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April 2020

World Health Day 2020

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, as well as other related organizations.

In 2020, World Health Day will focus on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing health care around the world, and call for strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce. 

The World Health Day 2019 focused on universal health coverage. 

date: 7 April 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day
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2020 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund [Virtual]

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed that the 2020 Spring Meetings will transition to a virtual format. 

During the annual Spring Meetings, the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee hold meetings to discuss progress on the work of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings and press conferences, focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.

The 2020 Spring Meetings will take place from 17-19 April. Related events will begin on 13 April. 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 Spring Meetings is here.

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dates: 13-19 April 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.worldbank.org/en/meetings/splash/spring

ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum 2020) [Postponed]

The 2020 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up, also known as the FfD Forum, was originally scheduled to take place from 20-23 April, in New York, US. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the event was scaled down to 20-22 April with participation from NY-based representation recommended. 

Update 19 March 2020: The Forum has been postponed until after April, on a date to be decided.

The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up is an intergovernmental process with universal participation mandated to review the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) and other financing for development outcomes and the means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

dates: 20-22 April 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US contact: DESA Financing for Sustainable Development Office www: https://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdforum/

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/

UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference [Postponed]

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which was scheduled to take place from 5-7 May 2020, in Beijing, China, has been postponed.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will convene the second UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from government, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector, and civil society to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport objectives.

The event will follow up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to pave a way forward for sustainable transport to help reach the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDGs that are directly connected to sustainable transport through targets and indicators, such as SDG 3 (good health and well-being), which includes a target addressing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (3.6), and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), which includes a target on providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all and on expanding public transport (11.2).

Read the SDG Knowledge Hub story on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference here.

date: 5 May 2020 location: Beijing, China www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/transport2020

UN Development Cooperation Forum 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECOSOC Bureau decided to scale-back the 2020 DCF from a two-day to a one-day convening to be held on 14 May 2020 at UNHQ. The meeting will fully engage New York-based representatives and will scale-up virtual participation for national and regional representatives and other stakeholders. 

The seventh biannual Development Cooperation Forum as scheduled to take place from 14-15 May 2020, in New York, US, back-to-back with the 2020 Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the STI Forum has been cancelled. 

The DCF is the principal global platform for policy dialogue on development cooperation. It works to provide concrete policy guidance on enhancing development cooperation in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (FfD).

Objectives of the Forum session include: boosting ODA quantity, quality and impact and the role of all relevant forms of development cooperation in strengthening national capacities, including for domestic resource mobilization, data and statistics, and STI; making development cooperation risk-informed and resilience-smart, with stronger links to climate action; and advancing monitoring, review and impact assessment of development cooperation for promoting results-focus and mutual accountability, including through the 2019-2020 DCF Survey exercise.  

date: 14 May 2020 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/content/2020-development-cooper...
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World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

In 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

The day provides an opportunity to deepen understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Div..., adopted on 20 October 2005. These include: 

  1. Support sustainable systems of governance for culture; 
  2. Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals; 
  3. Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks; and
  4. Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms.

date: 21 May 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/

June 2020

Sustainable Summits 2020 Nepal

This conference is focused on the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The Sustainable Summits Conferences are inspired by the growing pressures on mountain environments, the need to find solutions to the impacts of such pressures – like overcrowding, waste, noise and more – and a drive to uphold values in sustaining these environments.

The main topics to be addressed at this event include how mountains nurture communities, sustainable mountaineering, development pressures, and promoting connectivity between tourism, trade and regional cooperation.

dates: 1-5 June 2020 location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/events/event-detail/...

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 www: https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php

July 2020

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

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

World Population Day 2020

World Population Day, which calls attention to the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in 1989. It was an outgrowth of the interest generated by the 'Day of Five Billion,' which was observed on 11 July 1987.

date: 11 July 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/

August 2020

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2020

Indigenous peoples, today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and ways of life.

To raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1982.

date: 9 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

International Youth Day 2020

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the UN General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) calling for 12 August tp be declared International Youth Day. 

The Day is commemorated every year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. 

date: 12 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

World Humanitarian Day 2020

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. Last year, the Day focused on female humanitarians, sharing the stories of 24 women who had affected change in cities and towns and villages globally. 

date: 19 August 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldhumanitarianday.org/about/

October 2020

International Day of Rural Women

This international day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

Member States, in collaboration with the organizations of the UN and civil society, as appropriate, are urged to continue their efforts to implement the outcome of and to ensure an integrated and coordinated follow-up to UN conferences and summits, including their reviews, and to attach greater importance to the improvement of the situation of rural women, including indigenous women, in their national, regional and global development strategies.

date: 15 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/ruralwomenday/

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

This international day, held annually on 17 October, presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and a moment to recognize that poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty. 

Through resolution 47/196, adopted on 22 December 1992, the UN General Assembly declared 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and invited all States to devote the Day to presenting and promoting, as appropriate in the national context, concrete activities with regard to the eradication of poverty and destitution. 

date: 17 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

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

World Cities Day 2020

The UN General Assembly designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239.

The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

date: 31 October 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/

July 2021

2021 UN Food Systems Summit

In 2021, the UN Secretary-General will host a Food Systems Summit with the aim of maximizing the co-benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda and meet the challenges of climate change.

As a key contribution to the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, the objectives of the Food Systems Summit are to generate momentum, expand the knowledge and share experience and approaches worldwide to help countries and stakeholders tap the benefits of food systems for all people. The Summit will seek to inspire global public mobilization and actionable commitments to invest in diverse ways to make food systems inclusive, climate adapted and resilient, and supportive of sustainable peace.

The Summit is expected to yield the following outcomes:

  • a political declaration outlining principles for sustainably transforming food systems, broadly endorsed on a voluntary basis by all stakeholder groups;
  • a set of significant commitments and partnerships to action with measurable outcomes, to be made voluntarily by different actors;
  • a policy framework and a diverse set of practical tools to manage trade-offs, to design food systems transformation strategies and to develop multistakeholder platforms or governance models for food systems; and a
  • voluntary system of follow-up and accountability that would allow for the continuation of sharing experiences and results and incorporate new metrics for impact analysis.

date: 1 July 2021 [tentative] location: TBA www: http://www.fao.org/3/nc131en/nc131en.pdf
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