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February 2021

34th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 34)

The 34th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI 34) will take place in February 2021. The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) is a subsidiary body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council and was established by the FAO Conference at its Thirteenth Session in 1965.

The Committee is a global inter-governmental forum where major international fisheries and aquaculture problems and issues are examined and recommendations addressed to governments, regional fishery bodies, NGOs, fishworkers, FAO and the international community. COFI has also been used as a forum to negotiate global agreements and non-binding instruments.

The two main functions of COFI are to: review the programmes of work of FAO in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, and their implementation; and to conduct periodic general reviews of fishery and aquaculture problems of an international character and appraise such problems and their possible solutions with a view to concerted action. The Committee also reviews specific matters relating to fisheries and aquaculture referred to it by the Council or the Director-General of FAO, or placed by the Committee on its agenda at the request of Members, or the UN General Assembly.

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dates: 1-5 February 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy (virtual) www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofi/en/

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) [rescheduled]

The Global Soil Biodiversity Symposium was originally scheduled to take place from 10-12 March 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed. We will update this event post when further information becomes available.  

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is convening the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) at its headquarters in Rome, Italy. 

The Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), will bring together international experts with the aim of reviewing the status of knowledge on soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity, and the contributions of soil organisms to the SDGs.

date: 2 February 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/highlig...

VEF Virtual Series: Agro-Industry

The event "Agro-Industry" will take place as part of the Food Systems Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The Food Systems Track will serve as a platform to discuss pathways to better align the energy transition with the food systems transformation, focusing on opportunities in developing countries.

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date: 3 February 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/FS%20S...

47th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47)

The Committee on World Food Security normally convenes for an annual meeting in October. Due to the global pandemic, the 47th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47), which is expected to take a decision on the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, will convene in February 2021.

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dates: 8-12 February 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cfs

59th Session of the Commission for Social Development

The UN Commission for Social Development is the UN advisory body responsible for the social development pillar of global development. The 59th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) is scheduled to take place in February 2021 at UN Headquarters in New York. 

CSocD59 is expected to focus on the priority theme, 'Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all'.

date: 8 February 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/united-nations-comm...

8th Africa Water Week

The 8th Africa Water Week will focus on the theme, 'Water Security for Development and Human Health'.

The Africa Water Week represents a political commitment at the highest level where governments, regional institutions, international partners, the private sector, the scientific community, civil society, and the media from all over the world, and in particular Africa, meet to discuss and collectively seek solutions to Africa’s water and sanitation challenges.

The event is held biennially, organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other development partners.

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dates: 8-12 February 2021 location: Windhoek, Namibia www: https://www.amcow-online.org/index.php?lang=en
https://en.unesco.org/news/call-proposals

World Pulses Day 2021

On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution (A/RES/68/231) proclaiming 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. The celebration of the year increased public awareness of the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production.

In 2019, the General Assembly proclaimed 10 February as World Pulses Day (resolution A/RES/73/251).

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date: 10 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-pulses-day

VEF Virtual Series: Industry Decarbonisation - Hard to Abate Sectors

The event "Industry Decarbonisation - Hard to Abate Sectors" will take place as part of the Industry Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Industry Track will explore the integration of sustainable energy in the industrial sector.

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date: 10 February 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/I%20Sc...

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2021

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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date: 11 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/women-and-girls-in-science-day/...

VEF Virtual Series: Energy Efficiency Policy and Regulations

The event "Energy Efficiency Policy and Regulations" will take place as part of the Products Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances.

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date: 17 February 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/P%20Sc...

World Day of Social Justice 2021

On 26 November 2007, the UN General Assembly declared that, starting from the 63rd session of the Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice (A/RES/62/10).

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date: 20 February 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/social-justice-day

First Part of the Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) was scheduled to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA.

Due to the global pandemic, the first part of UNEA 5 (UNEA 5.1) will take place virtually from 22-23 February 2021. A second part (UNEA 5.2) is expected to take place as an in-person event in February 2022. 

The overall theme of UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The theme calls for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and the nature-based solutions to achieve the SDGs in its three complementary dimensions (social, economic and environmental).

Agenda items include:

  • International environmental policy and governance issues
  • Programme of work and budget and other administrative and budgetary issues
  • Contributions to the meetings of the high-level political forum on sustainable development and implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
    Development
  • Commemoration of the creation of UNEP by the UN Conference on the Human Environment 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.

dates: 22-23 February 2021 location: virtual contact: UNEP www: https://environmentassembly.unenvironment.org/unea5

23rd session of the Committee for Development Policy Plenary

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It advises ECOSOC on issues that are relevant for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 23nd session of the CDP Plenary is expected to convene from 22-26 February 2021, at UN Headquarters in New York. 

dates: 22-26 February 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://www.un.org/development/desa/dpad/document_cdp/meetin...

G20 Opening Event with Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors: The G20 and the Global Governance for Recovery and Transformation

The "Opening Event with Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors: The G20 and the Global Governance for Recovery and Transformation” is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders' Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 26 February 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

1st G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors Meeting 2021

The 1st Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders' Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 27 February 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

March 2021

CGRFA 18

The 18th session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 18) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.

The CGRFA is the only international forum that specifically deals with all components of biodiversity for food and agriculture, including plants, animals, aquatic resources, forests, micro-organisms and invertebrates.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CGRFA 17 is here.

dates: 1-5 March 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/cgrfa/en/

First Global Meeting of National Focal Points of the Montevideo Programme V [tentative]

The first Global Meeting of National Focal Points of the Montevideo Programme V (the Montevideo Programme V meeting) was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to take place from 23-25 March 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but has been tentatively postponed to the first quarter of 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting is being organized pursuant to resolution 4/20 of the UN Environment Assembly that adopted the Montevideo Programme. Participants will provide guidance to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on relevant institutional and implementation arrangements for the programme, together with identifying needs and priorities in the field of environmental rule of law.

The Montevideo Programme V is an intergovernmental programme designed to promote the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, strengthen the related capacity in countries, and contribute to the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda.

date: 1 March 2021 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.unenvironment.org/explore-topics/environmental-r...

Generation Equality Forum - Mexico

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality that seeks to celebrate the power of women's rights activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change.

The Forum is scheduled to take place during the first half of 2021 (dates to be announced), kicking off in Mexico City and culminating in Paris.

The Generation Equality Forum is convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the close partnership of civil society. It aims to be a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality. The Forum has three specific objectives:

  • preparation of Action Coalitions;
  • development of a multilateral feminist strategy to propose and promote accelerated changes towards gender equality in the coming years; and
  • formation of a multilateral alliance of countries to promote the gender equality agenda.

The kickoff event in Mexico City will include a series of meetings that will address the structural and systemic obstacles that prevent achieving true gender equality and guaranteeing the exercise of the human rights of women and girls globally.

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date: 1 March 2021 location: virtual www: https://forum.generationequality.org/generation-equality-for...
https://forum.generationequality.org/forum

Seventh Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The seventh session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will be convened under the theme “Building forward better: towards a resilient and green Africa to achieve the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.” The Forum aims to, among other things, advance transformative solutions and actions to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aspirations, goals and targets of Agenda 2063.

The theme of the Regional Forum is aligned with that of the 2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and social devastation it has wrought, both themes acknowledge the importance of reconstructing countries' socioeconomic systems by leveraging opportunities presented by green and low carbon development trajectories with a view to building a resilient, inclusive and sustainable Africa.

The Forum will consider the nine SDGs to be considered by the HLPF, as follows: SDG 1 (no poverty); SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and well-being); SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth); SDG 10 (reduced inequalities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); SDG 13 (climate action); SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions): and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goal).

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis and with a particular focus on the above nine SDGs and the corresponding goals of the First Ten-Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063, the specific objectives of the Regional Forum are to:

  • undertake a regional review of, and follow up to, implementation of the two Agendas;
  • provide a platform for peer learning and for sharing experiences, approaches, good practices and lessons learned with a view to accelerating implementation of the two Agendas;
  • identify and assess gaps, challenges and opportunities associated with implementation of the two Agendas;
  • identify and articulate transformative actions, commitments, levers, partnerships and measures that countries should adopt in order to build forward better in a post-COVID-19 world and accelerate implementation of the two Agendas within the decade 2021–2030; and
  • deliberate and agree on the priorities and recommendations of Africa in the form of key messages to accelerate implementation at different levels, and as the region’s collective input to inform the 2021 HLPF and to inform implementation policies and programmes at various levels.

The Forum will be preceded by meetings that aim to bring together and synthesize diverse stakeholder perspectives and exchange cutting-edge ideas, tools, experiences, good practices and lessons learned in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The outcomes of those meetings will inform the deliberations of the Regional Forum.

The Regional Forum is an intergovernmental platform convened annually by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the UN system.

This seventh session will be held in a hybrid format that will provide for both in-person and virtual participation.

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dates: 1-4 March 2021 location: Brazzaville, Congo additional: Event will include both in-person and virtual participation www: https://uneca.org/arfsd2021

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day 2021

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.

Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

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date: 3 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://au.int/

VEF Virtual Series: Digitalisation

The event "Digitalisation" will take place as part of the Food Systems Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The Food Systems Track will serve as a platform to discuss pathways to better align the energy transition with the food systems transformation, focusing on opportunities in developing countries.

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date: 3 March 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/FS%20S...

International Women's Day 2021

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

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date: 8 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

VEF Virtual Series: Digitalisation and Opportunities to Innovate

The event "Digitalisation and Opportunities to Innovate" will take place as part of the Industry Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Industry Track will explore the integration of sustainable energy in the industrial sector.

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date: 10 March 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/I%20Sc...

VEF Virtual Series: Supporting Economic Recovery through Innovation and Digitalisation

The event "Supporting Economic Recovery through Innovation and Digitalisation" will take place as part of the Products Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances.

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date: 15 March 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/P%20Sc...

Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2021

The Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2021 will take place in March 2021.

The Regional Forum will be held in a hybrid format that will provide for both in-person and virtual participation.

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dates: 15-18 March 2021 [tentative] location: Costa Rica additional: Event will include both in-person and virtual participation www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region 2021

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region will take place under the theme "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and action and delivery on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the UNECE Region."

The Forum will consider key actions and accelerators to tackle the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 and to promote a sustainable recovery. In addition, it will include a session on voluntary national reviews (VNRs) and experiences from UNECE member States that have presented or will present VNRs at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2021, including linkages between multiple VNRs and the inclusion of SDG implementation at the local level.

The meeting will be preceded by virtual peer learning roundtables from 10-16 March 2021, and the key messages from these roundtables will be considered during the Forum.

The Regional Forum will be held in a hybrid format that will provide for both in-person and virtual participation.

The Annual Regional Collaborative Platform for the region will take place on 19 March, back to back with the Regional Forum. 

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dates: 17-18 March 2021 location: Ch, Geneve, Switzerland additional: Event will include both in-person and virtual participation www: https://unece.org/rfsd2021
https://indico.un.org/event/34866/

High-level Meeting on Water-related SDGs

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a High-Level Meeting on the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, on 18 March 2021.

The meeting will contribute to preparations for a conference in 2023 to review progress of the current Decade of Action - Water for Sustainable Development. The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development,” 2018–2028, will be held from 22-24 March 2023. It will be the first global conference on water since 1977.

It is expected to be preceded by regional and global preparatory meetings and to be informed by existing water-related meetings at the regional and global level. A roadmap of events leading to the Conference is provided here

date: 18 March 2021 location: virtual www: http://sdg.iisd.org/news/un-water-deliberates-form-and-funct...
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=1647&typ...

International Day of Forests 2021

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). 

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date: 21 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day

World Water Day 2021

World Water Day became a UN observance day in 1993. It seeks to focus attention on the global water crisis. On 22 March every year, people and organizations mark World Water Day by taking action to tackle the water crisis. 

World Water Day 2021 will focus on the theme, 'Valuing Water'. This focus will extend beyond issues of pricing to include the environmental, social, and cultural value people place on water. 

More information about past events to mark World Water Day can be found here.

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date: 22 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwaterday.org/

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

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021 will be held under the theme “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific." The Forum aims to play a unique role as a catalyzer of solutions and peer learning on how to accelerate transformations for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda while recovering from COVID-19.

The Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) is an annual and inclusive intergovernmental forum and a regional platform for supporting countries, in particular those with special needs, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while serving as a regional preparatory meeting to the high-level political forum.

The 2021 Forum will provide a platform to:

  • discuss how transformations can take place in the aftermath of COVID-19, supporting a sustainable and resilient recovery while accelerating implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • conduct in-depths review of SDGs 1 (no poverty), 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) and 17 (partnerships for the goal);
  • support the presentation of Voluntary National Reviews for the 2021 HLPF; and
  • discuss opportunities to strengthen linkages between national, regional and global follow-up and review.

The Regional Forum will be held in a hybrid format that will provide for both in-person and virtual participation. Some sessions will be organized as hybrid sessions, enabling physical presence at the Forum, while other sessions will be organized entirely as online events.

The Annual Regional Collaborative Platform for the region will take place back to back on 22 March. 

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dates: 23-26 March 2021 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand additional: Event will involve both in-person and virtual participation www: https://www.unescap.org/apfsd/8

World Tuberculosis Day 2021

World Tuberculosis Day is commemorated annually to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis, and to step up efforts to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, which opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease.

SDG target 3.3 calls for, by 2030, ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

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date: 24 March 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-tb-day

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2021

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will hold the Regional Forum for Sustainable Development for the Arab States 2021 from 29-31 March 2021.

The Regional Forum will be held in a hybrid format that will provide for both in-person and virtual participation.

The Annual Regional Collaborative Platform for the region will take place on 14 or 28 March. 

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dates: 29-31 March 2021 location: Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon additional: Event will include both in-person and virtual participation www: http://www.regionalcommissions.org/

April 2021

World Health Day 2021

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.

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date: 7 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2021 Youth Forum will take place in April 2021 in New York, during ECOSOC's 2021 session. 

The 2020 Youth Forum was deferred to the ECOSOC 2021 session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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dates: 7-8 April 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

VEF Virtual Series: Investment and Partnership Needs

The event "Investment and Partnership Needs" will take place as part of the Food Systems Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The Food Systems Track will serve as a platform to discuss pathways to better align the energy transition with the food systems transformation, focusing on opportunities in developing countries.

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date: 7 April 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/FS%20S...

2nd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting 2021

The 2nd Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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dates: 7-8 April 2021 location: TBA www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

2021 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum)

The 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up, also known as the FfD Forum, is scheduled to convene from 12-15 April 2021.

The 2020 Forum was originally planned to take place from 20-23 April, in New York, US. Due to the COVID-19 situation, an informal event took place virtually on 23 April 2020. 

The FfD Forum 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). The FfD Forum 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). The 2021 session of the Forum is expected to include a special segment on “concrete steps towards a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” in relation to SDG and AAAA achievement efforts. The session may also seek to integrate the menu of policy options developed through an initiative of the Governments of Canada and Jamaica and the UN Secretary-General on financing the 2030 Agenda in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.

dates: 12-15 April 2021 location: New York City, US contact: FFSD Office, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) www: un.org/ecosoc/en/events/2021/forum-financing-development-fol...

VEF Virtual Series: Inclusive Infrastructure Development for Driving Low Carbon Industrialisation

The event "Inclusive Infrastructure Development for Driving Low Carbon Industrialisation" will take place as part of the Industry Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Industry Track will explore the integration of sustainable energy in the industrial sector.

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date: 14 April 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/I%20Sc...

VEF Virtual Series: Financial Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency and Buildings

The event "Financial Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency and Buildings" will take place as part of the Products Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances.

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date: 21 April 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/P%20Sc...

High-level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event was postponed from its original date, on 9 June 2020. It will take place on 22 April 2021. 

In accordance with General Assembly resolution A/RES/74/220, the President of the General Assembly, with the support of the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), will convene a High-level Dialogue to assess the progress made in the fight against drought, desertification and land degradation (DLDD) and map the way forward in the light of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification, which is coming to an end in 2020.

The dialogue seeks to maintain momentum on addressing DLDD-related challenges, with a view to accelerating SDG implementation, ecosystem restoration, climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience, using land restoration as key entry point. It will also encourage stronger and more effective partnerships and commitments. 

date: 22 April 2021 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: https://www.unccd.int/news-events/high-level-dialogue-desert...

International Mother Earth Day 2021

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace 2021

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace seeks to reaffirm the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through peaceful means. The Day acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations.

It was established on 12 December 2018 through resolution A/RES/73/127 and was first observed on 24 April 2019.

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date: 24 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/Multilateralism-for-Peace-...

World Malaria Day 2021

World Malaria Day is observed annually on 25 April, to bring global attention to the efforts being made to bring an end to malaria, and encourage action to reduce suffering and death from the disease.

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date: 25 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-malaria-day

World Intellectual Property Day 2021

World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on 26 April. Events organized to mark the Day seek to inform about the role of intellectual property rights in encouraging innovation and creativity.

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date: 26 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been rescheduled to take place from 27-28 April 2021. It was originally scheduled to take place from 4-5 June 2020. 

The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

dates: 27-28 April 2021 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

In 2003, the International Labour Organization (ILO), began to observe World Day in order to stress the prevention of accidents and diseases at work, capitalizing on the ILO's traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.

28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996.

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date: 28 April 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/work-safety-day

Special Meeting of the Council on International Cooperation in Tax Matters 2021

The special meeting of the Council on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will be held on 29 April 2021, during the 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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date: 29 April 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

May 2021

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2021

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2021 Partnership Forum will take place in May 2021 in New York, during ECOSOC's 2021 session. The ECOSOC Partnership Forum discusses ways to define and promote effective partnerships and how partnerships can best advance the sustainable development agenda and the 17 SDGs.

The 2020 Partnership Forum was deferred to the ECOSOC 2021 session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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date: 3 May 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

World Press Freedom Day 2021

World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an annual celebration of press freedom, observed on 3 May and whose main celebration is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991 (UNESCO 26 C/Resolution 4.3).

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date: 3 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/press-freedom-day
https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldpressfreedomday/20...

G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting 2021

The Culture Ministers' Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders' Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 3 May 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

The UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place in May 2021 in New York, during the 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Fifth meeting of the Forum was originally scheduled to convene from 12-13 May 2020, during ECOSOC's 2020 session, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fourth meeting of the STI Forum is summarized here.

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dates: 4-5 May 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting 2021

The Tourism Ministers' Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders' Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 4 May 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

VEF Virtual Series: Galvanising Political Action - Food Systems Track

The event "Galvanising Political Action" will take place as part of the Food Systems Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The Food Systems Track will serve as a platform to discuss pathways to better align the energy transition with the food systems transformation, focusing on opportunities in developing countries.

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date: 5 May 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/FS%20S...

UN Development Cooperation Forum 2021

The UN Development Cooperation Forum 2021 will take place in May 2021, in New York, US, during the 2021 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It will take place back-to-back with the 2021 Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum).

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).

The 2020 DCF was schedule to take place in May 2020 but was deferred to the 2021 session due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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dates: 6-7 May 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

VEF Virtual Series: Galvanising Political Action - Industry Track

This "Galvanising Political Action" event will take place as part of the Industry Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Industry Track will explore the integration of sustainable energy in the industrial sector.

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date: 12 May 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/I%20Sc...

VEF Virtual Series: International Engagement and Cooperation

The event "International Engagement and Cooperation" will take place as part of the Products Track of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) Virtual Series.

The VEF Virtual Series is a platform that aims to progress agreed recommendations and deliver policy briefs with action-oriented solutions in targeted locations, in order to assist countries around the world align their recovery efforts with an Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development. The 2021 edition of the series is guided by the theme "Accelerating Energy Transition," and will explore the pathways that stimulate demand and promote economic recovery in three end-use sectors: food systems, industry and products.

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances.

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date: 12 May 2021 location: virtual www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/vef-virtual-series
https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/sites/default/files/P%20Sc...

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2021

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated annually to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

WTISD is celebrated on 17 May, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the ITU.

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date: 17 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/telecommunication-day

World Bee Day 2021

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

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date: 20 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021

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.

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date: 21 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day

June 2021

Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is the world’s foremost gathering on reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. It takes place every two years.

The seventh session of the Global Platform for DRR is expected to take place in 2021. 

The sixth session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) took place from 13-17 May 2019, and was focused on the theme, 'Resilience Dividend: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies'. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of GP2019 is here

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dates: 2021, exact dates to be confirmed location: TBD contact: UNDRR Secretariat www: https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/global-platform

date: 1 June 2021 [tentative] location: TBA www: https://www.undrr.org/

Generation Equality Forum - Paris

The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality that seeks to celebrate the power of women's rights activism, feminist solidarity and youth leadership to achieve transformative change.

The Forum is scheduled to take place during the first half of 2021 (dates to be announced), kicking off in Mexico City and culminating in Paris.

The Generation Equality Forum is convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, with the close partnership of civil society. It aims to be a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality. The Forum has three specific objectives:

  • preparation of Action Coalitions;
  • development of a multilateral feminist strategy to propose and promote accelerated changes towards gender equality in the coming years; and
  • formation of a multilateral alliance of countries to promote the gender equality agenda.

The highlight of the Generation Equality Forum is scheduled to take place in Paris, France. More than 5,000 participants from all over the world are expected at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Together, participants will make concrete and measurable commitments by launching Action Coalitions.

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date: 1 June 2021 location: virtual www: https://forum.generationequality.org/generation-equality-for...
https://forum.generationequality.org/forum

World Environment Day 2021

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

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date: 5 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2021

Fish are an important commodity for the achievement of food security. However, efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

To address this issue, the UN General Assembly declared 5 June as the "International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing."

Target 14.4 of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (life below water) specifically urges the international community to, "by 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics."

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date: 5 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-illegal-fishing-day

World Food Safety Day 2021

Food safety is the absence - or safe, acceptable levels - of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food safety has a critical role in ensuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain - from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption. In December 2018, cognizant of the urgent need to raise awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions for global food safety, the UN General Assembly designated 7 June as World Food Safety Day (A/RES/73/250).

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date: 7 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/food-safety-day

World Oceans Day 2021

June 8 is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.

Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992, following the UN Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, the UN General Assembly decided that, as of 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”.

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date: 8 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://unworldoceansday.org/
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World Day Against Child Labour 2021

World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

This international day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002. 

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date: 12 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-la...

G20 Urban 20 Summit 2021

The G20 Urban 20 Summit 2021 will take place ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which is to be hosted by Italy in October 2021. Urban 20 (U20) is one of the G20 Engagement Groups.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

The Engagement Groups are independent collectives that are led by organizations from the host country. They work with other organizations from G20 countries to develop policy recommendations that are formally submitted to G20 leaders for consideration. The U20 initiative is facilitated by C40 Cities, in collaboration with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). Rome and Milan are the co-Chairs of the Italian G20 U20 and will co-host the annual Mayors' Summit.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 12 June 2021 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

World Refugee Day 2021

The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards (A/RES/55/76).

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

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date: 20 June 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/refugeeday/index.shtml

G20 Education Ministers' Meeting 2021

The Education Ministers' Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 22 June 2021 location: Catania, Sicilia, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2021

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2021 will take place in June in Geneva, Switzerland, during ECOSOC's 2021 session.

The Humanitarian Affairs Segment enables Member States, UN entities, humanitarian and development partners, the private sector and affected communities to discuss emerging and pressing humanitarian issues.

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dates: 23-25 June 2021 location: Ch, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

G20 Labor and Employment and Education Joint Ministerial Session 2021

The Labor and Employment and Education Joint Ministerial Session is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 23 June 2021 location: Catania, Sicilia, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting 2021

The Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 23 June 2021 location: Catania, Sicilia, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting 2021

The Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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dates: 28-29 June 2021 location: Matera, Basilicata, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

G20 Foreign and Development Joint Ministerial Session 2021

The Foreign and Development Joint Ministerial Session is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 29 June 2021 location: Matera, Basilicata, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

G20 Development Ministerial Session 2021

The Development Ministerial Session is one of the ministerial meetings organized as part of the G20 Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.

The 2021 G20, under the Italian Presidency, will focus on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, Prosperity. Within these pillars, the G20 aims to take the lead in ensuring a swift international response to the COVID-19 pandemic - able to provide equitable, worldwide access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines - while building up resilience to future health-related shocks.

Each G20 Presidency includes the organization of ministerial meetings on each of the main focus areas of the forum. These meetings are important opportunities to discuss and further develop issues of international relevance, thus building consensus around specific shared deliverables. The ministerial meetings are organized independently from the Summit, where the Heads of State and Government endorse some of the key outcomes achieved by the Ministers.

The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.

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date: 30 June 2021 location: Brindisi, Puglia, Italy www: https://www.g20.org/en/calendario-eventi.html
https://www.g20.org/en/riunioni-ministeriali.html

July 2021

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2021

The 2021 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place in July 2021 during ECOSOC's 2021 session.

It is scheduled to take place the week before the annual session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2021). 

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date: 2 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The ICCM was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fifth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) has been rescheduled to take place from 5-9 July 2021. 

The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world.

The functions of the ICCM are to: 

  • receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; 
  • evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; 
  • provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; 
  • report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; 
  • promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; 
  • promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; 
  • promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; 
  • work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; 
  • evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; 
  • focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; 
  • promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; 
  • provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and
  • promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM. 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

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dates: 5-9 July 2021 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.saicm.org/About/ICCM/ICCM5/tabid/8207/language/en...

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2021

The 2021 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is expected to take place over eight days, from 6-15 July 2021. This event will be the ninth session of the HLPF. 

The HLPF is the main UN platform on sustainable development. It has a central role in the follow-up and review of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All UN Member States as well as representatives from civil society organizations participate in the HLPF, which meets under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 

A centerpiece of the annual HLPF session is the presentation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Countries volunteer to present VNRs, which identify how that country is planning to implement the SDGs along with information on its progress and challenges. 

SDG Knowledge Hub updates on HLPF 2021 planning can be found here. To receive updates in your inbox, sign up for the SDG Update.

dates: 6-15 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

Vienna Energy Forum 2021

The Vienna Energy Forum 2021 will take place in July 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is a biennial global, multi-stakeholder forum with the objective of exploring developmental challenges within the realm of sustainable energy. The Forum introduces a platform for policy- and decision-makers from all sectors of society to conceive practical solutions to sustainability issues.

Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the UN Industrial Development Organization, the Forum has assembled thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss practical solutions to sustainable development challenges and pave the way for tangible partnerships on the ground.

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dates: 6-7 July 2021 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: https://www.viennaenergyforum.org/

World Population Day 2021

World Population Day is celebrated annually on 11 July to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

The Day was established by the then-Governing Council of the UN Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987. By resolution 45/216 of December 1990, the UN General Assembly decided to continue observing World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.

The Day was first marked on 11 July 1990 in more than 90 countries.

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date: 11 July 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-population-day

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2021

The High-level Segment (HLS) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which will include the three-day ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), will take place in July 2021.

The HLS convenes annually. It represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society and academia.

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dates: 13-16 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10

The 15th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2021.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 chemicals triple-COP is here

dates: 19-30 July 2021 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.brsmeas.org/

ECOSOC Organizational Session for 2021 to 2022

On 23 July 2021, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold its organizational session regarding the programme of work of the Council from July 2021 to July 2022.

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date: 23 July 2021 location: New York City, US www: https://undocs.org/en/E/RES/2021/1

August 2021

Ninth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture aim to promote the conservation and sustainable use of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use, in harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity, for sustainable agriculture and food security.  

The ninth session of the Governing Body (GB 9) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will address items on general policy and implementation of the Treaty and the MLS, and administrative and budgetary matters.

The meeting is expected to take place in 2021 in India. 

date: 1 August 2021 [tentative] location: India [tentative] www: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2021

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is commemorated annually on 9 August to raise awareness of the needs of indigenous peoples globally.

By resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, the UN General Assembly decided that the Day would be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

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date: 9 August 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/indigenous-day

International Youth Day 2021

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

The Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement. It was established by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/54/120), which on 17 December 1999, endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth calling for 12 August to be declared International Youth Day.

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date: 12 August 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/youth-day

World Humanitarian Day 2021

World Humanitarian Day is commemorated every year on 19 August to pay tribute to humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and to honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the UN General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day.

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date: 19 August 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/humanitarian-day

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...

76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76)

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will open on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2021. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-30 September 2021 location: New York City, US

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

International Day of Peace 2021

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/36/67) to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted (A/RES/55/282) to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

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date: 21 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace

World Tourism Day 2021

World Tourism Day is commemorated each year on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

World Tourism Day was designated by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in September 1979, with the commemoration to commence in 1980. This date was chosen to coincide with an important milestone in world tourism: the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes on 27 September 1970.

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date: 27 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/tourismday/index.shtml

International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021

On 17 November 2015, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information (UNESCO 38 C/70).

Considering that several civil society organizations and government bodies in the world have adopted and currently celebrate this observance, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 74/5 from 15 October 2019, also adopted 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information. Access to information is more and more recognized as a prerequisite for sustainable development and for claiming human rights. With SDG 16, the target (16.10) to promote access to information is also anchored in the 2030 Agenda.

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date: 28 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/informationaccessday/index.shtm...

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste 2021

The UN General Assembly, on 19 December 2019, designated 29 September as the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (A/RES/74/209).

In the resolution, the UNGA recognized that the observance of the International Day would contribute significantly to raising awareness of the importance of the problem and its possible solutions at all levels, and to promote global efforts and collective action towards meeting SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

The Food and Nutrition Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will collaborate in facilitating the observance of the Day.

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date: 29 September 2021 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/food-loss-reduction/news/detail/en/c/1269...

World Maritime Day 2021

World Maritime Day is celebrated annually to provide an opportunity to focus attention on the importance of shipping and other maritime activities and to emphasize a particular aspect of the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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date: 30 September 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/maritimeday/index.shtml

October 2021

Third UN World Data Forum 2021

The UN World Data Forum was expected to take place from 18-21 October 2020, in Bern, Switzerland. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual form of the Forum is scheduled to take place from 19-21 October 2020, and an in-person event will take place in Bern from 3-6 October 2021.

The World Data Forum brings together data leaders from national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, among other stakeholder groups, to foster exchange of ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities. Both the virtual and in person versions of the third World Data Forum will be organized around six thematic areas.

The Bern UNWDF will be hosted by Swiss Confederation and Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the UN Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-... for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first UN World Data Forum is here; the summary of the second Forum is here.

dates: 3-6 October 2021 location: Bern, Switzerland www: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/undataforum/next/
https://roadtobern.swiss/

Fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15)

The Fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) will be held under the theme “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”. It will seek to provide a platform for countries to devise new ways to use trade as an enabler of sustainable development.

The conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD, during which member states assess current trade and development issues and formulate global policy responses. It also sets the organization’s work priorities for the next four years. The 15th UNCTAD quadrennial conference will present an opportunity to align the sustainable development agenda with global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With economies all over the world ravaged by COVID-19, countries will explore how to build back better and strengthen their resilience. They will discuss the strategies and policies needed to resist shocks and quickly recover from crises – economic, financial, climate and social.

The conference will be held in Barbados from 25-30 April 2021, with pre-conference events starting on 23 April.

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dates: 3-8 October 2021 location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados www: https://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=23...

World Habitat Day 2021

World Habitat Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. The event focuses on the state of human settlements and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the habitat of future generations.

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the UN General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986.

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date: 4 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
https://urbanoctober.unhabitat.org/whd

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2021

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. In 2009, the UNGA officially designated 13 October as the date to commemorate the Day (A/RES/64/200).

The Day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

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date: 13 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/disasterreductionday/index.shtm...

World Food Day 2021

World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger, and to highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) designated 16 October as World Food Day in 1979.

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date: 16 October 2021 location: worldwide www: http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is held annually on 17 October to provide:

  • 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.

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date: 17 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/povertyday/

World Development Information Day 2021

The General Assembly in 1972 established World Development Information Day to draw the attention of the world to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them (resolution 3038 (XXVII)).

The Assembly decided that the date for the Day should coincide with United Nations Day, 24 October, which was also the date of the adoption, in 1970, of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade.

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date: 24 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/devinfoday/

World Cities Day 2021

World Cities Day is celebrated annually on 31 October to:

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

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

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date: 31 October 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/citiesday/index.shtml

November 2021

International Volunteer Day 2021

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 (A/RES/40/212). It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

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date: 5 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/volunteer-day

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2021

World Science Day for Peace and Development was proclaimed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 (UNESCO 31 C/Resolution 20). The Day highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in daily living.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The organization of a focused event related to the commitment to science and society was one of the positive outcomes of the 1999 World Conference on Science in Budapest. It was considered an opportunity to reaffirm each year the commitment to attaining the goals proclaimed in the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge and to follow up the recommendations of the Science Agenda: Framework for Action.

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date: 10 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/index.shtml

World Toilet Day 2021

World Toilet Day is celebrated annually on 19 November to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The Day was designated by the UN General Assembly on 24 July 2013 by resolution A/RES/67/291.

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date: 19 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/index.shtml

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2021

On 7 February 2000, the General Assembly adopted resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and in doing so, invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.

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date: 25 November 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/index.shtml

December 2021

International Volunteer Day 2021

International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated annually on 5 December. The Day provides an opportunity for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

The UN Volunteers (UNV) programme organizes events to mark the Day annually. UNV mobilizes thousands of volunteers every year, advocates for the recognition of volunteers, and works with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

International Volunteer Day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 (A/RES/40/212).

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date: 5 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/volunteer-day

World Soil Day 2021

World Soil Day is held annually on 5 December as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing that 5 December be marked as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well-being. The date of 5 December was chosen because it corresponds with the official birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5 December as the World Soil Day.

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date: 5 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-soil-day

Barcelona Convention COP 22

The 22nd Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols is scheduled to take place in December 2021.

COP 22 is expected to discuss agenda items including: assessing and controlling marine pollution; ensuring sustainable management of natural marine and coastal resources; protecting the marine environment and coastal zones through preventing and reducing, and as far as possible, eliminating pollution; protecting natural and cultural heritage; strengthening solidarity among Mediterranean coastal States; and contributing to improving quality of life. 

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dates: 7-10 December 2021 location: Antalya, Turkey www: https://www.unenvironment.org/unepmap/meetings/calendar
http://web.unep.org/unepmap/

Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December (A/RES/423 (V)) — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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date: 10 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

International Mountain Day 2021

International Mountain Day is celebrated annually on 11 December to to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

The UN General Assembly declared 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains, and on this occasion, it designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as International Mountain Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) coordinates the annual celebration of the Day to foster greater awareness of mountain issues.

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date: 11 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/mountain-day
http://www.fao.org/international-mountain-day/en/

International Universal Health Coverage Day 2021

On 12 December 2012, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage (UHC) – the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care - as an essential priority for international development. On 12 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138.

International Universal Health Coverage Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. Each year on 12 December, UHC advocates raise their voices to share the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health, champion what has been achieved so far, call on leaders to make bigger and smarter investments in health, and encourage diverse groups to make commitments to help move the world closer to UHC by 2030.

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date: 12 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/universal-health-coverage-...

International Migrants Day 2021

On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day (A/RES/55/93). 

The day was selected to mark the anniversary of the 1990 adoption by UNGA of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (A/RES/45/158).

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date: 18 December 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day

January 2022

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, it was initially postponed until  February 2021. It was subsequently postponed until 2022. 

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. 

date: 11 January 2022 [tentative] location: Kigali, Rwanda contact: SEforALL Secretariat e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.seforall.org/forum
http://seforallforum.org/contact

UNLDC-V: Fifth UN Conference for the Least Developed Countries

The Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-V) will take place from 23-27 January 2022, in Doha, Qatar. This plan was agreed on 11 August 2020, after the Conference was originally scheduled for March 2021.

The Conference is expected to adopt a ten-year programme of action for the least developed countries (LDCs) to succeed the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs (IPoA), which concludes in 2020. The goal of the that ten-year Programme was to overcome LDCs’ structural challenges in order to eradicate poverty and achieve internationally agreed development goals. The 2022 conference is expected to appraise the results and adopt a new, strengthened framework to support LDCs.

dates: 23-27 January 2022 location: Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar contact: OHRLLS www: http://unohrlls.org/unldc-v/
https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/74/232%20B

February 2022

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

On 11 February, the United Nations, partners worldwide, women and girls will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Day focuses on the reality that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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date: 11 February 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/women-and-girls-in-science...

March 2022

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day 2022

Africa Environment Day, celebrated annually on 3 March, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the continent.

Since 2012, the Africa Environment Day has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, as a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate's green legacy.  

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date: 3 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://au.int/

International Women's Day 2022

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It offers an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. 

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date: 8 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens-day

International Day of Forests 2022

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day of Forests in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). 

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date: 21 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/forests-and-trees-day

World Water Day 2022

World Water Day became a UN observance day in 1993. It seeks to focus attention on the global water crisis. On 22 March every year, people and organizations mark World Water Day by taking action to tackle the water crisis. 

More information about past events to mark World Water Day can be found here.

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date: 22 March 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.worldwaterday.org/

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

April 2022

World Health Day 2022

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.

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date: 7 April 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day

International Mother Earth Day 2022

International Mother Earth Day provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity. 

The UN General Assembly designated 22 April as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009.

date: 22 April 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/earth-day

May 2022

World Bee Day 2022

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

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date: 20 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2022

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.

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date: 21 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day

June 2022

World Environment Day 2022

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) annually organizes events for World Environment Day, which encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on 5 June in over 100 countries.

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date: 5 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2022

Fish are an important commodity for the achievement of food security. However, efforts by the international community to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

To address this issue, the UN General Assembly declared 5 June as the "International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing."

Target 14.4 of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (life below water) specifically urges the international community to, "by 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics."

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date: 5 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-illegal-fishing-day

World Food Safety Day 2022

Food safety is the absence - or safe, acceptable levels - of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food safety has a critical role in ensuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain - from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption. In December 2018, cognizant of the urgent need to raise awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions for global food safety, the UN General Assembly designated 7 June as World Food Safety Day (A/RES/73/250).

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date: 7 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/food-safety-day

World Oceans Day 2022

June 8 is World Oceans Day, the United Nations day for celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday life and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.

Many countries have celebrated this special day since 1992, following the UN Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. In 2008, the UN General Assembly decided that, as of 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”.

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date: 8 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://unworldoceansday.org/

World Day Against Child Labour 2022

World Day Against Child Labour aims to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child laborers and what can be done to help them.

This international day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002. 

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date: 12 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-la...

World Refugee Day 2022

The year 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The UN General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards (A/RES/55/76).

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster.

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date: 20 June 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/refugee-day

September 2022

77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)

The 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) will open on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 20 September 2022. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 13-27 September 2022 location: New York City, US

March 2023

Midterm Review of the Water Action Decade 2018-2028

On 28 November 2018, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a midterm review of the Water Action Decade at UNGA 77 in 2023.

The UN Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the Objectives of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development,’ will take place from 22-24 March 2023, in New York, US, to coincide with World Water Day and will focus on the objectives of the Decade as laid out in the Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028.

dates: 22-24 March 2023 location: New York City, US www: http://www.unwater.org/midterm-review-of-the-water-action-de...
https://undocs.org/A/C.2/73/L.24/Rev.1

September 2023

78th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78)

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) will open on Tuesday, 12 September 2023. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Monday, 25 September 2023. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 12-30 September 2023 location: New York City, US

SDG Summit 2023

The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will convene at the level of heads of state and government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), in September 2023. Such meetings take place every four years. The meeting in 2023 - also known as the SDG Summit - will be the second since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.

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dates: 20-21 September 2023 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US

September 2024

79th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79)

The 79th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 79) will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2024. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 September 2024. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 17-30 September 2024 location: New York City, US

September 2025

80th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80)

The 80th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 80) will open on Tuesday, 16 September 2025. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 23 September 2025. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 16-30 September 2025 location: New York City, US

September 2026

81st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81)

The 81st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 81) will open on Tuesday, 15 September 2026. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 22 September 2026. We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 15-30 September 2026 location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1

September 2027

82nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82)

The 82nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 82) is expected to open on Tuesday, 14 September 2027. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 21 September 2027.

We will add more information to this page as it becomes available.

dates: 14-27 September 2027 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US www: http://undocs.org/A/INF/73/1