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July 2020

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

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

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

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

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

IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit

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

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

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

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

Mobilizing and Retaining Resources to Build Back Better: Financial Integrity in Post-COVID World

This event is being convened by the President of the Economic and Social Council and the President of the United Nations General Assembly on the side of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). 

The FACTI Panel is the High Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda. It aims to make recommendations that strengthen current efforts to combat illicit financial flows and close remaining gaps in the international system.

This event will update the international community on the progress the FACTI Panel has made and the tentative findings from the analytical work of the Panel. It will provide a forum for reflections on the future direction of the Panel, particularly in light of the current status of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

date: 10 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://www.factipanel.org/events/hlpf-side-event

September 2020

World Circular Economy Forum 2020 [Postponed]

In December 2019, Canada announced that it would host the World Circular Economy Forum 2020, co-organized by the Government of Canada and the Finnish innovation fund Sitra. The Forum was to be held in Toronto, Ontario, from 29 September to 1 October 2020.

On 5 May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced that the World Circular Economy Forum would be postponed to 2021. In the coming months, Canada and co-organizer Sitra will announce new dates for hosting the forum.

The World Circular Economy Forum is a global event that brings together leaders, businesses, policymakers, and experts to present solutions for a circular economy. The 2020 forum will provide a global platform for national and international discussions on new business models that use our natural resources more efficiently, minimize waste and pollution, and accelerate the transition to a clean economy. The event will be an opportunity for businesses, research organizations, and academia to come together to showcase their technologies, find new markets, and meet world-class innovators and investors.

SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the WCEF2019 is here

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dates: 29 September - 1 October 2020 location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada www: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/conservation/s...

October 2020

36th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

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

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

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

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

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

The fifteenth session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) was scheduled to take place from 18-23 October 2020, in Bridgetown, Barbados. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been postponed. 

The quadrennial conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD. Member States make assessments of current trade and development issues, discuss policy options, and formulate global policy responses during this event. 

We will update this page as more information becomes available. 

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dates: 18-23 October 2020 location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados www: https://unctad.org/en/pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?meetingid=23...

Twenty-first Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

The 21st Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 20-23 October 2020. 

 

dates: 20-23 October 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/events/2020/twenty-first-session-c...

Climate Adaptation Summit 2020

The Netherlands will host the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) Climate Adaptation Summit in October 2020.

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

  • advance recommendations from the Commission’s Flagship Report titled, ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience,’ released in September 2019, and the Climate Action Summit’s action tracks, including food security, infrastructure, finance, urban resilience and nature-based solutions, with tangible and actionable targets;
  • help accelerate adaptation around the world;
  • improve human well-being and result in more sustainable economic development and security; and
  • present its findings in October 2020 at the Climate Adaption Summit.

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

date: 22 October 2020 location: Netherlands www: https://gca.org/event/climate-adaptation-summit-2020

November 2020

16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is expected to take place from 9-13 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IGF serves as a global venue for dialogue among 74 member country governments, as well as mining companies and industry associations. The IGF is a voluntary initiative committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.

dates: 9-13 November 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.igfmining.org/

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2020

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 2020 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/events/scienceday/index.shtml

December 2020

Our Ocean Conference 2020

The seventh Our Ocean Conference will draw partners globally to identify solutions to sustainably manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come. The six areas of focus at the conference will include climate change, marine pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security. 

The sixth Our Ocean Conference took place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.  The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary is available here. Summaries for previous years are also available for: 2017,  20162015 and 2014.

dates: 7-8 December 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

59th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 59th Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 8-10 December 2020. 

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 58th meeting of the GEF Council, which selected the new CEO and Chairperson for the GEF, is here.

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dates: 8-10 December 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-59th-council-mee...
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CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committees and Sub-committees are meeting at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, US.

The CIF comprises the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – a unique pair of financing instruments designed to support low-carbon and climate-resilient development through scaled-up financing channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group.

dates: 14-18 December 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: [email protected] www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/
https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/events/cif-trust-fund...

February 2021

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...

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...

March 2021

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 is expected to focus on the theme, 'Valuing 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/

April 2021

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/

May 2021

Innovate4Climate

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

To achieve its goals, I4C:

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

Innovate4Climate is hosted by the World Bank Group.

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

June 2021

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/

60th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 60th Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 15-17 June 2021. 

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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dates: 15-17 June 2021 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-60th-council-mee...

November 2021

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

December 2021

61st Meeting of the GEF Council

The 61st Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 7-9 December 2021. 

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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dates: 7-9 December 2021 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-61st-council-mee...