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October 2020

GNDR Global Summit 2020

The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) Global Summit 2020 will provide GNDR members and others from around the world the opportunity to come together to create partnerships, start a localisation movement, and identify opportunities for collaboration to enhance local resilience.

Over three weeks in October, the Summit will feature sessions on emerging topics such as: eco-Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); what Covid-19 means for risk-informed development; anticipatory fundraising; connecting donors to local civil society organisations; tools to reduce disaster risk in conflict settings; and many more themes related to the objectives of the GNDR new five-year strategy Local Leadership for Global Impact.

There will also be several professional training opportunities offered related to areas that members have identified as priorities for capacity building. These include how to develop strong proposals and how to collaborate with parliamentarians to design policies more effectively.

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dates: 6-22 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://gndr.org/news/events/item/2051-digital-global-summit...
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Daring Cities 2020

Daring Cities 2020 is a global forum on climate change for urban leaders that aims to tackle the climate emergency, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Created by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Federal City of Bonn, Daring Cities is a virtual, action-oriented forum to recognize and empower courageous urban leaders to disrupt business-as-usual and shift towards business-as-possible. Daring Cities showcases and catalyzes exemplary local climate action to tackle the climate emergency, including ambitious resilience-building and climate mitigation efforts.

Daring Cities 2020 will be structured in three parts:

  • Know: Presenting the most cutting-edge research and information on climate change and its impact on cities, including health;
  • Act: Showcasing exemplary local climate action from around the world in addressing the climate emergency, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery, from adaptive and resilience-building measures to climate change mitigation efforts; and
  • Lead: Facilitating action-oriented discussions with key global partners, including the UNFCCC and COP Presidencies, on delivering the Paris Agreement through collaborative, multilevel action, while highlighting implementation and finance.

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dates: 7-28 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://daringcities.org/

Fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) [Postponed]

The fifteenth session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) was scheduled to take place from 18-23 October 2020, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been postponed. 

The quadrennial conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD. Member States make assessments of current trade and development issues, discuss policy options, and formulate global policy responses during this event. 

We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

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dates: 18-23 October 2020 location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados www: https://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=23...

Virtual UN World Data Forum

The third UN World Data Forum was expected to take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reduced virtual form of the Forum will take place from 19-21 October 2020, and an in person event will take place from 3-6 October 2021.

The virtual event in October 2020 will address topics such as data needs and data use during pandemics.

The World Data Forum brings together data leaders from national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, among other stakeholder groups, to foster exchange of ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities. The third Forum will have six thematic areas.

The third UNWDF will be hosted by Swiss Confederation and Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the UN Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-... for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here; the summary of the second Forum is here.

dates: 19-21 October 2020 location: virtual contact: UN Statistics Division, DESA www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/undataforum/index.html

16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) was expected to take place from 9-13 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place virtually from 20-22 October 2020. 

The IGF serves as a global venue for dialogue among 74 member country governments, as well as mining companies and industry associations. The IGF is a voluntary initiative committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.

dates: 20-22 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.igfmining.org/
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EU Green Week 2020

EU Green Week 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to take place from 1-5 June 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. It was rescheduled to take place from 20-22 October 2020.

EU Green Week 2020 will address the theme of nature and biodiversity.

The meeting will highlight the contribution biodiversity makes to society and the economy, and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, bringing jobs and sustainable growth. It will provide an opportunity to rethink our relationship with nature, to reconsider the activities that are driving biodiversity loss and the wider ecological crisis, and to weigh up the implications for the economy and society.

EU Green Week will also examine how EU policies such as the European Green Deal can help protect and restore nature, leaving it room to recover and thrive. The 2020 Green Week will seek to provide an input to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), now planned for 2021, where world leaders will adopt a 10-year action plan for biodiversity – a new global deal for people and nature.

dates: 20-22 October 2020 location: Brussels, Belgium www: https://www.eugreenweek.eu/en

Twenty-first Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The 21st Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 20-23 October 2020. 

 

dates: 20-23 October 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/events/2020/twenty-first-session-c...

G20 Women 20 (W20) Summit

The G20 Women 20 (W20) Summit will convene ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020. 

Consultations for the annual G20 meeting are conducted through three tracks. Government discussions take place under the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. Civil society organizations participate through Engagement Groups.

The Engagement Groups are independent collectives that are led by organizations from the host country. They work with other organizations from G20 countries to develop policy recommendations that are formally submitted to G20 leaders for consideration. The W20 represents the interests of women. 

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme, “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All”. The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: “Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive”; “Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons”; and “Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.”

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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dates: 20-22 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.w20saudiarabia.org.sa/en/events/Pages/W20-Summit...

VEF Virtual Series: Accelerating a Market Transformation Towards Efficient Products – Addressing Climate Change with Economic Opportunities

The event titled, "Accelerating a Market Transformation Towards Efficient Products – Addressing Climate Change with Economic Opportunities," will take place as part of the Products Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances.

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date: 21 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
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G20 Anti-corruption Ministers Meeting

The G20 Anti-corruption Ministers Meeting will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020.

Consultations for the annual G20 meeting are conducted through three tracks. Government discussions take place under the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. Civil society organizations participate through Engagement Groups.

The Sherpa Track includes meetings of Ministers and relevant senior officials focused on socioeconomic issues such as agriculture, anti-corruption, climate, digital economy, education, employment, energy, environment, health, tourism, trade and investment.

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme: Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All. The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive; Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons; and Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 22 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://g20.org/en/g20/Pages/events.aspx

United Nations Day 2020

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

In 2020, UN Day will be one of several events commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary. 

date: 24 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/unday/
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World Development Information Day 2020

The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)).

The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.

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date: 24 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) 2020

The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) will take place from 25–31 October 2020, and will focus on the need to accelerate progress towards the global phase out of lead paint through regulatory and legal measures.

The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of action (ILPPW) takes place at the end of October. The objectives of the campaign are to: raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning; highlight countries' and partners' efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning; and urge further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at country level.

This week of action is an initiative of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (the Lead Paint Alliance), which is jointly led by the UN Environment Programme and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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dates: 25-31 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/international-lead-poisoning-p...

58th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention [Cancelled] [cancelled]

The Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention oversees Convention affairs and the activities of the Secretariat. It represents the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) between its meetings, which take place every three years, within the framework of the decisions made by the COP. 

The Standing Committee normally meets once a year, traditionally at the Ramsar Secretariat office in Switzerland. It also meets just before each meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties, and regularly through the COP, when it is called the Conference Committee. 

The 2020 session for the Committee was postponed from June due to COVID-19 and rescheduled for 26-30 October, but has now been cancelled. 

dates: 26-30 October 2020 location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland www: https://www.ramsar.org/about/the-standing-committee
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G20 Business 20 (B20) Summit 2020

The G20 Business 20 (B20) Summit will convene ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020. At the Summit, the B20 will present and hand over their final policy recommendations to the G20 Presidency. 

Consultations for the annual G20 meeting are conducted through three tracks. Government discussions take place under the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. Civil society organizations participate through Engagement Groups.

The Engagement Groups are independent collectives that are led by organizations from the host country. They work with other organizations from G20 countries to develop policy recommendations that are formally submitted to G20 leaders for consideration. The B20 represents the private sector. 

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme, “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All”. The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: “Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive”; “Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons”; and “Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.”

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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dates: 26-27 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.b20saudiarabia.org.sa/events/b20-summit/

4th Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community Conference

The 4th Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community Conference will be organized around seven societal challenges and five cross-cutting themes, focusing on breakthrough innovations. The conference themes will be: climate, education, energy, food, health, oceans, water, circular economy and youth.

The conference is taking place primarily online, but will also offer limited opportunities for participants to attend sessions and panel debates in Brussels, Belgium. It is hosted jointly by VITO (the prime research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium) and seven other not-for-profit independent technology research institutes: African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, China, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, National Centre for Technology Management, Nigeria and the Energy and Resources Institute, India.

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dates: 26-29 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.gstic.org/2020/

8th Dialogue on ACE - Africa and Middle East

The 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) taking place on 28 October 2020 is for Africa and the Middle East.

ACE denotes work under Article 6 of the UNFCCC and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement and their six elements: Climate Change Education, Training, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information, Public Participation, and International Cooperation on these issues. Implementation of all six elements is recognized as crucial in solving climate change. This is also reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (for example SDG targets 4.7 and 13.3) to which the ACE agenda is closely related.

At COP 18, Parties adopted the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention and requested that the SBI organize an annual in-session Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) in order to enhance work in the areas of climate change education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these matters.

At COP 25 in Madrid, Spain, Parties adopted the terms of reference for the review of the Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention.  By this Decision, Parties requested the secretariat to organize the 8th Dialogue on ACE in 2020 to advance the discussions on recommendations and views on future work to enhance implementation of ACE Decision.

The Dialogue will seek to provide a forum for Parties and other non-Party stakeholders to advance the discussions on recommendations and views on future work to enhance implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment.

The 8th Dialogue Webinar will be open for participation by Parties, representatives of relevant bodies established under the Convention, relevant experts, practitioners, and stakeholders. 

date: 28 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/events-meetings/ac...

World Cities Day 2020

The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239.

The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

G20 Think 20 (T20) Summit

The G20 Think 20 (T20) Summit will convene ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020. 

Consultations for the annual G20 meeting are conducted through three tracks. Government discussions take place under the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. Civil society organizations participate through Engagement Groups.

The Engagement Groups are independent collectives that are led by organizations from the host country. They work with other organizations from G20 countries to develop policy recommendations that are formally submitted to G20 leaders for consideration. T20 is a network of think tanks and researchers. 

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme, “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All”. The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: “Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive”; “Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons”; and “Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.”

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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dates: 31 October - 1 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://g20.org/en/g20/Pages/events.aspx
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November 2020

Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP6)

The Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) will also serve as a Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological and Landscape Diversity, the Protocol on Sustainable Forest Management, the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism and the Protocol on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development.

The meeting was scheduled to take place from 14-16 September 2020, in Poland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bureau decided to move the event to an online format later in 2020. Poland, the incoming COP President, also proposed to host a Ministerial Conference of the Carpathian Convention in Rzeszow, Poland, in 2021. 

Through the Carpathian Convention, the seven Parties (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine) seek to guarantee protection and sustainable development of the Carpathians. 

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date: 1 November 2020 location: virtual www: http://www.carpathianconvention.org/eventdetailcop/events/co...
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Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The IGF is a global multistakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, in Katowice, Poland. The theme for IGF 2020 was, 'Internet United'. The programme was organized around four thematic tracks: Data; Environment; Inclusion; and Trust.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IGF 2020 will take place online.

The IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) together with the IGF Secretariat and UN DESA will conduct consultations on the modalities for the virtual IGF annual meeting. The IGF Secretariat will host the IGF 2020 Second Open Consultations and MAG meeting online from 15-19 June 2020. 

Due to the changes in location, upcoming hosting arrangements have been adjusted. The Government of Poland will host the IGF 2021 Annual Meeting in Katowice in the 4th quarter of 2021. The Governments of Ethiopia and Japan will host the IGF annual meetings in 2022 and 2023, respectively, pending arrangements.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2020

Global Forum on Environment: Towards Cost-effective Management Systems for Industrial and Consumer Chemicals

The Global Forum on Environment will discuss the challenges posed by chemicals and provide knowledge on effective and sustainable policies for the sound management of chemicals.

The event will bring together leading actors in the field of chemicals management to promote effective engagement, collaboration and action on the sound management of chemicals and waste. Participants will include regulators and policy makers in charge of chemical safety in OECD member and partner countries as well as relevant stakeholders from intergovernmental organisations, private industry organisations and companies, civil society, and philanthropies.

Production and consumption of chemicals is rapidly increasing in emerging economies while the design of chemical management policies, the establishment of legal and institutional frameworks, and the implementation of risk assessment methodologies and risk management decisions require a great deal of effort from governments and industry. This Global Forum will seek to foster networking and cooperation between partner and member countries.

This meeting is organised by the OECD as part of the activities of the OECD Joint Meeting on the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology and in relation to development cooperation in the area of chemicals sound management. 

dates: 3-4 November 2020 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/globalforumonenvironmentt...

11th Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)

The UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will hold its 11th meeting in a virtual format from 3-5 November 2020. Sessions will convene from 8-11 am EST.

The UN Statistical Commission created the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). It is composed of UN Member States and including regional and international agencies as observers and was tasked with developing and implementing the global indicator framework for the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

The agenda is available here.

Participants must register in advance.

dates: 3-6 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/meetings/iaeg-sdgs-meeting-11/

GEO-XVII Plenary

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was formally established at the Third Earth Observation Summit in February 2005 to carry out the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 10-Year Implementation Plan. 

The GEO-XVII Plenary is scheduled to take place from 5-6 November 2020, in Port Elizabeth. It will take place as part of GEO Week 2020, which will take place from 2-6 November 2020, in Port Elizabeth. 

dates: 5-6 November 2020 location: TBA www: http://earthobservations.org/meetings.php

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2020

The UN has proclaimed 6 November as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).

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date: 6 November 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday/

56th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Sessions of the Associated Committees

The 56th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Sessions of the Associated Committees are scheduled to take place from 9-14 November 2020, in Yokohama, Japan.

The International Tropical Timber Council is the International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) governing body. It meets once a year to discuss issues of interest to members, including those related to the legal trade of tropical timber and the sustainable management of tropical forests. 

dates: 9-14 November 2020 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan www: https://www.itto.int/events/2020/11/14/56th_session_of_the_i...

Race to Zero November Dialogues

The Race to Zero November Dialogues is a series of virtual dialogues that will take place on climate-related topics, and which aim to keep the momentum going on the work on climate change despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dialogues are being organized by the High-Level Champions for Global Climate Action and aim to:

  • reflect on the progress in mitigation and adaptation made by non-Party stakeholders during a challenging 2020; and
  • create enabling conditions for crossing ten tipping points toward systems transformation alongside national enhancement of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and the development of long-term strategies.

Each virtual dialogue is to be organized by a key partner, under an umbrella programme curated by the High-Level Champions. The dialogues will be guided by the overarching narrative of the High-Level Champions.

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

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dates: 9-19 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero/race-to-zero-...

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020

World Science Day for Peace and Development was proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 (UNESCO 31 C/Resolution 20). The Day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in daily living.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The organization of a focused event related to the commitment to science and society was one of the positive outcomes of the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. It was considered an opportunity to reaffirm each year the commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action.

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date: 10 November 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/index.shtml

Finance in Common Summit

The Finance in Common Summit is the first global meeting of all public development banks and will address the common need to build new forms of prosperity that take care of the living (people and planet) in a resilient manner.

The Summit is taking place during the Paris Peace Forum. 

ln the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global socio-economic crisis, the Summit will stress the crucial role of public development banks in reconciling short-term counter-cyclical responses to the crisis with sustainable recovery measures that will have a long-term impact on the planet and societies.

The Finance in Common Summit, taking place in Paris and virtually, aims to reconcile the entire finance community in support of the common action for climate and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will bring together the development bank community along with other key stakeholders, such as heads of state and representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society, think tanks and academia.

The Summit is an initiative of the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions and the International Development Finance Club, and is convened by the Agence française de développement with the support of several partner organizations.

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date: 12 November 2020 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: https://financeincommon.org/

London Climate Action Week 2020

London Climate Action Week 2020 will take place in two installments across the year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The second installment will be a larger event than the first installment, and will convene communities and citizens from across London. It aims to be a unifying moment shaping a “whole of society” response to the climate emergency.

The event will provide a platform for London’s cultural institutions, policy-makers, professionals, communities, faith leadership, academics and researchers to together, explore new solutions to transition to an equitable net zero carbon world.

The first installment will take place virtually in July 2020.

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dates: 14-20 November 2020 location: London, England, UK www: https://www.londonclimateactionweek.org/

CBD Extraordinary COP (ExCOP)

The President of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP), Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment of Egypt, has requested an extraordinary meeting of the COP and the meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols (COP-MOPs) at the end of 2020.

The purpose of the ExCOP would be to consider and approve an interim budget for the Secretariat’s operations in 2021. CBD COP 15 was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020, during which Parties would have addressed this agenda item. Due to the global pandemic and following an announcement on 15 July 2020, COP 15 is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2021, in Kunming, China.

During the ExCOP, the Parties are expected to consider the draft budget decision either through a silence/written procedure or a virtual meeting that would take place within the period from 16-19 November 2020. 

dates: 16-19 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2020/ntf-2020-064-extr...

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2020

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2020 will help build momentum on climate action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) taking place in Glasgow, UK, in 2021. 

In response to the global pandemic and in an effort to fill the void left by the delay in holding COP 26, which was originally scheduled for 2020, the 11th Sustainable Innovation Forum will be fully virtual and broadcast live from a London-based studio, creating a platform for the public and private sectors to showcase continued climate action.

Organized by Climate Action, the Forum will explore five climate challenges over the five days of the event, as follows:

  • Day 1: Climate Policy & Finance;
  • Day 2: Energy Transition;
  • Day 3: Future Mobility;
  • Day 4: Industry Transition; and
  • Day 5: Land Use and Agriculture.

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dates: 16-20 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://events.climateaction.org/sustainable-innovation-foru...

World Toilet Day 2020

The resolution declaring World Toilet Day titled, ‘Sanitation for All’ (A/RES/67/291), was adopted on 24 July 2013. The resolution urges UN Member States and relevant stakeholders to encourage behavioral change and the implementation of policies to increase access to sanitation among the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open-air defecation, which it deemed “extremely harmful” to public health.

World Toilet Day seeks to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year.  

date: 19 November 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/

G20 Finance Ministers Working Dinner

The G20 Finance Ministers Working Dinner will take place as part of the Finance Track for the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020.

Consultations for the annual G20 meeting are conducted through three tracks. Government discussions take place under the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. Civil society organizations participate through Engagement Groups.

The Finance Track includes meetings of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, as well as their Deputies, which focus on fiscal and monetary policy issues such as the global economy, infrastructure, financial regulation, financial inclusion, international financial architecture and international taxation.

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme, “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All”. The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: “Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive”; “Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons”; and “Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.”

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 20 November 2020 location: Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia www: https://g20.org/en/g20/Pages/events.aspx

G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

The G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting will take place as part of the Sherpa Track for the G20 Leaders Summit 2020, which is to be hosted by Saudi Arabia at the end of 2020.

Consultations for the annual G20 meeting are conducted through three tracks. Government discussions take place under the Finance and Sherpa Tracks. Civil society organizations participate through Engagement Groups.

The Sherpa Track includes meetings of Ministers and relevant senior officials focused on socioeconomic issues such as agriculture, anti-corruption, climate, digital economy, education, employment, energy, environment, health, tourism, trade and investment.

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme: Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All. The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive; Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons; and Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement.

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, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 20 November 2020 location: Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia www: https://g20.org/en/g20/Pages/events.aspx

G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020

The 15th meeting of Group of Twenty (G20) will convene from 21-22 November 2020. Originally scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the event will be held virtually, as per a 28 September announcement. This event marks the first time that Saudi Arabia will hold the Presidency of the G20.

The Saudi Arabian Presidency has selected the theme, ‘Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All’ . 

The three key agenda items to be addressed under this theme are: ‘Empowering People, by creating the conditions in which all people – especially women and youth – can live, work and thrive’; ‘Safeguarding the Planet, by fostering collective efforts to protect our global commons’; and ‘Shaping New Frontiers, by adopting long-term and bold strategies to share benefits of innovation and technological advancement’.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the EU. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of prior Summits can be found here.

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dates: 21-22 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://g20.org/en/

Joint 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The Joint 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) are scheduled to take place from 23-27 November 2020.

These events were originally expected to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place online.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

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dates: 23-27 November 2020 location: virtual www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings
https://ozone.unep.org/meetings/thirty-second-meeting-partie...

UNFCCC Climate Change Dialogues, November/December 2020 (Climate Dialogues)

The UNFCCC Climate Change Dialogues, November/December 2020 (Climate Dialogues) will offer new opportunities for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Parties, observer States and other stakeholders to showcase progress and achievements on climate action in 2020.

The primary focus of this series of events will be on the intergovernmental process and on issues pertaining to mandates under the governing and subsidiary bodies and their agendas, as appropriate. The Climate Dialogues may also include, where possible, a limited number of complementary events held by Parties, observers or other stakeholders that could further inform the discussions.

The Climate Dialogues will also provide a platform for advancing implementation of activities and events mandated for 2020 and, to the extent possible, for identifying potential activities that could help Parties to be better prepared for effectively engaging in the work of the subsidiary bodies at the 2021 sessions.

The Dialogues will be convened in collaboration with the Presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP) at its 25th session and the incoming COP 26 Presidency and with the support of the secretariat.

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dates: 23 November - 4 December 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/information_...
https://www.climate-chance.org/agenda/unfccc-climate-change-...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

On 7 February 2000, the General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.

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date: 25 November 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/index.shtml

Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue

The Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue will consider how to strengthen adaptation and mitigation action in the context of the ocean and climate change.

The Dialogue will be convened by the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in response to the request by the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. The SBSTA Chair will provide an information note and agenda in advance of the dialogue.

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dates: 30 November - 1 December 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/event/ocean-and-climate-change-dialogue-t...

December 2020

26th Session of the International Seabed Authority Assembly and Council (Part II)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been postponed to December 2020. It was originally scheduled to take place from 6-21 July 2020. 

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention organize and control activities in the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. At Annual Sessions of the International Seabed Authority, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat.

The second part of the 25th annual session (July 2019) of the ISA, which included meetings of the Authority’s Council and Assembly, focused on the Authority’s central consideration at that point in time: the development of the draft exploitation regulations on deep-seabed mining. These regulations, once concluded, will govern future activities in the world’s oceans. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ISA 25 is here.

date: 1 December 2020 location: Kingston, Jamaica www: https://www.isa.org.jm/
http://enb.iisd.org/vol25/enb25207e.html

En Route to COP26

En Route to COP26 is a high-level event to drive action for zero-emission transport now, and is designed to accelerate collective and timely action.

The event aims to help countries, cities and companies across the globe to boost ambition, action, planning and implementation by focusing on a number of key issues:

  • National Climate and Transport Strategies; 
  • Low Carbon Urban Mobility Planning;
  • Delivering Zero Emissions Freight;
  • Why is transport central to green socio-economic reset?;
  • Is this the end of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)?;
  • Rethinking/re-organising /prioritising urban mobility / space;
  • Identifying regional solutions / priorities;
  • A fair low carbon transport transition?;
  • How to make the economics work?; and
  • Transport and health.

It is co-organized by EuroClima, the FIA Foundation, FICCI, GIZ, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Movin'On, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLOCAT), the Rocky Mountain Institute, Sustainable Mobility for All, Transport Decarbonisation Alliance, Transport Scotland, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the World Resources Institute.

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dates: 1-3 December 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/en-route-to-cop26-tickets-12172...

World Soil Day 2020

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing that 5 December be marked as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

date: 5 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/

International Volunteer Day 2020

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 (A/RES/40/212). It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

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date: 5 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/volunteer-day

Our Ocean Conference 2020

The seventh Our Ocean Conference will draw partners globally to identify solutions to sustainably manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come. The six areas of focus at the conference will include climate change, marine pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security. 

The sixth Our Ocean Conference took place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.  The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary is available here. Summaries for previous years are also available for: 2017,  20162015 and 2014.

dates: 7-8 December 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

13th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008, following the 20th ratification. The States Parties to the Convention meet regularly in a "Conference of States Parties" to consider agenda items related to the implementation of the CRPD. 

The 13th session was scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 10-12 June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting has been rescheduled to the second week of December 2020. 

The main theme for the meeting is: A decade of action and delivery for inclusive sustainable development: implementing the CRPD and the 2030 Agenda for all persons with disabilities. Round tables will address three topics: 

  • Disability and business: realizing the right to work in open, inclusive and accessible environments for persons with disabilities; 
  • Addressing the rights and needs of older persons with disabilities: ageing and demographic trends (co-chair by Liberia and CSO); and 
  • Promoting Inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD.

A cross-cutting theme for the meeting is, 'Strengthening capacity- building to fully implement the CRPD and the SDGs for persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities.' This theme will address Beijing+25 and other relevant commemorations of the historical benchmarks in the global agenda in 2020. 

date: 7 December 2020 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/conference-...

59th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 59th Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 8-10 December 2020. 

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.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 58th meeting of the GEF Council, which selected the new CEO and Chairperson for the GEF, is here.

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dates: 8-10 December 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-59th-council-mee...
https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

Benchmarking Progress in Context of Decade of Action: Initiative on FfD Amid COVID-19

The initiative convened by Canada, Jamaica, and the UN on 'Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond' will hold a meeting in December 2020 to benchmark countries' progress towards financial recovery in the context of delivering the SDGs.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed announced the plan in a meeting of finance ministers on 8 September 2020.

date: 8 December 2020 [tentative] location: virtual contact: Office of UN Deputy Secretary-General www: https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/financing-development

Human Rights Day 2020

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December (A/RES/423 (V)). The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on that day in 1948.

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date: 10 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

International Mountain Day 2020

This year’s theme for International Mountain Day (IMD) is protecting mountain biodiversity. In alignment with the 'Biodiversity Super Year' and negotiation of the post-2020 biodiversity framework, the Day will celebrate mountain biodiversity and seek to increase understanding of the threats that it faces.

The UN General Assembly declared 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains, and on this occasion, it designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day (IMD). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) coordinates the annual celebration of the Day to foster greater awareness of mountain issues. 

date: 11 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/background.shtml
http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/...

International Universal Health Coverage Day 2020

On 12 December 2012, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care - as an essential priority for international development. On 12 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138.

International Universal Health Coverage Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. Each year on 12 December, UHC advocates raise their voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, champion what has been achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, and encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move the world closer to UHC by 2030.

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date: 12 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/universal-health-coverage-...

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 14-18 December 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/
https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/events/cif-trust-fund...

International Migrants Day 2020

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93).

The day was selected to mark the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by UNGA of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158).

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date: 18 December 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day

January 2021

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2020

The Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) is part of Regional Climate Weeks that are held annually in various regions. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership, which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

MENACW was expected to take place in late 2020, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Regional Climate Weeks are expected to take place in 2021. The organizing partners will discuss a possible schedule of Regional Climate Week meetings for 2021 keeping in mind uncertainties around the precise timing of COP26 in 2021. Virtual solutions to fulfill some of the objectives of the Regional Climate Weeks are also being explored.

The Regional Climate Weeks will build on the success of the 2019 Regional Climate Weeks in: Accra, GhanaSalvador, Brazil; and Bangkok, Thailand.  

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date: 4 January 2021 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.regionalclimateweeks.org/
https://unfccc.int/about-the-regional-climate-weeks

IUCN World Conservation Congress [postponed] [tentative]

The IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together IUCN’s government, civil society and indigenous peoples’ Member organisations to take decisions related to major conservation issues. 

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 was originally scheduled to take place from 11-19 June 2020, in Marseille, France. On 3 April 2020, IUCN announced that, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it would take place from 7-15 January 2021. On 16 September, IUCN announced that the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 would be postponed to a further date in 2021. 

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress last convened in 2016 in Hawai'i, US, and was attended by approximately 10,000 participants from 192 countries. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of outcomes from the 2016 Congress is here.

dates: 7-15 January 2021 location: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France www: https://www.iucncongress2020.org/

16th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention.

POPRC-16 was scheduled to take place back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16), in September 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, POPRC-16 was postponed to 11-15 January 2021. 

dates: 11-15 January 2021 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.pops.int/TheConvention/POPsReviewCommittee/Meetin...

Climate Adaptation Week Groningen

Climate Adaptation Week Groningen is part of the movement towards a climate-proof society. In the run-up to this week, several digital (and, if possible, physical) events, projects and activities will be organized around the topic of climate adaptation. The climate activities in Groningen will show the diverse aspects of climate adaptation and specific expertise in Northern Netherlands. Through the Climate Adaptation Week, Groningen also aims to prepare its inhabitants for possible disruptions in our society and how to deal with them.

As part of the Week, the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 will take place online, on 25 January. During this Summit, world leaders will meet online to discuss climate adaptation, make agreements and turn to action.

As host cities of the Global Center on Adaptation, both Groningen and Rotterdam are organizing various activities on the theme of climate adaptation, in the run-up to the Climate Adaptation Summit.

The Groningen Climate Adaptation Week is being organised by the Akkoord van Groningen and the Global Center on Adaptation, in collaboration with Nationaal Programma Groningen.

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dates: 19-25 January 2021 location: Groningen, Netherlands www: https://klimaatadaptatiegroningen.nl/en/climate-adaptation-w...

International Day of Education 2021

The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration calls for free and compulsory elementary education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989, goes further to stipulate that countries shall make higher education accessible to all.

When it adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, the international community recognized that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its goals. Sustainable Development Goal 4, in particular, aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030.

On 3 December 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution (resolution 73/25) proclaiming 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

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date: 24 January 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/education-day

Climate Adaptation Summit

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaptation Summit on 25 January 2021. Originally scheduled for 22 October 2020, the event will be held online due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Following the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019, convened by UN Secretary-General Anto?nio Guterres to meet the climate challenge, the GCA will begin its Year of Action. The GCA Year of Action will:

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings at the Climate Adaption Summit.

The Netherlands initiated the Commission to share its knowledge on how it has managed to adopt innovative water management solutions as sea levels rise. The GCA was launched in The Hague, the Netherlands, in October 2018 by former UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon with the mandate to encourage the development of measures to manage the effects of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

date: 25 January 2021 location: virtual www: https://climateadaptationsummit.gca.org/

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2021

The 51st World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will be held on the theme "The Great Reset" representing a commitment to jointly and urgently build the foundations of the global economic and social system for a more fair, sustainable and resilient future.

The Meeting will be organized in a "twin" format, being both in-person and virtual, connecting key global governmental and business leaders in Davos with a global multi-stakeholder network in 400 cities around the world for a forward-oriented dialogue driven by the younger generation.

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dates: 26-29 January 2021 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland www: https://www.weforum.org/press/2020/06/the-great-reset-a-uniq...

February 2021

24th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other subsidiary bodies, with timely advice relating to the implementation of the Convention. As a subsidiary body of the COP, SBSTTA reports regularly to the COP on all aspects of its work. The 24th meeting of the SBSTTA of the CBD will be held in Montreal, Canada.

SBSTTA 24 was scheduled to take place from 18-23 May 2020, in conjunction with the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the CBD. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates have been adjusted several times. 

The Secretariat announced on 24 August 2020 that the meeting would be held in the first quarter of 2021, "conditions allowing." In preparation for the subsidiary body meetings, the Secretariat is organizing a series of special virtual sessions of SBSTTA and SBI on 15-18 September 2020. 

These meetings will prepare for the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15), which was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020. It is now expected to take place in May 2021. 

date: 1 February 2021 location: Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-24

Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

In Decision XII/12, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) established the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) to replace the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention, with the terms of reference contained in the annex to decision XII/26.

The four functions and core areas of work of SBI consist of: (a) review of progress in implementation; (b) strategic actions to enhance implementation; (c) strengthening means of implementation; and (d) operations of the convention and the Protocols. The Bureau of the COP serves as the Bureau of the SBI.

The second meeting of the SBI (SBI 2) took place from 9-13 July 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBI 2 is here. SBI 1 was held on 2-6 May 2016, in Montreal, Canada. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of SBI 1 is here.

SBI 3 was scheduled to convene from 25-29 May, in conjunction with the 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the CBD. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings were postponed and adjusted several times.

The Secretariat announced on 24 August 2020 that the meeting would be held in the first quarter of 2021, "conditions allowing." In preparation for the subsidiary body meetings, the Secretariat is organizing a series of special virtual sessions of SBSTTA and SBI on 15-18 September 2020. 

These meetings will prepare for the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15), which was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020. It is now expected to take place in May 2021. 

date: 1 February 2021 location: Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-03

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) [rescheduled]

The Global Soil Biodiversity Symposium was originally scheduled to take place from 10-12 March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed until 2-4 February 2021. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy. 

The Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will bring together international experts with the aim of reviewing the status of knowledge on soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity, and the contributions of soil organisms to the SDGs.

dates: 2-4 February 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

World Wetlands Day 2021

Celebrated annually on 2 February, World Wetlands Day aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet. The Day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

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date: 2 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwetlandsday.org

47th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47)

The Committee on World Food Security normally convenes for an annual meeting in October. Due to the global pandemic, the 47th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47), which is expected to take a decision on the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, will convene in February 2021.

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dates: 8-12 February 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cfs

59th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The UN Commission for Social Development is the UN advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) is scheduled to take place in February 2021 at UN Headquarters in New York. 

CSocD59 is expected to focus on the priority theme, 'Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all'.

date: 8 February 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...

8th Africa Water Week

The 8th Africa Water Week will focus on the theme, 'Water Security for Development and Human Health'.

The Africa Water Week represents a political commitment at the highest level where 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, meet to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges.

The event is held biennially, organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other development partners.

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dates: 8-12 February 2021 location: Windhoek, Namibia www: https://www.amcow-online.org/index.php?lang=en
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UNCCD CRIC 19

The 19th meeting of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 19), a subsidiary body to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), was expected to take place at the end of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting dates were changed to 10-12 February 2021. 

The CRIC assists the UNCCD Conference of the Parties in reviewing the implementation of the Convention, under the authority and guidance of the COP and as an integral part of the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System (PRAIS).

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dates: 10-12 February 2021 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.unccd.int/convention/committee-review-implementa...
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World Pulses Day 2021

On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/68/231) proclaiming 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. The celebration of the year increased public awareness of the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production.

In 2019, the General Assembly proclaimed 10 February as World Pulses Day (resolution A/RES/73/251).

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date: 10 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-pulses-day

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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date: 11 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/...

Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SEforALL Forum) [rescheduled]

The Sustainable Energy for ALL (SEforALL) Forum was originally scheduled to take place from 6-8 May 2020, in Kigali, Rwanda. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 13 March 2020, the SEforALL Secretariat announced its decision to postpone the SEforALL Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, to 16-18 February 2021. 

Focusing on the theme, 'Building Speed, Reaching Scale, Closing the Gap,' this Forum will provide a global platform to mobilize resources, connect partners and showcase action to realize the promise of the sustainable energy revolution for everyone.

The event will bring together a diverse group of energy stakeholders to take stock of progress towards implementing SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and provide an opportunity to develop new partnerships, launch new financial instruments to close energy access gap, and connect with energy leaders from communities, cities, politics, business and finance.

The event will also seek to raise ambition under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

dates: 16-18 February 2021 location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: SEforALL Secretariat e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.seforall.org/forum
http://seforallforum.org/contact

World Day of Social Justice 2021

On 26 November 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that, starting from the 63rd session of the Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10).

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date: 20 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/social-justice-day

Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is expected to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA.

We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.

dates: 22-26 February 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: UNEP www: http://web.unep.org/environmentassembly/

23rd session of the Committee for Development Policy Plenary

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It advises ECOSOC on issues that are relevant for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 23nd session of the CDP Plenary is expected to convene from 22-26 February 2021, at UN Headquarters in New York. 

dates: 22-26 February 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/document_cdp/meetin...

March 2021

CGRFA 18

The 18th session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 18) 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.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CGRFA 17 is here.

dates: 1-5 March 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/en/

First Global Meeting of National Focal Points of the Montevideo Programme V [tentative]

The first Global Meeting of National Focal Points of the Montevideo Programme V (the Montevideo Programme V meeting) was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to take place from 23-25 March 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but has been tentatively postponed to the first quarter of 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting is being organized pursuant to resolution 4/20 of the UN Environment Assembly that adopted the Montevideo Programme. Participants will provide guidance to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on relevant institutional and implementation arrangements for the programme, together with identifying needs and priorities in the field of environmental rule of law.

The Montevideo Programme V is an intergovernmental programme designed to promote the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, strengthen the related capacity in countries, and contribute to the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda.

date: 1 March 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/environmental-r...

World Wildlife Day 2021

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. 

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date: 3 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-wildlife-day

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day 2021

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.

Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

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date: 3 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://au.int/

International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

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date: 8 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

International Day of Forests 2021

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as 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 (CPF). 

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date: 21 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day

World Water Day 2021

World Water Day became a UN observance day in 1993. It seeks to focus attention on the global water crisis. On 22 March every year, people and organizations mark World Water Day by taking action to tackle the water crisis. 

World Water Day 2021 is expected to focus on the theme, 'Valuing Water'.

More information about past events to mark World Water Day can be found here.

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date: 22 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwaterday.org/

Ninth World Water Forum

The Ninth World Water Forum is scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal, from 22-27 March 2021. 

The 9th World Water Forum is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. The event will focus on the theme, 'Water Security for Peace and Development,' and will consider four priorities: water security and sanitation; cooperation; rural development; and means tools.

Organized by the World Water Council, the Forums aim to enhance dialogue of the decision-making process on water at the global level, seeking to achieve the rational and sustainable use of this resource. 

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dates: 22-27 March 2021 location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal www: https://www.worldwatercouncil.org/en/dakar-2021

World Meteorological Day 2021

World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March, commemorating the date in 1950 when the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization came into force. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world. The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate or water-related issues.

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date: 23 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://worldmetday.wmo.int/en/conf

World Tuberculosis Day 2021

World Tuberculosis Day is commemorated annually to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis, and to step up efforts to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

SDG target 3.3 calls for, by 2030, ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

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date: 24 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-tb-day

April 2021

World Health Day 2021

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.

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date: 7 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2021 Youth Forum will take place in April 2021 in New York, during ECOSOC's 2021 session. 

The 2020 Youth Forum was deferred to the ECOSOC 2021 session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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dates: 7-8 April 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

International Mother Earth Day 2021

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace 2021

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace seeks to reaffirm the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through peaceful means. The Day acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations.

It was established on 12 December 2018 through resolution A/RES/73/127 and was first observed on 24 April 2019.

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date: 24 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/Multilateralism-for-Peace-...

Fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15)

The Fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) will be held under the theme “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”. It will seek to provide a platform for countries to devise new ways to use trade as an enabler of sustainable development.

The conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD, during which member states assess current trade and development issues and formulate global policy responses. It also sets the organization’s work priorities for the next four years. The 15th UNCTAD quadrennial conference will present an opportunity to align the sustainable development agenda with global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With economies all over the world ravaged by COVID-19, countries will explore how to build back better and strengthen their resilience. They will discuss the strategies and policies needed to resist shocks and quickly recover from crises – economic, financial, climate and social.

The conference will be held in Barbados from 25-30 April 2021, with pre-conference events starting on 23 April.

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dates: 25-30 April 2021 location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados www: https://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=23...

World Malaria Day 2021

World Malaria Day is observed annually on 25 April, to bring global attention to the efforts being made to bring an end to malaria, and encourage action to reduce suffering and death from the disease.

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date: 25 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-malaria-day

World Intellectual Property Day 2021

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on 26 April. Events organized to mark the Day seek to inform about the role of intellectual property rights in encouraging innovation and creativity.

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date: 26 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been rescheduled to take place from 27-28 April 2021. It was originally scheduled to take place from 4-5 June 2020. 

The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

dates: 27-28 April 2021 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

In 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO), began to observe World Day in order to stress the prevention of accidents and diseases at work, capitalizing on the ILO's traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.

28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.

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date: 28 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/work-safety-day

Special Meeting of the Council on International Cooperation in Tax Matters 2021

The special meeting of the Council on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will be held on 29 April 2021, during the 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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date: 29 April 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

May 2021

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2021

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2021 Partnership Forum will take place in May 2021 in New York, during ECOSOC's 2021 session. The ECOSOC Partnership Forum discusses ways to define and promote effective partnerships and how partnerships can best advance the sustainable development agenda and the 17 SDGs.

The 2020 Partnership Forum was deferred to the ECOSOC 2021 session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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date: 3 May 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

World Press Freedom Day 2021

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an annual celebration of press freedom, observed on 3 May and whose main celebration is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991 (UNESCO 26 C/Resolution 4.3).

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date: 3 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/press-freedom-day
https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldpressfreedomday/20...

UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

The UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place in May 2021 in New York, during the 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Fifth meeting of the Forum was originally scheduled to convene from 12-13 May 2020, during ECOSOC's 2020 session, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fourth meeting of the STI Forum is summarized here.

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dates: 4-5 May 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

UN Development Cooperation Forum 2021

The UN Development Cooperation Forum 2021 will take place in May 2021, in New York, US, during the 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It will take place back-to-back with the 2021 Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum).

The DCF is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. It works to provide concrete policy guidance on enhancing development cooperation in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (FfD).

The 2020 DCF was schedule to take place in May 2020 but was deferred to the 2021 session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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dates: 6-7 May 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

World Migratory Bird Day 2021

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

The Day is celebrated bi-annually on the second Saturday in May and in October.

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date: 8 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/about

IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition

The International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress & Exhibition 2021 will be held on the theme: Water for smart liveable cities. It will explore smart, holistic and liveable city solutions that utilize synergies between various intelligent systems, empower cities to adapt to a changing climate and meet the Paris agenda, whilst improving the quality of life and well-being of our societies.

The Congress will take stock of global water challenges, the emerging scientific breakthroughs, as well as the global innovative approaches and inspiring solutions to set an unequivocal water-wise path forward. With an emphasis on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation, the Congress will also highlight the interwoven relation of water with all 17 SDGs and show examples of implementation and cooperation towards the fulfilment of the SDGs.

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dates: 9-14 May 2021 location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark www: https://worldwatercongress.org/

UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 23 March 2020, CBD Acting Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema announced that the dates for this meeting would be adjusted. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, China.

On 15 July 2020, the CBD announced the meeting would take place from 17-30 May 2021. 

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the tenth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 10) and the fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 4) are expected to address a series of issues related to implementation of the Convention and its Protocols.

CBD COP 15 will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization.

As part of the process to develop the post-2020 framework, negotiations will be held in the context of an open-ended intersessional Working Group, co-chaired by Francis Ogwal (Uganda) and Basile van Havre (Canada). The first meeting of the Working Group took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27-30 August 2019. Its second meeting took place in Rome, Italy, from 24-28 February 2020. The third meeting of the Working Group was expected to convene from 27-31 July 2020 in Colombia, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dates will be adjusted.

Additionally, the Convention’s other intersessional and subsidiary bodies, including the Working Group on Article 8(j), the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological A... (SBSTTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will address aspects of the post-2020 framework of relevance to their mandates.

A series of regional consultations have already taken place, including for Asia and the PacificWestern Europe and Others Group and other members of the EUAfricaCentral and Eastern Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. A thematic consultation with focus on gender elements was also held in New York, US, and a consultation workshop among the biodiversity-related convent... took place from 10-12 June 2019 in Bern, Switzerland.

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub policy brief on the road to the 2020 UN Biodiversity Conference here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference is here.

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dates: 17-30 May 2021 location: China additional: Kunming, Yunnan www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/COP-15

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2021

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated annually to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

WTISD is celebrated on 17 May, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the ITU.

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date: 17 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/telecommunication-day

World Bee Day 2021

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

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date: 20 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021

In 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Div..., adopted on 20 October 2005. These include: 

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; 
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; 
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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date: 21 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day

International Day for Biological Diversity 2021

The UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. 

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date: 22 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

Innovate4Climate

Innovate4Climate (I4C) is a platform that promotes dialogue among the public and private sector on innovative ways to mobilize finance towards climate action. It is a global conference where leaders from government, industry, business, finance, and technology gather to envision the next generation of climate-smart solutions with the potential to transform the global economy.

To achieve its goals, I4C:

  • Provides a platform for exchange of knowledge and best practices;
  • Promotes investment opportunities in mitigation, adaptation, and resilience; and
  • Matchmakes between organizations in an apolitical and business-supportive environment.

Innovate4Climate is hosted by the World Bank Group.

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dates: 25-27 May 2021 location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain www: https://www.innovate4climate.com/

June 2021

52nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies [tentative]

The 52nd sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) were originally expected to convene in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2020. 

On 1 April 2020, the Secretariat announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26), which was scheduled to take place in November 2020, would be postponed. The SB meetings were also postponed from June to October 2020.

Subsequently, on 23 June 2020, the Bureau decided to postpone the SB meetings until 2021.

We will update this page as new information becomes available. 

date: 1 June 2021 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany contact: UNFCCC Secretariat phone: (49-228) 815-1000 fax: (49-228) 815-1999 e-mail: [email protected] www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is the world’s foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. It takes place every two years.

The seventh session of the Global Platform for DRR is expected to take place in 2021. 

The sixth session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) took place from 13-17 May 2019, and was focused on the theme, 'Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies'. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of GP2019 is here

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dates: 2021, exact dates to be confirmed location: TBD contact: UNDRR Secretariat www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform

date: 1 June 2021 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.undrr.org/

World Environment Day 2021

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

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date: 5 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2021

Fish are an important commodity for the achievement of food security. However, efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

To address this issue, the UN General Assembly declared 5 June as the "International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing."

Target 14.4 of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (life below water) specifically urges the international community to, "by 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics."

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date: 5 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-illegal-fishing-day

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference

World Trade Organization (WTO) members had agreed that the organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) would take place in June 2020 in Kazakhstan, which joined the WTO in 2015. The event was originally scheduled to take place from 8-11 June in Nur-Sultan. 

On 12 March 2020, the Government of Kazakhstan announced that it would no longer host this meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the WTO announced that consultations will be held to decide how to proceed with provisions for MC12. The event is currently expected to take place in June 2021. 

The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.

date: 7 June 2021 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc12_e/mc12_e....

World Food Safety Day 2021

Food safety is the absence - or safe, acceptable levels - of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food safety has a critical role in ensuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain - from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption. In December 2018, cognizant of the urgent need to raise awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions for global food safety, the UN General Assembly designated 7 June as World Food Safety Day (A/RES/73/250).

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date: 7 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/food-safety-day

World Oceans Day 2021

June 8 is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.

Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992, following the UN Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, the UN General Assembly decided that, as of 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”.

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date: 8 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://unworldoceansday.org/
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World Day Against Child Labour 2021

World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

This international day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002. 

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date: 12 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-la...

60th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 60th Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 15-17 June 2021. 

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.

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dates: 15-17 June 2021 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-60th-council-mee...

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2021

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June each year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. 

The day offers a chance to recognize that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

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date: 17 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/desertification-day

World Refugee Day 2021

The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards (A/RES/55/76).

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

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date: 20 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/index.shtml

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2021

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2021 will take place in June in Geneva, Switzerland, during ECOSOC's 2021 session.

The Humanitarian Affairs Segment enables Member States, UN entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues.

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dates: 23-25 June 2021 location: Ch, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

July 2021

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2021

The 2021 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place in July 2021 during ECOSOC's 2021 session.

It is scheduled to take place the week before the annual session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2021). 

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date: 2 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The ICCM was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fifth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) has been rescheduled to take place from 5-9 July 2021. 

The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world.

The functions of the ICCM are to: 

  • receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; 
  • evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; 
  • provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; 
  • report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; 
  • promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; 
  • promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; 
  • promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; 
  • work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; 
  • evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; 
  • focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; 
  • promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; 
  • provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and
  • promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM. 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

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dates: 5-9 July 2021 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.saicm.org/About/ICCM/ICCM5/tabid/8207/language/en...

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2021

The 2021 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is expected to take place over eight days, from 6-15 July 2021. This event will be the ninth session of the HLPF. 

The HLPF is the main UN platform on sustainable development. It has a central role in the follow-up and review of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All UN Member States as well as representatives from civil society organizations participate in the HLPF, which meets under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

A centerpiece of the annual HLPF session is the presentation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Countries volunteer to present VNRs, which identify how that country is planning to implement the SDGs along with information on its progress and challenges. 

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dates: 6-15 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Vienna Energy Forum 2021

The Vienna Energy Forum 2021 will take place in July 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is a biennial global, multi-stakeholder forum with the objective of exploring developmental challenges within the realm of sustainable energy. The Forum introduces a platform for policy- and decision-makers from all sectors of society to conceive practical solutions to sustainability issues.

Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the UN Industrial Development Organization, the Forum has assembled thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss practical solutions to sustainable development challenges and pave the way for tangible partnerships on the ground.

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dates: 6-7 July 2021 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/

World Population Day 2021

World Population Day is celebrated annually on 11 July to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

The Day was established by the then-Governing Council of the UN Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the UN General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.

The Day was first marked on 11 July 1990 in more than 90 countries.

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date: 11 July 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-population-day

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2021

The High-level Segment (HLS) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which will include the three-day ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), will take place in July 2021.

The HLS convenes annually. It represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society and academia.

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dates: 13-16 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

14th International Coral Reef Symposium

The 14th International Coral Reef Symposium was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to take place in July 2020, in Bremen, Germany. It will now take place in July 2021, and will address the theme, 'Tackling the Challenging Future of Coral Reefs.'

The Symposium will bring together coral reef scientists, early career researchers, conservationists, policy makers and reef managers to present the latest research findings and exchange current knowledge fundamental in advising international and national policies in the conservation and sustainable use of coral reefs. It will be hosted by the University of Bremen in Germany.

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dates: 18-23 July 2021 location: Bremen, Germany www: https://www.icrs2020.de/

Nelson Mandela International Day 2021

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 18 July as "Nelson Mandela International Day," in recognition of the contributions made by Nelson Mandela, the former South African President, to the culture of peace and freedom.

In the Resolution establishing this international day (A/RES/64/13), UNGA recognized Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity in: conflict resolution; race relations; promotion and protection of human rights; reconciliation; gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups; the fight against poverty; the promotion of social justice. The resolution also acknowledged his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

In December 2015, the UNGA decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be used to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society, and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance. It adopted (A/RES/70/175) the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and approved that they should be known as the "Nelson Mandela Rules."

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date: 18 July 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/index.shtml

Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10

The 15th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2021.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 chemicals triple-COP is here

dates: 19-30 July 2021 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.brsmeas.org/

ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2021 to 2022

On 23 July 2021, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold its organizational session regarding the programme of work of the Council from July 2021 to July 2022.

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date: 23 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

August 2021

Ninth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture aim to promote the conservation and sustainable use of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use, in harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity, for sustainable agriculture and food security.  

The ninth session of the Governing Body (GB 9) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will address items on general policy and implementation of the Treaty and the MLS, and administrative and budgetary matters.

The meeting is expected to take place in 2021 in India. 

date: 1 August 2021 [tentative] location: India [tentative] www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2021

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August to raise awareness of the needs of indigenous peoples globally.

By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the UN General Assembly decided that the Day would be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

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date: 9 August 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/indigenous-day

International Youth Day 2021

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

The Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. It was established by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/54/120), which on 17 December 1999, endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth calling for 12 August to be declared International Youth Day.

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date: 12 August 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day

World Humanitarian Day 2021

World Humanitarian Day is commemorated every year on 19 August to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and to honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the UN General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day.

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date: 19 August 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/humanitarian-day

September 2021

68th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC68)

The IWC was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The preamble to the Convention states that its purpose is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.

An integral part of the Convention is its legally binding 'Schedule.'  The Schedule sets out specific measures that the IWC has collectively decided are necessary in order to regulate whaling and conserve whale stocks. These measures include catch limits (which may be zero as it the case for commercial whaling) by species and area, designating specified areas as whale sanctuaries, protection of calves and females accompanied by calves, and restrictions on hunting methods.

The biennial Commission meeting of the IWC is attended by around 400 people including government delegates, observers from non-member governments, other inter-governmental organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs) and representatives of the media. 

IWC68 was originally scheduled to take place from 25 September to 2 October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting has been rescheduled for September 2021. 

dates: 3-10 September 2021 location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz www: https://iwc.int/iwc68

XVII World Water Congress [rescheduled]

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) was originally scheduled to convene its XVII World Water Congress in Daegu, Republic of Korea, from 11-15 May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now scheduled to take place in September 2021. 

The event is jointly organized with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, Daegu Metropolitan City, K-water and the Korea Water Resources Association.

The XVII World Water Congress will be held jointly with the Korea International Water Week (KIWW).

dates: 12-16 September 2021 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.worldwatercongress.com/index.php

2021 UN Food Systems Summit [Date TBD]

In September or October 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit with the aim of maximizing the co-benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda and meeting the challenges of climate change. The Summit aims to provide a platform for ambitious new actions, innovative solutions, and plans to transform food systems and leverage these shifts to deliver progress across all of the SDGs. It is envisioned that the Summit will have objectives and outcomes including to:

  • Raise awareness of food systems' centrality to the entire sustainable development agenda, and the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in the wake of a global pandemic;
  • Align stakeholders around a common understanding and narrative of a food system framework as a foundation for concerted action, making food and food systems a more widespread issue for advocacy and action to achieve the 2030 Agenda;
  • Recognize the need for inclusivity and innovation in food systems governance and action;
  • Motivate and empower stakeholders who support food systems transformation through the development of improved tools, measurement, and analysis; and
  • Catalyze, accelerate, and enlarge bold action for the transformation of food systems by all communities, including countries, cities, companies, civil society, citizens, and food producers.

By delivering on these objectives, the 2021 Food Systems Summit provides an opportunity for us to review our choices and be bold on the outcomes we seek throughout the Decade of Action, and put the world on a new trajectory within a generation.

The Summit's Instagram account is here. The Twitter account is here.

date: 13 September 2021 [tentative] time: Date TBD location: TBA www: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/food-systems-summi...
https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/personnel-appointments/2...

World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC 2021)

The World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC 2021) will take place in September 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The World Renewable Energy Congress is a biennial event dedicated to promoting renewable energy global development, featuring top international experts, policy makers, scientists, engineers, technology developers, and business practitioners addressing the most strategic issues of sustainable energy development and innovation. It has been organized since 1992 to help foster the transfer of renewable energy technology from developed countries to developing countries.

The 2020 Congress was previously postponed to March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has now been further postponed to September 2021. It is organized by the World Renewable Energy Network. 

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dates: 13-18 September 2021 location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal www: https://www.greengrowthknowledge.org/event/wrec-2021-world-r...
https://wrec2020.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/~wrec2020.daemon/index.h...

76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76)

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-30 September 2021 location: New York City, US

UNCCD COP 15

The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 15) is expected to take place in the final quarter of 2021. 

The UNCCD is one of the three Rio Conventions—along with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The negotiation of the UNCCD was called for in Agenda 21, the programme of action adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Earth Summit). The UNCCD was adopted on 17 June 1994, entered into force on 26 December 1996. 

The ENB summary of UNCCD COP 14 is here.

We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

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date: 14 September 2021 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.unccd.int/convention/conference-parties-cop

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2021

In 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 16 September the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (resolution 49/114).

The principal aim of the Montreal Protocol is to protect the ozone layer by taking measures to control total global production and consumption of substances that deplete it, with the ultimate objective of their elimination on the basis of developments in scientific knowledge and technological information.

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date: 16 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/index.shtml

International Day of Peace 2021

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/36/67) to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted (A/RES/55/282) to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

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date: 21 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace

World Tourism Day 2021

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

World Tourism Day was designated by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in September 1979, with the commemoration to commence in 1980. This date was chosen to coincide with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.

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date: 27 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/tourismday/index.shtml

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021

On 17 November 2015, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information (UNESCO 38 C/70).

Considering that several civil society organizations and government bodies in the world have adopted and currently celebrate this observance, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 74/5 from 15 October 2019, also adopted 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information. Access to information is more and more recognized as a prerequisite for sustainable development and for claiming human rights. With SDG 16, the target (16.10) to promote access to information is also anchored in the 2030 Agenda.

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date: 28 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/informationaccessday/index.shtm...

Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition

The "Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition" special event is being held ahead of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC, which is taking place from 1-12 November 2021, in Glasgow, UK.

In the run-up to this special event, the Italian Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Connect4Climate - World Bank Group and the Office of Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, has also launched a programme of virtual and interactive meetings addressed to young people around the world. The webinars programme titled, "Youth4Climate Live Series: Driving Momentum Towards Pre-COP 26", includes one meeting per month, from June to February 2020.

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dates: 28-30 September 2021 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy www: https://www.minambiente.it/pagina/towards-cop26-pre-cop-and-...
https://www.minambiente.it/pagina/youth-climate-live-series-...

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2021

The UN General Assembly, on 19 December 2019, designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (A/RES/74/209).

In the resolution, the UNGA recognized that the observance of the International Day would contribute significantly to raising awareness of the importance of the problem and its possible solutions at all levels, and to promote global efforts and collective action towards meeting SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

The Food and Nutrition Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will collaborate in facilitating the observance of the Day.

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date: 29 September 2021 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/food-loss-reduction/news/detail/en/c/1269...

Pre-COP 26 Summit

The Pre-COP 26 Summit will take place ahead of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC, which is taking place from 1-12 November 2021.

The Italian Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with Connect4Climate - World Bank Group and the Office of Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, as part of the initiatives organized ahead of COP26, has also launched a programme of virtual and interactive meetings addressed to young people around the world. The webinars programme titled, 'Youth4Climate Live Series: Driving Momentum Towards Pre-COP26', includes one meeting per month, from June to February 2021.

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dates: 30 September - 2 October 2021 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy www: https://www.minambiente.it/pagina/towards-cop26-pre-cop-and-...
https://www.minambiente.it/pagina/youth-climate-live-series-...

World Maritime Day 2021

World Maritime Day is celebrated annually to provide an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of shipping and other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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date: 30 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/index.shtml

October 2021

World Expo 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 will open one year after originally scheduled. It will take place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

This World Expo will be hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and will consider 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).

This World Expo is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.

date: 1 October 2021 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates www: http://expo2020dubai.ae/default.aspx

Third UN World Data Forum 2021

The UN World Data Forum was expected to take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual form of the Forum is scheduled to take place from 19-21 October 2020, and an in-person event will take place in Bern from 3-6 October 2021.

The World Data Forum brings together data leaders from national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, among other stakeholder groups, to foster exchange of ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities. Both the virtual and in person versions of the third World Data Forum will be organized around six thematic areas.

The Bern UNWDF will be hosted by Swiss Confederation and Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the UN Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-... for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here; the summary of the second Forum is here.

dates: 3-6 October 2021 location: Bern, Switzerland www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/undataforum/next/
https://roadtobern.swiss/

World Habitat Day 2021

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

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date: 4 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
https://urbanoctober.unhabitat.org/whd

World Migratory Bird Day 2021

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

The Day is celebrated bi-annually on the second Saturday in May and in October.

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date: 9 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/about

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2021

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. In 2009, the UNGA officially designated 13 October as the date to commemorate the Day (A/RES/64/200).

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.

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date: 13 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/index.shtm...

World Food Day 2021

World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger, and to highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) designated 16 October as World Food Day in 1979.

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date: 16 October 2021 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is held annually on 17 October to provide:

  • an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty;
  • a chance for them to make their concerns heard; and
  • a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

Through resolution 47/196, adopted on 22 December 1992, the UN General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution.

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date: 17 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

World Development Information Day 2021

The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)).

The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.

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date: 24 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/

World Cities Day 2021

World Cities Day is celebrated annually on 31 October to:

  • promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization; and
  • push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and in contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

The UN General Assembly designated 31 October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239.

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date: 31 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/index.shtml

November 2021

UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC was originally scheduled to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.

On 28 May 2020, the COP Bureau decided that it would take place from 1-12 November 2021, in Glasgow, UK.

The change in dates had been anticipated following a decision, on 1 April 2020, to postpone the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, the COP Bureau announced that: "In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible. Rescheduling will ensure all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference and allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place. We will continue to work with all involved to increase climate ambition, build resilience and lower emissions."

The Italy-hosted Pre-COP and 'Youth for the Climate' event are also postponed.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of COP 25 and related events here. Our summary of COP 25 outcomes is here.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on the 2020 Regional Climate Weeks, all of which are also expected to take place in 2021, is here.

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 

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dates: 1-12 November 2021 location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: [email protected] www: https://unfccc.int/calendar

Minamata Convention COP4

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury is expected to review the Convention’s Annexes A and B and financial mechanism, and conduct an effectiveness review of the Convention. 

The Minamata Convention was adopted to address mercury, a heavy metal that is persistent in the environment. The Convention was adopted on 10 October 2013, and entered into force on 16 August 2017.

Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of COP3 is here.

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dates: 1-5 November 2021 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/Meetings/COP4/tabid/8506/la...
http://www.mercuryconvention.org/

International Volunteer Day 2021

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 (A/RES/40/212). It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

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date: 5 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/volunteer-day

UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC was originally expected to take place from 8-20 November 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, COP 26 was rescheduled from November 2020 to November 2021. As a result, COP 27 will not take place on the originally scheduled dates.

We will update this page when the dates for COP 27 are announced. 

date: 8 November 2021 [tentative] location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: [email protected] www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2021

World Science Day for Peace and Development was proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 (UNESCO 31 C/Resolution 20). The Day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in daily living.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The organization of a focused event related to the commitment to science and society was one of the positive outcomes of the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. It was considered an opportunity to reaffirm each year the commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action.

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date: 10 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/index.shtml

World Toilet Day 2021

World Toilet Day is celebrated annually on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The Day was designated by the UN General Assembly on 24 July 2013 by resolution A/RES/67/291.

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date: 19 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/index.shtml

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021

On 7 February 2000, the General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.

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date: 25 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/index.shtml

December 2021

International Volunteer Day 2021

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated annually on 5 December. The Day provides an opportunity for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

The UN Volunteers (UNV) programme organizes events to mark the Day annually. UNV mobilizes thousands of volunteers every year, advocates for the recognition of volunteers, and works with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

International Volunteer Day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 (A/RES/40/212).

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date: 5 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/volunteer-day

World Soil Day 2021

World Soil Day is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing that 5 December be marked as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being. The date of 5 December was chosen because it corresponds with the official birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

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date: 5 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-soil-day

61st Meeting of the GEF Council

The 61st Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 7-9 December 2021. 

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.

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dates: 7-9 December 2021 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-61st-council-mee...

Barcelona Convention COP 22

The 22nd Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols is scheduled to take place in December 2021.

COP 22 is expected to discuss agenda items including: assessing and controlling marine pollution; ensuring sustainable management of natural marine and coastal resources; protecting the marine environment and coastal zones through preventing and reducing, and as far as possible, eliminating pollution; protecting natural and cultural heritage; strengthening solidarity among Mediterranean coastal States; and contributing to improving quality of life. 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 21 is here.

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dates: 7-10 December 2021 location: Antalya, Turkey www: https://www.unenvironment.org/unepmap/meetings/calendar
http://web.unep.org/unepmap/

Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December (A/RES/423 (V)) — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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date: 10 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

International Mountain Day 2021

International Mountain Day is celebrated annually on 11 December to to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

The UN General Assembly declared 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains, and on this occasion, it designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) coordinates the annual celebration of the Day to foster greater awareness of mountain issues.

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date: 11 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/mountain-day
http://www.fao.org/international-mountain-day/en/

International Universal Health Coverage Day 2021

On 12 December 2012, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care - as an essential priority for international development. On 12 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138.

International Universal Health Coverage Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. Each year on 12 December, UHC advocates raise their voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, champion what has been achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, and encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move the world closer to UHC by 2030.

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date: 12 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/universal-health-coverage-...

International Migrants Day 2021

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93). 

The day was selected to mark the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by UNGA of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158).

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date: 18 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day

January 2022

UNLDC-V: Fifth UN Conference for the Least Developed Countries

The Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-V) will take place from 23-27 January 2022, in Doha, Qatar. This plan was agreed on 11 August 2020, after the Conference was originally scheduled for March 2021.

The Conference is expected to adopt a ten-year programme of action for the least developed countries (LDCs) to succeed the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs (IPoA), which concludes in 2020. The goal of the that ten-year Programme was to overcome LDCs’ structural challenges in order to eradicate poverty and achieve internationally agreed development goals. The 2022 conference is expected to appraise the results and adopt a new, strengthened framework to support LDCs.

dates: 23-27 January 2022 location: Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar contact: OHRLLS www: http://unohrlls.org/unldc-v/
https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/74/232%20B

February 2022

World Wetlands Day 2022

Celebrated annually on 2 February, World Wetlands Day aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet. The Day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. 

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date: 2 February 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwetlandsday.org

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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date: 11 February 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/women-and-girls-in-science...

March 2022

World Wildlife Day 2022

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. 

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date: 3 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-wildlife-day

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day 2022

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.

Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

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date: 3 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://au.int/

International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

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date: 8 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

International Day of Forests 2022

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as 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 (CPF). 

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date: 21 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day

World Water Day 2022

World Water Day became a UN observance day in 1993. It seeks to focus attention on the global water crisis. On 22 March every year, people and organizations mark World Water Day by taking action to tackle the water crisis. 

More information about past events to mark World Water Day can be found here.

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date: 22 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwaterday.org/

World Meteorological Day 2022

World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March, commemorating the date in 1950 when the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization came into force. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world. The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate or water-related issues.

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date: 23 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://worldmetday.wmo.int/en/conf

April 2022

World Health Day 2022

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.

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date: 7 April 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day

International Mother Earth Day 2022

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

May 2022

World Bee Day 2022

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

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date: 20 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2022

In 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Div..., adopted on 20 October 2005. These include: 

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; 
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; 
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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date: 21 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day

International Day for Biological Diversity 2022

The UN has proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. 

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date: 22 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

June 2022

19th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19)

The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP19) is expected to take place in Costa Rica in 2022.

The CoP convenes every two to three years to review the implementation of the Convention, including:

  • review progress in the conservation of species included in the Appendices; 
  • consider proposals to amend the lists of species in Appendices I and II; 
  • consider discussion documents and reports from the Parties, the permanent committees, the Secretariat and working groups; 
  • recommend measures to improve the effectiveness of the Convention; and 
  • make provisions necessary to allow the Secretariat to function effectively.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP18 is here

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date: 1 June 2022 [tentative] location: Costa Rica [tentative] www: https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/cop.php

World Environment Day 2022

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

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date: 5 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2022

Fish are an important commodity for the achievement of food security. However, efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

To address this issue, the UN General Assembly declared 5 June as the "International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing."

Target 14.4 of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (life below water) specifically urges the international community to, "by 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics."

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date: 5 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-illegal-fishing-day

World Food Safety Day 2022

Food safety is the absence - or safe, acceptable levels - of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food safety has a critical role in ensuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain - from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption. In December 2018, cognizant of the urgent need to raise awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions for global food safety, the UN General Assembly designated 7 June as World Food Safety Day (A/RES/73/250).

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date: 7 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/food-safety-day

World Oceans Day 2022

June 8 is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.

Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992, following the UN Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, the UN General Assembly decided that, as of 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”.

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date: 8 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://unworldoceansday.org/

World Day Against Child Labour 2022

World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

This international day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002. 

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date: 12 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-la...

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2022

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June each year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. 

The day offers a chance to recognize that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

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date: 17 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/desertification-day

World Refugee Day 2022

The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards (A/RES/55/76).

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

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date: 20 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/refugee-day

September 2022

77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will open on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 20 September 2022. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 13-27 September 2022 location: New York City, US

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

The 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 7-18 November 2022, at a location to be determined.

dates: 7-18 November 2022 location: TBA contact: UNFCCC Secretariat e-mail: [email protected] www: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php?ye...

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

On 28 November 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade at UNGA 77 in 2023.

The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development,’ will take place from 22-24 March 2023, in New York, US, to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028.

dates: 22-24 March 2023 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwater.org/midterm-review-of-the-water-action-de...
https://undocs.org/A/C.2/73/L.24/Rev.1

September 2023

78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) will open on Tuesday, 12 September 2023. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 25 September 2023. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 12-30 September 2023 location: New York City, US

September 2024

79th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79)

The 79th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79) will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2024. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2024. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 17-30 September 2024 location: New York City, US

September 2025

80th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80)

The 80th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80) will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2025. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 23 September 2025. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 16-30 September 2025 location: New York City, US

September 2026

81st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81)

The 81st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2026. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2026. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2026 location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1

September 2027

82nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82)

The 82nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82) is expected to open on Tuesday, 14 September 2027. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2027.

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dates: 14-27 September 2027 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1