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
Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020)
Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (DNC2020) will convene on the theme, ‘Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society’. The conference seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. By placing an emphasis on how the “Nexus Approach” to water, soil and waste in the context of a circular economy can help achieve the SDGs, DNC2020 will directly contribute to, among others, SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 13 (climate action).
The Dresden Nexus Conference, organized by the UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden and the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development, is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. It brings together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors to foster dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the SDGs.
Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 took place in May 2017.
dates: 3-5 June 2020
location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany
Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2020
The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) will convene from 4-5 June 2020. HCF 2020 is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.
dates: 4-5 June 2020
location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is expected to convene in July 2020.
dates: 13-17 July 2020
location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
dates: 17-18 August 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
16th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee
The 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention.
POPRC-16 is taking place back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16).
dates: 14-18 September 2020
location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)
The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world..
The functions of the ICCM are to: receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.
dates: 5-9 October 2020
location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)
The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is expected to take place from 9-13 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The IGF serves as a global venue for dialogue among 74 member country governments, as well as mining companies and industry associations. The IGF is a voluntary initiative committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.
dates: 9-13 November 2020
location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Joint 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
The Joint 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is scheduled to take place from 23-27 November 2020 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.
dates: 23-27 November 2020
location: Tashkent, Toshkent, Uzbekistan
Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10
The 15th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2021.
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 chemicals triple-COP is here.
dates: 17-28 May 2021
location: Nairobi, Kenya