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September 2018

High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda will take place immediately before the general debate of the UN General Assembly's 73rd session (UNGA 73).

According to remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on 27 July 2018, the programme of the high?level meeting will reflect three action areas: building momentum and political support at all levels; stepping up engagement with the private sector; and making the most of innovative solutions to finance the SDGs. She reported that the meeting will begin with an opening address by the Secretary?General, followed by three interactive, "Davos-style" panel discussions with heads of state and government, CEOs in the area of private finance, and technological innovators to address: aligning global financial and economic policies with the 2030 Agenda, to spur political momentum to foster the mobilization of resources; enhancing sustainable financing strategies and mobilizing private investment for sustainable development; and fintech efforts to advance financial inclusion on the ground, aiming to seize the potential of financial innovations, new technologies and digitalization to provide equitable access to finance. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to outline a new private investment strategy.

Mohammed added that the meeting also will call on stakeholders to act and report on progress to the UNGA's High?level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which will convene immediately before the UNGA-auspiced session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in September 2019.

date: 24 September 2018 time: 3:00-6:00 pm EDT venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: Executive Office of UN Secretary-General www: https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/dsgsm1185.doc.htm
https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/financing-2030/

2018 Concordia Annual Summit

Sessions during the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit will address: civic engagement and the political middle; the role of the private sector in addressing refugee crises; diversity, equity, and accountability: the future of work; disaster preparedness; youth employment and economic capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa; CEOs combating modern day slavery; entrepreneurship and innovation across the Americas; moving the needle on human rights in the middle east; advancing healthcare by expanding access to clinical trials; and innovative financing for peace. In addition, Concordia and the Global Blockchain Business Council are bringing Blockchain Central to the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. Blockchain Central will be the premier venue during UNGA for all things Blockchain, including blockchain specific programming and a Blockchain Central lounge for networking and demonstrations throughout the conference. This Summit is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

dates: 24-25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2018annualsummit/

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 will bring together an international community of leaders from business, investor groups, Government, the United Nations and civil society for a multi-stakeholder stocktaking on progress towards the achievement of the Global Goals at international, regional and local levels. This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US e-mail: leaderssummit@unglobalcompact.org www: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/1635-un-g...

Small City Resilience

A roundtable discussion on small and medium-sized cities’ climate resilience, hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College (New York, US), in partnership with the National League of Cities, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and CitiesIPCC, will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. Themed ‘Small City Resilience,’ the event will explore the opportunity for climate resilience that is offered by small and medium-sized cities around the world. Based on lessons from hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria in small cities in Louisiana, New York, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, expert practitioners and researchers will discuss, inter alia: enabling capacities to prioritize resilience that addresses immediate community needs; political drivers to engage elected and appointed officials; measurement tools to create pragmatic and incremental resilience plans; innovative models to finance and fund the “next era” of climate resilience; and collateral benefits to ensure judicious use of limited resources.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/small-city-resilience

24th Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 24)

The 24th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 24) of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will hold a “strategic discussion” on key emerging environmental issues warranting a collaborative response by the UN, including forming a UN coalition on sand and dust storms response, and engaging the UN in the environmental dimensions of China’s Green Belt and Road initiative. The meeting will also, inter alia, address coordination and collaboration on UN system-wide support for e-waste management. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

The SOM 24 Technical Segment will take place via audio-video conference on 17 September.

date: 24 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://unemg.org/emg-senior-officials-meetings/24thsenior-o...

African Forest Policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS 1)

Organized in cooperation with the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), with support from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and partners, the African Forest Policies and Politics (AFORPOLIS) conference series will seek to advance cutting-edge knowledge on the emergence and evolution of African forest governance.

AFORPOLIS 1 will feature 15 sessions on: 1) political economy of deforestation and forest plantations; 2) forestlands and agricultural commodities; 3) biodiversity and market-based instruments; 4) nature conservation policies; 5) forest and climate change; 6) forest concessions; 7) transnational and decentralized forest governance; 8) development, social equity and sustainability; 9) community forestry and local development; 10) forestland and political instability; 11) forestland use and informality; 12) territorial development; 13) livelihoods and non-timber forest products; 14) institutions and forest regulation; and 15) international forest governance initiatives.

AFORPOLIS 1 will also include three side events on: improving forest sustainability by agroforestry; forest policy and participatory development: lessons from Mozambique; and forest certification in Africa.

dates: 24-27 September 2018 location: Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon www: http://pfbc-cbfp.org/news_en/items/Mon-Febe-AFORPOLIS.html
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100% Clean Energy Transition

A discussion convened by The Climate Group focusing on how companies can accelerate their 100% clean energy transition will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will explore innovative renewable energy solutions with corporate members of the RE100 campaign and specialist companies providing solutions to drive action and profit. Companies joining RE100, a collaborative, global initiative by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), make a global, public commitment to 100% renewable electricity.

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/100-clean-energy-transit...
http://there100.org/

ACP Event on Blue Economy

The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the Government of Seychelles will convene a joint event in the margins of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York, US.

During the event, small island developing States (SIDS) will share experiences in harnessing the blue economy and identify areas for further development.

date: 25 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.acp-indepthnews.net/index.php/news/145-seychelle...

Sustainable Investment Forum North America

Climate Action and UNEP-FI are organizing the third edition of 'Sustainable Investment Forum North America,' which will convene during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will bring together over 300 participants representing asset owners and managers, commercial banks, development institutions, and national policy makers. The event will seek to build knowledge and foster collaboration on how best to accelerate sustainable investment.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://northamerica.sustainableinvestmentforum.org/

Bloomberg Global Business Forum

The second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum will convene global leaders from public and private sectors to discuss and address challenges to shared prosperity presented by, inter alia, worldwide population growth, economic inequality and climate change, and build crucial partnerships between business and government. Through a series of discussions and focused working groups, the meeting will provide an opportunity for presidents, prime ministers and CEOs to share their visions for sustainable economic development. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the day-long Forum will convene during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Following the Global Business Forum, French President Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Michael Bloomberg will bring together Heads of State, business leaders, and other non-state actors, for the second One Planet Summit to account for the implementation of commitments made at the first One Planet Summit and build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://gbf.bloomberg.org/

Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision Making

Organized by the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), a one-day event featuring public and private sector leaders that have been developing and implementing solutions to build institutional capacity for sound climate change action and preparedness will convene during Climate Week NYC 2018. Participants will hear insights on building organization-wide training strategies, organizational change strategies and operationalizing the findings of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/institutionalizing-clima...

One Planet Summit

Heads of State and non-state actors, including business leaders, will come together for the second One Planet Summit to account for the implementation of 12 international commitments made at the inaugural One Planet Summit in December 2017, launched by French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim. The 12 commitments are: 1) responding to extreme events in island States; 2) protecting land and water against climate change; 3) mobilizing researchers and young people to work for the climate; 4) public procurement and access for local governments to green financing; 5) zero emissions target; 6) sectoral shifts to a decarbonized economy; 7) zero-pollution transport; 8) carbon pricing compatible with the Paris Agreement; 9) actions of central banks and businesses; 10) international mobilization of development banks; 11) commitment by sovereign funds; and 12) mobilizing institutional investors. Following on from the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in the lead-up to the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC and UN Secretary-General 2019 Climate Action Summit, the event will take place alongside the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Summit will aim to build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action, further engage public and private actors to raise their ambition, and demonstrate how high-level institutional decision makers as well as individual citizens can “work as one planet” to deliver climate change mitigation solutions and “invent our collective future.” The One Planet Summit is organized by the Government of France jointly with the UN, the World Bank Group and Bloomberg Philanthropies. This meeting is taking part during Global Goals Week 2018, which is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://www.oneplanetsummit.fr/en/

An Investor’s Approach to Climate Change Policy

A breakfast roundtable on the theme, ‘An Investor’s Approach to Climate Change Policy,’ hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and VoLo Foundation, will convene during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will discuss investors’ role in shaping climate policies that catalyze bold climate action. Speakers will assess the opportunities and challenges of developing policies that create investment incentives to accelerate clean power and reduce carbon emissions. The event is by invitation only.

date: 26 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/investors-approach-clima...

Moody's Briefing 2018

Moody’s Investors Service, in partnership with the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI), will host a briefing on the risks climate change poses to corporations and governments, and the role of the green bond market in promoting a low-carbon economy. The event will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018. Senior executives from the industry and Moody’s senior analysts will hold discussions on: credit risks corporate sectors face as a result of transition to a low-carbon economy; the impact of physical climate risks on public finance issuers; and how municipalities are incorporating green infrastructure and sustainability projects into critical programs. At the briefing, Moody’s analysts will address carbon emission mitigation, their approach to green bond assessments and the impacts expected from the green bond issuances which Moody’s has assessed to date.

date: 27 September 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.climateweeknyc.org/event/moodys-briefing-2018

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: 30 September - 3 October 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

Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is hosting the fifth Trade for Sustainable Development Forum at ITC headquarters in Geneva from 1-3 October 2018. The T4SD Forum 2018 will convene in parallel to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 2018.

The fifth T4SD Forum will focus on SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and its relationship with sustainable trade in global value chains.

Sessions will address topics including: Sustainable Consumption: Challenges and Opportunities; the role of standards in driving sustainable production and consumption; Sustainable production practices in the textile and apparel sectors; The Future of Sustainable Consumption in Emerging Markets; Sustainable production for safeguarding biodiversity; and Sustainable Trade in the Connected Future.

dates: 1-3 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.intracen.org/itc/events/t4sd-forum-2018/

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

Business 20 Summit (B20 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: 4-5 October 2018 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: https://g20.argentina.gob.ar/en/calendar

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2018 (MENACW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of MENACW 2018 is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With MENA Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, MENACW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the MENA Talanoa Dialogue. MENACW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and others.

dates: 8-10 October 2018 location: TBA www: https://nfpartnership.org/middle-east-and-north-africa-clima...

32nd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The 32nd 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. 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: 9-12 October 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/events/32nd-adaptation-fund-...

Seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII)

The seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) on the theme, ‘Supporting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in Africa: From Policies to Action,’ will bring together stakeholders to examine Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to define actionable climate interventions.

Its specific objectives are to: provide space and facilitate science-practice-policy dialogue to unpack the options available for NDC implementation in Africa; address the missing links for enhanced uptake and use of climate information services (CIS) into development planning, policy and practice in the region, including sectoral NDCs; and understand the various options to finance climate actions, including the modalities for unlocking available and new forms of climate finance, such as leveraging market mechanisms for climate actions and sustainable economic development.

The Conference, organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), convenes each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of key African development institutions, including the UN Economic Commission (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

dates: 10-12 October 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.uneca.org/ccda7

GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference

The 2018 GCF Private Investment for Climate Conference is the flagship conference of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with the private sector. The only global conference on private investment for climate, the event is expected to bring together key players from the private sector to explore innovative ways of investing in climate activities. Global investors as well as leaders from different industries and fields will share insights on climate finance and the role private companies play in securing it.

dates: 10-11 October 2018 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://gcfconference.com/

Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018

The Government of the UK will host this conference, which will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The meeting will focus on three key themes. The first is tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime, looking to: increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption; strengthen networks of IWT law enforcement experts, helping front line countries to coordinate across the trade routes; and improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges. The second theme will be building coalitions, to: use levers of influence across illicit trade routes, through increased engagement with the private sector, NGOs, academia and new partners; harness technology; and share and scale up successful and innovative solutions. The third theme, closing markets, will investigate: sharing common challenges and solutions to make market closure as effective as possible, including tackling displacement to neighboring countries, and encouraging other countries to follow suit; and sharing successful approaches for reducing demand for other illegal wildlife products. SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014.

dates: 11-12 October 2018 location: London, England, UK www: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/london-conferen...

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/

International Day for Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, following a call by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a day to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. Held on 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

The 2018 edition of the Day will focus on Target C of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.

date: 13 October 2018 location: worldwide www: https://www.unisdr.org/
https://www.unisdr.org/we/campaign/iddr

Global Infrastructure Forum 2018

Hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum aims to enhance coordination among multilateral development banks (MDBs) and their development partners to better develop sustainable, accessible, resilient and quality infrastructure for developing countries. The Forum will consider the theme, ‘Unlocking Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Technology-driven Infrastructure,’ and focus on how governments and their working partners can attract more resources for infrastructure, and how efforts to develop infrastructure have contributed to the SDGs and Paris Agreement goals. The meeting will bring together representatives from governments, the private sector, academia, civil society, MDBs and other international organizations.

The Forum is organized by partners from MDBs, including the African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, in collaboration with the UN.

The meeting will take place in parallel with the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IM.... The 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) called on the MDBs to establish the Global Infrastructure Forum, to “improve alignment and coordination among established and new infrastructure initiatives.”

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the Global Infrastructure Forum from 2017 and 2016.

date: 13 October 2018 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: https://www.adb.org/news/events/2018-global-infrastructure-f...

Third Global Conference on Health and Climate, Grenada

The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene the Third Global Conference on Climate and Health using an innovative, geographically dispersed approach. The Conference will be held in three locations: in the Pacific (Nadi, Fiji, from 15-16 March), the Indian Ocean (Port Louis, Mauritius, from 21-22 March) and the Caribbean (Grenada, October 2018).

Together, the meetings will bring together government representatives from over 40 of the most vulnerable countries and territories in the world, with WHO, other UN partners and technical experts to advance global action on climate change and health.

The event will focus on four action areas: empowerment of health leadership in island countries to integrate health into national climate change planning; evidence production through country profiles of climate change and health; implementation by building climate-resilient health systems; and provision of resources through facilitating access to climate and health financing mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to support climate resilient health systems of island countries. The Conference will also constitute a formal launch in each of the regions of the special initiative on Climate Change and Health in small island developing States (SIDS), launched by WHO, in collaboration with the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Government of Fiji, at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC in November 2017.

dates: 16-17 October 2018 location: Grenada www: http://www.who.int/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-h...

Cities Conference II: Towards Safe, Affordable and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean

The annual Cities Conference provides a strategic platform for dialogue which supports the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), and the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), in Latin America and the Caribbean, while also contributing to fulfillment of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), among others global agendas.

Its 2018 edition themed, ‘Towards Safe, Affordable and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean,’ will address the need to better integrate urban planning, management and financing with mobility and transport systems in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable urban development. The conference aims to contribute to safe, affordable and sustainable urban mobility and transport by focusing on, among others: national urban mobility policies; sustainable urban mobility plans; equality and gender issues; health and active mobility; improving access to international and local financing; public-private partnerships (PPPs); smart urban mobility; and monitoring urban mobility.

The Cities Conference II is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities on Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), with the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and others.

dates: 16-19 October 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile www: https://www.cepal.org/en/events/cities-conference-ii-towards...

Understanding Risk Finance Pacific Forum

The Understanding Risk Finance Pacific (URf Pacific) forum, co-organized by the World Bank’s Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) and the Government of Vanuatu, will provide a platform to explore the challenges and opportunities of managing disaster risk in Pacific island countries and small island States. URf Pacific will bring together policymakers, financial risk managers and development partners to strengthen regional collaboration on climate and disaster risk finance. Interactive sessions will showcase innovative approaches in government action, community engagement and private sector solutions. The forum will focus on two core themes: 1) understanding risk: improving the way risk information is gathered, analyzed and communicated to better manage disaster risk; and 2) building financial resilience: planning ahead to better manage the financial and humanitarian impacts of disasters.

URf Pacific is part of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI), which supports regional efforts to strengthen the financial resilience of Pacific island countries through contributions from the Governments of Canada, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US.

dates: 16-19 October 2018 location: Port Vila, Shefa, Vanuatu www: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-risk-finance-paci...

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

World Circular Economy Forum 2018

The World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) is hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Sitra. The 2nd World Circular Economy Forum will consider the economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, energy and climate solutions for a circular economy, global value chains and circular trade, as well as shared mobility and circular solutions for reducing marine plastic waste. In addition, WCEF2018 will discuss the experience of Japan in becoming a leading circular economy nation, and Japan’s best practices for bringing the private and public sectors together.

The World Circular Economy Forum is the global initiative of Finland and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF brings together more than 1,000 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).

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first World Circular Economy Forum is here.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan www: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/world-circular-economy-foru...

Seventh Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development

The seventh Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD), hosted by Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, will focus on key shelter and settlement challenges in the region, including urban and rural development, urban regeneration and slum upgrading, provision of basic services, housing and settlement finance, and disaster risk mitigation and management. The biennial conference seeks to promote sustainable development of human settlements in the Asia Pacific region.

dates: 22-24 October 2018 location: Tehran, Iran www: http://www.apmchud.com/
https://unhabitat.org/events/seventh-asia-pacific-ministeria...

21st Meeting of the GCF Board

The 21st meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will convene in Songdo, Republic of Korea, from 23-26 October 2018. It follows the 20th meeting of the Board, which convened from 1-4 July and failed to agree on a number of decisions. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

dates: 23-26 October 2018 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: https://www.greenclimate.fund/-/green-climate-fund-b-20-meet...

World Green Economy Summit 2018

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) brings together experts from around the world to directly focus on advancing the global green economy and sustainability agenda. The Summit is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai, and is organised by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and World Green Economy Organisation, in cooperation with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and WETEX.

dates: 24-25 October 2018 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://www.wges.ae/

Local Renewables Conference

The Local Renewables Conference on the theme, ‘Urban Transformation to a Circular Economy,’ will bring together cities, policymakers from European and national governments, businesses, and research and finance institutions for the ninth edition of the Local Renewables Series. Organized by the Cities of Freiburg and Basel, together with ICLEI Europe, the conference will showcase practical and innovative examples of how to reduce energy and resource use, and make ideal use of energy sources and other resources in the region.

The meeting will explore, inter alia: ways to ensure that global energy goals, including the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, are reached; potential of circularity of local renewables; transformation needed for cities to shift to a circular economy and ways to manage such transformation; investment and financing options; and engagement of relevant stakeholders, such as citizens, public authorities and the private sector, in the urban transformation.

dates: 24-26 October 2018 location: Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany additional: Basel, Switzerland(multiple cities) www: http://www.local-renewables-conference.org/freiburg-and-base...

19th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 19)

The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will convene its 19th meeting (SCF 19) in Bonn, Germany. The SCF assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the Financial Mechanism.

dates: 29-31 October 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/event/nineteenth-meeting-of-the-standing-...

7th Africa Water Week

The seventh edition of the Africa Water Week (AWW-7) is dedicated to the theme, ‘Toward Achieving Water Security and Safely Managed Sanitation for Africa’. Convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Government of Gabon, AWW-7 represents a political commitment at the highest level.

Over 1,000 participants from governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, will gather to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water resources and sanitation challenges.

Specific topics to be addressed include: the role of infrastructure, investments and innovation in achieving water security; choices, approaches and actions for safely managed sanitation in Africa by 2030; the nexus approach to water governance and re-engineering the integrated water resources management (IWRM); and financing Africa’s SDG 6 ambitions.

Held biennially, AWW seeks to build momentum on achieving the SDGs related to water security and sanitation by 2030 and the 2025 Africa Water Vision, and actualizing Africa’s Agenda 2063.

dates: 29 October - 2 November 2018 location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon www: https://africawaterweek.com/aww7/

Asia Clean Energy Summit and Singapore International Energy Week

The Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) is a regional platform focusing on clean energy technology, policy and finance supported by leading government agencies, research institutes and industry in Singapore. It provides a forum for regional thought leaders from the public and private sector to collaborate on critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future. The event will feature a clean energy leaders' dialogue and sessions on solar energy, wind energy, energy storage and energy investment in Asia. ACES 2018 is organized by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore.

In parallel to the Summit, the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) provides a platform for energy professionals, policymakers and commentators to discuss and share best practices and solutions within the global energy space. The series of events aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding energy issues in Asia while supporting innovation and effective competition in the energy market, promoting a dynamic energy sector and ensuring energy security. SIEW will take place from 29 October to 2 November.

dates: 31 October - 2 November 2018 venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singappore 018956 location: Singapore, Singapore contact: ACES Secretariat phone: +65 6880 8665 www: https://www.asiacleanenergysummit.com
https://www.siew.sg/about-us/about-siew

4th International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference

Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition (IOREC) aims to support the exchange of experience and sharing of best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.

The event will bring together international experts from the off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organizations. IOREC will take place as a co-located event with the Asia Clean Energy Summit.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2018 venue: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singappore 018956 location: Singapore, Singapore contact: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) phone: +971 2 417 9000 e-mail: iorec@irena.org www: http://www.irena.org/events/2018/Oct/International-Off-Grid-...
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November 2018

Green Economy Congress

The second Green Economy Congress will emphasize growing circular economy potential in the fields of energy, agriculture and waste management. The first day is organized by the Green European Foundation with the support of Networked Serbia and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The second and third days are organized by Networked and Group for analysis and policy-making with support of numerous partners.

dates: 1-3 November 2018 location: Belgrade, Serbia www: https://www.greeneconomycongress.com/

Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development seeks to provide policymakers and experts from various parts of the energy sector with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the fast-paced energy transition, review the activities to date and make further progress towards meeting the SDGs. It will follow up on the recommendations from the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in June 2017 and the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The forum will comprise an opening ministerial session, plenary sessions and parallel workshops under four main tracks: energy transition and decarbonization; robust systems and infrastructure; matchmaking and investor confidence; and “hot topics” and “deep dives.” It will also include the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency and Group of Experts on Renewable Energy.

The forum is co-organized by the Government of Ukraine and the five UN Regional Commissions, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the World Bank, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other stakeolders.

dates: 12-15 November 2018 location: Kiev, Kyyiv, Ukraine www: https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=49144

Global Business and Biodiversity Forum

The Global Business and Biodiversity Forum 2018 will convene on the theme, ‘Investing in Biodiversity for People and Planet’. The event will seek to facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and catalyze action within the business sector for safeguarding biodiversity.

The Forum will gather businesses, government representatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders that are taking strategic action to mainstream biodiversity and capitalize on the opportunities effective mainstreaming can attract and provide. The topics of the Forum include: state of biodiversity and relevance to business; mainstreaming in energy, manufacturing and processing, infrastructure and mining; tools for mainstreaming; partnership and effective engagement; finance and investing; access and benefit sharing; and innovation.

Co-organized by the Government of Egypt and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Business and Biodiversity Forum will take place from 14-15 November 2018, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, ahead of the opening of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the CBD.

dates: 14-15 November 2018 location: Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt www: https://www.cbd.int/business/meetings-events/2018/default.sh...
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2018 European Forum on DRR

Representatives of the European countries, stakeholder groups and partners will gather in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 November 2018, for the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). This year’s EFDRR will build on the outcomes of the 2017 EFDRR held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 Global Platform for DRR held in Cancun, Mexico, and aim to address key issues that can accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in coherence with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and move forward on local level resilience, economic risks and reaching the Sendai Framework 2020 priority targets.

dates: 21-23 November 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.unisdr.org/conference/2018/efdrr

2018 CVF Virtual Climate Summit

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will convene a global political leaders’ summit to build increased support to safeguard those that are most vulnerable to the growing climate change impacts. Announced by President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine at the sixth meeting of the Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Da Nang, Viet Nam, the Virtual Climate Summit is the first Heads of Government-level conference to be held entirely online, eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and promoting inclusive dialogue. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit will follow the expected release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) in October 2018. The event will serve to: highlight new national efforts; share perspectives on climate risks and opportunities to be gained by putting the world on a safer 1.5oC pathway in terms of health, jobs and other benefits, while building wider international support; and help ensure that the necessary resources and finance are delivered to make this possible.

date: 22 November 2018 location: virtual www: https://thecvf.org/virtual-leaders-summit-to-raise-climate-a...
http://assembly.thegef.org/news/virtual-leaders-climate-summ...

101st Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 101)

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 101st meeting in Katowice, Poland, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

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

dates: 26-29 November 2018 location: Katowice, Slaskie, Poland www: https://unfccc.int/event/101st-meeting-of-the-cdm-executive-...

UNEP FI Global Roundtable

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) will hold its biennial Global Roundtable to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system. UNEP FI is organizing its flagship event alongside the fourth Climate Finance Day, convened by Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE. Meeting ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, the event will address, inter alia: the financial sector’s readiness to align capital allocations to science-based targets; advancing environmental risk management; SDG financing gap; and the Insurance Development Goals for Cities. The Roundtable will also feature the launch of the Banking Principles for Public Consultation, which seek to define the banking industry’s role and responsibilities in aligning financing with the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change to help shape a sustainable future.  

dates: 26-28 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unepfi.org/events/roundtables/paris2018/
http://www.unepfi.org/grt2018/agenda/

Climate Finance Day

Finance for Tomorrow, an initiative of Paris EUROPLACE on green and sustainable finance, will convene its fourth Climate Finance Day on 26 November 2018, to mobilize the financial sector to deliver a sustainable financial system for the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change. The flagship event will take place alongside the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable, meeting from 26-28 November, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

date: 26 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.climatefinanceday.com/

Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference is the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. The meeting will focus on the theme, 'The blue economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Government of Kenya is partnering with the Government of Canada to co-host the event, with the Government of Portugal as a partner.

Participants will address issues related to how to build a blue economy that will: harnesses the potential of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples; and leverage the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations.

dates: 26-28 November 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.blueeconomyconference.go.ke/

Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum 2018

The OECD will convene its Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum under the theme, 'Inclusive solutions for the green transition'. The Forum will take place in conjunction with the 6th annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP). The GGSD Forum will address the political economy and low-carbon policy reforms, identify their distributional impacts, and explore inclusive solutions for households, workers, sectors and regions that may otherwise be hit hard by the transition to help them contribute to a greener future. Sessions will be developed around competitiveness, employment and distributional impacts of green policies.

dates: 27-29 November 2018 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/GGSD2018%20SaveTheDateA5.pdf...

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

December 2018

Mountains 2018

Mountains 2018 is an international conference mean to stimulate and disseminate knowledge on mountain-related development issues. Discourse will be based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two axes: ‘III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions;’ and the ‘II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions’. The Workshop will focus on practical experiences related to sustainable development in mountain regions, gathering professionals and other stakeholders actively working towards this goal. The Conference will discuss issues related to scientific research and perspectives to enhance and disseminate knowledge on mountains.

dates: 11-15 December 2018 location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil www: http://cimo.ipb.pt/LuMont/index.php/en/news/2-uncategorised/...

55th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 55th meeting of the GEF Council will take place form 17-20 December 2018.

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: 17-20 December 2018 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

January 2019

Third Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference

The Third Ministerial Conference of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will focus on the theme, 'Advancing Inclusive and Sustainable Economies'.

The event will bring together approximately 500 innovators and leaders from governments, civil society, private sector, development organizations, media and the general public to advance the debate on how to simultaneously reduce poverty, create jobs, protect the environment and advance the economy. The meeting's agenda will include keynote conversations, parallel sessions, high level panel sessions, and exhibitions addressing the following themes: how to unlock green finance; strategies and policies for green economy; economic and social inclusion; and sustainable consumption and production/circular economy.

The PAGE Ministerial Conference is co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the PAGE partners, including UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), International Labor Organization (ILO); UN Development Programme (UNDP); UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The SDG Knowledge Hub includes summaries of the first and second PAGE Ministerial Conferences.

dates: 10-11 January 2019 venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa contact: PAGE Secretariat e-mail: page@un.org www: https://page2019.itcilo.org/
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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters convenes world leaders to discuss the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The World Economic Forum’s mission is to improve the state of the world, which has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

dates: 22-25 January 2019 location: Switzerland additional: Davos-Klosters www: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-m...

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...

June 2019

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

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. In additional to the annual July session under ECOSOC auspices, HLPF will also convene for two 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.

Forty-two 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, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, Iceland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UK, Tanzania, and Vanuatu.

Azerbaijan, Chile, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines and Sierra Leone will conduct VNRs for the second time.

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. A final summary of HLPF 2018 is here.

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

September 2019

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.

We will update this page as more information becomes available, including the dates for the event.

date: 17 September 2019 [tentative] 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 23 September 2019, one day prior to the meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under UNGA auspices.

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 Monday, 30 September 2019.

date: 23 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

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