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April 2020

2020 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund [Virtual]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 2020

58th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 58th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 2-4 June 2020. The GEF Council Consultation with  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) will take place the day before the Council opens, on 1 June 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.

dates: 1-4 June 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2020

The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) will convene from 4-5 June 2020. HCF 2020 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: 4-5 June 2020 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference [Postponed]

On 12 March, the Government of Kazakhstan announced that it would no longer host this meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTO announced that consultations will be held to decide how to proceed with provisions for MC12.

World Trade Organization (WTO) members had agreed that the organization’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) would take place in June 2020 in Kazakhstan, which joined the WTO in 2015. The event was originally scheduled to take place from 8-11 June in Nur-Sultan. 

The Ministerial Conference, which is attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the organization’s 164 members, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO. Under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is to meet at least once every two years. The last Ministerial Conference took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017.

date: 8 June 2020 location: Kazakhstan additional: Nur-Sultan www: https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/mc12_e/mc12_e....

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: 8-11 June 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/

July 2020

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

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

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

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

August 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: 17-18 August 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

October 2020

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/

December 2020

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: 14-16 December 2020 venue: World Bank Headquarters location: Washington D.C., US contact: CIF e-mail: cif_events@worldbank.org www: https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/