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September 2020

Adaptation Futures 2020 [rescheduled]

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been rescheduled to take place from 29 September to 1 October. It was originally scheduled to take place from 27-30 April. 

The sixth International Climate Change Adaptation Conference – Adaptation Futures 2020 – will convene on the theme, ‘Accelerating Adaptation Action and Knowledge to Support Action,’ with a particular focus on Asia. It will seek to explore this theme through five tracks: Adaptation and Development: Synergies and Trade-offs; Catalyzing Adaptation: Finance; Institutions for Just Adaptive Management; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; and Local Action and Knowledge Sharing.

The first Asian edition of the biennial conference is co-hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the World Adaptation Science Program (WASP).

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on Adaptation Futures 2018 is here.

dates: 29 September - 1 October 2020 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: http://adaptationfutures2020.in/

2020 Adaptation Forum by the Adaptation Committee

This event will focus on the theme, 'Sharing existing knowledge on and tools for monitoring and evaluation.' The Adaptation Forum is scheduled to take place as part of the sixth Adaptation Futures Conference, which was expected to take place in New Delhi, India, from 27-30 April 2020.

This event is co-organized by the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee (AC), UNDP/UNEP NAP Global Support Programme and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Participants will look at the topic of adaptation monitoring and evaluation (M&E) from different angles in three thematically different sessions.

dates: 29 September - 1 October 2020 location: New Delhi, Delhi, India www: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/bodies/constituted-b...

107th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 107)

The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will hold its 107th meeting to consider matters relevant to the operation of the CDM.

Under the CDM, emission-reduction projects in developing countries can earn certified emission reduction credits. These saleable credits can be used by industrialized countries to meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

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dates: 29 September - 2 October 2020 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://cdm.unfccc.int/Meetings/MeetingInfo/DB/HUTFQZ4EKYA30...

October 2020

53rd Session of the IPCC

The 53rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 53) will convene from 6-10 October 2020.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. In addition to the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), during this cycle, the Panel will have produced a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) released in October 2018; the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) issued in August 2019; and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) due for release in September 2019.

dates: 6-10 October 2020 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.ipcc.ch/calendar/

Forum of Mayors 2020

The 'Forum of Mayors' will be organized on the first day of the annual meeting of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management.

The 2020 Forum was originally expected to focus on the theme, 'Climate Actions in Cities'. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme was adjusted to, 'City action for a resilient future:
Strengthening local government preparedness and response to emergencies and the impact of disasters and climate change'.

The Forum is expected to result in a declaration regarding mayors' responses to emergencies, including pandemic, climate change and natural hazards. In addition, an online tool or database/platform will be developed jointly by mayors and UN agencies to facilitate the exchange of best practices.

date: 6 October 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://forumofmayors.unece.org/

OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2020

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum on Green Finance and Investment 2020 will be held on the theme: Financing a Green Recovery, and Maintaining Momentum for Green Finance and Investment.

The OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment is the annual flagship event of the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment. The Forum gathers senior policy makers and key public and private actors for action-oriented discussions on green and sustainable finance issues.

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dates: 6-9 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://oecd-events.org/green-finance-and-investment-2020/

12th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts

The 12th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts will take place virtually from 12-16 October 2020.

The Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage guides the implementation of the functions of the Mechanism. Four thematic expert groups, which work on slow onset events, non-economic losses, displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change, and comprehensive risk management approaches, help to carry out the activities of the workplan.

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dates: 12-16 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/event/12th-meeting-of-the-executive-commi...
https://unfccc.int/sites/default/files/resource/Excom_12_dra...

36th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The Adaptation Fund (AF), established under the Kyoto Protocol, finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. The Fund is supervised and managed by the AF Board. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis. Since 2019, the Adaptation Fund has served the Paris Agreement with respect to all matters relating to the Agreement.

The 36th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board is scheduled to meet from 17-20 March 2020, in Bonn, Germany.

The deadline for submission of proposals for the Adaptation Fund Board’s considerations at its 36th Board meeting is 10 August 2020. 

dates: 13-16 October 2020 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://www.adaptation-fund.org/event/36th-meeting-of-the-ad...

Africa Regional Resilience Dialogue

The Africa Regional Resilience Dialogue will be held on the theme, "Building Back Better and Greener: Seizing Transformation Opportunities for a Resilient Future in Africa."

The event presents an opportunity to move forward and mobilize actors on crucial climate action work at a national and regional level, taking regional priorities into consideration. It offers an inclusive and open to all stakeholder’s platform to build stronger partnerships, and to showcase and transfer groundbreaking action aiming at building resilience and fostering adaptation on the continent.

This dialogue is part of a series of regional dialogues convened with non-party stakeholders, organized by the Global Resilience Partnership together with the Climate Resilience Network of the UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action with the support of the Chile and UK High Level Champions, Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping.

The Africa Regional Resilience Dialogue is co-led by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Africa Climate Foundation, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS/CGIAR) and the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).

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date: 15 October 2020 location: virtual www: http://www.globalresiliencepartnership.org/news/2020/08/12/a...
http://www.globalresiliencepartnership.org/regional-resilien...

Forty-third Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 43)

The forty-third meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 43) will take place virtually on 16 October 2020.

The JISC supervises the verification procedure for submitted projects to confirm that reductions of emissions by sources or enhancements of anthropogenic removals by sinks meet the requirements of Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol and Joint Implementation guidelines.

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date: 16 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://ji.unfccc.int/MeetingInfo/DB/0Q9AMEZHR2JFDXS/view
https://unfccc.int/event/forty-third-meeting-of-the-joint-im...

The Future of Food: The Great Food Challenge Digital Event Series

The Great Food Challenge Digital Event Series consists of three events addressing global food, agriculture, and land use challenges in the face of current climate and health emergencies.

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Climate Action, the three-part series responds to the growing demand for new models of multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve food security, sustainable development, and other aspects of the SDGs.

The series is also part of 'The Roadmap to COP26,' a set of virtual events curated to reflect the major challenges and opportunities that will take center stage at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, UK, in 2021. The Roadmap events aim to help organizations from both the public and private sectors maintain momentum on climate action towards COP 26.

The three parts of the Great Food Challenge Digital Event Series are taking place as follows:

  • Part 1 on the theme of 'Food Security and the Global Recovery' (3 September),
  • Part 2 on the theme of '75th World Food Day: the Future of Food' (16 October), and
  • Part 3 on the theme of 'Agribusiness and the SDGs' (3 December). 

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date: 16 October 2020 location: virtual www: https://events.climateaction.org/agribusiness-event/

8th Dialogue on ACE - Africa and Middle East

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 2020

London Climate Action Week 2020

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

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

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

The first installment will take place virtually in July 2020.

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

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These events were originally expected to take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the location is TBD.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

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...

January 2021

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2020

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

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

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

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

IUCN World Conservation Congress [postponed] [tentative]

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

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

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

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

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...

Climate Adaptation Summit [Virtual]

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

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

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

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

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

February 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2021

World Meteorological Day 2021

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

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

May 2021

Innovate4Climate

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

To achieve its goals, I4C:

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

Innovate4Climate is hosted by the World Bank Group.

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

June 2021

52nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies [tentative]

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

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

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

We will update this page as new information becomes available. 

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

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...

September 2021

2021 UN Food Systems Summit [Date TBD]

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

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

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

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

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

World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC 2021)

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

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

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

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

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2021

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

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

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

Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition

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

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

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

Pre-COP 26 Summit

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

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

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

UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

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

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

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

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

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 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

November 2022

2022 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28)

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

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