Praia, Cape Verde www: http://www.fao.org/land-water/events/ws-forum/en/

20th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 20)

The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will convene its 20th meeting (SCF 20) in Bonn, Germany.

The SCF assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the Financial Mechanism.

dates: 20-22 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/twentieth-meeting-of-the-standing-c...

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

UNECE member States and key stakeholders will gather for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Regi... to discuss implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The meeting aims to contribute a regional angle to the theme of the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF), 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'.

Stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector will share their experiences and discuss concrete solutions on how to meet the SDGs that will be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF, namely Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the RFSD in 2018 is here.

dates: 21-22 March 2019 venue: International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: UNECE www: https://www.unece.org/info/media/news/general-unece/2018/une...
http://www.unece.org/sustainable-development/rfsd2019.html

102nd Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 102)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 102nd meeting in Bonn, Germany.

The CDM EB supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

dates: 25-28 March 2019 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/102nd-meeting-of-the-cdm-executive-...

Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Sixth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will serve as regional preparations for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019). It will consider the set of SDGs to be reviewed in-depth at the HLPF: 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), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) which is reviewed each year.

In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2019, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 27-29 March 2019 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP www: https://www.unescap.org/2030-agenda/regional-processes-and-d...

Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC

The Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) will convene in Chengdu, China, from 28-31 March 2019.

dates: 28-31 March 2019 location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China www: https://events.iadb.org/calendar/event/17663?lang=en

April 2019

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 8

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

dates: 4-5 April 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

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.

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

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 17

The expert group meeting (EGM) on SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) will convene in New York, US, on 12 April 2019.

The EGM is one in a series taking place in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). HLPF 2019 will conduct in-depth reviews of SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13 and 16, in addition to Goal 17, which is reviewed each year.

date: 12 April 2019 location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019/#preparation

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 16-18 April 2019, in Beirut, Lebanon.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 16-18 April 2019 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://www.unescwa.org/events/upcoming
http://sdg.iisd.org/events/high-level-political-forum-on-sus...

Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2019

The fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) will take place on the theme, 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. The Forum is convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with regional organizations and the UN System. The Forum seeks to advance implementation of both the SDGs and Africa's Agenda 2063.

The 2019 Forum will conduct in-depth reviews of the SDGs which will also be subject to review at the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and its outcomes will feed into the HLPF's deliberations. The SDGs are: 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals), as well as the corresponding goals of Agenda 2063.

The Forum will also enable the Africa region to articulate inputs to the September 2019 session of the HLPF held at the leaders' level, addressing Africa’s specific challenges in the implementation of the SDGs, gaps and levers of change to accelerate implementation.

The SDG Knowledge Hub's summary of the 2018 ARFSD is available here.

dates: 16-18 April 2019 location: Morocco contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019
https://www.uneca.org/arfsd2019

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
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2019/en

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 26 April 2019, in New York, US.

date: 26 April 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://undocs.org/E/2019/L.1

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/
https://www.japan.go.jp/g20japan/

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...
http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

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...

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
https://cites.org/eng/news/pr/CITES_CoP18_will_be_held_in_Co...

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

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...
http://www.ndcs.undp.org/content/ndc-support-programme/en/ho...

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/

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.

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dates: 9-18 July 2019 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2019

August 2019

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/

UN 2019 Climate Summit

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 ‘A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,’ and 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.

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.

This Climate Summit will take place in parallel to the 2019 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD). These events events on 23 September are taking place the day before the first HLPF meeting under UNGA auspices opens.

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date: 23 September 2019 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml

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-...

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/

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-...

December 2019

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

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....