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March 2020

Climate2020 Conference

CLIMATE2020 is a 100% carbon neutral online climate conference organized by the Research and Transfer Centre Sustainability and Climate Impact Management (FTZ-NK) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany. 

The core mission of this e-conference is to communicate the current research results on climate change and its consequences. In the spirit of SDG 13 (climate action), CLIMATE2020 provides scientific information on climate change and biodiversity-related research, concrete projects, initiatives and strategies implemented across different continents, in landlocked countries as well as on small islands.

Specific themes to be addressed include:

  • Resilience and Capacity Building;
  • Intelligent Climate Policy and Governance;
  • Education, Awareness and Adaptation;
  • Climate Finance and Access to Funding;
  • Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries; and
  • Climate Change as a Threat to Biodiversity.

dates: 23-30 March 2020 location: virtual contact: Caroline Paul, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences e-mail: communications@dl4sd.org www: https://www.facebook.com/CLIMATE2020Conference

May 2020

8th Global Nitrogen Conference

The 8th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI2020) will convene in Berlin, Germany, from 3-7 May 2020. The triennial event will bring together scientists from around the world dealing with reactive nitrogen compounds in agriculture, industry, traffic, soil, water and air.

The conference is expected to stimulate an exchange among policymakers and other relevant stakeholders of results, ideas and visions to improve future holistic management of reactive nitrogen in order to further reduce hunger and poverty while avoiding further hazards for human health, biodiversity and environment, given that most of the SDGs are closely interlinked with the nitrogen cycle. A joint conference declaration based on the latest scientific knowledge is expected to catalyze further policy action towards effective integrated nitrogen management.

INI2020 is co-organized by the International Nitrogen Initiative and hosted by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency, with the support of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

dates: 3-7 May 2020 location: Berlin, Germany www: https://ini2020.com/

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: 9 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/

World Bee Day 2020

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.

date: 20 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/beeday/action.shtml

International Day for Biological Diversity 2020

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

The Day’s 2020 edition is expected to be relevant to raising awareness and building momentum in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 22 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.cbd.int/idb/

June 2020

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) [rescheduled]

The Global Soil Biodiversity Symposium has been postponed until 1-3 June. It was originally scheduled to take place from 10-12 March 2020.

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: 1-3 June 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

58th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 58th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 2-4 June 2020. The GEF Council Consultation with  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will take place the day before the Council opens, on 1 June 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.

dates: 1-4 June 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

World Environment Day 2020

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.

The 2020 edition of World Environment Day is expected to provide an opportunity for driving the momentum and public awareness of nature as a key aspect in the lead up to the 15th meeting of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China, in 2020.

date: 5 June 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/?xv=1&c=1

World Oceans Day 2020

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the ocean. This year, the Day will convene under the theme, 'Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean'. 

The Government of Canada proposed setting a World Ocean Day during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The UN officially recognized 8 June as World Oceans Day in December 2008. The Day is coordinated by The Ocean Project, a not-for-profit international community foundation.

date: 8 June 2020 location: worldwide contact: UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea www: https://www.worldoceansday.org/

IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2020 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress will be held in Marseille, France.

The last Congress 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: 11-19 June 2020 venue: Parc Chanot, Rond-Point du Prado, 13009 Marseille, France location: Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France www: https://www.iucn.org/news/secretariat/201805/france-host-iuc...

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. 

dates: 22-26 June 2020 location: Gland, Vaud, Switzerland www: https://www.ramsar.org/about/the-standing-committee
https://www.ramsar.org/event/58th-meeting-of-the-standing-co...

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. 

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

August 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: 17-18 August 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

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 will be launched on 18 May 2020.

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: 23 August 2020 location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/gbo

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 have been postponed

On 23 March, the CBD Secretariat announced that the dates for SBSTTA 24 would be 25-30 August 2020. 

dates: 25-30 August 2020 location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

September 2020

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 have been postponed. On 23 March, the CBD Secretariat announced that the dates for SBI 3 would be 1-6 September 2020. 

dates: 1-6 September 2020 location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada www: https://www.cbd.int/meetings/

Nature Summit

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 2020, “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.

date: 20 September 2020 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2019/ntf-2019-026-meet...
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/73...

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 will take place from 25 September to 2 October 2020.

dates: 25 September - 2 October 2020 location: Slovenia additional: Portoroz www: https://iwc.int/biennial-meeting-of-the-international-whalin...

October 2020

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/

2020 UN Biodiversity Conference [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 15-28 October 2020. 

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.

The meeting was originally expected to take place from 15-28 October 2020, in Kunming, Yunnan, China. We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

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.

date: 15 October 2020 location: China additional: Kunming, Yunnan www: https://www.cbd.int/cop/

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

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/