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July 2020

Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework [Postponed]

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 23 March 2020, CBD Acting Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema announced that the dates for this meeting would be adjusted. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place from 27-31 July 2020. 

The third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will convene to advance preparations for the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The negotiating process will culminate in the adoption of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework by the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

This is the second of three preparatory meetings, with the first meeting convening on 27-30 August 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, and the second meeting convening the 24-28 February 2020, in Rome, Italy. 

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date: 27 July 2020 location: Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia www: https://www.cbd.int/conferences/post2020

September 2020

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

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

The meeting 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...

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...

October 2020

73rd Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee

The 73rd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is scheduled to take place in October 2020.

dates: 5-9 October 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.cites.org/eng/com/sc/index.php

World Migratory Bird Day 2020

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

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

date: 10 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/

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

EU Green Week 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

58th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ramsar Convention

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

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

The Standing Committee's new dates are 26-30 October 2020, in Gland, Switzerland (it was postponed from June 2020 due to COVID-19, and the rescheduling was announced on 23 April). Meetings of the Committee's subgroups and working groups will take place on 26 October. A revised agenda for the meeting will be published on the Convention’s website three months in advance of the rescheduled date.

dates: 26-30 October 2020 location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland www: https://www.ramsar.org/about/the-standing-committee
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November 2020

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

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

SBSTTA 24 was scheduled to take place from 18-23 May 2020, in conjunction with the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the CBD. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings were postponed

The dates have been adjusted several times. The Secretariat has also announced the possibility of holding some preparatory sessions for the meetings virtually. 

dates: 2-7 November 2020 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative] www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBSTTA-24

Fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO5) Launch

The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) called for the preparation of a periodic report on biological diversity: the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO).

It suggested that the Global Biodiversity Outlook should provide a summary of the status of biological diversity and an analysis of the steps being taken by the global community to ensure that biodiversity is conserved and used sustainably, and that benefits arising from the use of genetic resources are shared equitably.

The fifth such report is expected to be launched in 2020. It was expected to be launched on the sidelines of the CBD subsidiary body meetings in May, but those events were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The fourth GBO was released in October 2014 and provided a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. 

date: 2 November 2020 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/gbo

Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD

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

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

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

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

The dates have been adjusted several times. The Secretariat has also announced the possibility of holding some preparatory sessions for the meetings virtually. 

dates: 9-14 November 2020 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative] www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/SBI-03

December 2020

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/

59th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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

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

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

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 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

April 2021

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

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

UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 23 March 2020, CBD Acting Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema announced that the dates for this meeting would be adjusted. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, China. The meeting is tentatively expected to take place during the second quarter of 2021. We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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date: 1 June 2021 location: China additional: Kunming, Yunnan www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/COP-15

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

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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60th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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

July 2021

14th International Coral Reef Symposium

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

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

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

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

68th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC68)

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

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

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

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

date: 1 September 2021 [tentative] location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz www: https://iwc.int/iwc68

December 2021

61st Meeting of the GEF Council

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

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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

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

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 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

April 2022

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

International Day for Biological Diversity 2022

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

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

June 2022

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

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

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

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

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CITES CoP18 is here

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

World Environment Day 2022

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

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