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July 2020

Third World Symposium on Climate Change Communication [Cancelled]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will no longer take place. 

The event will convene on the theme, ‘Using Communication to Transform Research and Policy on Climate Change Adaptation.’ The Symposium will contribute to catalyzing further action by better communicating on climate change, including through the use of lifelong learning methods. 

The Symposium is organized by the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), University of Warsaw (Poland) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and other partners.

dates: 6-7 July 2020 location: Warsaw, Poland www: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/communication202...

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2020 [Postponed]

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

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

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

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

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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

VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20) [Postponed]

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) decided to postpone the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean, originally scheduled to be held in Montego Bay in July 2020.

The VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas and the Caribbean will convene under the theme, ‘Building Resilient Economies in the Americas and the Caribbean,’ to raise awareness of the increasing economic and human cost of disasters in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the special challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).

As decided at the VI Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, in June 2018, the Forum will by hosted by Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to host a regional platform. The event is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (UNDRR AM).

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

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

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

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

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

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

IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit

The IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit will seek to build momentum behind the development and implementation of policies that can help countries create jobs, put greenhouse gas emissions into a structural decline and increase energy sector resilience. 

The Summit will take place virtually, and will review near-term actions for sustainable recovery and government action to accelerate clean energy technology innovation for reaching long-term decarbonisation plans.

Discussions will be informed by the IEA's World Energy Outlook Sustainable Recovery report and the Energy Technology Perspectives Special Report on Clean Energy Technology Innovation.

date: 9 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.iea.org/events/iea-clean-energy-transitions-summ...

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) was scheduled to take place from 13-17 July 2020. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretariat will announce a final decision on how the meeting will proceed at least 5 weeks prior to the meeting.

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dates: 13-17 July 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings
http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/oewg/oewg-42/SiteP...

Fourth Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB 4)

The fourth meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB 4) will take place virtually from 22-25 June 2020. 

The Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB) was established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2015 as part of the adoption of the Paris Agreement to address gaps and needs in implementing capacity-building in developing country Parties and further enhancing capacity-building efforts, including with regard to coherence and coordination in capacity-building activities under the Convention.

dates: 22-25 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/pccb4

8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) - Europe and Central Asia

The 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) taking place on 29 July 2020 is for Europe and Central Asia.

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: 29 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/events-meetings/ac...

August 2020

World Water Week 2020 [Cancelled] [cancelled]

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

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

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

8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) - Asia and the Pacific

The 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) taking place on 26 August 2020 is for Asia and the Pacific.

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: 26 August 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/event/8th-dialogue-on-ace-asia-and-the-pa...

September 2020

21st Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 21)

Created in 2010, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) is the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism. It focuses on identifying policies that can accelerate the development and transfer of low-emission and climate resilient technologies.

The 21st Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 21) is expected to convene from 14-19 September 2020, in Bonn, Germany. The Secretariat will monitor the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic and confirm the dates above at least two months prior to TEC 21.

dates: 14-19 September 2020 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: https://unfccc.int/ttclear/tec/meetings.html

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2020

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. 

date: 16 September 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ozoneday/index.shtml

Climate Week NYC 2020

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

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

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

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

8th Dialogue on ACE - Americas and the Caribbean

The 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) taking place on 23 September 2020 is for Americas and the Caribbean.

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: 23 September 2020 location: virtual www: https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/events-meetings/ac...

World Maritime Day 2020

World Maritime Day 2020 will be held on the theme: Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet.

The purpose of the theme is to provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including shipping, to reflect on the work done so far, as well as on the urgent steps needed for a sustainable future.

World Maritime Day 2020 will be celebrated at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters on 24 September 2020. Its parallel event will be held in Durban, South Africa in the last week of October.

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date: 24 September 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/index.shtml
http://www.imo.org/en/About/Events/WorldMaritimeDay/Pages/Wo...

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...

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/

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...

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

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/

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.

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dates: 23-27 November 2020 location: Tashkent, Toshkent, Uzbekistan www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings

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

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

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

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

Climate Adaptation Week Groningen

Climate Adaptation Week Groningen is part of the movement towards a climate-proof society. In the run-up to this week, several digital (and, if possible, physical) events, projects and activities will be organized around the topic of climate adaptation. The climate activities in Groningen will show the diverse aspects of climate adaptation and specific expertise in Northern Netherlands. Through the Climate Adaptation Week, Groningen also aims to prepare its inhabitants for possible disruptions in our society and how to deal with them.

As part of the Week, the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 will take place online, on 25 January. During this Summit, world leaders will meet online to discuss climate adaptation, make agreements and turn to action.

As host cities of the Global Center on Adaptation, both Groningen and Rotterdam are organizing various activities on the theme of climate adaptation, in the run-up to the Climate Adaptation Summit.

The Groningen Climate Adaptation Week is being organised by the Akkoord van Groningen and the Global Center on Adaptation, in collaboration with Nationaal Programma Groningen.

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dates: 19-25 January 2021 location: Groningen, Netherlands www: https://klimaatadaptatiegroningen.nl/en/climate-adaptation-w...

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...

July 2021

2021 UN Food Systems Summit [Date TBD]

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

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

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

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

date: 1 July 2021 [tentative] time: Date TBD location: TBA www: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/food-systems-summi...
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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 postponed from November 2020 to November 2021. As a result, COP 27 will not take place on the originally scheduled dates. We will update this page when the dates for COP 27 are announced. 

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

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...