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Sustainable Development


October 2017

WMO Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment

The Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment will provide an opportunity to shape the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) research agenda, building on the closer collaboration between weather, climate, water and environment research. An additional focus of the Summit is to close the gap between research and the derived societal benefits. The Summit is structured into five thematic sessions that will address: developing and implementing a new interactive model for integrating research and operations; improving predictive capacity across weather, climate, water and environment; and planning and investing in future infrastructures. The sessions will also discuss: nurturing scientific talents by guaranteeing the sustainable development of science, breaking through geographical, gender and age barriers, and ensuring institutional continuity and transfer of knowledge; and catalyzing innovation and mobilizing resources in weather, climate, water and environment science globally and locally.

dates: 20-22 October 2017 location: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia www: https://public.wmo.int/en/events/meetings/science-summit-sea...

CMS COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.

dates: 22-28 October 2017 location: Manila, Philippines contact: CMS Secretariat e-mail: cms.secretariat@cms.int www: http://www.cms.int/cop12

IPBES 10th Bureau and MEP Meeting

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by member States in 2012. It provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding the planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the tools and methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets. Its mission is to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development. The tenth meeting of the IPBES Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) will be held the 22-26 October 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPBES-5 can be viewed here.  

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/10th-bureau-and-mep-meeting

Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 23-27 October 2017 location: Sri Lanka www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/82939/en/

Geneva Launch of the Civil Society Reflection Group Report

This event will launch a report titled, 'Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 - Reclaiming Policies for the Public'. The report was produced by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions, and provides an assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017 edition of this civil society "shadow" report focuses on privatization, partnerships, the role of corporations and the impact they have on sustainability and inequality. According to the report, the heavy reliance on public-private partnerships in the 2030 Agenda is highly problematic.

date: 23 October 2017 time: 13:00-15:00 venue: Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unrisd.org/spotlight-geneva-launch

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

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

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

Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGR

Rwanda will host the Seventh Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR). The theme of the Seventh Session is ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.’ Among other issues, the meeting will discuss the possibility of expanding and enhancing the basket of crops exchanged through the Treaty’s Multilateral System (MLS), and the review of its Funding Strategy to provide a more reliable base of financial resources. The Seventh Session of the Governing Body will be preceded by two days of regional and inter-regional consultations and other special events on 28 and 29 October 2017.

dates: 30 October - 3 November 2017 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: FAO www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/news/news-detail/en/c/902947...

39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference meets every two years, and is attended by Member States, associate Members and observers representing non-member States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The General Conference determines the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization, and sets UNESCO’s programmes and budget. At its 39th session, the UNESCO General Conference is expected to consider, inter alia, a resolution on supporting member States in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 3 (good health and well-being), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 5 (gender equality) and 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 30 October - 14 November 2017 venue: 7, Place Fontenoy, Paris, 75007, France location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/general-conference/
http://en.unesco.org/events/general-conference-39th-session

EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum

The EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum (APFF) is co-hosted by EAT Foundation and the Indonesian Government. The two-day event will bring together over 500 global leaders from business, policy, science and civil society sectors to address the challenges and opportunities of today’s food system. The forum is designed to educate, foster partnerships, create new connections and find high-impact solutions to transforming the global food system into one that delivers healthy, sustainable and affordable diets to all. Speakers will include representatives from PepsiCo, Cargill, Olam, IKEA, Monde Nissin. In addition, the event will be addressed by the President and Vice President of Indonesia and the Minister of Health of Malaysia, as well as officials from WHO, the World Bank, the UN, WWF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The hashtag for the event is #FOODCANFIXIT.

dates: 30-31 October 2017 location: Jakarta, Indonesia www: http://www.eatforum.org/event/asia-pacific-food-forum/

2017 World Cities Day

The global observation of 2017 World Cities Day (WCD) will be held in Guangzhou, China, on 31 October. Organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHURD) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and hosted by Guangzhou Municipal Government, the event will bring together representatives of international organizations, government officials and mayors, as well as scholars on urban planning and construction management. The general WCD theme is ‘Better City, Better Life’. The annual theme of 2017 WCD is ‘Innovative Governance, Open Cities,’ which helps advance worldwide implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. 2017 WCD will seek to exchange and showcase innovative practices around the world in urban planning, building and management, and discuss how to further implement New Urban Agenda. Specific activities to take place during the event include WCD Forum, WCD-Urban Governance Innovation Practices Exhibition and Urban Cultural Exchange.

date: 31 October 2017 location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China www: http://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/
https://unhabitat.org/guangzhou-to-host-global-observance-of...

South Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that will be focused on during HLPF 2018: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

date: 31 October 2017 [tentative] location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF)

The 2017 SDTF will build on the 2016 SDTF outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 2018 HLPF. The event will also consider the sub-set of Goals that will be reviewed at HLPF 2018: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). The 2017 SDTF will include sessions focused on: Towards Sustainable Societies; Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs; SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDGs and Finance Transformation Towards Resilient Societies; and Exploring the SDG Nexus.

dates: 31 October - 1 November 2017 location: Incheon, Republic of Korea www: http://www.unosd.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=95&menu=...

November 2017

Sixth Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The 6th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is expected to convene in Manama, Bahrain, from 11-14 November 2017. Members of the IAEG-SDGs will, inter alia, consider whether to re-classify the tier statuses of the SDG indicators, based on the documentation submitted by indicator custodian agencies. This meeting will follow the same format as previous IAEG-SDG meetings: a Members meeting will take place during the first two days (11-12 November) and a Plenary Session will take place during the second two days (13-14 November).

dates: 11-14 November 2017 location: Manama, Al Manamah, Bahrain www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-06/

Development & Climate Days 2017

The 15th annual Development & Climate Days (D&C Days) event will convene during UNFCCC COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, from 11-12 November 2017. The agenda for #DCdays17 will explore four themes: Resilience through empowerment and access; Valuing lived experience, and local knowledge; Transparency and downward accountability; and Shared resilience. The event is organised by a partnership between the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ), We Mean Business (WMB), and the German Development Institute (DIE). Contributing partners are Action on Climate Today (ACT), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

dates: 11-12 November 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/development-climate-days-2017-t...

Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA-2017)

This second Conference on Land Policy in Africa will be hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), which is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank. The Conference will convene under the theme, 'The Africa We Want: Achieving socioeconomic transformation through inclusive and equitable access to land by the youth,' which supports the African Union declaration of 2017 as the 'Year of Youth'. The format of the Conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, exhibitions, and the use of social media to reach a broader audience, including youth. It aims to deepen capacity for land policy in Africa through improved access to knowledge and information on land policy development and implementation. This Conference follows an inaugural Conference held in November 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

dates: 14-17 November 2017 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia www: http://www.uneca.org/clpa2017

International Conference on Quantitative Methods for Integrated Food and Nutrition Security Measurements

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are jointly organizing this International Conference to provide a platform for researchers, academics, professionals and decision-makers to define the state of the art for quantitative measurement of food and nutrition security by identifying the main practical challenges, sharing innovative methods and modelling techniques, and exploring best practices to scale up multi- and cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination at country, regional and global levels. The Conference will offer the opportunity for participants to forge innovative partnerships for the development and promotion of improved methodologies to support evidence-based food and nutrition security policy.

dates: 15-17 November 2017 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/conference/methods-food-se...

World Smart City Forum 2017

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

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

4th Busan Global Partnership Forum

The 4th Busan Global Partnership Forum will be held from 21-22 November 2017. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation was created at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in 2011 and came into effect in 2012. It brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives from parliaments and the private sector all committed to strengthening the effectiveness of their development co-operation. The Global Partnership tracks progress in the implementation of Busan commitments for more effective development co-operation through its monitoring framework comprised of a set of 10 indicators. These indicators focus on strengthening developing country institutions, increasing transparency and predictability of development co-operation, enhancing gender equality, as well as supporting greater involvement of civil society, parliaments and private sector in development efforts. The monitoring framework is currently being refined to fully reflect the 2030 Agenda and will contribute to the review of targets for SDG 5 and 17 and implementation of the Financing for Development agreements.

dates: 21-22 November 2017 location: Busan, Pusan-Jikhalsi, Republic of Korea www: http://effectivecooperation.org/event/4th-busan-global-partn...

UNIDO LDC Ministerial Conference 2017

The 7th edition of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference will take place prior to the 17th session of UNIDO General Conference. Held under the theme ‘Building global partnerships: Enhancing growth and inclusiveness in LDCs,’ the conference will aim to identify innovative schemes and mechanisms by enabling partnership building and resource mobilization for sustainable industrial development in LDCs. It will discuss the role of multi-stakeholder partnership building, the importance of investment promotion and innovative financing solutions for LDCs’ industrial development, as well as the question of sustainability and the way forward to 2030 and beyond. The conference will promote UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) as a customized implementing instrument for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and advance SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals).

dates: 23-24 November 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.unido.org/ldc2017.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/LDC_Flyer_sep25.pd...

Transforming Our World: The Role of Science to Foster the Integration and the Implementation of the SDGs

The International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 will focus on the theme, 'Transforming Our World: The Role of Science to Foster the Integration and the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.

dates: 24-25 November 2017 location: Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan www: http://www.ijhsdr.com/Conference_About.aspx

Fifth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will focus on the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure. Infrastructure—understood to include water supply and sanitation, flood protection, roads and transport, energy and telecommunications—has major implications for a variety of development outcomes, at the household level (health, education and social mobility), at the firm level (productivity, industrial development), and at the global level (climate change, energy, forests, biodiversity, pollution). Ensuring affordable and reliable access remains a major challenge in developing countries, but one that is further complicated by both a changing climate and changing climate policies. The balancing act across the three dimensions of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – is increasingly central to the infrastructure challenge, even as the world appears to have made little progress in solving the infrastructure finance gap. The fifth annual conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be hosted by the World Bank and will seek to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant. This conference aims at taking stock of recent advances and research challenges. To do so, the event will seek to gather the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds.

dates: 27-29 November 2017 venue: World Bank location: Washington D.C., US contact: World Bank e-mail: sustainableinfra@worldbank.org www: http://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/fifth-green-growth...

UNEP FI Africa and Middle East Regional Roundtable

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

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

Sustainable Food Future-Technology, Resource Use and Resilience

Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House, this conference will address the latest challenges to the food security and sustainability agenda while assessing new policies, practices and technologies being devised to create a more resilient and sustainable food system. Issues to be discussed in Panel sessions include: food and geopolitics, producing more with less, risk and resilience in the food system, changing diets and patterns of food consumption, innovation and technology in food production, and changing trade agendas and food production.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 venue: Chatham House location: London, England, UK e-mail: contact@chathamhouse.org www: https://www.chathamhouse.org/conferences/sustainable-food-fu...

17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

The 17th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene under the theme ‘Partnering for impact - achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. UNIDO views inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) as a central issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), as well as the targets and indicators underpinning the other 16 SDGs. The conference will address, inter alia, UNIDO’s role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its activities related to: energy and the environment; agribusiness, trade capacity building and job creation; and the Vienna Ministerial Declaration for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), among other issues. The LDC Ministerial Conference 2017 will take place immediately before the General Conference, from 23-24 November.

dates: 27 November - 1 December 2017 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://www.unido.org/gc17.html
http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/PMO/GC.17/GC.17_1_...

Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), together with Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), will host a regional atmospheric scientists’ workshop, featuring discussions on the current state of knowledge and level of scientific consensus on a range of topics, such as: observations of aerosols and gases in urban and mountainous areas; emission measurements and inventories; health impacts of air pollution; impacts of air pollution on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems and agriculture; aerosol-cloud interactions; measurement, modeling and remote sensing technology; and social, economic and policy aspects of air pollution and its mitigation. The workshop’s goals include: community building among the region’s atmospheric scientists; consensus building among scientists on key topics and thematic areas; and fostering improved evidence-based policy making through improved two-way communication between scientists and policymakers.

dates: 27-30 November 2017 venue: ICIMOD Headquarters location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.icimod.org/?q=28868
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture

The 4th Global Science conference on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) will be organized around the theme 'Catalysing local innovations and action to accelerate scaling up of CSA'. It has five objectives: highlight emerging science and innovations on climate-agriculture nexus issues with a focus on CSA innovations in defined agricultural landscapes and food systems; showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA; interrogate and share circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within the context of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change; enable networking and provide opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA; stimulate and facilitate discussions and dialogue between scientists-researchers and practitioners including policy makers, business, civil society and farmers. The Conference is hosted by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa www: http://csa2017.nepad.org/en/

December 2017

EMG Nexus Dialogue 4: Urban Pollution and Health Nexus

Global causes of illness and death are increasingly linked to the poor quality of the environment. In urbanized environments, environmental hazards include exposure to air, water, and chemical pollution. The SDGs play an important role in this nexus, highlighting that isolated actions to improve health are unsustainable, and that the environment must be an entry point into addressing global health. Discussions during the fourth event in the EMG nexus series will include common threats and potential synergies: waste, urban heat islands, and increased incidence of disease.

date: 1 December 2017 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://unemg.org/emg-nexus-dialogues

Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

The independent group of scientists who are preparing the 2019 edition of the GSDR has requested inputs from scientific and non-scientific communities on four categories of research. Contributions should be publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies that address one of four topics: interactions among the SDGs and their targets; transformation pathways towards sustainable development; looking beyond the SDGs to major issues identified by research that are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs; and the role of science for sustainable development. Contributions should be peer reviewed scientific publications and other sources of knowledge that are or can be documented in written form.

date: 1 December 2017 location: virtual www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/gsdr-invites-inputs-on-four-areas-o...
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSjDMLFP44iwTf58-a...

3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

The 2017 edition of this conference will feature five core themes meant to reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security. The themes include: food creation; food safety and bio security; food loss and waste; food in a changing society; and food utilization. The event is organized by Elsevier in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, the University of the Western Cape and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.

dates: 3-6 December 2017 location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa www: http://www.globalfoodsecurityconference.com/submit-abstract....

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December. The event consider the overarching theme of pollution. Outcomes are expected to include: a political declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution; voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet; and the Clean Planet Pledge, a collection of individual commitments to take personal action to end pollution in all its forms. UNEA-3 will be preceded on: 27-28 November, by the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum; 29 November - 1 December, by the Committee of Permanent Representatives; 2-3 December, by the Science Policy Forum; and 4-6 December 2017, by the Sustainable Innovation Expo.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: UN Office in Nairobi location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies phone: ?+254-20-7623431 e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21213/T...

2017 International Civil Society Week

Taking place three weeks after the conclusion of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, which will convene under the Fijian Presidency in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017, the 2017 International Civil Society Week (ICSW) will bring together civil society leaders from around the world to review COP 23 outcomes, plan civil society engagement in implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build solidarity among social and climate justice movements. Organized by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), the conference will convene under the theme is ‘Our Planet, Our Struggles, Our Future.’ The programme includes a youth assembly, numerous partner-led side events, a civil society fair, immersive cultural experiences, the CIVICUS World Assembly and the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards.

dates: 4-8 December 2017 location: Suva, Central, Fiji www: http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php
http://www.civicus.org/icsw/index.php/programme

World Soil Day 2017

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly.  

date: 5 December 2017   location: worldwide   contact: Global Soil Partnership Secretariat   e-mail: GSP-Secretariat@fao.org   www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/world-soil-day/en...  

UNEP FI Asia Pacific Regional Roundtable

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

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

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

Organised by the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the 2017 Asia Pacific Carbon Forum (APCF 2017) will provide a platform to exchange of knowledge and information on carbon markets and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at regional level.

dates: 13-15 December 2017 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://www.ieta.org/event-2362447

Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is designed to produce and disseminate knowledge and accelerate action to build more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, equitable and productive landscapes. Landscape approaches embrace compromise among competing social, environmental, political and economic demands to produce multiple benefits from limited resources. The GLF uses this approach around five broad themes; Restoration; Financing; Rights; Measuring Progress; and Food and Livelihoods. The science-led Forum convenes diverse stakeholders—civil society, private sector, policy makers, community members, farmers, indigenous groups, international organizations, and more—to share knowledge and best practice to produce collaborative contributions to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from the German Government, the next Global Landscapes Forum event will be take place in Bonn, Germany.

dates: 19-20 December 2017 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.landscapes.org/glf-bonn/

January 2018

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia   contact: UN-Habitat   phone: (+254) 20 7621234   e-mail: infohabitat@unhabitat.org   www: http://unhabitat.org/kuala-lumpur-to-host-world-urban-forum-...  

47th Session of the IPCC

The 47th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) will convene from 31 January to 4 February 2018, at a location to be determined.

dates: 31 January - 4 February 2018 location: TBA contact: IPCC Secretariat e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int www: http://www.ipcc.ch
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March 2018

Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

IPBES-6 Plenary and Stakeholder Day

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. The sixth session of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-6) will discuss, inter alia, implementation of the work programme 2014-2018, deliverables and assessments. The Plenary will be preceded by a Stakeholder Day meant to provide opportunities for a wide range of interested organizations and individuals to receive updates about the IPBES process, work programme and to discuss their engagement with IPBES through an informal exchange of views on specific aspects of the Plenary session agenda.

dates: 18-24 March 2018 location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia contact: IPBES Secretariat www: https://www.ipbes.net/event/ipbes-6-plenary

International Day of Forests 2018

In 2018, the International Day of Forests (IDF) will address the theme, 'Forests for sustainable cities,' and will focus on how forests and trees in urban areas regulate temperature and water flows, provide nutritious foods and shelter, cleanse the air and foster community cohesion and individual well-being, among other benefits. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.

date: 21 March 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

April 2018

World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world. The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).

dates: 3-5 April 2018 location: Manchester, England, UK www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/biodiversity.htm...

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development

The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will convene under the theme, ‘Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration’. The Commission assists the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council on various topics related to population and development; Monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels; and Providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Programme of Action. The Commission is composed of 47 Member States elected by ECOSOC for a period of four years on the basis of geographic distribution.

dates: 9-13 April 2018 location: New York City, US www: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/commission/...

Resilient Cities 2018

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation. Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. The 9th edition of the Resilient Cities congress series will take place on 26-28 April 2018.

dates: 26-28 April 2018 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.iclei.org/details/article/resilient-cities-2018.h...

May 2018

Near East Forestry and Range Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene the 23rd session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. One of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions, the event serves as a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis.

dates: 11-15 May 2018 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon www: http://www.fao.org/forestry/65542/en/

July 2018

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

February 2019

CGRFA 17

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 17) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture. The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.  

dates: 18-22 February 2019   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   www: http://www.fao.org/nr/cgrfa/cgrfa-home/en/  

March 2019

Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted by consensus, on 28 August 2017, the draft resolution calling for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation to be held in Buenos Aires from 20-22 March 2019. The Conference will mark the fortieth anniversary of the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, which convened from 30 August to 12 September 1978, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That meeting adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA). In the preparations for the Second UN High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation, the UN Secretary-General has been requested to prepare a “comprehensive report, consistent with the overarching theme of the Conference, no later than August 2018, reviewing the trends in South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation, including the progress made by the international community, in particular the United Nations, in supporting and promoting such cooperation and identifying new opportunities, as well as challenges and suggestions to overcome them." The Secretary-General was also requested to prepare a background note, "by the end of January 2018, including proposals for the overarching theme of the High-level Conference, taking into account the important role of South-South and triangular cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and sub-themes for the interactive panel discussions, for the consideration of Member States”.

dates: 20-22 March 2019 location: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina www: http://undocs.org/A/71/L.83

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...

October 2020

Expo 2020

The next World Expo takes place in 2020, hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 will take place from October 2020-April 2021, on the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. According to the organizers, the Expo will be a "festival of human ingenuity," in recognition of collaboration and partnership as today's engines of growth. The Expo's theme also recognizes that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions. Expo 2020 will have three sub-themes: Opportunity (reflecting the necessity of financial capital as a resource to support growth, and partnerships as a primary driver of innovation and employment), Mobility (physical mobility for individuals, access and distribution of goods and services, and virtual connectivity through information technology), and Sustainability (the need to use resources without compromising the ability of the planet to sustain future generations, in recognition of the role of natural and built habitats in ensuring human well-being and community resilience). Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.  

date: 1 October 2020   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates   www: http://expo2020dubai.ae/default.aspx  

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual   www: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/20...