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July 2020

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2020 [Postponed]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Regional Climate Weeks will 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.

Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Climate Week 2020 will bring together representatives from the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and identify synergies in discussions, meetings and exhibitions on a diverse set of themes related to climate action and sustainable development. Taking place in 2020, the year when countries are expected to increase the ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the event, hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic, will seek to facilitate NDC implementation and help deliver on the SDGs. Among other goals, the event will seek to strengthen resilience to climate change at the regional level, especially in the Caribbean island States.

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week is one of four Regional Climate Weeks to convene in 2020, alongside Africa Climate Week, MENA Climate Week and Asia-Pacific Climate Week. Regional Climate Weeks are organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

The 2020 events will build on the success of the 2019 Regional Climate Weeks in: Accra, GhanaSalvador, Brazil; and Bangkok, Thailand.  

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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dates: 6-10 July 2020 location: Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic www: https://unfccc.int/news/2020-regional-climate-weeks-announce...
https://www.regionalclimateweeks.org/

SDGs Learning, Training and Practice

The 2020 edition of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice special event is a series of capacity building and knowledge workshops that will take place during the 2020 meeting of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). It will feature speakers and experts from academia and other sectors on topics related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The courses will take place virtually and run in parallel to the HLPF formal meetings.

The event will feature workshops focusing on enhancing capacity of stakeholders on the six entry points showcased in the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR):

  • Human well-being and capabilities;
  • Sustainable and just economies;
  • Food systems and nutrition patterns;
  • Energy decarbonization and universal access;
  • Urban and peri-urban development; and
  • Global environmental commons.

It will also include sessions focusing on strengthening capacity and promoting partnerships for the SDGs.

This HLPF special event event is co-organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DESA/DSDG) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

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dates: 7-13 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/SDGsLearning

Launch of the SDGs Report 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 is expected to be launched on the opening day of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020). 

This annual report reviews progress on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is based on the latest available data on selected indicators in the global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals, which was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).

date: 7 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) decided to postpone the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean.

Jamaica is hosting the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean. The event will focus on the theme, "Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean." Participants will discuss the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including challenges facing Small Island Developing States.

Regional Platforms are recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (A/RES/69/283) as critical mechanisms to monitor progress in its implementation at the regional level. They also play an instrumental role in the development of policies and strategies and in the advancement of knowledge and mutual learning at the regional level.

dates: 8-10 July 2020 location: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica www: https://www.eird.org/americas/pr2020/index.html

Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Special Event

This special event will take place during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) is an open partnership between the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

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date: 8 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/HESI2020

SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework Launch

This event will take place virtually during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Hosted by UN-Water, it will be a high-level and multi-stakeholder moment to generate commitments for ambitious solutions on water and sanitation in support of the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework mobilizes UN agencies, governments, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders on five cross-cutting ‘accelerators’ – Financing, Data and Information, Capacity Development, Innovation, and Governance – to drive progress on water and sanitation issues, and therefore on the whole 2030 Agenda.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story about preparations for the SDG 6 Acceleration Framework launch is here

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date: 9 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/sdg6accelera...
https://www.unwater.org/publications/the-sdg-6-global-accele...

Launch of the 2020 United Nations E-Government Survey

The Division of Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) is organizing this 'Global Launch of the 2020 United Nations E-Government Survey'. The launch will take place online on 10 July, from 11:00 am–12:00 noon EST.

The 2020 E-Government Survey includes chapters addressing: Global and regional rankings; Regional Trends and Prospects; Local E-Government Development in cities and human settlements; Data: Key resource for Digital Government; E-Participation; and Digital Government Capacity and Capacity Building.

date: 10 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://publicadministration.un.org/en/Research/UN-e-Governm...

Third Local and Regional Governments Forum on the 2030 Agenda

This event will take place virtually during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). 

The Forum will highlight the rapid actions local and regional governments have taken in preventing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through universal public service delivery and share examples of how they can act as the catalysts in the bottom-up transformation towards sustainability and resilience after the pandemic. The Forum will also emphasize the importance of multilevel governance, sound local finances, and decentralized cooperation and territorial cohesion in the aftermath of the outbreak.

This Forum will be coordinated by a broad group of partners, led by UN entities and partners, including the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), UN-Habitat and Local 2030, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments ensuring regional, gender and multi-sectoral balance.

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date: 13 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/local2030

Global Technical Meeting on Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda

This special event will take place during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). It will provide a platform to advance the discussions and debates on volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and jointly shape the future of volunteering.

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dates: 13-16 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://unitednationsvolunteers.swoogo.com/gtm2020
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020#other

Launch of the 'State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020'

The launch of the 'State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020' (SOFI 2020) report will take place during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The report presents the most recent and authoritative estimates of the extent of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition around the world. This year, it includes a special focus on transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets.

The report is presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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date: 13 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&ty...

Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs

This special event will take place during the Ministerial Segment of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF).

This event is convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). It will bring together Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs to explore the lessons learned, highlight transformative solutions and build collaborative synergies around the theme: Build Back Better: Navigating Business Risks and Opportunities in a Post-COVID World.

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date: 14 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/sustainabili...

SDG Acceleration Actions to Build Back Better

This special event will take place during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF).

SDG Acceleration Actions is an online platform set up by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to capture and promote new commitments and actions from national governments and all non-state actors to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Organized by DESA , the special event aims to showcase and galvanize ambitious new SDG Acceleration Actions by governments and other actors to contribute to the Decade of Action and Delivery in the context of post COVID-19 realities.

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date: 14 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/sdgaccelerat...

Parliamentary Forum on the Occasion of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

This special event will take place during the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). 

Noting that the overarching objectives of the SDG – eliminating poverty, fostering just societies, and securing the sustainability of the planet - are mostly off track, the event will focus on the theme, 'The Big Reset: Learning from COVID-19.' It aims to examine the structural and systemic factors that may explain the SDGs’ mixed record.

This event is being organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). 

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date: 15 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&ty...
https://www.ipu.org/event/parliamentary-forum-occasion-un-hi...

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2020

The theme of the 2020 session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is: Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development. 

The High-level Segment (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. 

The 2020 High-level Segment of ECOSOC will include the three-day ministerial meeting in conjunction with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), from 14-16 July, and a one-day ECOSOC HLS, on 17 July 2020. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the general debate of the 2020 High-level Political Forum/ High-level Segment of ECOSOC will be conducted through written statements from Ministers and other representatives of Member States, UN system organizations, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and other international and regional organizations, as well as the Major Groups and other stakeholders.

date: 17 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/node/25553369

IISD Webinar: High-level Political Forum 2020 Review

With a world reeling from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, how will the HLPF build momentum for the 2030 Agenda as events move online? 

The International Institute for Sustainable Development invites you to a panel discussion and Q&A session the day after the Forum closes, answering:

  • How did first virtual HLPF go?
  • What challenges were identified and what themes emerged for moving forward with SDG implementation?
  • Where does the 2030 Agenda go from here?

Register here.

date: 17 July 2020 time: 9 AM - 10 AM EST location: virtual www: https://www.iisd.org/event/webinar-high-level-political-foru...

July 2020 ECOSOC Management Segment

For the 2020 session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Management Meetings are scheduled to take place on 3 June and 21-22 July 2020.

The Management Segment: reviews the reports of the Council’s subsidiary and expert and ad hoc bodies, including the reports of all Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, and the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations; provides system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with a view to promoting a more integrated response to specific areas (for example, gender mainstreaming or non-communicable diseases); and considers special country situations or regional issues on the agenda of ECOSOC (including the work of its Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti). 

dates: 21-22 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/content/2020-management-segment

August 2020

World Water Week 2020 [Cancelled] [cancelled]

World Water Week 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 edition of World Water Week was scheduled to take place from 23-28 August 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden.

World Water Week assembles over 500 co-convening organizations and 4,000 participants from more than 130 countries in Stockholm every year. The 30th edition of World Water Week, which is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, was expected to focus on the theme, “Water and Climate Change: Accelerating Action”. 

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dates: 23-28 August 2020 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden www: https://www.worldwaterweek.org/

September 2020

16th Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The 16th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

CRC-16 will convene back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16).

 

dates: 8-11 September 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pic.int/

UN75 Youth Plenary: SDG Generation: The Future is Now

The UN75 Youth Plenary on the theme, 'SDG Generation: The Future is Now,' will convene virtually in early September 2020, on a date to be announced.

It will take place in the lead up to the celebration of the 75 anniversary of the UN, which is scheduled to take place on 21 September 2020. 

This event was originally scheduled to take place on 30 March 2020 but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

date: 10 September 2020 [tentative] location: virtual contact: Office of UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.un.org/pga/74/2020/06/10/youth-plenary-and-ecoso...

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 is scheduled to take place from 14-16 September 2020.

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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dates: 14-16 September 2020 location: Rzeszow, Podkarpackie, Poland www: http://www.carpathianconvention.org/eventdetailcop/events/co...

75th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75)

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2020. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

The UN will mark its 75th anniversary with a one-day high-level meeting at the opening of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. This special event will take place on 21 September 2020. The theme for this event will be: 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'. 

Additional events expected to take place during the opening weeks of the 75th session of the UNGA include: Biodiversity Summit; and a high-level meeting to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW), which took place in Beijing, China in September 1995 (Beijing+25).

Climate Week NYC 2020 will take place virtually in parallel to the opening week of the UNGA. 

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dates: 15-30 September 2020 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/en/ga/

XVII World Water Congress [rescheduled]

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) will convene its XVII World Water Congress in Daegu, Republic of Korea, from 21-25 September 2020. It was originially scheduled to take place from 11-15 May 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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: 21-25 September 2020 location: Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.worldwatercongress.com/index.php

Climate Week NYC 2020

Climate Week NYC 2020 will be the major opportunity in 2020 for those with the power to halve emissions by 2030 to showcase climate action and find ways to do more. In light of postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual event will be one of the few international climate events taking place in 2020. It is hosted in association with the United Nations and the City of New York.

The Climate Week NYC official events program will comprise of both physical events in New York City as well as digital events from around the world. The 2020 program will be split into ten thematic areas: 

  • Clean Energy Transition; 
  • Transport and Infrastructure; 
  • Industry and Built Environment; 
  • Finance, Investment and Jobs; 
  • Food and Land Use; 
  • Nature and Science; 
  • US and International Policy; 
  • Youth, Public Mobilization and Justice; 
  • Sustainable Travel and Tourism; and 
  • Climate Impacts and Adaptation 

dates: 21-27 September 2020 location: virtual www: https://climateweeknyc.org/events-2020

Summit on Biodiversity

In resolution A/RES/73/234, adopted on 20 December 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided “to convene a summit on biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government, within existing resources,” ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15), “in order to highlight the urgency of action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and places the global community on a path towards realizing the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity”.

Taking place on the margins of the opening of the UNGA, the Summit will seek to provide political direction and momentum to the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

As decided in resolution 74/269, adopted on 31 March 2020, the Summit on Biodiversity at the level of Heads of State and Government to be convened by the President of the General Assembly will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 22-23 September 2020, during the high-level week of the 75th session of the Assembly.

The Summit will consist of an opening segment, a plenary segment for general discussion, two leaders dialogues and a brief closing segment and that the overall theme of the summit will be “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development”. The leaders dialogues will address: biodiversity loss and mainstreaming biodiversity for sustainable development; and harnessing science, technology and innovation, capacity-building, access and benefit-sharing, financing and partnerships for biodiversity.

dates: 22-23 September 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/un-day/un-general-assem...

World Tourism Day 2020

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

The Day will seek to address global challenges outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to highlight the contribution the tourism industry can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, invites all interested parties to take part on 27 September each year in the special celebrations taking place in their respective country or holiday destination. 

date: 27 September 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/tourismday/

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2020

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 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/informationaccessday/index.shtm...

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2020

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 2020 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/food-loss-reduction/news/detail/en/c/1269...

Ninth European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns

This event was expected to take place in the City of Mannheim. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mannheim2020 will be a virtual event. The event is co-hosted by ICLEI Europe.

The 2020 edition of this triennial conference on local sustainable development will seek to demonstrate the urgent need for local governments to assume responsibility for urban transformation and lead the way in guiding Europe towards a secure and sustainable future. 

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dates: 30 September - 2 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://conferences.sustainablecities.eu/mannheim2020/

October 2020

World Habitat Day 2020

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.

The global observation of the World Habitat Day 2020 will be hosted by the city of Surabaya, in Indonesia.

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date: 5 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
https://urbanoctober.unhabitat.org/whd

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

The Committee on World Food Security holds an annual meeting in October. 

The plenary of 47th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47) is expected to take a decision on the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

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dates: 12-16 October 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cfs

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2020

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 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/

International Day of Rural Women

This international day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Member States, in collaboration with the organizations of the UN and civil society, as appropriate, are urged to continue their efforts to implement the outcome of and to ensure an integrated and coordinated follow-up to UN conferences and summits, including their reviews, and to attach greater importance to the improvement of the situation of rural women, including indigenous women, in their national, regional and global development strategies.

date: 15 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

World Food Day 2020

World Food Day promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for 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. 

date: 16 October 2020 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

This international day, held annually on 17 October, presents 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. 

date: 17 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

Third World Statistics Day

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

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

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...

Climate Adaptation Summit 2020

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaptation Summit in October 2020.

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 in October 2020 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: 22 October 2020 location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/event/climate-adaptation-summit-2020

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/

November 2020

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/

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

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/

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

December 2020

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-...

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 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

IUCN World Conservation Congress

On 3 April 2020, IUCN announced that, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 would now take place from 7-15 January 2021, still in Marseille, France. The event was originally scheduled for 11-19 June 2020.

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/

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

February 2021

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

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...

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/...

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

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/

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/

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

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

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

May 2021

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/

June 2021

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

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...

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

July 2021

2021 UN Food Systems Summit [Date TBD]

In 2021, on a date to be determined, 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: 1 July 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...

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/

September 2021

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

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...

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...

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

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/
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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 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/

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

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 postponed 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

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

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 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

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

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

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